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Dave88LX 05-18-2013 05:22 PM

Talk me into/out of these tile saws?
I did some reading/researching/reviewing on a tile saw. I didn't
even want to spend this much on a saw, but decided like
any other tool I buy, I shouldn't cheap out. I decided between
reading and justifying a budget, that $300 should get me a
"decent" higher end homeowner saw. I can't justify the $700-
$800 saws for the few small tile jobs I have (this first one is only
30 sqft).

I picked this up today: Kobalt 7" saw sliding tray w/ stand.
$300 - 10% discount + 6% tax = $286|0

I then found this saw on Craigslist, new in box, still stapled for $350.

Keep the Kobalt? Drop a little more and would I be happier with this RIDGID?

Can 'em both and pick up something else @ ~$300?

oh'mike 05-18-2013 07:48 PM

Both are small---what size tiles are you planing to cut----???

Even Further 05-18-2013 09:50 PM

I've got this model. Ditched the factory blade and bought a Pearl Abrasives blade. So far so good. It rips cuts 18" tile well after squaring the blade, and marking the tile.

If I eventually modify it to my liking, I would improve the water line tubes. I would add a tee somewhere and route another line so I get direct water precisely at the cut. As is, it works good.

The gamble is shipping to your door without damage.

Dave88LX 05-19-2013 06:38 AM

oh'mike, right now I'm only doing 12" tiles straight across. We are buying a new house with a kitchen floor I'll be doing, about 370 sqft. I'm not sure what size we'll be using. That Ridgid said it'll do 24" tile straight, diagonal across an 18" tile?

Couple others on Craigslist, getting into high-end saw saw prices/category now. Talk about overkill/scope creek for such a small amount of tile! (30 sqft). I will have more tile jobs coming up after this one though, so it makes it a little easier to justify, but it sounds funny now. $400 saw to put down $60 worth of tile.

DeWalt D24000S for $500. Goes for $772 @ Amazon

MK Diamond 770-EXP for $400. Goes for $635 @ Amazon

I guess the MK doesn't offer much more size capability over those first two. The DeWalt with the 10" blade will diagonal cut the 18" tiles; although I've seen where you can use smaller saws to do these cuts doing a pass from each end.

oh'mike 05-19-2013 06:51 AM

For what you are doing ,either saw will work just fine----cutting capacity on either one is fine for 12" tiles.

I'm spoiled with the big clunky machines I have----

djlandkpl 05-19-2013 09:19 AM

I have the Kobalt and did 2 tub surrounds and floors with it. It's a great saw. I originally bought the Rigid table but returned it in favor for a sliding table. Change the water frequently. Don't trust the miter gauge. Check it with a square before cutting.

Dave88LX 06-27-2013 11:42 AM

Just to follow up on this thread, I ended up buying the Harbor Freight 10" saw at the recommendation of the pros over on the John Bridge tile forum. With a coupon, you can get it at just over $200.

I put a quality blade on there with great results.

Davejss 06-27-2013 01:01 PM

I usually advise people to buy the best quality tool they can afford. With construction tools best quality usually equals most expensive. But for the person who does maybe two or three tile jobs a year you can certainly get by just fine with cheaper models.
I tend to use a $30.00 scoring cutter for 90% of my straight cuts. Then I use my $90.00 Home Cheapo wet saw for corner cuts and what-not.
The scoring cutter is cheap, fast, accurate and light weight. And I don't have to get up off the floor to use it.
The inexpensive wet saw has held up to a dozen or so kitchen and bath jobs, and one drop down a set of stairs, and it still works fine.

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