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Bandsaw Answered

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?


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


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.

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.

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

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

will water run into the motor, or wiring?

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.

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.

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).

And rust...

And abrasion of the stuff inside...

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.