Glass Bandsaws: Advantages and Disadvantages

I have been sorely tempted to buy a glass bandsaw. What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a saw?

The Advantages:
1. It makes difficult to near impossible cuts very simple.
2. Cutting dense ripples and drapery glass is a breeze.
3. Because of accuracy, it saves grinding and fit time.

The Disadvantages:
1. A bandsaw is limited to the size pieces you can cut because of the circular blade. With the Speedster Bandsaw and Diamond Laser 3000, the maximum size glass piece is approximately 10 to 12 inches in diameter.
2. It does not take the place of simple cuts. It's much faster to cut strips and simple shapes using a regular glass cutter.

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zoomer

Thursday, March 1, 2012
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@idylwood ido the same i use restickable glue stick and my patterns are made from mylar and hold on to lamp forms very nice plus the cost is not much more to use a see thru mylar which is very low cost because the pattern can be used repeatedly is desired

idylwood

Sunday, February 26, 2012
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I use an Elmer's craft bond gluestick to secure pattern pieces to my glass. Let dry a few minutes. The pattern pieces remain in place through sawing and grinding. The advantage is that you can cut and grind up to the edge of the pattern easily if a thicker paper is used. The pattern pieces remove easily by soaking finished pieces in warm soapy water for a few minutes. This process has really sped up my timeline for making projects. This is a hint I learned from another glass craftsman.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
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i use and recomend a Taurus 3 saw fantastic for small work check out some of my fused jewellery www.firehorseglass.co.nz

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
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hi i use rubber cement like the push bike tyre shops use for repairing punctures, it is water proof and lasts stuck until the end of mu cutting i have a taurus 3 saw, the template just rolls off after cutting fantastic check www.firehorseglass.co.nz

DelphiHelper

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Great! Beeswax works for this as well. :)

Maryanne S.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
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I just started using a saw and found that if I covered my sharpie line with crayola white coloring pencil my line stays on threw the whole process,even whenI have to grind.

dldrent

Monday, April 5, 2010
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Interested in a saw.  Band saw? Ring saw? Wire saw?  Which one???  Am experienced cutter, but have some intricut designs that I'd like to try so trying to decide which type to buy, and what to consider when buying a used one?? (what goes out first?)  Thanks!

tcjudy

Monday, September 21, 2009
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I tried chapstick and vaseline at other's recommendations.  I also tried letting the Sharpies or paint markers dry before cutting.  None of those methods worked for me.  Then I covered my lines with scotch tape or clear packing tape.  Works like a charm!  I was told on another Glass Blog that the tape would gum up my bandsaw.  I figure it can't be any worse than chapstick or vaseline and probably much better.  Tape does not make my water cloudy like chapstick does.  I have used this method for two years and my bandsaw is fine.  I would love to know if anybody has used the tape method and if it harmed their saw.

bwilden

Thursday, September 17, 2009
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For the pattern markings disappearing during cutting with a circle or band saw, try a little , vaseline on the lines to keep it water proof.

bara

Monday, September 7, 2009
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I thought I was getting dialed in on a tile making project I have been doing but intermittently my 1 x1 tiles have some surface pitting.  What causes surface pitting?  Even tiles with no apparent  bubbles sometimes get it.   I am using a fairly fine frit.   Is it true that the finer the frit  the worse the bubbles?      

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