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Old 08-14-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Rent tile cutter or buy cheap one?

It looks like I can rent a good tile cutter for about $40, or I can buy one from Lowes/Home Depot for about $88 -- a Workforce one. I'm tiling a tub surround, and probably other projects of a similar size down the roads. I feel like if the Workforce one will do a sufficient job I'd rather go that route, but if it'll drive me nuts, then I'd rather rent. What's the recommended route?


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Old 08-14-2009, 01:35 AM   #2
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straight short cuts workforce is great for a small job or two. If you can rent one and get the stuff cut in a day you can save even more. Angle cuts? You WILL get frustrated with the WF saw. You might even be able to purchase a little higher quality saw use it and resell it for almost what you paid for it but in todays economy with so many going out of business you may not. I make money with my tools so I invest in what I purchase but some don't care. Not sure if any of this helps or not but is just my .02

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Old 08-14-2009, 03:15 AM   #3
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I own 2 tile saws, an MK101 and a chep saw similar to the WF you are looking at. For small jobs I use the small saw. It is light, easily transportable and does most jobs well. Not nearly as fast as the MK101 though.
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I have one of the small saws too - on sale about $50
I'm on my second blade
It does OK, I'd rather have a bigger saw with the tiling jobs I've done
I haven't had to do any angle cuts really
Once the blade wears out it will start to chatter/move as you try to push the tile thru
That's how you will know the blade has worn out
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:34 PM   #5
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Buy a saw. It will take the urgency to get finished out of the mix.

Try your local Craig's list.
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