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FAQs for Tile Saw Blades
by Hanjiang Wang, Diamond Tools Select
September 19th, 2009. © 2008-2009. All rights reserved.
1) What is a tile saw blade?
A tile saw blade is a kind of saw blade which can be mounted on a tile saw to cut tile, granite, marble and other stone products. In most cases, tile saw blades refer some types of diamond blades.
2) How many types of tile saw blades are there?
According to their usages, tile saw blades can be categorized into to wet blades (e.g., ), which cuts companied with water for cooling; dry blades (e.g., ), which cuts without water; and wet or dry blades (e.g.,
and ), which can cut with or without water. Most projects can be completed with just wet blades.
If categorized by their shapes, there are dozens of types. The main difference is their diamond segment’s shapes.
3) What are the advantages and disadvantages of a wet tile saw?
4) What are the advantages and disadvantages of a dry tile saw?
5) How can I tell when the diamond blade for a tile wet saw needs to be replaced?
You’ll know when it needs replacing. It’s just won’t do the job. Most people don’t know the correct way to use wet saws. You should never run the diamond blade back and forth on the tile or bricks. Feed the material slowly into the blade and keep going in the same direction. Don’t force it; let the blade do its job. By racking it back and forth will loosen the tiny diamonds on the blade, and will wear it out fast. The blade will last twice as long if used right. Also keep plenty water on the blade to keep down the heat.
6) My wet tile saw blade stops cutting as well as usual but still has a height of continuous rim.
You can use a dressing stone to “wear down” the blade a little so more diamond chips are exposed. You may just not have a perfect match between the hardness of your tile and the softness of the continuous rim. You can even try removing the blade and reattaching it backwards so the blade will cut from the opposite direction. Of course, this would only work on continuous rim blades and on blades that are not marked with a directional arrow!
The “softer” the blade, the harder the surface it cuts. This is because a soft continuous rim will wear down faster and expose the sharp diamond chips sooner to keep cutting the hard surface.
1) C.J. Westrick.
3) Tim Carter.
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