Ceramic Tile Water Saw vs Glass Grinder

by Doug

Has anyone successfully used a watersaw on stained glass instead of a typical glass grinder? Having read on glass grinders I understand that straight edges and angles are tough to accomplish.

I have used tile watersaws to cut curves in ceramic tile but don't know if glass will work the same way.


I have not used a ceramic tile saw, so I'll leave it up to anyone reading this that might have an answer for you. They will reply in the comments section below.

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Ceramic Tile Water Saw vs Glass Grinder
by: M Guhrie

I should clarify that I have a cheap 'table saw' style tile saw with the blade coming up from the bottom. Those with a more profesional style tile saw with an overhead blade will notice that the cut is further a long on the top side of the piece, than the bottom. However, the result is the same - you will still have to flip your piece to even out the cut.

Ceramic Tile Water Saw vs Glass Grinder
by: M Guthrie

I have succesfuly used my tile saw to cut pieces that could not be cut with regular scoring/grinding, such as a small 7-pointed star or other acute angles that a round grinder bit would not fit into. Undoubtedly, a ring saw would be better but I do not yet own one. You can only do straight lines, you have to watch for excess vibration form the blade (I have broken pieces this way), and for the uneven cut from the circular blade (it will be cutting further on the bottom side than the top side, so you have to cut short of your desired end cut location, flip the piece, and cut a little more to even it out, being careful not to over-cut).

Water Saw
by: Doug

Thanks to all of you for taking time to answer my rookie question.
Ken, maybe a small fish aquarium pump with a fine mesh filter will recycle water for your reservoir. Possible tube feed to drip down shaft of bit?


by: Ken

What I found to work for me was my bench press. To me it is much more versatile. I have been able to use a much wider range of bits than a grinder could offer. A lot of these bits I got from Harbour Freight
I was given a couple of pieces of countertop made out of some kind of plastic. I bolted one to the drill table and drilled a couple of holes in it for a reservoir. I'm still working on something for a water pump but in the mean time I use a Dawn soap bottle of water. I got some roll bar from Home Depot & made shafts for the grinder heads that go on the glass grinders.
Hope this helps. Let me know if I can help.

No to water saw
by: DavidA

I have a water saw and have used it to cut off bottle tops or bottoms. The saw (at least mine) produces a very coarse grind compared to my stained-glass grinder. It also chips glass in chunks. I would not recommend for stained glass.

Tile Saw vs Grinder
by: Patrick

Other than cutting out an acute angle I don't see an advantage. Cutting the glass with a glass cutter and grinding where necessary is more efficient and a Taurus ringsaw is more practical for tight curves.

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