So you are cutting your glass with a traditional glass cutter and you wonder to yourself "do I need a glass saw?". Maybe you do or maybe you don't.
I bought a band saw years ago. I had it for years and never used it because I was afraid it would kick the glass back at me and cut me. I know, big weenie!. I sold it to one of my students and within months I was commissioned to make a piece with stars- not many pieces of glass stars but one piece of glass stars! Ugh! I was kicking myself.
I ended up buying another saw. I lost money on the first and then paid more again for the second. Live and learn seems to be my motto.
Using the new saw was a breeze to cut the stars, after I got over the learning curve! Man did I mess up selling saw #1. I love the band saw. It cuts shapes and a faster cut, it goes back and forth but not side by side. You can do gradual curves.
I have used Ring Saws also. owned one for a minute. You can go side by side and back and forth. The Ring can break easily if push too hard on it or try to do tight curves too quickly. The ring assembly is all plastic parts that can break if not installed correctly.
I just acquired a Wire Saw, which the blade goes up and down not around like the Band and Ring. It is fine for delicate work.
Things you need to know:
-blades are not cheap
-must watch water level
-Sharpie lines will disappear when they get wet, cover them with Chapstick or Vaseline to make them waterproof.
Any questions or information you have on use, I would love to hear from you.