A powerful motor combined with high speed allows accurate cutting of both fine tiles and thick paving blocks.
The water runoff could be faster.
This high-performance tile saw will come in useful for both household use and on construction sites. It is easy to operate, safe to use, and powerful enough for cutting large and thick tiles.
Overhead motor saw
22.5° and 45°
Stainless steel rail system, Dual water nozzles, Removable cutting cart for easy cleaning
Due to the HydroLock System™ technology, the water placement is right next to the blade. This prevents dust from spreading, allowing users to cut on the spot.
A low cutting depth.
In spite of a compact size, this tile cutting saw can easily handle tiles of up 18"x18" in size. If you're looking for a home improvement tool for at-home use, you will surely be pleased with SKIL 3550-02 performance.
22.5° and 45°
HydroLock System™, Sliding side extension, Aluminum table top, Adjustable rip fence with miter gauge, Built-In Cord Wrap
Compact dimensions and lightweight design of the tool make it easier for do-it-yourselfers to store it and carry around.
A pretty small water tray.
The cutting capacity of the 3540-02 is something to be proud of, given its small size. It will easily cut tiles up to 1-3/" thick. The option to adjust the cutting angle within the range from 0° to 45° expands the capabilities of the saw, allowing its use for making openwork.
0-45° (smooth adjustment)
Stainless Steel Tabletop is Resistant to Corrosion, Adjustable Rip Fence with Miter Gauge, Blade Cooling Water Reservoir
The power switch with the key allows you to prevent unauthorized use and lock the saw for safety purposes. The thermal overload protection extends the motor life.
A short-term warranty. Quite heavy.
Taking into consideration the power of this saw, we can safely recommend it to all construction workers dealing with large building projects. Featuring numerous settings of cutting angle and depth, cutting tiles even on a daily basis will be a breeze.
Overhead motor saw
22.5° and 45°
Adjustable cutting head, 24-inch cutting capacity, Powerful dual capacitor motor, Heavy duty cast alloy column and cutting head for reduced vibration, Oversized steel frame
An adjustable rig guide allows you to quickly set the optimal width of cut.
The angle guide can be set in two positions only.
Even though this tile saw won't stagger you with its specs, it still works great and is capable of handling tiles up to 1-1/4". The QEP 22650Q has a well-balanced size and weight, similar to other models with the same capacity.
22.5° and 45°
Versatile, Water run off collection system, Lock-down rip guide, Table extension, Miter cuts, Splash containment
What is a Tile Saw
When it comes to repairs both at home and on construction sites, as a rule, tiling is considered the most challenging job. It can be quite tricky to make accurate cuts without having a tile saw at hand. Fitted with diamond blades tile cutting saws are designed to facilitate tile jobs, make it easier for do-it-yourselfers to make intricate cuts of different shapes. Tile saws look very much similar to table saws by appearance, however, they do have distinctions. Unlike table saws, they have angle guides that allow making diagonal cuts and feature special measuring equipment for handling different materials. Also, they employ a wet cutting method, and so all dust particles are collected in water trays.
When laying tiles, it's very important to lay the first row flat, so we recommend using a laser level for this purpose. Also, pick one of the concrete mixers to prepare mortar for tiles easily and promptly.
What Features to Compare
Tile saws are divided into handheld, tabletop, and overhead motor models. Handheld saws fall into corded and cordless models. They can be connected to a vac or water tank to collect dust. Due to their small size and weight, handheld saws employ small cutting discs, hence have a low depth of cut. Handheld saws come in handy in minor repair jobs and are extremely convenient for construction workers who often need to move from site to site. Quite often, they are used at big sites too, as they are much easier to move around than the tabletop models. As regards the tabletop tile cutting saws, they look very much like table saws and are used predominantly in large projects. The overhead motor saws are designed for professional use and enable workers not only to cut tiles but also to make sophisticated openwork for decorating floors and walls.
Having decided on the type of a tile saw you need, consider its specifications. The power is one of the crucial aspects to be taken into consideration; it defines the rotating speed and the maximum blade diameter that can be used. Hence, you need to know the size of tiles to be cut in advance, as the thicker they are, the bigger blade you will need. The cutting depth parameter is of no less importance too. Usually, it is determined by the machine type rather than the size of the blade. The typical cutting depth of handheld models makes around 1" deep, while for tabletop saws it makes 3/4 - 3/8". Overhead motor cutters are capable of cutting tiles of 3-1/8" thick and more. As for the speed, 3600 RPM is considered to be optimal for the blades of 10-inch in diameter; 7” blades usually spin at 5100-5200 RPM; the blades up to 4" run at 9000 RPM and higher. The angle of the cut is one more thing to pay attention to. At some stage, you're likely to need to make slanted cuts. For this purpose, a vast majority of tile cutting saws feature special angle guides adjustable at 45° and 22.5° degrees, although, you can also find models that will let you choose a suitable angle from 0° to 45° range.
We can instantly attribute water trays to the convenience features of tile saws. Water doesn't affect the quality of cuts but catches all dust particles, keeping your workspace cleaner. When selecting a handheld model, shoot for compact and lightweight models that won't strain your hands. Make sure that the chosen tile saw allows for making diagonal cuts. For professional tilers working on construction sites, we'd also recommend considering models with extendable tables, as the tiles may come in many different shapes and sizes.
No Drop Down
It is not only the size that is great about the D24000 wet tile saw from DeWALT. Its performance characteristics and capabilities are just as great. Given that this tile saw is of the overhead motor type, it features a sliding one-piece table. The construction consists of the main frame, a water reservoir with a pump, and a sliding cart. What makes this overhead motor tile saw special over many other similar models is that it's possible to use it indoors mess-free thanks to a number of water attachments included in a set. For enhanced comfort of use, the tool can also be placed on a special elevated stand delivered with the package.
For Use at Home and On Construction Sites
The best part about the D24000 Wet Tile Saw is that is well suitable both for use at home and on construction sites. The tool is fitted with a power 15A motor and is able to spin a 10" blade at 4200 RPM. The cutting blade is atop the table, so you can cut tiles and pave slabs up to 3-1/8" thick. The D24000 wet tile cutting saw enables adjusting the angle of cuts at 0°, 22.5°, and 45° positions. Each of the angles has a marking which you can see on the scale on the front of the table. The cutting machine is capable of splitting tiles up to 24" long, which makes it a versatile tool suitable for professional use.
A Handy Table
In order to make the tool more convenient in use, DeWALT has incorporated a number of usability features in one well-thought-out design. The most prominent one is probably the blade water runoff system. Here, the system employs the pump to supply water to the cut almost instantly and wash it off dust particles. Another function of water here is to cool the blade, thereby prolonging the working time of the tool. Proceeding to the usability features, we'd like to point out that the DeWALT D24000 has a rich set of water attachments for preventing spills and mess on your working surface, which is particularly handy when using the tool indoors. Also, the saw has a special pin designed for locking the cart in three possible positions, hence it is easier to make more accurate cuts. For safety reasons, the saw is fitted with a switch, a handy button that needs to be lifted or pushed down to turn on and off the machine.
If you're going to handle different tiles, this DeWALT saw is a splendid solution for quick and quality cutting.
Work at a Spot
Let's take a look at the tile cutting saw by SKIL. At first sight, it doesn't look any different from table saws. It is only the rip fence that distinguishes it from the others. In the SKIL 3550-02, it also serves as a locking pin, that keeps tiles in place when you make diagonal cuts. The drive of the SKIL 3550-02 is placed below the table; the blade features a HydroLock System™ and is located underneath too. The dust is collected by lower and upper guards that supply water to the cuts thereby keeping things clean for you even if you work indoors in a partially furnished room. Another distinctive feature of the SKIL 3550-02 is a sliding extension that you can use to expand the surface of the table when tiling quite large tiles.
For Domestic Jobs
Now let's give some numbers. The SKIL 3550-02 is fitted with a 7" blade. However, the usable surface of the blade is much smaller due to the center placement of the saw's spindle beneath the table and hence suitable for cutting tiles up to 3/4" thick only. This thickness, though, is quite common for household tiles. The cutting angles of 22.5° and 45° allow its usage in laying tiles in corners, making it possible to get the finest joints between the tiles. The SKIL 3550-02 employs an average-power 5A motor, capable of delivering the speed of 3600 RPM.
Use From Both Sides
In view of operation of this wet tile saw, it features only two buttons to be used. The side extension allows users to enlarge the working surface for cutting pretty large tiles and can be attached on either side of the machine, providing you with more space. Upon lifting the guide and locking it, you can use the saw for making angle cuts. We should also take a note of a lightweight aluminum design of the tool, that makes 22 lbs in total.
Seeing all the above-mentioned features, the SKIL 3550-02 wet tile saw will be the best choice for all do-it-yourselfers working with tiles of different sizes and needing enough room for it.
The SKIL 3540-02 is another model of tile cutting saw that you may want to consider purchasing for performing small projects. When compared to the 3550-02, its capacity isn't as big; besides, it doesn't have any extensions. However, still, you'll be able to do a wide range of tasks with it, due to its capabilities. Designed with a tiltable table, it is well suitable for making angle cuts. All you need to do is loose the knob, lift the table as high as you need, and tighten the knob. The SKIL 3540-02 can also be used for cutting tiles by diagonal thanks to the miter gauge on the rip fence, while the fence itself allows you to vary the distance to the blade, changing its position in accordance with the type of cuts you need to make. For user's convenience, the table features a scale rule. Like many electric tile saws, the SKIL 3540-02 includes a water reservoir in order to remove dust.
One of the advantages of this wet tile saw is its smooth angle adjustment which can be varied in the range of 0° to 45°. So, in spite of its quite small capacity, it offers some really great usability features. The SKIL 3540-02 will come in handy for many household jobs, involving accurate cutting of tiles. Should you need to lay the floor on your patio or tile walls in the bathroom, it will help with these and many more tasks, providing you with efficient performance. The saw is fitted with a 4.2A motor yielding the 3600 RPM speed and is compatible with various blades up to 7" in size with 5/8" arbors.
Quick Assembly and Ease of Use
If you've used a table saw at least once in your life, you'll have no difficulty with handling this machine too. There are only two buttons on the housing of the tool, to start and to switch the unit off. The assembly of the saw will not take you longer than 10 minutes, seeing that you consult the manual included in the package. In order to make the operation of the tool safe, the manufacturer covered the blade with a guard which also serves as a fender, preventing water from messing up the working surface. As for the water container, it is, unfortunately, not very big, which means you will need to refill it quite often. Besides, the container placement under the table makes it more awkward, as you will need to loosen the nut lifting the table every time when emptying out the container. Still, in view of very decent performance characteristics and such a good price of the saw, this minor inconvenience shouldn't be considered as a big issue.
Chicago Electric Power Tools Industrial Tile/Brick Saw
Let's take a look at one more tile saw with an overhead type of motor produced by Industrial Tile/Brick Saw by Chicago Electric Power Tools company. Just like you'd expect from overhead motor tile cutting saws, this tile/brick saw being quite bulky in size provides amazing power yield. The saw consists of a metal frame, electric motor, sliding table, and a water tray. The table features the guide with the adjustable miter gauge, enabling you to make straight and diagonal tile cuts. Yet, this is not the only thing that can be adjusted. The saw features a bevel lock lever, depth stop, depth knob, and depth lock. The first bevel lock lever allows changing the blade slope; the depth stop helps limit the depth of cut; the depth knob allows locking the motor at the required depth, and the depth lock blocks the motor assembly in the down position. Since water is supplied to the blade from above, the water tray accommodates the pump for the water delivery.
For Laborious Projects
It's time to consider the capabilities of this tile cutting saw. Firstly, it is compatible with the blades up to 10" and is suitable for cutting tiles of up to 3-1/2" and 1-1/2" thick. You can set the motor head to 0°, 22.5°, and 45°. The table features 3 slots and takes the blade at the foregoing angles, so setting the blade at a different angle may lead to its breakage. Considering the power, the saw is fitted with a 2.5HP electric motor that's able to spin 10" blade at 4000 RPM. That's very decent performance, considering that the recommended speed is rated about 3600-3700 RPM. By and large, the machine is able to cut tiles up to 24", hence it can be easily used on building yards.
With respect to convenience features of this cutting machine, we should point out that the process of cutting with it is very simple and straightforward. Firstly, the table carries tiles and slides; this is much more convenient than pushing them over a table. Secondly, you can adjust the cutting depth for making through cuts and tiny grooves, which comes in useful on certain occasions. The power switch of the saw is worth particular consideration. It features the key and can't be operated when the key is out. In addition, the switch should be raised to run the saw, which prevents its accidental starting by other users. The saw also features the reset button above the switch in order to restart the saw in case of overheating or for its cooling down.
Well, this cutting saw is a great choice for those seeking an adjustable and safe machine.
Pushing the Limits
Mainly made of metal, the QEP 22650Q tile saw has a very sturdy body. The table consists of two parts and features a cover, masking the water tank. Since the driving gear is located beneath the table, we could see no pumps or piping. The lower part of the blade is constantly dipped in water in order to keep cooling the blade and extend its useful life. The table features both rip and angle guides. Speaking of the angle guide, it comprises two parts with the aid of which you'll be able to set either 22° or 45° angle of cutting. The option of extending the surface of the table will come in handy when handling big tiles.
For Simple Jobs
As for the saw's performance, it is fitted with a 4.8A motor that twirls 7" blades at 3600 RPM. This enables cutting tiles flat up to 1-1/4" thick. If you need to make a sloping cut, raise the water tank cover and set it at 22.5° or 45°. Considering that the angle guide allows cutting at the same angles, the saw comes in useful for making bevel and miter cuts.
Set and Fix!
We like a convenient lever on the rip guide of this saw. To set the guide, just slide it to right position and clamp. While watching the QEP 22650Q in operation, we've taken notice of its very smart wet cutting system which, no matter the operating speed, supplies the cutting area with just enough water, not splashing around. This allows its use not only on construction sites but also in places with painted or wallpapered walls. As we've mentioned before, the table of the QEP 22650Q can be further extended for handling tiles large in size. The extension itself can go on either side of the saw, so you can change its position as it feels more convenient.
We can recommend buying this QEP saw to those DIYs and handymen, needing to cut tiles at both right and miter angles, owing to the machine design peculiarities.
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