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Old 03-10-2018, 11:07 PM   #1
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Tile keeps chipping in tile saw


I have a wet saw with a new diamond blade but when I keep running my tile through it has small chips in the top coat (the pattern) along the edge. Nothing huge, so for the cuts at the top and bottom of the shower I could live with it but for the edging around the soap dish it'll drive me nuts, any tips?

Does the old fashion tile cutter do a better job at avoiding chips on the topcoat?

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What style of blade are you running? Segmented or continuous rim? That might make a difference.
Also, cheaper blades will do that, too. The lesser value blades do not run true.
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Re: Tile keeps chipping in tile saw


Try cutting with the tile flipped over, or adjust the rate of feed of the tile, Also a rubbing stone, will smooth up those little chips so you can't tell they are there.


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What style of blade are you running? Segmented or continuous rim? That might make a difference.
Also, cheaper blades will do that, too. The lesser value blades do not run true.
using a RIDGID 7 in. Premium Tile Diamond Blade. It's continuous rim with laser cut slots, should show up on the home depot website. curious for your thoughts on if it's the blade. I have a cheaper blade that doesn't have the laser cut slots that I might give a try.
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Try cutting with the tile flipped over, or adjust the rate of feed of the tile, Also a rubbing stone, will smooth up those little chips so you can't tell they are there.


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I tried flipping it and also running it slow, that didn't seem to have any impact. I'll certainly run out today and pick up a rubbing stone and give that a shot, thank you for the advice!
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Don't know if it's right or wrong but I have effectively used a sanding block or electric sander to dress up the edge of a ragged cut.
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Just curious. What kind of tile saw is it? I had an inexpensive table type saw where I had to push the tiles through it. It did a fair job but it left small chips just like you stated. Eventually I bought a saw where you pulled the saw across the tile and that ended the bad edge. The edge really wasn't bad, just not perfect. The tiles saws without water were no comparison with the wet saw edge.
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Re: Tile keeps chipping in tile saw


Check whether you have the blade facing correctly.... there is an orientation to the diamond facing in regard to rotation. (But normally that has to do with longevity/wear on the blade)


But, it may likely be just individual to the exact tile you are using.... try a different tile and see if it does the same.
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Another thing to consider is the depth of the blade. Again, we don't know what type saw you are using, but a bridge saw can be set to various depths. Also, slow down on your push through. Going too fast can cause burns and chips.
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It could just be the tile. I've cut lots of tile over the years and sometimes, I get tile that chips easily. I have to slow down considerably when making cuts that will show. I always dress up the edges just a little at a 45 degree angle which gives a much nicer look and removed any minor chips.
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Just curious. What kind of tile saw is it? I had an inexpensive table type saw where I had to push the tiles through it. It did a fair job but it left small chips just like you stated. Eventually I bought a saw where you pulled the saw across the tile and that ended the bad edge. The edge really wasn't bad, just not perfect. The tiles saws without water were no comparison with the wet saw edge.
cheap qep wet saw is what i'm using, so it's the push type. the top sliding tile saws seem to be expensive, but maybe I just need to suck it up. it's a shame, I tiled ~1,200 sqft with the cheap tile saw but I think this tile just isn't holding up as well when I cut it and I can't hide the cut edges under molding.
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It could just be the tile. I've cut lots of tile over the years and sometimes, I get tile that chips easily. I have to slow down considerably when making cuts that will show. I always dress up the edges just a little at a 45 degree angle which gives a much nicer look and removed any minor chips.
how did you put the 45 degree edge on? did you do it with a sanding block, or with the tile saw?
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