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5 out of 5 stars
  •   My First Saw
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Pros : I've only had this saw a couple of months but have already found it to be just what I needed. I like the wire saw blades as opposed to the circular blades that come on other saws. The replacement blades are much more economical too. It doesn't have very many moving parts which is good and it is really sturdy.
Cons : I did have a little trouble putting the first blade in, but once I got it in, it has stayed in and I haven't replaced it yet. But I like that it doesn't fall out either.
Other Thoughts : I put it inside a rubbermaid container, big rectangular one, and that keeps water from splashing all over. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.
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12 of 14 people found this review helpful
3 out of 5 stars
  •   Tweak Me
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Pros : A must-have for serious glass cutters as it allows for intricate cuts otherwise impossible. Ample table space allows for larger cuts, and the wire, coated on all sides, allows for multiple direction approaches and longer life.
Cons : Parts are made of plastic and wear out easily. It is not easy to change the blade. Our allen screw stripped out and had to be replaced. The blade guides wear easily, so my husband had one fabricated out of brass (don't do this if you don't know what you're doing) and we solved that problem. Motor is noisy, and water is directed on the blade only if you cut straight on. Side or rear cuts often pull the blade away from the water flow. Finger guide is supposed to save fingers, but the blade is so gentle, I prefer it if it weren't there. My finger protector suffered plastic fatigue and wore out, and my husband is fabricating me a smaller hose holder allowing for closer cutting with multiple direction holes cut into it. Last complaint isn't their fault: water shoots on glass and pours on floor. I have stuck mine in a plastic shallow bin to avoid this mess.
Other Thoughts : Through my cons, you might think I don't like or appreciate this tool. Quite the contrary; Gryphon has an excellent base idea which needs tweaking. If mine ever breaks, I will buy another one. If you're a hack and just plan on doing simple geographical designs, this tool is not for you. If you really want to create something more elaborate, this machine should be on your wish list.
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14 of 17 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   Omni wire saw
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Pros : This saw cuts in any direction as claimed. The blades last for quite awhile and are real inexpensive to replace. Over all I'm quite happy with my purchase of this saw.
Cons : The chucks are made out of nylon and need to be tightened with care. you also need to make sure that the blades are seated properly in the chuck. It comes with an extra chuck but I would suggest that you get some spares which are very inexpensive.
Other Thoughts : Others have complained about the noise when using the saw but I don't think it is any worse than any power tool. As for the water that runs over the table, I found a tray like you get in a cafeteria and the saw in it to contain the water works great.
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10 of 15 people found this review helpful
5 out of 5 stars
  •   glassjunky
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Pros : Cuts like a dream, I've used two other types of bandsaws for cutting glass, this is quite preferable. It cuts from any direction and cuts rather quickly. Makes impossible pieces possible.
Cons : It does put out quite a bit of water, but that is good. Although it is loud when used, I expected that it would make some noise when running, as it is a power tool.
Other Thoughts : Sitting it in a large plastic tub works well for containing the water that spills over the platform. And as for the water build up making it difficult to see I just blow on the top of the glass when it happens and it clears right up. I have found it to be a useful tool for custom glass work. I would recommend it to anyone interested in owning one.
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5 of 6 people found this review helpful
3 out of 5 stars
  •   Works, with issues
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Pros : The saw definitely cuts glass and allows flexible curves and deep inside cuts as well. I have also used it to cut came and that sort of works.
Cons : Very loud. But worse than that is the design of the chuck and its placement. Plus the blade falls out at least once during every session of use (i.e., 4 or more cuts) Considering that the blade is always falling out and needs to be put back in, you'd think they would make the chuck more accessible. I have small hands/fingers and I can barely fit my fingers behind the metal vertical bars to press the back of the chuck nut to turn it. The little tool that came with the unit is absolutely useless since it does not fit between the bars, allowing you to turn the nut. Bad design. I pretty much leave the front cover off, since I am in there fooling with it so often. BTW: what makes the blade fall off is that the tip gets stuck in the lower guide, which is getting clogged with glass bits. They need a way to protect that area from water/debris.
Other Thoughts : I still like the idea of the wire saw and it Gryphon could make these improvements they would really have something.
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
3 out of 5 stars
  •   Water, Water Everywhere!
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Pros : Set up is pretty easy, and the blades are simple enough to change. Definitely cuts multi directionally.
Cons : Take a look at the picture and you'll see that the work surface has holes in a very small area which means there's no place for the water to go but on your table or floor unless you are working on a very small piece of glass. And because the diameter of the water tube is about the size of a straw a lot of water comes out and on top of your glass. If you get air in that tube you have to blow it out which is pretty gross.
Other Thoughts : I didn't drain the water out of the reservoir last time I used it and about a month later I looked in it to see how much water was left and I noticed my blade had rust on it. =( It doesn't say in the instruction manual to drain it after each use, or what type of water to use (pretty bare bone instruction manual). A friend recommended using distilled water next time.
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Omni-2 Best
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Pros : This saw cuts in all directions. The blade selection is good and replacement blades are very reasonable.
Cons : Somewhat noisy, but not that bad. Spits a little water, just use a towel.
Other Thoughts : Read the directions twice before you assemble it. Pay attention!
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Saves glass
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Pros : Great for me as a beginner since I save glass. Use for fine or hard cuts. Noise no louder than a carpenter saw.
Cons : Blade chuck is plastic but seems to hold-up so far. A little too much water comes out on piece being cut.
Other Thoughts : I really zip thru my projects now...I still use my hand cutter but this saw really helps!
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
4 out of 5 stars
  •   Ring Saw Alternative
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Pros : I used my mom's ring saw for years, but happily decided on this when I went to buy for myself. There are some great advantages including the significantly cheaper blades, clear up and down direction of the cut and ease of use. When I first got it, I had to put it together, a little tricky, but the instructional video that comes with it really helps. The large work surface is great. Though it's large, it's not too heavy, and I can move it between workspaces. It makes very clean intricate cuts, though like the ring saw there's a learning curve to make your cuts smooth. The water supply is very consistent and every stays wet and cool.
Cons : The steady water source can obscure your cutting lines. It's fairly noisy and can create glass shards, but I found the same thing with the ring saw. Until you learn the knack, it's a little tricky to take the work surface off for cleaning.
Other Thoughts : I found that water builds up on the work surface and along the glass very quickly. If you're working on anything more than a couple of inches, water will spill off the sides. This machine is very tall and not portable. It's best to just set if up and not have to return it to the box very often.
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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