The rain that everyone wants has arrived - it's tipping down outside and the scaffolders have reached my window height now - swearing, shouting and trying to see what I am doing on the computor as I downloaded these photos from my phone. Soon they'll be round the back of the house, trying to see what I'm doing in the bathroom.
Top: There is my new blade, attached to the cutter, and bottom: There is an example of what it does best - cutting a chamfer in one go, right to the line. If it were not for all the bloody dust, then it would almost be a joy to use. I've decided that I'm too old for dust now, but also too old to waste time on chisels. I know, I should get someone else to do it, but I would only be breathing over their shoulder when they did - that's if I could breathe for all the dust.
I fitted a brand-new, cheap, 4 inch, diamond cutting-blade to that small red machine yesterday, then applied it to the Portland stone you can see in the pictures.
It sparked for about 5 seconds, then started to polish the stone. I might as well have put a plain piece of steel to the stone, so useless was it. Actually, it was worse than useless, because it made me so angry that it could ever have been made and sold at all. I bought 5 of the bloody things, and I've thrown them all away.
When some fly-by-night gets some peasant in China to make these things for export, they are relying on selling them to people who don't know what they are doing. Usually, the word 'Professional' is printed on the packaging, and this is a sure sign that they are anything but for professional use. When the poor DIY expert goes to use it, they think that all tools are as bad as this, but some cost more than others. I have no excuse, so I am doubly angry with myself for being so stupid.
I took the cheap blade off and threw it away. Then I picked up a good quality one (looks exactly the same) which I had been given SECOND-HAND by a marble worker about 17 years ago. It still cuts like a dream.
I paid about £10 for 5 of the useless ones, and the good one which still works even though I have used it to cut loads of stuff - including about 100 running feet of thick granite -probably cost about £20.
There is a moral there somewhere.