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Posted in response to Re: Re: Re: Newbie question about saw lubricants from Bob Keller on October 29, 2012 at 01:16:28:

Re: Re: Re: Re: Newbie question about saw lubricants

Bob et al.,

Thank you for the responses. I have an 8" Kingsley North brand blade; the cheap $20 one. I wasn't aware the E10 took a 10" blade. I was told 9" was the maximum size. Should I try a 10"?

I have been collecting rocks for over 20 years. What was I cutting? Just about every rock I could get my hands on to see what was inside! Indeed, I tried to slab some 2.5" pieces of agate a jasper, only to find it took a loooong time. I notice "sparking" with about every piece I cut (including a piece of softer azurite(which gave off a green hue.) I think I am feeding the saw with too much pressure. My water level is such that a nice amount of misting occurs, so I think it is correct. I will try observing the blade with a loupe to see if it is loaded with gunk. I do have some old SiCarbide stones to dress the wheel if necessary. Thanks for the advice. Now I am not sure if the blade is prematurely worn, just not up to the task of cutting these hard, thick materials or just fine and I am too inexperienced. I will investigate further.

I have a lot of 3"+ jasper, agate and quartz. I think I am going to have to save for a slab saw now. I had hoped I could slab it with this trim saw, but am getting the impression that's not the case.

How does a blade get ruined; bending, breaking, or??? Will feeding it too fast with hard material wear it prematurely? What are the best techniques to employ, especially when cutting harder material such as jasper and agate? What is the maximum thickness one may cut with an 8" blade?

Thanks for the responses and help!

From Dirk - October 30, 2012 at 02:20:44
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