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Old 08-25-2008, 08:14 AM   #1
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Good and Bad of the HD rental splitters


I have rented the $21/day splitter from HD yesterday and used it for the flower bed 4" thick caps. After using it, I find out I am not too regret that I didn't use it for my already finished patio job. Reason for that is splitter is good, but it has one big limitation, both side being cut must at least have something like 3" extension... so basically you cannot cut out a small piece from a big piece using this splitter... may be the top of line $3000 one can.. but I doubt it.... so you will be lucky if you can get 25% of your cuts with the splitters... the rest you still need to saw it.... having said that, even this 25% job is a big saver... as it is quicker and less mess to do....

but if you need to rent it... it may not be worthwhile to use it....

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Old 08-25-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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So you did actually rent it!! I was thnking about the same thing the other day that this might not be good for thin cuts .. but I am still laying down my pavers before I tackle the cuttnig part.

Thanks for confirming my doubts

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Old 08-25-2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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done the whole flower bed yesterday... the splitter did help somewhat... but after all the cutting tools I have experienced.... I find the most useful and versatile saw for DIYers still table wet saw... it requires least amount of effort in cutting... cutting dry requires more force somewhat... a cheap table wet saw like the one I used will work very well, except some of the water will go right onto your face.... a better wet saw have all the water deflect away from you... if you have a large area do cut... may not be a bad idea to buy that approx.$300 7" Husky wet tile saw from HD. for your stones... you probably need to cut both side before able to break it... but that should be fine... and that was what I was doing...
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:07 PM   #4
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Better to rent a 14" wet saw for a half day. Just lay in all the pavers, mark all your cuts and then go get the saw. A 14" cuts at least 100% faster than a 7". The splitter is fine for when you are doing angular layouts with no curves, and all your cuts are halves or 3/4 cuts.
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