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Old 07-27-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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What is the Easiest, safest, and cheapest way to cut tiles? Ceramic or porcelain.

What kind of tool do I need? (under $100 if possible), and I have about 70-100 tiles to do.

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I borrowed a friends cheapo wet-saw, and I think it was much easier to use than the score&snap tile cutter that I own.

It was similar to this Home Depot version, which is $80: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

I own one of these: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053 It's not as easy to use, but is cheaper. The nice thing about the wetsaw is you can use it to cut notches out too. You'll need tile snips if you want to use the non-powered version.

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http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...ory=&q=wet+saw
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http://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-...saw-40315.html

is actually a useful tool for as cheap as it is. i have the qep version of the same saw. the only drawback is going slow since you have to double measure the fence to make sure you're cuts are where you want them.
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Thanks!

Those look like only 1 side holds the tile, so it might be harder to get a nice cut.

What is the next step up from those? (~$300 or under if possible)
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you actually hold the tile in your hands and run it through, the black plastic gizmo is for doing diagonals

next step up is

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-h...and-97360.html

this saw will do a pretty darn accurate cut, so will the $50 saw if you hand feed it and set the fence right. this however will speed the job up and be a little more user friendly
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you actually hold the tile in your hands and run it through, the black plastic gizmo is for doing diagonals

next step up is

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-h...and-97360.html

this saw will do a pretty darn accurate cut, so will the $50 saw if you hand feed it and set the fence right. this however will speed the job up and be a little more user friendly
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Is that one better than the QEP?
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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i'd have to see the qep in person. generally i'm not a fan of sliding table saws unless they are on bearings and have rollers on both sides. one sided sliding trays are hard to get precision cuts out of because they wiggle. go check them out in person and get something solid
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Racebum, do you not read posts before yours? In post 3, I linked to the Harbor Freight saws. Then a couple posts later you give a link to the exact same thing.
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Racebum, do you not read posts before yours? In post 3, I linked to the Harbor Freight saws. Then a couple posts later you give a link to the exact same thing.
Same product, but different URL's.
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Are there any tricks to laying the tile?

Like from one tile to the next should I break out a level and make sure they are relatively level between the two tiles? If they are not level what do I use to put underneath of them?
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If they're straight cuts, just score it and snap it. If you have to cut an L-shaped or irregular line across a tile, the Home Depot saw will do a decent job. If you're going to do it on a regular basis, then a pro-level saw is the way to go.

There are some good how-to guides online. My garage floor was my first tiling project, and it went off without a hitch. You'll need a straight line to start with. Leveling individual tiles will mostly have to do with laying down a consistent amount of thinset mortar.

Tiling is actually pretty easy, if you're patient and detail-oriented. Grouting is hard work.
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Racebum, do you not read posts before yours? In post 3, I linked to the Harbor Freight saws. Then a couple posts later you give a link to the exact same thing.
yes, you had the link to the page that actually gave me the idea of which saws they had to suggest. i linked specifics, your link was just the entire page

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