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Old 05-28-2010, 08:37 PM   #1171
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I am aware of a few really talented R&D engineers that would never allow a product like that to get into production.

It's just a shame that they are all retired now.

Nice fix on an otherwise stout looking saw.

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Old 05-28-2010, 09:15 PM   #1172
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I am aware of a few really talented R&D engineers that would never allow a product like that to get into production.

It's just a shame that they are all retired now.

Nice fix on an otherwise stout looking saw.
No kidding!

It is painfully obvious that nobody at the factory has ever used one of these things.

I've just done another minor fix which seems to have made a BIG difference.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:18 PM   #1173
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The one remaining thing which has been really bugging me about this saw is the way a tile will break off just before the end of the cut.

I had previously determined that the two sides of the table did not seem to be level with each other, and a short while ago I found out why.

I did remove the table and put it in the press to try and straighten it out. No luck there.

So here was my next move.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:24 PM   #1174
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I looked at my other tile saw and it just has a solid metal table, no annoying rubber stuck to the top.

I rather imagine that the "engineers" thought either that the rubber would make a nice backing to hold the tiles in place, or that perhaps it would take up any minor machining foul ups.

My last check actually showed that the rubber mats were raised in the middle, and you can guess why by looking at the pic.

Just the smallest trace of glue around the outside edges of the rubber, and essentially nothing in the middle. I think it might be reasonable to assume that with normal use the rubber might stretch a little during use, thus pushing it up in the middle and throwing things out of whack.

I tested again with the straightedge on the bare metal top.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:29 PM   #1175
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In case you can't see it well, it was within one thou - so nothing wrong there at all.

What I didn't do, was to check it further out. This I did after I had made a couple of cuts on the saw.

Fortunately, that check showed a bow in the top, rather than a dip. That I don't have a problem with as there is no pressure exerted on the tile as you exit the cut.

I laid part of a tile on the table to see if it would wiggle. Nope, stayed dead flat.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:31 PM   #1176
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While I was checking things I took the guide stop off the WorkForce saw and put it on this one to see if it was square (unlike the brand X variety).

Just like brand new!
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And here was the first cut with the fixes. Not even a chip...
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...and this is what I was getting before. Not every time mind you, but often enough to be aggravating.
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I have since made some small triangular shaped pieces, and I'm happy to say they have all been excellent.
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Shortly after we got back from town last night, this is what the sky looked like.

The telephoto shot looks like a forest fire.
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Nice.
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Then the sky opened up all night and we got another good soaking...
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That's beautiful! Thanks for posting the pics.

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That's beautiful! Thanks for posting the pics.

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You're welcome. I was going to take some pics of the white roses in the garden, but the rain more or less demolished them. There may be some red and yellow ones soon if the rain holds off.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:59 AM   #1185
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How about moving it outside and use a fresh supply of water and let it overflow on the ground? A "Total Loss" system. Internal combustion engines used to be that way. Just an idea. dorf dude...

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