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SuperHans 06-17-2011 11:25 PM

Tile Saw Suggestions
 
Hey all.

I'm looking to pick up a wet saw in the near future and am eager to hear opinions.

The two I'm looking at now are this one from rigid:

http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/R4020-Tile-Saw/EN/index.htm

and one from MK Diamond:

http://www.mkdiamond.com/tile/saw_170.html

They both look like a cut above the average cheap DIYer saw. Right now I'm favoring the Rigid but I'm open to other ideas. This will be used mostly for small ceramic tile and a bit of Marble(thresholds and baseboard).

Thanks!

oh'mike 06-18-2011 08:09 AM

Both will work for you---the overhead MK should be faster and less messy than the Rigid under mount.

The guard on the rigid must be removed for plunge cuts --necessitating the use of a rag to keep water from spraying up.

I've never seen the little MK model---unless the head flips up for plunge cuts it's use is limited and you will need an angle grinder with a diamond blade for plunge cuts.

Of the two---I vote for the Rigid----Mike----

Bud Cline 06-18-2011 01:03 PM

What size tile?
How much tile?
Straight or diagonal cuts?

For the money the Rigid (in this case) is the better saw. You can't compare those two saws to one-another. Look at the specs. The Rigid is running circles around the MK.

The fact that the Rigid has an under-blade is a problem but still the lessor of the evils. The post on the MK will be a problem for you I'm sure.:) Neither will plunge-cut that I can see. The Rigid can't and the MK won't.:)

What size tile?
How much tile?
Straight or diagonal cuts?

SuperHans 06-19-2011 05:59 PM

Thanks guys. The project at hand consists of mostly 3x6 in. ceramic subway tile for a shower surround, as well as some small ceramic trim pieces and 1/2 in. thick marble for a threshold and baseboards. There will be a couple of miter cuts involved.

It looks like the Rigid is winning out. I don't foresee the need to make plunge cuts on this job. The only cut outs I'll need are for the shower and tub plumbing. I already did the bathroom floor in black and white hex-tile, so no need to cut for a toilet flange or anything large.

Most likely I'll be picking up the Rigid tomorrow. Thanks again!:thumbup:

Bud Cline 06-19-2011 06:23 PM

Quote:

The project at hand consists of mostly 3x6 in. ceramic subway tile for a shower surround, as well as some small ceramic trim pieces and 1/2 in. thick marble for a threshold and baseboards. There will be a couple of miter cuts involved.
No problems doing what you describe with either saw but I still say the Rigid is the better saw for the intended use.

That doesn't mean that all of the Rigid saws are top-o-the-line because they are not.:)

Good Luck!:)


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