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Rocco

Dreaded porcelain tile

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Hi all,

As usual with spring weather comes the flood of quote requests.   One floated in this morning and it's a Kay store on that bleeping porcelain floor tile they use on the walls.   We know how to drill it but it's a ROYAL pain.   We use "arrow" point glass/tile bits supplied by the customer.   They work but does anyone got a better method?   IIRC, on the last of these it took three guys two full days to drill the tile and install the signs.   That was back in '15 so maybe I'm remembering wrong but still it was a long bit of drilling into really hard tile.  There were two main signs, one plaque and two of their tagline signs, all on that blasted tile.  IDK how many bits we went through.    i recently did some FCO letters on granite for another client, and the arrow head glass/tile bits worked much much better than the bits i had purchased, which were specifically made for granite.   HELP!

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I don't know of anything else brother, good luck     charge for that time

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No short cuts.  We've done plenty of the same installs.  One man drills, one squirts water, switch bits, and get 'er done!

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Consider diamond-tipped hole saws.  Milwaukee makes them in small sizes .  Expensive, but you will make up for it in time saved.

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Thanks for the replies all.   I didn't get this one and am not sure to be sad/happy.   No $ from that job, but no sore hands from drilling.

I've used diamond hole saws, spear point glass/tile bits/etc.   Those bits from granite city tool look interesting and I'll have to give them a try.   

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