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Old 03-30-2020, 07:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know I'll get flamed for this, but what the heck.

I have a cheap tile saw that I've used for many years. It has a diamond saw blade. The blade passes through a water trough hooked to a hose, so it is always wet. It's kind of chency, but has worked good for bathroom tiles and such.

I was cutting up some concrete blocks recently and I took the Diamond blade out and put it in a skill saw. (Circular saw) it worked great for that purpose.

Now I'm cutting some swimming pool coping. It is big and heavy stuff. My wife bought this stuff. I don't know if it's manmade or stone or what, but it is some dense stuff. I can't use the chency tile saw. The skill saw is nice, but it's slow going through this stuff.

I got the brilliant idea of running a hose on the coping to wet the blade while I'm cutting. I did 4-5 cuts today like this. Well, it works much better. Goes faster and a very smooth cut. Of course, the skill saw is 110V and it doesn't have the third ground prong on the plug. I'm not running the hose on the back side of the saw where the vents are to the brushes, but of course, some water spins off the blade all over. I'm working outside and it is plugged into a gfi receptical.

Do you think I'm crazy to do it this way? I have quite a bit to cut tomorrow. Any other suggestions?

If you think this will be OK, what about if I'm in a swimsuit and jump in the pool between cuts to cool off? Is that to much to ask?

Flamers, do your best, but it would be nice if I got some accurate info too.
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Old 03-30-2020, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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they make water kits for skill saws to make it easier to hook up the hose, but if you don't get charged heavily for water, then by all means, cut wet

it is the ONLY way to cut concrete, fwiw, unless you want the silica lung
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