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Forum topic by Firemanwill posted 08-05-2014 10:48 PM 1679 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2014 10:48 PM

I don’t believe in stupid questions. I believe they are all the right questions, but some are asked at the wrong time.

I say this because what I’m about to ask may sound stupid to some of you.

Is it feasible to install a 10” masonry blade on a table saw? I have a ton of slate chalkboard pieces that I need to cut down, but don’t have the cash to shell out for a tile/masonry saw.

I only ask here because I have had good responses from members here and people on other sites think I’m an idiot for asking.

-- The World is Your Oyster.....Grab the Hot Sauce!

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 11:08 PM

I would imagine that heat buildup would be the biggest concern.

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 11:19 PM

If arbor size and speed are right for the blade you can. Make sure the blade is rated for dry rather than wet use. AND MOST IMPORTANT use a good respirator, not just a dust mask. The dust is hard on the saw itself of course, if it gets into bearings or motor you may be shelling out for a new saw. But can it be done, yes.

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 11:48 PM

There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers and this may or may not be a stupid answer but I would be terrified to use my TS to cut a ton of slate. Do you have a circular saw? I’d try that. I used my fake Dremel to cut metal, don’t think it would be good for slate but do you have an angle grinder? If those gave lousy results I’d rent a saw built for that job.

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 12:04 AM

Stone countertop guys use skill sidewinder saws with water
feeds. The water keeps the cut cool and collects the

I think you’re gonna wreck your table saw.

You can rent a tile/brick saw at Home Depot, etc.

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 12:23 AM

If you value your table saw then I wouldn’t do it. If you are indifferent about the saw, then go for it.

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 05:20 AM

Not very good for the saw. You might get away with it for awhile but it would be smarter to just rent one.

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 11:27 AM

I’ve put a masonry blade on my circular saw, but wouldn’t do it to my TS….it’d scratch the heck out of the cast iron top.

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 12:02 PM

Hello Firemanwill,

Next picture is from a circular saw:

And this one is from a tile saw:

The only different is that the tile saw is water cooled.

Buy a blade for dry cut when you don,t have water cooling

But I maybe have a stupid question. Why don,t you use a normal circularsaw blade. In other words from what for material are the chalkboards made?


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#9 posted 08-06-2014 12:17 PM

I would not do it as it will probably ruin the saw with the grit getting into everything.

Can you do it with a circular saw? You could probably find a cheap used one and set up a jig to cut the pieces.

Also, there are a lot of places that rent them.

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 12:59 PM

Circular saw and a straightedge.

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#11 posted 08-06-2014 01:16 PM

I’m in the “it will ruin your saw” camp. What about renting a tile saw?

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#12 posted 08-06-2014 01:39 PM

One of these may help you. I would not use my TS!

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#13 posted 08-06-2014 02:42 PM

Thanks everybody. I am now abandoning the idea. I can rent one from the Home Depot. So ill go that route.

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#14 posted 08-06-2014 04:15 PM

Probably a good plan, I’d only try it on a saw that was already garbage and only do it outdoors where the dust would be less of a problem (still wearing a respirator).

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#15 posted 08-06-2014 08:58 PM

I went on a volunteer job once where they had a table saw set up with a diamond blade on it. We cut Hardie Plank on it. It was working when I got there and working when I left. All I know about how long it continued to work. The dust is hard on things but yes it can be done.

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