Tile Saw Review

We spent over 25 hours researching and testing 12 different types of tile saws and found that depth of cut, horsepower, and warranty were most important. The DEWALT D24000 10” Wet Tile Saw scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. This saw provided accurate and reliable cuts and was not difficult to use. The motor has 1.5 of horse power and provides plenty of power to handle the projects you want to do. The adjustable, dual water nozzle provides plenty of water control. We were able to handle diagonal cuts and rip tiles efficiently and easily.

If you want to cut to the chase the Easton Walk-Off Bat Pack, is a combination of all these features and was selected the “Best Overall” pick from our editorial team.

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12 products reviewed
25 hours reviewing

Top 10 Tile Saws

RankPictureSawHorsepowerRPM
1
DEWALT
1.504,200
2
Chicago
2.503,800
3
SKIL 3550
2.003,600
4QEP 89Q3.503,600
5
QEP 50Q
2.003,600
6
Skil 3540
2.003,600
7Lackmond1.407,000
8
MK-370EXP
1.256,000
9
Bosch
1.404,200
10
TruePower
2.003,565

DID YOU KNOW?
The first tile saw had an iron point to scratch the tiles. It was later replaced by the current tungsten carbide scratching wheel.
 

Tile Saw Comparison


DEWALT
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Chicago
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Skil 3550
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QEP 89Q
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QEP 50Q
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Skil 3540
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Lackmond
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MK-370EXP
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Bosch
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TruePower
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Maximum
Rip
Capacity
(Inches)
24241818301422182412
Diagonal
Cut
Capacity
(Inches)
18181212301416121812
Integrated Miter
(Degrees)
45.00, 22.5045.00, 22.5045.00, 22.5015.00, 30.00, 45.0045.00, 22.500.00, 45.000.00, 45.0045.0045.00, 22.5045.00
Edge Guide
(Degrees)
45 / 90454545454545454545
Water Pan
(Gallon)
5332225222
Horsepower1.502.502.003.502.002.001.401.251.402.00
RPM 4,200 3,800 3,600 3,600 3,600 3,600 7,000 6,000 4,200 3,565
Deck
Material
AluminumAluminumAluminumSteelSteelSteelAluminumAluminumSteelSteel
Saw Frame
(Inches)
34 x 2635 x 2322 x 1815 x 1520 x 1818 x 1532 x 2233 x 2035 x 2518 x 16
Amperage15.0015.005.003.804.804.209.007.409.005.00
Blade Diameter
(Inches)
1010777777107
Blade Thickness
(Inches)
0.060.050.050.060.060.050.050.050.060.05
Maximum
Depth of Cut
(Inches)
3.123.500.751.311.251.372.251.123.751.00
Weight
(Pounds)
69.0079.0524.0023.0015.7017.7054.4033.0075.0026.90
Dimensions
(Inches)
34.00 x 26.20 x 20.4035.00 x 22.40 x 24.0022.00 x 18.00 x 8.5015.10 x 15.60 x 9.0015.70 x 20.10 x 9.9018.00 x 14.50 x 7.8031.00 x 21.50 x 14.7033.00 x 19.00 x 20.0033.50 x 23.50 x 22.0018.00 x 16.00 x 10.00
Warranty
(Months)
3633612123612121212

 

Tile Saw Buying Guide

Tile Saw Reviews

What is a Tile Saw

Tile is an interesting material, and you’ll find natural and man-made tile made from such materials as ceramic, porcelain, and stone. The thing about tile is that it breaks easily, and tile saws are designed to precisely cut these materials without creating any damage. Tile saws are safe to use, easy to operate, and they give homeowners the professional results that they crave. Using a diamond carbide blade to cut the hardness and bitterness of tile, tile saws will generate a lot of heat, and that’s why a water reservoir is necessary to continually spray the blade and material to keep them cool and reduce dust.

There are many tile saws to choose from, and you can get handheld or table models, if you so choose. When it comes to purchasing a tile saw, you want to consider the nature of the project you’ll be doing. This is a highly specialized tool that is best purchased with clear intentions in mind. You need to consider whether your work environment will have running water and electrical power available. While having a good understanding of the nature of the work being performed, you also need to consider many other things.

Keep in mind that handheld saws are great for smaller projects or those times when portability is important. Table-models give you extra stability and surface area so you can handle larger materials, making it easier to uniformly cut multiple tiles. You’re going to see that tile saws vary widely in terms of features and cost, so it’s best to investigate your options and decide whether you want a new or used model.

Features

You’re going to see that there is a great deal of variation from model to model, with differentiation between essential design elements like water source, and in terms of optional features that pertain to safety and convenience.

  • Water Source: A tile saw will either reuse water stored in a pump container or draw it from a continuous source like a garden hose. There will be a drain or a line connection for draining the excess water. Saws that use a pump to recirculate the water supply are the most convenient when you’re working away from a water source or when you’re saving your water usage. A fresh-water or pumpless saw has an attachment for a water hose. In this situation, the water stays cleaner, but you’re going to need to operate the saw near a water supply.
  • Blade Type: You’re going to find that blade types are available for different applications. A wet/dry blade can be used with a handheld wet saw that allows for dry cutting, and these are usually smaller in size. Wet diamond blades are specifically designed to operate while being cooled with water, and these should only be used for wet cutting.
  • Blade Capacity: This feature determines the ability of the cutting head to adjust to hold blades of various sizes. You want to consider buying a tile saw that has this versatile feature, especially if your project involves tiles of different types.
  • Blade Adjustment: You’ll find that most home tile projects require making beveled and mitered cuts. In this situation, you want to look for models with blades that can be adjusted for different cuts. Most table saws will have a mitered attachment.
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  • Blade Power: The torque that you need to cut heavy and strong tile is provided by motor horsepower. Lighter, handheld units of under 0.5 horsepower will be best suited for smaller, thinner tiles. While larger handheld models and smaller table models are going to have 0.5 horsepower. You want to consider buying the most powerful model suited for the project that you’re working on, while also taking into account what your budget allows for.
  • Overload Protection: Thermal overload protection is going to protect the motor from overheating and potentially burning out. If you have a model with a direct-drive motor then you’re going to be vulnerable to this. Most models will have this feature, but it’s important to check the specifications to be sure.

Handheld Saws

Handheld tile saws are great for giving you portable convenience when it comes to traveling, working outdoors, and cutting large materials. These models will be available in corded and cordless versions, and they’re light enough to carry on the go. This kind of saw is also efficient for touching up tile and other smaller projects. Versatile enough to make special cuts, it’s still recommended that you use a table saw if you want a steadier work surface. But, with a bit of practice, handheld saws are better for making rounded cuts.

With a handheld saw, you can get the same type and quality of cut as a table tile saw can make. But, the results will depend upon the skill level of the user. Handheld models use smaller blades, and that makes them not the best choice for thick tiles that require deeper cuts. When it comes to large tiles that are not too thick, a handheld model is ideal because it requires that your workpiece be securely in place. This will make a precise cut much easier, and you won’t have to push the tile into the blade.

Keep in mind that a handheld model requires more preparation of materials because the tile needs to be clamped in place before the cutting begins. The tile will also need to be manually measured and marked before cutting. It’s possible to use your handheld saw for dry cutting, but this will create a considerable amount of dust, and that’s why it’s important to wear a dust mask as well as eye protection.

Table Saws

A table saw is going to provide you with precision and stability when it comes to cutting large pieces of tile. Instead of manipulating the blade, you will need to push the tile along a guide for the blade to cut. The blade will be mounted in a water tray that will continually wet the tile. Pump models will spray recirculated water on the blade as the material moves under it, whereas fresh water models will draw running water for a cleaner cut.

Tile Saw3Table models are going to support a larger blade, and provide you with more depth capacity, and this is why they’re the best choice for thick and large tiles. Table saws are also ruled for easy sizing of materials. You’re going to find that these models are larger and more expensive than their handheld counterparts, but they provide you with much better cutting consistency between tiles. Since tiles don’t need to be manually clamped, the table saw is great for handling volume. You want to look for those models which have added features that add to the overall precision and convenience of using the saw.

Conclusion

If you’re someone who works with tile professionally, or if you’re just someone who likes tile projects around the house, you’re going to find that owning the perfect tile saw makes the whole task much easier. There are tons of tile saws on the market, and choosing the right one for you comes down to knowing exactly how you’re going to be using the saw. In our buyer’s guide we highlighted the kinds of tile saws that are on the market, and explained the various features that are available to you. This should get you well on your way to finding the perfect saw to suit your unique requirements.

Resources

  1. Dewalt: http://www.dewalt.com/
  2. Horsepower: http://t.harborfreight.com/
  3. Skil: http://www.skiltools.com/