Wet Saw
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OK, this isn't really a garage tool, but it's a big tool and I'm using it to improve the appearance of my side driveway so my various projects don't look quite as obnoxious to the neighbors. It's a brick and tile wet saw from Harbor Freight and so far it's been doing a stellar job. Courtesy of a good sale, the saw, stand, and a blade only set me back about $300. It came complete with a small water pump and tubing to supply a steady flow of water to the blade and it does one-pass cuts in materials up to 3 3/4" thick, or about 4 1/2"-5" if you're willing to make one cut from both sides and have them meet in the middle. It even came with a 45 degree angle piece to make cuts at an angle.

The photos were taken with the saw running to show the amount of mist the blade kicks up. You will be covered in a fine mist of water + masonry/tile dust after using this saw for a while - plan on it and dress accordingly. There's a small rubber flap behind the blade the really does a good job of keeping the blade from tossing water all over the place and helps ensure that most of the water ends up back in the plastic tray.

Cleaning is easy, but a bit tedious - after a while the built up residue of wet slurry can only be removed by a water and light brushing. It seems that water alone won't do it - you need to wipe down all surfaces once they're wet, and then brush them with something (your hand, etc.), then rinse them off again. There are a lot of small corners to clean, so it takes a while.

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Remember, an old car on an otherwise well-maintained property tends to be seen as something being restored or worked on as a hobby - no matter how junky the car, if you keep it under a car cover and keep everything else around it looking nice, then people tend to have a positive perception of your automotive projects. If you have a pile of old clunkers sitting around and your property looks like crap (un-mowed grass, untrimmed trees, random trash laying about, etc.) then people tend to view your automotive projects as an eyesore that needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible - which usually results in calls to the local code enforcement officer about your property. Since this tool is helping me stay in my neighbor's good graces by improving my property, I'm sticking it in with the shop tools. That and I don't have a separate page for non-shop tools yet... :-)

Comments? Kudos? Got some parts you'd like to buy/sell/barter/swap? Nasty comments about my web page so far? You can email Mike or Debbie.

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