I have a table saw style tile saw I've used for years and recently purchased a
Husky tile saw with the motor mounted above. My question involves the water
supply that wets (or in this case does not) the blade. The table saw style saws
blade ran through a tub of water wetting the blade, and slinging water at me.
The Husky saws water supply is behind and above the blade and does not, even
after several modifications wet the blade. The RPM of the blade "blows" the
water into the blade guard and it drips onto the tile, essentially dry cutting
the tile. Any ideas? Should I just return it to HD? What model/brand over arm
saw would you reccommend?
I'm re-doing floor tiles in 2 bathrooms and was thinking about buying a
small tile saw. There is one at a local hardware store for $150. It cuts
tile and marble, is a 3/4 hp, includes a 7" diamond blade, rip fence and
mitre gauge. I figure it will costs me almost as much to rent one on 2
occasions. I have a cheap manual tile cutter but it wopn't cut the porcelain
tiles i'm installing. Oh yeah, the brand is Bolton Pro -7??
Anyhow any opinions appreciated.
Any opinions, or any reasonable opinions? ;)
Your idea of buying one instead of renting makes sense. You might also
want to think about turning around and selling it on eBay or Craigslist
when you're done with it. That way you can get a better saw and still
have it end up costing you about the same amount of money.
I'm not familiar with the tile saw you mentioned, but I would be
cautious about the lower end saws. I don't know what size saw you
need, but keeping in the 7" range...
MK is a good name - here's one on eBay with free shipping, a seller
with perfect feedback and less expensive than the one you were looking
Here's another good brand - different type of saw, more like a table
saw, and a bit more money:
While I'm a proponent of buying the best quality tools you can afford,
unless you're planning on taking up tiling for a vocation those cheap
wet saws work well enough. The $90 wet saw I bought from Lowes did my
kitchen floor, kitchen extension floor, two full baths (including a
zirconia tile shower enclosure... very tough stuff), an exterior deck
(slate), a 3/8" marble tile entry floor, a kitchen backsplash and two
end table tops (slate):
I've changed the blade twice (~$20). While higher-end saws are more
precise, the kitchen tile floor is 1.5" hex tiles and it worked fine
The main downside with cheap wet saws is that they're messy as hell.
Either do your cutting outside or protect the walls and floors with
I'm in the middle of several small tile projects. The cheap score and
snap tool I have works as long as I'm taking off a large enough section
of tile. For smaller and other difficult cuts I thought about buying a
wet saw and called the place I bought my tile from to ask for advice.
They offered to cut them for me (no charge). Lowe's around here will
also cut tile for .25/cut (came in handy on a sunday when the tile shop
It's a small hassle to drive somewhere but worth it. Not only the
money, but the potential trouble and mess of using a low-end saw.
I most likely would return it. What you describe can not be proper.
My el cheapo, blade above a sliding table from Harbor Fright uses a fork
like affair to deposit the water onto both sides of the moving blade at
something between the 4 and 5 clock position. It does sling water forward
and away from the user.
Don't know about the Husky but check the water pump and the water line.
Disconnect the line at the pump and see if the pump is primed and then blow
through the line to clear it - that always work for me and then you should
have a strong spray at the cutting edge.
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I have a 10", 2hp, QEP like the above except single speed and its a
workhorse. If I had more money to burn, I would have gone for a MK Diamond.
What's wrong with the water-tub style? I've used one for some time,
and i love it...
Well, except for combing the chunks of glazing out of my hair... ya, i
see your point now.
For sale, one tub-style water saw. ;-)
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