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DuhDiamond
Hello, I am new to fossil finding and cutting, and I have a question: I found what looks like a pyrite nodule or "cannonball". Can you cut it with a tile saw? I saw another post with someone cutting it with a tile saw, but it was not good and "ignited." Here is the picture.

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picture's a bit warped so it's a little less wide than it looks.
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prep01
Hi, my first question woulbe - why would you want to cut it? If it is solid Pyrite.
Having said that, yes you can cut it with a tile saw (I assume electric), however, you need to be careful as sparks will fly and the coolant will be acidified, so wear old clothes, rubber cloves, eye protection and a long sleeved shirt and a respirator rather than a mask!
Colin Huller
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good question: I heard that usaully cannonballs or pyrite nodules sometimes contain eleganticeras ammonites.
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AndyS

I would not even try. Tile saws usually have much thicker blades than professional rock saws, which creates more friction, more heat, more dust...

 

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oh ok, thanks nice to know. but can you still cut rock and slate and nodules and (I know this is unrelated) geodes?
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DuhDiamond
wait forgot to login lol
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prep01
Yes, but you loose more of the specimen as Andy says!
Colin Huller
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