Well let me give you a suggestion. When I did my kitchen I did about
400 sq feet of tile and backsplash on a 45 degree, and I rented the
saw 3 seperate times. The Felker is far superior than the Home Cheapo
saw. Even if you have mostly straight cuts, the Felker is better.
It might be better to lay all you full tiles first, then spend a day
or 2 with the saw strictly for the cuts.
well, what's your budget? what size tiles? the larger the tile, the more
expensive the saw.
a felker will run you a grand or more. an mk maybe around 750. a harbor
freight may set you back 250, a cheap tabletop maybe 100.
for a single job, buy the cheapest one. the actual amounts of cuts are a
small fraction of the whole unless you're doing mosaics or making your own
medallions. if you're going to be doing any other jobs, i'd suggest paying
more. for this, go cheap or rent for a couple of days which will be almost
the same as buying a cheap one.
I have two saws from harbor freight and have used them for several projects
on the original blade. I have the small plastic table saw style and their
large overhead saw you pull across the rail.
I like the large saw, I could make diagonal cuts on the 18" tile I was using
only it is hard to store its so big. Need to be careful at the end of cut
to avoid chipping and the water pump is finicky. but a great deal for
I recently used the small one to cut some paving stones, just cut both sides
and whack with a hammer to break the part between the blade can't reach.
That's easy to store being only the size of a brief case. Works well enough
for 12" straight but best for smaller tile. very cheap too though I didn't
As s;suggested, get a decent one, which you can get used for a decent price.
Now that you have done ONE tile job, you have experience and tools, and will
probably do more. No need to buy a better saw later if you get a good one
now. You'll be surprised how much you use it, and now that you will have
one, they come in handy for a lot of things.
I have a 10" QEP electric wet saw, the one with the sliding table and
rolling stand. Done various projects including tiles and pavers. Once you
have it, you tend to find more projects for it. I like the QEP except the
grease seal leaks on the sliding bar warranty is only 30 days.
I would avoid the big hand held Husqvarna gas saws, they were/are having
cylinder problems. I have the 10" Husqvarna wet saw by Hilti, PIA to start
and maintain, many burned up for no good reason.
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