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Forum topic by snowdog posted 08-25-2008 01:48 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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snowdog

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08-25-2008 01:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wet saw

Ok I know this is not wood working but I was hoping someone might have an opinion on what I should get.

I am doing my front entrance (pavers about 1 1/4 inch thick), a few concerns are :
1) storage – another tool that has to be stores (I dont want to rent it :)
2) Cost vs preformace
3) I hate crappy tools

This is the one I am thinking of getting :
$189
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100569361

Or
$159
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00928105000P?mv=rr

Here are a few others I was looking at:

$299
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100557928

$79
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=40315

$98
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=124503-1255-60087&lpage=none

$88
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100074675

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#1 posted 08-25-2008 02:01 PM

Usually when I see the DIY shows on HGTV they are cutting pavers with a simple angle grinder or a concrete chop saw. Since they are only 1 1/4” thick, you can probably get away with just the angle grinder, and it will give you more control and options in shaping the pavers.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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Tim Pursell

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#2 posted 08-25-2008 02:28 PM

I layed 6,374 pavers in my driveway about 8 years ago. I was helped by a neighbor who is an old brick layer/stone mason that had a huge old overhead track brick saw. We never touched the big saw. We made every cut with a dry cut diamond blade (expensive) in an old (cheap) circular saw.

You really do not need to buy (& then store) a wet saw, or even a “specialized” saw for cutting pavers. They cut easily. plunge cut freehand, get close to 1/2 way thru & whack off the waste with a hammer. If needed, dress up the cut with the saw. Buy yourself a DRY diamond blade that fits an old (or CHEAP new one) circular saw & have at it! The reason for using an old/cheap saw is the stone dust will ruin the brushes &/or bearings. you will get thur this job & a couple more, but the saw will die SOON.

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#3 posted 08-25-2008 02:32 PM

Come to think of it…

I used a cheap dry diamond blade to cut 3/8” slate tile for our kitchen and craft room. I cut all those on the table saw and it help up just fine.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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CoolDavion

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#4 posted 09-06-2008 03:28 AM

Depending on how crisp you want the cuts, you could always just use a brick set (chisel).

  • Lay the paver on a board on a flat hard surface driveway or garage floor.
  • lightly tap the set on all four sides to score where the cut will be.
  • tap on the top going all the way across the cut line from one end to the other untill the paver breaks in two
Other option
  • lay all the full pieces first.
  • Mark all of the cuts you will need
  • Then rent a saw and make all of the cuts. (shortest amount of time)

I worked for a landscaper in collage. So there is some experence to the above

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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RAH

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#5 posted 09-06-2008 03:53 AM

I use a dimond blade on a circular saw to cut roofing tiles. Buy a cheap one about $15.00 and give it a try.

-- Ron Central, CA

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snowdog

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#6 posted 09-06-2008 02:12 PM

To followup on this project I used my old (25 + year old) portable table saw with a diamond blade, no fence, just a free hand cut on 16×14 x 1.5 inch concrete irregular shaped paver.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procgtaserv/47b8d725b3127cce985488d410e200000046100AZs2zFq2btmKg

My wife and I are very happy with the results. It cut like butter ( well not really but it was much easier than expected).

Thank you all for your suggestions and comments it helped a lot.

As with any project, if anyone is reading this and wants my thoughts please post em and I’ll give you any help I can.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Moron

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#7 posted 09-06-2008 02:17 PM

Buy Once

Cry Once

never cry again

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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