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Hey there. Has anyone used antifreeze coolant for cutting tile? I have a tile job where I need to set up the tile saw in an unheated space.

In the past I've just used hot water but its a pita.

I guess the biggest concern would be a chem reaction with mortar, or creating a film on the tile preventing adhesion. The tile is porcelain.

Just curious if its been Done successfully.
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If it's just propylene glycol or something equally safe, I don't see any health issue; are the other ingredients (colors, etc.) safe to breathe?

Tile saws are fine getting wet and drying out. Is propylene glycol going to dry out the same, or will you be gumming up your saw?

How will you clean the tiles afterward?

I suppose I'd try to solve the hot water problem - hot plates are cheap enough.
Hey there. Has anyone used antifreeze coolant for cutting tile? I have a tile job where I need to set up the tile saw in an unheated space.

In the past I've just used hot water but its a pita.

I guess the biggest concern would be a chem reaction with mortar, or creating a film on the tile preventing adhesion. The tile is porcelain.

Just curious if its been Done successfully.
Get a bullet or kerosene heater instead of wasting the money on coolant or heating water...
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I would just set up in a warm area, I used to tarp everything, mop up all excess water at the end of the day and then the following day the residue moisture had evaporated and tarps would be dry, albeit dirty, dry that you could fold them up and get them out without leaving a mess.
I run a large fish tank heater (about 500w) and it works pretty well. Its not going to keep the water at 70-80 degrees but it will keep it from freezing on me.

I run the cord for the pump all day so the water stays circulating instead of having the pump come on when you flip the switch. The saw is a D24000. (The only yellow tool I own :nuke:)
This looks like a good option for the price :thumbsup: Think I'll grab one as a backup.

Allied bucket Heater
Has anyone tried heated buckets or stock tank deicers?

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/search/stock-tank-heaters
Bucket heater is the way to go .
Warm water, cold air.... sounds like a great recipe for chapped hands and arthuritis... :whistling
Bucket heater is the way to go .
Ice water freezing temps = frostbite :laughing:
Warm water, cold air.... sounds like a great recipe for chapped hands and arthuritis... :whistling
snap cut, or dry cut.
cold weather and water sucks,
Adding chemicals to the water sucks more
I use a bucket heater. Just gotta watch as it brings the water to boiling.
My first fix would be to use a clinker and a 4" grinder. I haven't really been using the wet saw much lately. It's just such a PITA.
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If I can't wet cut in the remodelled space, I set up in the garage. Bucket heater with water continously flowing. I don't leave bucket heater on constantly though. Like all ready said, the water will boil. I also have thick rubber gloves for cutting.

I also bring an electric heater and point it towards my saw area. At least I THINK I'm warm.

I know some guys add anti freeze or winter windshield wiper fluid. I don't know if it interfers with thinset bond but I don't want to find out the hard way.
I've found the best way to avoid frozen hands is to bring a helper with me! Tell them it "builds character". Seriously though, my hands are bad enough. If I can't set up in a warm space (which is usually a garage with heater), I leave the wet saw at the shop.
This is why I gave up the wetsaw in the first place. liquid that is below freezing is so hard on your hands
Can't work without wet saw. Try a heater to warm up the area. A space heater if its in the garage.
If there
If there space inside the house than I set up inside . The system I use there is no water going all over the place
Do you have a picture of your system?
If there space inside the house than I set up inside . The system I use there is no water going all over the place
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