I need to cut some strips, about 1 inch wide, off of a stone tile. The strip is what I want, not a smaller tile, so simply breaking it off won't work here. I know you can buy stone-cutting blades for a TS but has anyone out there actually done this type of cutting on a TS? Will I need cutting fluid of some sort? If its real messy I might just try to saw it by hand. There must be some hand saw for stone. Any input on this?
I have cut TONS of stone and tile lately in my house. I have laid about 150 sq ft of travertine in the kitchen, 30 sq feet of green slate at the front door, over 250 sqft of quarry stone in the basement and well over 250 sq feet of tile in the bathroom. I HIGHLY reccomend getting a dedicated wet saw for this job. you can get a basic model at HD or Lowes for $80-$100. it will cut through stone like butta.
How about a diamond blade on a 4 1/2 grinder? Harbor Freight has several diamond blades choose from that will be cheaper than renting a tile saw. I think they have some for about $10. If it's just a small job, that might be the way to go. A wet tile saw will give you the best cut though!
It may have taken a bit longer to think of renting, since one of the main objectives is to figure out ways of justifying one new tool or another, not renting or borrowing. Heck, if you do that, you have to take the darn thing back and another piece of an excuse to scarf more shop space is delayed cause you ain't gotta make permanent room for it. What the heck is the good in doing a project if you can't skam another tool out of the CFO.
I've done it about all ways.
I have a plastplug cheepie wet saw, a larger wet saw, and a dry type blade.
The dry type blade has done a lot of cutting for me. (So has the other 2 saws)
I have gotten equally as good a cut either wet or dry. The biggest being cutting a bunch of bricks in half for facing a foundation with on a tablesaw (dry cutting), and also doing a scoring line 30' long on a concrete driveway with a Skilsaw (with a trickel of water using the dry type blade).
The main differance being the dust created from dry cutting.
DO NOT try to do wet cutting on your tablesaw. Beside ruining the TS, you might create a short circuit and electrocute yourself.
I think the dry type blade is the more universal of the two, myself. :7