The tile saw is basically good at one thing; that is cutting tile. If you are looking for a tool that can cut different things you are in the wrong place. The tile saw is one of those tools that has a specific purpose, and it does it well. This article is meant to help you choose the best tile saw for a contractor or weekend warrior that is looking to retile his bathroom or kitchen.
To have the best-finished product for your customer or your significant other you are going to want to purchase the best tile saw. With all of the different saw’s on the market picking the right tile saw can be difficult. This article hopes to help alleviate the pain of searching for the right saw and give you an in-depth tile saw reviews that help you make an informed decision. Below I have listed five of the best saws on the market and described their capabilities in detail.
|26 x 27 x 14 inches||3 years||5.0/5
|Chicago Electric 2.5 horsepower||17 x 19 inches||Lifetime||4.7/5|
(Best for the Money)
|18 x 15 x 8 inches||1 year||4.6/5
|MK-370EXP||35 x 22 x 16 inches||1 year||4.3/5|
|QEP 22400Q||16 x 14 x 5 inches||1 year||4.0/5|
Anyone that is familiar with tools knows the quality that comes when you purchase a Dewalt product. The Dewalt D24000S Wet Tile Saw is no different, and that is why it tops the list as the best-wet tile saw. This saw offers everything to the contractor or the handyman, and its excellent design allows for quick and precise cutting.
This tile saw features a stainless steel rail system that allows for precise cuts. This is essential for a contractor and its one of the features that makes it the best professional tile saw on the market today. You will not be disappointed in its cutting features as well as the plunge feature that allows for the user to make quick cuts to electrical outlets and A/C registers. It also comes outfitted with a diamond-studded Dewalt Blade. It also comes equipped with two water nozzles that allow the user to direct the spray to ensure water is going exactly where it needs to go.
Some other great features that the D 24000S has is its compact design. It weighs in at only 69 pounds and comes with an easy carrying case that allows one person to carry it and quickly set up the saw. Not only does this product come with the saw, but it also comes with a stand. Every contractor knows how much of a hassle it can be not to have a stand provided and trying to find a stable platform can be difficult on the job site. Also, the compact frame allows for easy storage at home or in the vehicle. The power, accuracy, and ease of use make this the best tile saw available today.
The Chicago electric is a close runner-up to the Dewalt D24000S. The Chicago wet tile saw offers a number of features that allow for precise cuts and ensure a great quality finished product. The adjustable cutting head allows you to adjust the head for a number of different tiles and you can even adjust the head to allow for cutting 3 ½ inch bricks as well. This saw has a cutting capacity of up to 24 inches and will allow the weekend warrior to accomplish any tile cutting task.
The Chicago Electric also features a 3 gallon per minute water pump that will ensure water is continually sprayed while you are making precise cuts on tile or brick. It also comes with an oversized steel frame with a precision bar system to help with difficult cuts. The powerful 15 amp 2.5 horsepower engine will help cut through the toughest brick or tile, and the heavy-duty cast aluminum prevents vibration.
This saw is a great choice. While it is not as good as the Dewalt, it is cheaper and will provide you with a quality cut no matter the material. I recommend this tile saw to any contractor or DIYer trying to finish a product.
Many DIYers and the regular weekend handyman do not want to spend big money on an expensive wet tile saw. The Skil 3540-02 offers the best bang for the buck, and costs about what it would be to rent another wet tile saw from your local hardware store. This saw comes from a reputable brand and will allow you to finish up the weekend job of tiling the bathroom without breaking the bank. The Skil offers a number of features that allow you to complete your tile cutting tasks quickly. It features a corrosive stainless steel top that allows you to cut tiles up to 12×12 inches.
The Skil saw also has an adjustable rip fence and a miter gauge, which allows the user to make a number of different cuts. The rotating bevel will cut from 0 degrees up to an angle of 45 degrees, offering you a range of options when cutting tile. The Skil also comes with a 7-inch diamond-encrusted blade that allows for you to make great cuts, and also the blade cooling water reservoir helps to keep the blade cool and prevent overheating. It also helps to keep the dust and debris to a minimum.
While this tile is great for the DIYer, it lacks many of the features that the Dewalt or the Chicago offer. This is a great saw for someone who needs to make quick cuts on a smaller scale, but when it comes to advanced cuts or even larger tiles, this saw will come up short. I recommend it for jobs around the house but when it comes to contracting work you want to purchase Dewalt or the Chicago.
The MK-370 EXP is one of the lightest and most portable tile saws available today. This is a great tool if you constantly have to move on the job site and its lightweight design makes it an easy tool for a single user to move. It boasts a 1 ¼ horsepower motor that allows the user to cut through tiles that are 18×13.
Don’t be fooled by the size of this wet tile saw. It can cut some of the thickest tiles up to 18 inches, and it also has a plunge feature which allows for precise cutting when cutting holes for outlets and pipes. The blades are also on a hinge system which allows for quick and easy changing of the blades.
The MK-370 comes with a water pump, a 45-degree miter system, and a seven-inch wet cutting blade. It also comes equipped with a safety feature that prevents the saw from operating following the removal of the locking key. This is a great wet tile cutting saw for a contractor that is required to move frequently and is an excellent addition to the job site.
The QEP 22400Q rounds out the bottom of the list, and that is for a number of reasons. This tile saw is not a very good saw, for one it creates a lot of vibration and you have to place the wet tile saw on a rubber mat to keep the saw from bouncing around while trying to make precision cuts.
This tile saw, in particular, seems to have been poorly made, the saw itself might be diamond studded, but the rest of the material feels as if it is a child’s toy. Most of the parts on the saw are plastic, and it does not feel as though it would be able to withstand the job site. This saw almost feels as though It is coming apart when you are trying to use.
The positive features of this saw are that it is rather inexpensive, and it has a feature which filters the water back into the pump, and this will lead to less stopping to refill the water reservoir. Other than that saw fails to deliver in a number of categories.
There are a number of things you will want to consider before purchasing your wet tile saw. A few of the things we based our ranking on will help you pick out the right saw for your everyday use.
The first thing we looked at was the power source and the motor. As with any motorized device you want to make sure that there is enough power going to your saw to cut through even the thickest tile. The best motors that we tested were the ones that generally have 1.5 horsepower or greater. The tile saws with the higher output motors made cutting through tough to cut material like porcelain and stone seem like a hot knife through butter.
You definitely want to choose a motor that will be able to cut through any tile, as you don’t want to come up short when you are trying to finish a project. That is why I recommend that you choose a motor with at least one horsepower, but I prefer the 1.5 horsepower or the 2.5 horsepower myself.
Following power, another thing that we looked at was portability. As a contractor on a busy job site, you often have to pick up what you are doing and move, and when a job is over, you have to pack your tile saw up with you and take it home.
Having a compact tile saw that could easily be moved by one person is very handy. It’s a pain and slows down progress on a job site when you need to get another person to move your saw. The tile saws that ranked the highest tended to be easily moved and would be compact enough to store in your truck. This also rings true to the DIYer, as if you are like me you have a number of tools in your garage, your significant other tends not to like the clutter. If the saw is compact and stores nicely they will have less to complain about when you get to finish your next tiling project.
Another option that I really liked was the saws that came with the bench or table. This made finding a stable platform to do your cutting in a breeze. Often times on the job site I see people making their cuts on the ground, this can be annoying and take a toll on your back. Having a table that comes with the saw will save you an achy back in the morning and allow you to get along with your day.
While most of the saws performed well in cutting there were a number of saws that offered unique features which make my job as a contractor much easier. First and foremost the most convenient feature is the plunge cutting feature. I would not choose a wet tile saw that does not come equipped with this feature. Without having the plunge feature, it is extremely difficult to cut a hole for an electrical outlet or a pipe. You will have to resort to doing this by hand and often times you will split the tile ruining and perfectly good tile and costing you more money in the long run.
Another thing that I looked at was the build. The better the guides and the cutting platform the more accurate of a cut could be made. I like the steel constructed ones or the aluminum, the plastic ones were flimsy at best and did not allow for accurate cuts to be made. Also, some of the nicer saws offered different angles in which you could cut; this makes certain cuts which would usually be difficult much easier.
You also want to consider what you are going to be cutting, as a contractor I generally cut all different sizes of tiles, so I need a larger platform that allows for all sizes and shapes of tiles to be cut. Some of the above featured wet tile saws lacked a large enough platform that would allow me to cut tiles that I need on the job. I recommend trying to find the right size platform for the job that you are doing and stick with that.
Since the name itself indicates that a saw would need some sort of water source, not all of the saws water pumps or reservoirs performed equally. I like being able to quickly cut through my tile and not have to worry about having to refill the water every so often. As with any type of business, time is money, and if my guys constantly have to refill the water reservoir, I am losing money. I liked the water sources that were able to hold and pump out a larger amount of water because it made the jobs more efficient.
The water also helps to keep dust and debris from going all over the place, and I found that the pumps that would push out more water were more effective at preventing dust and debris from filling the air. These are all important factors to consider when purchasing a saw and something that you should pay close attention to before purchasing a saw.
Above I have reviewed the five best tile saws on the market today, and the clear winner was the Dewalt D24000S. It had the superior cutting ability, along with a motor that made cutting through even the toughest tiles easy. I also enjoyed the plunge feature that makes cutting spots for outlets a breeze without having to worry about breaking a tile. Another feature that I enjoyed was how compact and portable it was as well as the stand that comes with it.
The tile saw that was the best price for the money was the SKIL 3540-02. This tile saw is the perfect saw for the weekend DIYer. It provides the right amount of power for the simple at home tasks, and it doesn’t break the bank. I highly recommend this tile saw for someone that is looking to take on weekend projects and wants to purchase his own saw instead of paying the same to rent one for a day.
Last but not least it is good to look around and to check and see what capabilities you need and find the saw that best matches them. The technology continues to advance and making the job of cutting tile easier and easier, so it is good to stay on top and make sure you have the right tool for the job.