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« on: June 14, 2015, 09:22:36 am »

Hi!

Can someone tell me the dimensions of the Ameritool 4" Trim Saw?

I know the saw table is 6" x 10" but I need the dimensions of the complete unit.

Also, I have been reading that it is sold as a 4" but can also take a 5" blade.
Do you have to adapt the slot in the table to accommodate the larger blade
or is it fine out of the box?

I read somewhere, can't find it again, about someone using a hacksaw to lengthen
the blade slot. Not sure about that.


Lastly, will the Vise attachment hold small rocks, say 1" cubed (what is sold as Chips)?
1" is not very big and am not to keen on placing my fingers to near the spinning blade.
I only have 10 fingers and want to keep them for a while longer.  lol

Thanks!

James
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2015, 10:32:08 am »

I would not think that you could cut your fingers with this saw. I use my Ameritool for trimming opals only with a blade about the thickness of a playing card and I have friends who do faceting who use the same set up.  Having said that, I recall that I paid several hundred dollars for mine when I purchased it new. If I were to buy again, there is no question that I would buy the same size tile saw from Harbor Freight and NOT use their tile blade but instead put a good quality lapidary blade on it. I have at least four friends who use the Harbor Freight little saw. We use Prestone RV antifreeze in it and it is simple and easy to clean. Watch for their 20-25% off coupons and you will get a real bargain for a fraction of what a new Ameritool will cost you.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2015, 12:24:18 pm »

It does take a 5" with a slight cut on each end. I don't like the attachment.
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2015, 12:28:19 pm »

Btw, a handy dandy little, with a quick and easy cleanup. Love the way it can cut up a nugget of turquoise or opal.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2015, 03:23:13 pm »

Thanks!

Does anyone know the size?

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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2015, 03:59:40 pm »

About 12" by 12"
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 04:04:15 pm »

Thanks!

I also e-mailed John at JS Gens for the other questions as well.

Will post his answers here when I get them.

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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2015, 03:06:35 pm »

Sorry, forgot about this.

Per John, the saw box is 16" X 14" X 10" so saw just a little smaller than that.  The vise opens to about 3".

Anyway, I decided to go with the Hi-Tech 6" Trim Saw instead.
With the vise attachment.

And red sintered diamond blades.
6" X .023" X 5/8"

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2015, 11:44:03 am »

I have two - best saw i ever used, one is nearly teen years old and abused daily and still runs like a champ.  I use a six  (actually a mm blade that is just shy of full 6") inch blade in mine - have to be careful as the blade comes real close to the inner tub and scrap rock can wedge there.
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2015, 03:01:00 pm »

Thanks for the tip. Will watch that.

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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2015, 03:44:11 pm »

Received my Hi-Tech 6" Trim Saw today. dancer5

It's 17" wide x 17" deep x 10" High (including the blade guard)

It's 18" wide x 18 1/2" deep X 10" high (with the vise attachment)

Will try it out tomorrow.

Great Stuff!  ura

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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2015, 10:51:37 am »

Well, tried it out.

Cuts really good. The only trouble I had was sometimes (using the vise) the rock wants to ride up the blade.
So have to learn how to put gentle, put firm, pressure forward and at the same time firm pressure downward
to keep the vise flat on the cutting table.

The only other thing is cleaning out the water basin is a pain in the butt.

At first when there is enough water in it you can use a plastic cup to scoop out the dirty water but when the
level goes down you have to use a cloth or paper towels. I think I will have to get a turkey baster to make
it easier.  lol

All in all, it works great.  yes

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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2015, 01:44:22 pm »

Why not just dump it out?  That is what I do with my little tile saw.  Turn it over, hose out, dump out.  Let sump dry and wipe blade dry. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2015, 04:04:13 pm »

Tried that. Made a mess. Especially with the vise attached. Flipping and flopping.
Could take it off each time to empty it but that just takes longer.

I live in an apartment and am using my small spare room. No room to swing a cat.  lol

Cup and baster work fine.

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