OT: but goes with kitchen countertops so someone may benefit.
Purchased at HD.
Experience with the tool and HD:
1.Purchased off the shelf for $88 after finding out a one day rental for
the pro grade MK was 25-42$.
2. Got home, unpacked the unit, noticed blade wrenches missing, unit had
been used, and water tray was damaged.
3. Went back to HD. Got another. Opened at store. All OK.
4. Saw was noisy when cutting 1/4 inch ceramic but I expected that.
Worked fine for the first 2 hours or so. Then developed an annoying
habit of binding due to the blade guard sticking.
5. Finished day 1 of tile job. Decided to get another blade since the
ones originally packed with the tool are often of low grade. Bought a 7
inch masonry/tile blade, Superior brand, on display with all of the tile
6. Day 2: began by removing old blade. This was tough since there was
not much room to work. Attempted to install the new blade multiple
times but it would not go down all the way on the saw arbor nor fit in
the blade space loose enough to move freely.
7. Measured blade: It was not a 7 inch but was 7 and 1 sixteenth. No
wonder the thing would not fit. Put the old blade back on.
8. About 15 minutes into the new day of tile cutting the saw developed
a nasty habit of slinging muddy water in your face even though the blade
guard was down. This made it hard to see what you were doing and
spoiled some cuts. The binding with the blade guard also got worse.
Bottom line and lessons learned:
A good quality scoring tool would probably be better for straight cuts.
This would minimize using the wet saw and save both blade, sanity, and
operator hearing. I did wear hearing protectors but a scoring tool
would not require them.
I plan to rent a professional MK unit the next time I have a tile job.
I have a feeling it is of better quality. It must be or the jails would
be full of tile cutters who went beserk and wound up behind bars.
Tile job turned out great and together with the new Formica makes a
totally different feel to the kitchen.
Female happy. I'm glad but prefer woodwork!