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5 out of 5 stars
  •   A must have tool for the hobbyist
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Pros : Works like a charm, easy and simple.
Cons : None
Other Thoughts : I purchased this machine on June 10th, and today (12th June) am making amazing pre-cuts of horse heads and other animals that actually as they are supposed too..... wish I had purchased this tool when I first started working with glass.... A great addition to my studio.
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   2 Thumbs Up
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Pros : I just love this saw so much, that I bought a 2nd one. It's easy to use, very flexible and versatile to do intricate cuts. The videos are a bit like the Nutty Professor, but gets the point across in how to cut, maintain, replace the blade on the saw.....
Cons : The cut is a bit thick, so it takes some getting use to.
Other Thoughts : I prefer this saw over my other band saws.
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
2 out of 5 stars
  •   Money suck
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Pros : When working, enables one to cut amazing shapes
Cons : Most of the time, not working. Very short blade life, plastic grommets wear easily, short belt life if using slicer blade
Other Thoughts : If you really need it to work, buy a different saw
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15 of 19 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Great Saw
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Pros : Cuts Mexican tile quickly
Cons : Mostly made of plastic
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6 of 9 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Good Customer Service
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Pros : I had a problem with my ring saw, and it broke a blade. I mailed the parts to Gemini, and they replaced them. I am very happy with the performance.
Cons : Read the manual and any papers attached. Don't rely on just videos.
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13 of 16 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Excellent saw
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Pros : fast precise cuts, intricate cuts, quiet, easy to clean.
Cons : not really a con, but I do wish there was more room between the blade and motor it would make it easier to cut larger pieces.
Other Thoughts : I've been using the Taurus 3 for about 5 months I really love the saw; It's made a huge differance in my fused glass projects I now have more options for intricate cuts on a piece. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Taurus 3 saw.
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18 of 19 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus 3 ring saw
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Pros : I purchased this saw when I first started doing glass fusing and draping. I absolutely love it. I just purchased a new one. It is my all time favorite. It cuts circles so easy, and so many other things that take no time at all. Anything you can think of it can cut it. Again I love this saw and all that it can do
Cons : No cons from me.
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13 of 14 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Best glass saw I have ever had
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Pros : I have been using Gemini saws for 20 years. When my most recent Taurus II.2 bit the dust I purchased the Taurus 3. Wow! What a huge improvement over the old saw. Immediately it was noticably quieter than my old saws. And it cuts so much faster and smoother than any saw I have ever had. I also found it much easier to clean since the saw detaches from the tub. I have not yet needed to change the blade but from watching the video instructions it appears to be much less effort than with the II.2. The instructional video that came with the saw is a scream! It won't win any academy awards but It is informative and entertaining; beats the heck out of reading an instruction manual!
Cons : Cost is still pretty steep.
Other Thoughts : Wish I had gotten this saw a long time ago instead of limping along with my old saw which had served me well but had seen better days.
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21 of 22 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   A Big Help
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Pros : More precise cuts, cutting shapes that would be impossible by hand without making more pieces or lines in areas that you don't want pieced. Shapes like doves, flowers, etc are easy to cut & I find there is less grinding using the Taurus Saw. One of the best purchases I have made!
Cons : N/A
Other Thoughts : I just bought the separable blade to experiment more with different projects....get more creative!
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12 of 13 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   My Taurus
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Pros : Have had my Taurus for the past 3 years. Love it. Less unwanted waste of glass, more accuracy and a savings of 6hrs of my time per lamp shade project.
Cons : The space between the head and the back of the motor does not give a lot of space to move sheets of glass. Other than that, the best thing I have ever bought.
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44 of 46 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus 3 Ring Saw
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Pros : When my sons suggested I purchase the ring saw, I thought it was something I would never use. As it turns out, this is one of my can't live without tools. It has made my life in stained glass easier.
Cons : There really aren't any.
Other Thoughts : If your only thinking about purchasing a ring saw, think hard. It's a fantastic tool to own.
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20 of 22 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Love my Taurus 3!
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Pros : I love my Taurus 3 Ring Saw! I've had it for about 3 years & use it for intricate cuts that I cannot accomplish with my cutter. The learning dvd is a hoot & full of helpful tips. Maintenance has been easy & it does not take up a lot of room on my bench. Great tool for stained glass!
Cons :
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33 of 34 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   awesome saw
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Pros : Cuts like butter Easy to operate and control Easy to put together Great customer service
Cons : Wish throat size was bigger so I could cut wine bottles
Other Thoughts : Get one as soon as you can it will change your life!!!!!!!
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27 of 28 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Great Saw
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Pros : This saw has been great. It's very quiet, can cut forever, and can do tight turns with no problems. Cleans great and very easy to take apart. Best investment I have made for stained glass.
Cons : No cons at all.
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20 of 23 people found this review helpful
3 out of 5 stars
  •   Worth the money
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Pros : Cuts fast. Not as noisy as Taurus 2. Work light is great.
Cons : Vibration is a little annoying. Face/safety shield isn't big enough and mounted to low.
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19 of 21 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Awsome
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Pros : I can really cut curvy, tight, spaces w this saw! plus I can take the head off if I need to!
Cons : It works and last great! I don't hv to worry about this breaking down.
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23 of 26 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Can't work without it!
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Pros : I think the best addition to my studio has been this saw. I suppose a purist wouldn't approve, but I save glass and aggravation by taking my difficult cuts to the saw. I've had mine for 4 years and am on the second blade.
Cons : The replacement blades are expensive. However, if you watch for them on sale and take care to use your saw correctly, the expense isn't really so bad.
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26 of 29 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Easy to use
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Pros : It is a great product and easy to use and operate.
Cons : The plastic cover tends to cloud up with water and make it difficult to see where cutting and the light on the unit is not very bright.
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19 of 22 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Make imposible possible!
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Pros : Like it a lot. Some glass can be frustrating when cutting very concave curves. This saw will save you time and glass since you will get the cut right away without needing to grind instead of breaking expensive glass and spending a lot of time grinding to complete the cut. Instructionons are clear and easy to follow.
Cons : It is noisy, but i use it in an open space. I will recommend to use vaseline or stick in product so the mark does not erase with the water. I admit it is pricy, but for me pays when I can make the impossible cuts
Other Thoughts : Look for it on sale and you will not regret it.
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17 of 20 people found this review helpful
3 out of 5 stars
  •   Gremlins!
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Pros : The capability for intricate and convoluted cutting is wonderful allowing for new, fantastic creative endeavors. It helped to bring my visualizations to fruition!
Cons : The first Taurus 3, was clearly defective in operation from the get go. I've used this model without problems previously. After three months of fairly heavy use, the new one is stellar!
Other Thoughts : As a side note: Gemini needs to produce a better instructional video.
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20 of 23 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus 3.0 Ring Saw
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Pros : Great saw, but use the mega blade instead of the omni direction blade.
Cons : Regular blade breaks after a few hours.
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24 of 28 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Awesome customer service, best tool ever
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Pros : This tool is the most important one in my kit, I love it. It's fun to use and makes me look like a pro with zero experience. Mine broke the first week, but it comes with a 3 year warranty.
Cons : Well, it did break the first week out of the box. But again, they fixed it quick.
Other Thoughts : I love my ring saw, and it has taken my new-to-stained-glass, beginner learning curve to "looking pro" overnight, literally. I highly recommend it!
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27 of 30 people found this review helpful
1 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus Ring Saw
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Pros : Cuts in all directions, and doesn't break the glass at the tips of patterns.
Cons : Blades only last 2-8 hours and are expensive. Beautiful machine, but not worth the blades.
Other Thoughts : What good is a machine, if you can't use it?
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26 of 31 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Great Saw!
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Pros : I love the multi-directional ability and the fact that water doesn't spray everywhere.
Cons : The saw blade just snapped in two after about two hours of use. Not sure why.
Other Thoughts : The DVD that comes with the saw needs to be made without all the silliness. The guy on the DVD is really annoying. We really just want to be shown the features of the saw without all the slapstick. Please remake the DVD!
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37 of 41 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   need extra blade kit on hand
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Pros : great saw for doing the detail work, cuts through any thickness of glass with no trouble, almost like cutting baslsa with a wood saw
Cons : the work surface is small and will not cut a 12 x 12 piece of glass, the blade will break if stresses to far, i cannot get the 60 hours of cutting they say you are supposed to, recommend having a spare on the shelf to continue working, the water is recycled okay, but the bits of glass collect at the bottom, and meed to be washed out weekly, ear protection is recommended, very loud, i use mine out back in a covered patio
Other Thoughts : need to have some thing to cover the marks on the glass (I use school glue) to protect against the water, it will wash away the lines even if you permanent marker, and let dry
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15 of 16 people found this review helpful
1 out of 5 stars
  •   expensive piece of plastic
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Pros : It cuts.
Cons : Most of the parts are made of plastic. Sure, when it's working, it's good, but way too many cheap parts are used. I've replaced the groove grommets a couple of times this past year and the belts. Now the drive gear cracked and the metal part of the drive gear is practically welded on. I called up gemini who told me that when the drive gear gets warm, as it does with normal use, the aluminum part of the drive gear swells and basically welds itself onto the steal drive. She told me to use a pulley puller or cut it off. Trying to find a puller that small is almost impossible. Cutting it off is impossible as there is nowhere near enough room to even get a metal cutter for a dremel bit in there. The machine is also super loud and the face shield makes it so you can't even see what your cutting. Overall, poor construction of plastic for too high of a price. Metal parts would be nice.
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74 of 77 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   An Indispensable and Wonderful Tool!
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Pros : I love this saw! The circular movement is natural, it cuts like a champ, and is giving me really beautiful results. My friends and family comment on how my glass looks much more professional than before. If you can't afford this saw, then save your money until you can. It truly is a pleasure to use, and it opens up all sorts of more difficult cuts. I don't know how many sheets of glass I wasted before this saw when trying to cut inside curves. This saw makes that completely effortless, reducing my scrap glass to practically nothing at all. I enjoy using this saw, I am proud of the results I make with it, and am very glad I own one.
Cons : The included tutorial videos are really annoying. They really, really try hard to be funny (they're in a 1950s "Mr. Wizard" style, complete with a nerd in a lab coat with thick glasses), and they are anything but.
Other Thoughts : This saw will take you from basic glass maker with acceptable, amateur results to intermediate and advanced glassmaker with really superior results that you will be proud of.
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87 of 89 people found this review helpful
1 out of 5 stars
  •   unhappy customer
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Pros : cuts glass great! can do intricate designs. USA made.
Cons : have to take shield off, water splashes on it, so you cant see where your cutting even with the light. wear a smock or an old long sleeve shirt. wear your goggles when you take the shield off.
Other Thoughts : I gave it one star because I am having problems with the belt and the blade. this will be my second time sending in this machine. I only have been able to run it a couple of hours, then the blade breaks. I have already been cut once from the piece of blade flying off the machine. unfortunately, Gemini, keeps sending me a blade and belt thinking this will solve the problem. you can clearly see the belt is rubbing on the plastic. you can smell the rubber burning as well. they are giving me a hard time about replacing this machine for a new one. this machine is expensive, so are the blades. so think twice before you purchase such as expensive piece of machinery. just because it is USA made, does not mean its quality material stuff. clearly this is a lemon. they need to take responsibility for this. i'm losing money instead of making it!
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86 of 89 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus 3.0 Ring Saw
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Pros : I love it. My bandsaw is now collecting dust. Wish I ordered the thin blade right from the start. The standard blade is a little too wide.
Cons : Dont mind the noise so I cant think of any cons.
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32 of 37 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus 3 Ring Saw
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Pros : I love this saw!! My previous saw threw water everywhere and cleanup on this saw is amazingly easy. I also love the round blade which allows me to create very intricate shapes, which I could not do before. Would highly recommend this saw to any one.
Cons : I have nothing negative to say about this saw, it fits all of my needs.
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33 of 36 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus Saws
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Pros : I have an older model Taurus about 5 years old running strong. I have used this saw at my teachers studio and I like it better with the guard.
Cons : Is noisy. If the ring breaks is pricey to replace.
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46 of 48 people found this review helpful
2 out of 5 stars
  •   Keep your coin
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Pros : You can cut thick pattern bars and do some neat things with them.
Cons : Loud, messy, inaccurate. Also leaves a rough grind on the edges that does not fire out in the kiln.
Other Thoughts : Not worth buying - mine is functioning as an expensive shelf in my studio.
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38 of 45 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Been great so far
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Pros : It has cut great so far. Easy to clean.
Cons : None so far.
Other Thoughts : I loved the video it came with.
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27 of 37 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Greatest Stained Glass tool
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Pros : This is the greatest tool for cutting glass. I've been able to cut glass more precisely than ever before. I wouldn't trade my Taurus Ring saw for anything.
Cons : It's a little difficult getting all the glass dust residue out of the basin because of the various divots, but everything else far out weighs this.
Other Thoughts : I discovered putting a small amount of dish washing soap and ice in the water makes the saw cut even better.
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107 of 110 people found this review helpful
2 out of 5 stars
  •   Buyer Beware
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Pros : I have had my saw for about 2 years, and the only posative thing I can say about it is that it makes cuttng intricate shapes easy - WHEN its working.....
Cons : The saw has about 4 hours of use on it and so far I have had problems with almost every aspect of the saw. The tension problem is definately NOT resolved, at least not for me. The saw makes a huge amount of noise, even more when it is not working properly. What I do not understand is why I can go to home depot and get a tile saw for less than $100 with a metal casing and quality parts, but I spent more on this saw and have had nothing but problems with the cheap platic construction.
Other Thoughts : Although the idea of a ring saw is excellent, I think I will get a Band saw next go around. I would definately NOT recomend this tool to a friend.
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88 of 90 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Great Tool
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Pros : This tool does all it says and more . It can be removed from base and brought to a difficult to reach project. Keep up with maintenance . Check belt after heavy use. Check if tightening is needed. I have not had any serious repairs , nor have I had to replace my blade. It is a irreplaceable tool in my studio. You must let the tool decide the pace ...easy does it. The reward will be worth it. I have read in other reviews that the noise is a problem....I disagree. Take note that it has a motor and motors make noise, but it is much improved over the Taurus II . I do not find the noise level to be excessive with this tool.
Cons : It splashes a lot, but you need the water to keep the blade cool and glass from getting thermal shocked. Wear an apron ...problem solved.
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45 of 46 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   This saw is great!
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Pros : This saw has the flexibility to cut designs from glass and with a change of blades can slice murrini. I can't imagine how I would slice murrini without this saw.
Cons : It's loud.
Other Thoughts : The video that comes with the saw is great. The saw does not do any damage to your hands if you touch the blade.
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41 of 44 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus Ring Saw
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Pros : I love my new saw! It cuts through glass like a hot knife through butter!
Cons : It is a bit hard to see with the shield down. I just wear my safety glasses.
Other Thoughts : I recommend this saw to any one who does glass work. It's awesome!
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33 of 38 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Great saw for home/hobby use
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Pros : I like the saw for cutting intricate shapes. Saves time and money when you consider the breakage factor when cutting manually sometimes (although you should know how to cut glass by hand and not rely on the saw).
Cons : The shield makes it difficult to see your work. I took my shield off and use safety glasses instead. The parts can be pricey to replace.
Other Thoughts : When cutting from a pattern, the DVD suggests using rubber cement to attach your paper pattern to the glass. This works great and peels off quickly without leaving a residue behind. I just make sure that I have a nice coat over the whole paper pattern piece so it doesn't disintegrate in the water when cutting. Makes seeing where you are cutting easier too if you use a contrasting color paper for your pattern.
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83 of 86 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   LOVE this saw!
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Pros : This saw has increased my creativity--you wouldn't believe the detail that you can cut in any glass. Cuts cleanly, great detail
Cons : This saw is LOUD and it is a bit difficult to see those small pieces at the blade area. Expect to get a bit wet while using the saw too
Other Thoughts : I DO recommend this saw to everyone--it's FUN to cut glass with it and makes me believe that the possibilities are endless.
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64 of 67 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Love it!
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Pros : This was the second glass saw I tried. My first was a bandsaw which I hated. This saw was easy to use and enabled me to make those formerly "impossible" cuts. It's compact size was a welcome addition to my small studio. The instructional video was easy to follow but practice was the best teacher.
Cons : The saw was very noisy. The blades don't seem to last long and are expensive to replace.
Other Thoughts : As a starving artist, I thought long and hard about making this somewhat expensive purchase. It was worth the money!
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82 of 84 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Great saw
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Pros : This is the favorite tool of our studio. We use it a lot and it's still like new. You just need to take it ease and let the saw dictate the cutting speed. It’s perfect for 90 or 96 with window glass you will have to cut slower or small pieces or glass will be all over you. We use it as a grinder for details too!
Cons : You might need to replace the belt if you use it a lot.
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66 of 69 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   My favorite SAW!
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Pros : This saw is a terrific tool for the glass studio! I also have a Diamond Laser Band saw, but the Taurus cuts RINGS around the band saw (Pun totally intended!) Taurus saw can cut in any direction, whereas the band saw only cuts in 1 direction. Comes with a DVD of instructions and cool hints for cutting more than 1 layer at a time. I LOVE IT!!! FAST! FUN! EASY!!!
Cons : My only complaint is the LOUD noise.
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228 of 233 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Taurus 3.0 Saw
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Pros : Cuts quick and clean, lighted area is nice, large working platform is good.
Cons : Louder than most other saws, hard to see through guard, raise guard for better vision.
Other Thoughts : Would buy again and recommend to others. Future modifications concerning noise and line of vision will help.
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155 of 161 people found this review helpful
3 out of 5 stars
  •   Not so sure
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Pros : Easy to clean, nice cuts Customer service is very friendly and has so far solved my many problems. Great hobby saw.
Cons : Hard to see if you are cutting small pieces. Blade moves a lot, if you put the stabilizer blade on it does help, but now it is even harder to see. manual is outdated, and information is wrong. The issue with the tension arm is not solved properly, at least not in my case. Light cloggs up with glass and light dissipates. Parts do not last at all and are very expensive to replace. I am on my second saw in less than 2 years and will have to call geminini tomorrow and I fear i have to get a new drive gear... If I have to send the saw back I will be without a saw for at least 3 weeks!!! Or having to buy a new one to use as these fail. With a 3 year warranty I should not be asked to send it back without a replacement. These are tools that are necessary for many of us to work and produce, that is hard if you don't have major tools.
Other Thoughts : I have not tried other saws but will shortly as I feel I can't trust this saw and need to have a backup to be able to work instead of using time trying to figure out what is wrong and change expensive parts that should have worked better. I feel this is a great hobby saw, but it does not live up to its promises in a busy studio.
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202 of 210 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Only saw I'd use - I'm on #2!
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Pros : Great saw and instructional video. This is my 2nd ring saw (had the original Taurus) and it goes, goes, goes! Worth it for tough cuts but I wouldn't cut a whole project with it. Know how to cut glass first- don't compensate by buying a saw. The saw is not a cure-all. Plan to get wet (even with hole reducers) and wear safety glasses. The shield is good protection but I like more protection than that. Adding the blade stabilizer was a really good idea. KEEP IT CLEAN!
Cons : Noisy and if you use it a lot, expect a fair amount of regular maintenance and replacement parts including blades $$.
Other Thoughts : Also like the accessory kit and different blades available.
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102 of 105 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Well worth the $$$
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Pros : Well worth the money you'll save in broken or mis-cut pieces. Easy to use, clean and excellent customer service from their 800# with regard to questions.
Cons : None yet. A little noisy, perhaps.
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37 of 43 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Reliable and Easy to Use
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Pros : Very easy to clean after each use.
Cons : No Cons
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29 of 41 people found this review helpful

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