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Inexpensive Tile Saws

This is part of a multi-part series on selecting tile saws for cutting glass.  Click here to go to the beginning of the series. 

If you plan to use a tile saw extensively to cut glass, then it's best to purchase a more expensive saw that can withstand the rigors of frequent use.  On the other hand, if you plan to use the saw occasionally to cut pattern bars or straight lines in thicker pieces, then it's possible to get by with a less expensive tile saw.  If you decide to go this route, you should consider the following:

1.  Only purchase a tile saw that is designed to cut wet.  These will have a reservoir to hold water and to ensure that the blade is continually bathed in water as it cuts.  Avoid tile saws that cut dry; they won't work on glass.

2.  Inexpensive (around $100 US for non-name brands) tile saws will have a 7" (178mm) blade.  This should be capable of cutting items up to 2" thick, but be aware that 2" (51mm) thick items will be much more difficult to cut than 1" items, so if you intend to cut a lot of 2" thick items you may want to consider a more expensive saw that has a 10" blade.

3.  Make certain that replacement blades can be easily obtained for the saw you select.  Some inexpensive tile saws have blades with nonstandard arbor sizes (the arbor is the hole in the middle of the blade).  In the US, the standard arbor size for small inexpensive tile saws is 5/8" (16mm).

Coming soon -- more on selecting inexpensive tile saws.


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