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Joe Jenkins
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Post Number: 277
Registered: 07-2006


Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 02:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Byron, I have one of those big cast iron asbestos cutters, but it sits under a work counter in the shop and has collected dust for 20 years. It's a dinosaur. A small cutter works just as well and is much easier to use. Here is the cutter I'd recommend for cutting asbestos tiles: http://josephjenkins.com/store/product.php?productid=16235&cat=252&page=1
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Byron Humphries
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Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Have any of you used one of the big cast iron Belleville Speciality Tool Mfrs.'s asbestos cutters cut 3/16" to 1/4" slate? If so does it do an OK job?
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Joe Jenkins
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Post Number: 137
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 09:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The GT Pro cutter was originally made as the Pearson asbestos shingle cutter back in the 1920s. When asbestos shingles went out of style, they became popular for cutting slate. They cut the tiles and don't nibble them.

http://www.jenkinsslate.com/store_cutters.html#pcut
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ron kugel
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Registered: 09-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 10:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Barry, Try searching on ebay,may take a while,I have seen them for sale on ebay north america and ebay uk ..good luck.
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barry meehan
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Registered: 06-2007
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 07:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

i am looking to get a belleville shingle cutter. i live in ireland and i trained with a carpenter who has one and im looking to get one myself. any one able to help
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Steve
Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2005 - 01:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am a homeowner trying to maintain an asbestos shingle roof (8x16 shingles) with only common tools.

Holes can be drilled in asbestos roof tiles using an ordinary masonry drill bit. However, this is slow and tiresome due to the hardness of the material. New bits quickly become dull.

I have found that a speciality bit for drilling holes in glass works much faster and lasts longer. This drill bit is commonly available in hardware stores. Ask for it.

Also, asbestos tiles can be cut with a masonry blade in a common circular saw. However this raises a cloud of masonry and asbestos dust with health concerns.

Does anyone know of a better way to cut these tiles using common tools? For instance, has anyone found that they can be scored and snapped in a certain way? Or some other procedure?

Also, I hesitate to buy one of the hand held slate cutters on Jenkins web site because they are expensive and i do not really understand how they work. They appear to me to "nibble" the shingle along a line until the desired cut is complete. It appears to me that they probably are designed to cut one piece from a shingle and the rest is reduced to scrap. Is this correct?

With asbestos shingles in short supply, i can't afford to waste a whole shingle in cutting a 2 inch wide strip. With the masonry saw, I can cut 4 nearly 2 inch pieces from a single 8 inch shingle. Can Jenkins' slate cutters do this?

Also, from Joe Jenkins web site (I don't have his book), it seems he doesn't recommend using adhesives. Yet, I have found that any good construction adhesive can be used to repair broken tile. Recently, I found in Home Depot an adhesive labeled as especially made for use on roof tiles. Anyone have any horror stories caused by the use of adhesives?
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admin
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2005 - 01:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The GT Pro slate cutter was originally designed to cut asbestos shingles. It happens that it's a great slate cutter as well (http://www.jenkinsslate.com/store_cutters.html#pcut). It does not shatter the tile, but cuts it into pieces. It's the tool to use when cutting asbestos shingles. Also, no adhesives are needed. It also punches holes in the shingle. Slate hooks work well with asbestos tile roofing repair (http://www.jenkinsslate.com/asbestos-repair.html)

Joe Jenkins
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Anonymous
Posted on Monday, June 27, 2005 - 12:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recently purchased an older home with asbestos siding. One of the shingles apparently broke. I found the piece on the porch. Can I safely nail it back? Should the crack be sealed? if yes, with what? The broken piece is about 2 inches by 4 inches.
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admin
Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2005 - 03:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is a roofing website, not a siding website.
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Anonymous
Posted on Friday, November 04, 2005 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow... Aren't you helpful, "Mr. Admin"...

I had the same questions - but will respectfully decline purchase of your products or even consider them after reading your response.

Thanks-
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Gerald Perdue
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 06:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have an asbestos shingle cutter made by Belleville Speciality Tool Mfrs.Belleville,Ill.Model-A-32 I do not know much about it,what it is worth etc.I will sell it though .I am know trying to find out it's value.
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admin
Posted on Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 01:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is it a cast iron tool? They don't have a lot of value unless you can fiind someone who is looking for one. I bought one for $20 at a yard sale, but new they would cost hundreds.
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Jim
Posted on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If it is cast iron I'll double that yard sale price and make it $40.00
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David Cheek
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 08:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a asbestos shingle cutter made by Belleville Speciality Tool Mfrs.Belleville,Ill.Model-L. Does anyone know what it is worth?
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Anonymous
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's worth what someone is willing to pay you for it, like everything else.
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David Cheek
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

DUH, golly gee I sure wouldnt have thought that,
Gee thanks Mr, Obvious, your a life saver.
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Anonymous
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 06:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad to be of service. I'll give you $40.00 for it, sight unseen. DUH
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LA Contractor
Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2006 - 02:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Licensed and Insured contractor in New Orleans area currently performing specialty roof repairs. Have asbestos tiles (multiple styles) stocked in abundance. If you are in need of an asbestos roof repair or know someone who is, please contact me via e-mail. Company staff includes prior insurance adjusters who have years of experience in consulting property loss insurance claims for property owners, so concern about proper insurance allotment of funds to get the job done right is obsolete. We are ready to assist,and looking foward to speaking with you.
Thanks,
Randall Bryant

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