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Old 02-05-2019, 04:00 PM   #16
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Things about image cheap saws.
1. Wet saw blade doesn't cut with teeth, and as such, not as dangerous as wood cutting blades. Some cuts will be impossible with the blade guard, which probably is lawyer directed part anyway. I started renting from a pro store and the installer showing me how even touched the spinning blade. Don't be tempted to diy this.



2. Included blade will be very low quality. It will leave a chipped edge and may even wobble more than you're comfortable with. It may even start to rust as soon as it touches water. But probably good enough for the job you have. Smalled chipped edge could be repaired with tile file.



3. The square cut rig in the image may not be good enough. Even on better saws, the track bends because of the pressure on it from the tile and the blade. If you need a fence, could be better off with a piece of wood screwed into the plastic table. Make sure the screw doesn't hit wires or the motor.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:11 PM   #17
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Happens to be this exact one. Asking $250 for it.

That's not a great deal really. You basically get a lifetime guarantee when you buy it new, and also the blade itself is going to cost $45. A good blade is crucial for quality cuts, and you have no idea how much the used blade has been used. That saw happens to be a good value for what it does, but one of those things is the ability to cut quite large tile for the price. This is not a priority for you, at least right now. However if you plan on doing a lot of tiling in the future, I do recommend the model. If not, I would go with something cheaper.


The magician is more important than the wand, as they say. Before I had much money, I did some high quality tile installs with this saw.
https://www.harborfreight.com/4-12-i...saw-69230.html


I have a tile cutter as well, but it simply cannot cut notches so if you can have either a saw or a cutter, then you have to get the saw, so you can get around things like outlets.
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Absolutely buy the tile saw. I did our bathroom starting out with a snap cutter and after about 4 cuts I cried Uncle and got the saw.

Cheap tile cutters are a complete waste of time IMO. I have a Tomecanic and in certain situations a tile cutter is a great thing to have, but it cost $300+ in addition to my tile saw so this is not a DIY option. Don't even think about buying a $30 tile cutter, because for most tile jobs you're going to need a wet saw at some point anyway.
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My kitchen was my first tile work. Since I would be doing both bathrooms in tile later. I knew a wet saw was needed. I didn't want to buy a cheap one. So, after doing some research. I settled on the Kobalt 10" wet saw. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-10-i...Stand/50432430
The saw was pretty easy to assemble. And it was accurate without any adjustments. And it folds down and stores without taking up too much room.
The laser on this is pretty handy. And the bed moves smoothly. If I had to point out a con about this. Then I would say the pump is a tad slow/weak. There is a few second wait when you turn on the saw for the water to start flowing onto the blade. No biggie.
I also don't reuse the water. I put a 5 gallon bucket of fresh water next to the saw.

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I borrowed a wet saw from a friend for a shower job. I found that the moving bed kept getting hung up on the pump. (Maybe he had replaced it and it was slightly different in size?) so I went to Home Depot and rented one. Oh, baby, that was a beautiful piece of equipment! Just thinking about it makes me want to find a tile project...
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