Best Wet Tile Saws To Buy - Buying Guide for 2016
1. Powerful Motor And Fast RPM Cutting Speed
A tile saw has to be able to get through tile materials without cracking and creating jagged edges in the tile. This requires that the motor be powerful enough for ALL tile materials, whether they be granite, marble, lapidary stones, or others. So, look for a horsepower of at least 1.5 and an RPM cutting speed of around 3,500. This ensures that you get a tile saw that’s able to take on all the tile projects you can throw at it.
2. Water Supply For The Cutting Blade
Adding water to the cutting blade prevents the dust and debris that you’ll find commonplace with other saws. The water also works to cool the blades so they don’t fracture the tile and also allows you to work for longer durations.
The water nozzles are positioned near the blade to deliver the wet cutting ability, and you’ll find that with nearly all newer tile saws, that wet cutting is the only way to go. Professionally speaking, you’ll want wet cutting for all your tile materials. Look for this feature and you’ll be a more satisfied customer.
3. Compact Size, Light Weight, And Travel Ability
Wet tile saws, at least the tabletop models, are designed for easy travel and transport. Their compact size makes them easy to load them up into a car and get them to the worksite without any hassles. The weight should be not too heavy and able to be lifted. Around 80-120 lbs is a good weight range to be interested in because they’re heavy duty and light enough for travel.
4. Variable Blade Size Compatibility
Being able to use various blade sizes means that you’ll have more options in what projects you can work on. You’ll be able to get more done and accomplish a wider variety of tasks. Look for tile saws that allow you to use blades that vary up to 10" in diameter.
5. Easy Blade Removal And Replacement
Being able to replace your blades quickly is crucial to working quickly and efficiently. If you can’t replace your blades fast, that’s going to cut into your productivity. Look for the ability to easily remove and replace blades in the shortest amount of time. This feature is part of most tile saws that are worth considering.
6. Rail System, Guide, And Miter Saw Ability
A rail system ensures the accuracy of your cuts, but it isn’t a part of all tile saws. The DeWalt tile saw we mention in this guide has this feature, but the others don’t. Also, a guide system is valuable to professionals because it helps guide the material into the blade. A miter saw feature is also useful to professionals because it allows for angled cuts into tile and other similar materials.
7. Warranty, Manufacturer And Amazon Review Score
A product is only as good as the warranty that comes with it. Look for at least a 1 year warranty in any tile saw you’re considering. Some really good manufacturers of tile saws these days are DeWalt, MK Diamond, QEP, Skil, and Lackmond.
Finally, as a final note in this guide, we have to impress upon you the importance of the review score and detailed information you can find in the Amazon review section for each product. This is Amazon’s claim to fame, and you owe it to yourself to thoroughly read the customer feedback reports so you know you’re getting a good product.