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Could someone tell if it is doable to put a wetsaw blade in a standard bandsaw, run a slow stream of water over the glass to be cut (a bottle in this case) and thereby convert the standard bandsaw into a wet saw?

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mpictaggi (author)2017-09-10

You can use a tile saw to cut through glass bottles so the concept is possible. It would probably be cheaper to buy a tile saw then moding a bandsaw, only draw back is you can only make straight cuts. Harbor freight has one for about $70 which works just fine ive used it to cut square bottles such as jack daniels in the past and it is much quicker.

A few pointers if you end up using the tile saw.

-Tape the area you are cutting through with blue painters tape to prevent break out

- Make a jig to hold the bottles firmly don't use your handles it is far to dangerous.

- Take it slow and add diamond tool coolant to the water to prevent brakes.

see link for tile saw i used

https://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-portable-wet-cutting-tile-saw-40315.html

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-09-10

I assume this band saw is a vertical bandsaw. yes? Can it be run in an orientation such that water sheds away from the motor and wiring?take a look at how horizontal band saws our setup.

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Plutosson (author)2017-09-10

I really appreciate the input everyone (is this a cool site or what). I have a bottle cutter, a glass cutter, I know the twine method, candle and ice, boiling water and ice water techniques. What I am interested in doing is cutting a bottle length-wise. I have seen a homemade rig using a Dremel tool that seems to work but it's time consuming and clumbsy. A new wet band-saw that does the job beautifully costs about $400.00. That's why I was seeking to use a regular band-saw with a wet cutting blade and possibly a modification or two to get the job done without harming the band saw.

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Yonatan24 (author)2017-09-10

There are better and simper ways for cutting a bottle. Search for them here on Instructables :)

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-09-08

horizontal bandsaws r set up such that water drips away from bearings, motor, etc. Never noticed that before.

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-08-29

will water run into the motor, or wiring?

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Plutosson (author)Toga_Dan2017-08-31

That's what I need to find out. Thing is, the bandsaw belongs to a buddy of mine and I don't want to mess it up for him.

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Plutosson (author)2017-08-31

Water damage (rust) was my primary concern. Now there's the electrocution thing (thanks Toga_Dan. Really). Maybe if I run an appropriate oil instead. What do you think people? I think I need to investigate the differences in the wheel housings, etc.

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-08-30

there are 3 risks. Wrecking the motor (this probably won't happen right away) . Washing the lube out of bearings(again, not an immediate destruction). Electrocution (this is the one to consider the most closely).

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Yonatan24 (author)Toga_Dan2017-08-31

And rust...

And abrasion of the stuff inside...

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Toga_Dan (author)Yonatan242017-08-31

none of that is immediate destruction. I once discovered a leak in the roof of my truck shell when I found that the plastic bins containing my power tools were full of rainwater. Tools continued to work for years. Some are still in service. Electrocution on the other hand.

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