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Choosing the best tile saw can be a difficult task when you’re faced with so many products.
So we created this guide on some of the top wet tile saws available as well as a buyer’s guide at the end.
Here's 3 products we picked out that thought you would be interested in depending on your budget...
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Best Tile Saws with Reviews for 2019
Below is a list of the top tile saws on the market:
1. DeWalt D24000S Wet Tile Saw - Top Pick
- Well renowned by pros.
- Has a large capacity – great for large format tiles.
- Able to do plunge & miter cuts up to 45 degrees.
- One of the cleanest wet tile saws to use with a well designed water containment system & drain plug – unlike others.
- Light enough to carry.
- Powerful motor makes this ideal for larger jobs.
- Great warranty and service included.
Not so Good
- On the higher end of price.
- Powerful motor means this does produce a lot of noise.
- Probably overkill for small infrequent jobs.
The DeWalt D24000 and its counterpart the model D24000S with the stand is an excellent choice for anyone in need of a powerful and versatile tool with a great cutting capacity, produced by one of the biggest brands in the industry.
It’s probably the best commercial tile saw on the market and the price of this ranges between $850 and $999, making it the top end pick on our list. For this price, it offers an integrated cantilevering rail system with 24 inches ripping capacity and 18 inches diagonal cutting capacity.
The rail system is stainless steel, protecting it from corrosion and ensuring you of an extended product life. The steel blade is 10 inches in diameter and 0.06 inches thick. You can change it with a key. It is suitable for cutting porcelain, stone, ceramic, pavers.
The saw frame integrates the rail system; this guarantees accurate cuts. Also, it is very compact, making the tool easy to carry around. It weighs 69 lbs and it can easily be transported and set up by one person alone.
The integrated miter gives you a choice of 45 degrees and 22.5 degrees. This feature helps you get quick angle cuts. Their depth is of 3-1/8 recommending the tool for V-cap and pavers.
The water pan of the DeWalt D24000 and the D24000S can contain 5 gallons of water, and it can be placed in either rear or side attachments to contain water run-off and blade spay-over.
The cutting cart and the water containment tray are easy to remove, clean and transport. If you don’t have a workbench to place it on, then you can opt to buy the version that comes with a foldable stand, which is recommended if you are on the go.
The product is easy to use, easy to clean, easy to carry around and to set up. Judging from the price alone, this is not a hobby tool. There is a 1 horsepower motor which gives the tool enough power to be taken seriously.
Some comments were made about the noise levels of the device, which sounds stupid but it is to be expected from the power. Otherwise, this particular tile saw was very well received both by people who use it on small projects as well as people who use it professionally.
If you are looking for a long last lasting, quality tile saw from a top brand, then this is a must have.
2. PORTER-CABLE PCE980 - Best Tile Saw for the Money
- Ideal for the DIYer.
- Small & light weight.
- Onboard miter square.
- Roll cage for easy carrying and protection of the cutting cart.
- Splash guard keeps water from spraying.
- Stainless steel fixed deck holds up to water and jobsite abuse.
- Equipped with drain plug.
Not so Good
- Not recommended for professional use.
- Porcelain or other hard tiles can be a slow cutting process.
- Not got the power of a professional saw.
3. SKIL 3550-02 - Best Cheap Tile Saw
- Perfect for the home DIYer
- Great value
- Water containment system does a good job
- Light and portable
Not so Good
- Few users mentioned the splash guard gets dirty quickly which needs cleaning
- Emptying the water can be a pain as the pan is not removable
- Some users also mentioned that the rip fence isn’t very precise and can be difficult to move & set
The Skil 3350-02 7-inch wet tile saw with HydroLock water containment system is another tool that provides great value and goes for a price ranging between $140 and $160, slight more expensive than the 3540-02 version.
What does the Skil 3550-02 wet tile saw have that is different? The HydroLock System. This is an innovative upper and lower guard that helps you keep water contained near the blade. This allows great precision cutting and minimum clean-up afterward.
It has an integrated rail cart system and miter gauge for 45 and 22.5 degrees. Its maximum rip capacity is 18 inches. Its diagonal cut capacity is 12 inches.
It comes with a sliding side extension to support tiles of up to 18 x 18 inches. It can be used on either the left or the right side of the table.
This tool weighs 24 pounds, making it easily manageable, easy to carry around and set up. However, although it is in the lightweight category, it can cut through porcelain, stone, ceramic and pavers with it without problems.
The blade of the Skil 3550 wet tile saw is 7 inches in diameter and 0.05 inches thick. It is made of steel and can be changed by key. The water pan can hold 3 gallons of water and it is made of ABS plastic.
The cutting cart and the water containment tray are removable. Users say that this tool is easy to set up, easy to use and easy to clean.
Reviewers mention that this is a great tool for the do-it-yourselfer. It is sturdy and easy to control. The design seems to be good, though one reviewer claimed to have been annoyed with constantly having to re-tighten the fence every time he moved.
Overall, most people seem to think that it is a good saw for the money and that it was also successfully used on bigger projects. The manufacturer gives a 3 years warranty for this fixed tile saw.
4. SKIL 3540-02 Wet Tile Saw
- Amazing value
- Great for home DIYer who does small jobs
- Easy to use
Not so Good
- Water reservoir is small
- Hard to fill and not removable
- Users mention there is a lot of splashes
- Slower to use compared to more powerful tile saws
- Not suitable for the professional or where it is used regularly
The SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch we tile saw keeps coming up as a market top find. It is the recommendation of many professionals who know how to assess such a tool, and it is our recommendation and the top of our top rated list. It makes great value and is priced around $90 – $110, making it one of the most accessible items on our list.
This wet tile saw has an integrated rail cart system, a water pan of 2 gallons and a motor of 2 horsepower. It performs 3600 rotations per minute and it has a diagonal cut capacity and a maximum rip capacity of 14 inches.
The blade is made of steel and it is changed by key. It weighs 17.7 pounds, making it lightweight. It is good for cutting porcelain, ceramic and pavers. The tabletop is stainless steel so you will have no corrosion issues.
The diamond blade is 7 inches and it is designed for fast and smooth cutting. The SKIL 3540-02 comes with a cooling water reservoir. This keeps the blade cool and it minimizes the dust and the debris created with every cut.
You have full control of your project with this tool. It has an adjustable rip fence with miter gauge for straight cuts. Also, there is a 0 – 45 degrees bevel for a very wide range of cuts.
Users seem to think that this tool is easy to use and easy to clean. The manufacturer stands by this product, offering a 30-day money back guarantee and a 1-year warranty.
Although most of the reviews were favorable to the product, there were those who claimed that the tile saw is better for occasional DIY projects and not for ample home remodel projects or for professionals with a big workload.
While some said that the motor overheats, others mentioned that the blade is rather dull and that they had good cutting control only when they worked really slowly. This is not good for big projects with a tight deadline.
As far as the water reservoir goes, some said that it sprayed them in the face every time they used the tile saw, that it is small and that it needs to be refilled every couple of uses and that refilling it was not the easiest thing.
5. MK Diamond MK-370EXP Tile Saw
- Easy to move around.
- Good build quality.
- Produces smooth cuts.
- Good wet tile for the home DIYer.
Not so Good
- Powerful motor means it is quite loud.
- Users mention is not recommended for professional regular use.
The MK Diamond MK-370EXP 1-1/4HP 7-Inch wet cutting tile saw is one of the top end machines on our list, and although it is not the most expensive, it still costs in the region of $400 – $460.
It has a single piece zinc-plate steel frame. The depth of cut is 2 inches. The cut at 45 degrees is 1 – 1/8 degrees. The length of cuts is 18 inches. The maximum diagonal cut is 13 inches.
The saw has an integrated rail cart system and a miter gauge for 45 degrees. The maximum rip capacity is 18 inches, and the diagonal cut capacity is 12 inches. Plunge cutting is made possible by the variable height cutting head.
A great feature of the saw is the safe switch to prevent the saw from being operated when the key used to lock it is removed. This is a good thing since the saw comes with a motor of 1.25 horsepower and can perform 6000 rotations per minute.
The diamond blade has a 7 inches diameter and is 0.05 inches thick. Changing the blade is done by key.
It is easy to assemble, and it comes with a maintenance free, self-lubricating pinion and gearbox. It is a lightweight tool weighing only 33 pounds. It can cut through porcelain, ceramic and pavers.
The saw has a built-in water pump receptacle with a removable thermoplastic water reservoir. The water pan has a 2 gallons capacity.
The MK-370EXP is easy to use, easy to clean, and an easy to set up tool. The cutting cart is removable and so is the water tray. A side extension is available as well for supporting bigger tiles.
Most user reviews say the product is good for the money; that is doing its job with precision and with a minimum clean-up afterward. It takes only minutes to understand how it operates. There is some noise made by the blade, but that too is to be expected.
Other reviewers claim that the water pump is prone to plug and that the manufacturer could have done a much better job in this respect.
6. Harbor Freight Chicago Electric Tile Brick Saw
- Plunge & miter cut feature
- Good value
- Very accurate
- Handy bevel cut feature
- Premium tile saw for the DIY enthusiast
Not so Good
- Does not come with a blade
- Due to the weight you may need a wheeled stand if you plan on moving it
- Slight wobble on the sliding tray
- Not recommended for commercial use
- Poor warranty
The Chicago Electric 2.5 Horsepower 10” Industrial Tile/Brick Saw from Harbor Freight is another great option for anyone in need of a good saw, and a popular choice too.
You can pick up this item for prices ranging between $350 and $400. Not the most expensive item on our list, but definitely not on the cheap end either.
This item comes with an integrated rail cart system and miter for 45 and 22.5 degrees. The head pivots allowing a maximum rip capacity of 24 inches and a diagonal cut capacity is 18 inches.
It has a pan made of ABS plastic with a 3-gallon-per-minute water pump. The water containment tray is removable and easy to clean.
The motor is very powerful at 2.5 horsepower. The amperage of the tile saw is 15.0. It is a dual capacitor motor with sealed bearings. The thing you will appreciate about it is the fact that it was designed with thermal overload protection. It does 3800 rotations per minute.
The nice thing about the Chicago Electric 2.5 Horsepower 10” industrial tile saw is that it has an adjustable cutting head which lets you handle both industrial tiles as well as bricks. It does just as well with cutting porcelain, ceramic, pavers.
The blade has a 10-inch diameter which is 0.05 inches thick. It is made out of steel and you have to change it by key. The maximum depth of the cut is 3- 1/2 inches.
The tool weighs 90 lbs. Its table dimensions are 17 inches x 19 – ¾. The steel frame is oversized so you can have great precision with your work. It is easy to set up and handle and the table guarantees that you will get a straight cut.
Some reviewers claimed that the water pump gave out. They advise getting a replacement if the damage happens in the first 90 days from purchase as there are no replacement pumps available. Others claim that the water pump is too weak for certain projects.
Other reviewers were unfortunate enough to get duds with missing parts, poorly delivered or with factory problems. In matters of design, one reviewer mentioned that he did not find the placement of the on/off switch on the other side of the tool very intuitive since he has to reach across the tool every time. HA!
7. MK Diamond MK-170 Wet Tile Saw
- Excellent value.
- trong motor.
- Perfect for the weekend do-it-yourselfer.
Not so Good
- Not great for larger tiles
- Guide is not very easy to use or accurate.
- Not suitable for the professional.
The MK Diamond 157222 MK-170 1/3-Horsepower 7-inch bench wet tile saw can be bought for a price anywhere in the range of $220 and $250. It is mid-ranged machine compared to some of the other products we have included in our list and is the cheaper version of its bigger brother, the MK 370EXP.
The item is compact, weighing 17.8 pounds. It is versatile, easy to use and easy to carry around and to clean. It comes with a diamond blade and a submersible water pump. The 7-inch blade can make cuts 2 inches deep and 12 inches long.
The motor is a high torque, universal one with 1/3 horsepower. It performs 5,500 rotations per minute. The product is thus ideal for cutting counters or floor tiles.
There is a platform to allow the precision of work. However, some reviewers mentioned that the table the tile sits on does not slide into the saw, but the tile slides on top. Overall, more people asked the manufacturer to redesign the table top on this model.
Although it is a good saw, that helps you get your job done. Some people complained that it had so much overspray that they had to use it outside, while others specifically said that there was not much overspray.
No doubt this is a product for the weekend warriors, although some of these DIY-ers have managed to complete more ample projects using this tool. It may all depend on how hard you use it.
8. QEP 22650Q Wet Tile Saw
- Very cheap.
- Easy to set up.
- Great for home DIYers doing small jobs.
Not so Good
- Plastic casing feels cheap.
- Rusts easily if not dried thoroughly.
- Guide gets vibrated out of alignment.
- Not recommended for the professional contractor.
The QEP 22650Q ¾ HP 120 volt tile saw has an integrated rail cart system and a miter gauge for cuts at 22.5 and 45 degrees. It is a fixed saw which goes for a reasonable price of $80- $99. Putting on the value end on our list.
The maximum rip capacity of the saw is 30 inches. The diagonal cut capacity is 30 inches. The maximum depth of the cut is of 1-1/4 inches.
The motor has 2 horsepower and amperage of 4.8. It can perform 3600 rotations per minute.
The blade is made of steel and it has a diameter of 7 inches and is 0.06 inches thick. It can be changed by key. It is suitable for cutting ceramic and pavers.
Being a wet tile saw, it comes with a water pan with a capacity of 2 gallons. It is made out of ABS plastic; it can be easily taken out and cleaned. The QEP 22650Q3 comes with an interior water baffle which minimizes water spray and reduces refill.
At 15.7 pounds, this tool is considered lightweight. It is very easy to move around, to set up and pack up. The warranty offered by the manufacturer is 1 year.
Some reviewers claim that for the continuous use you need to keep water at hand. It splashes a bit when you work with it, but experience shows that this tends to happen with some people more than others. It may depend on how the tool is assembled and used.
Also, some reviewers claim that the saw rusts easily if it is not dried out well. Air drying may not be a good idea. The noise level is high as well, but it usually comes with the territory in the case of tools with a high number of rotations per minute.
Otherwise, the product is good for the money paid. Most people seem to recommend it mainly for smaller projects.
Technically, it should not be hard to choose the right tile saw for you. You have a lot to choose from in this respect. Practically, there are so many options that a person choosing this tool for the first tile might feel overwhelmed. This goes double for the weekend warrior who is just starting to work on such a project. I know this goes without saying, but with any power tool, make sure you follow safety guides so you fully understand the risks and hazards they pose, especially with a tool like a tile cutter.
Like with any investment, the price is key. Think about the extent of the use you are going to get out of this tool.
Is it this one time project or do you plan on doing more by yourself? Have you ever held a tile saw before and do you think you could manage the task?
There are price ranges better for purchasing your own wet tile saw than for renting out this kind of equipment. The decision on how far you want to take this occupation is yours.
The second thing to decide on is the type of product you might feel more comfortable using. Do you want to rely on a sturdily fixed tile saw with a table top and sliding tile platform to do half the job? Or do you think you could handle the portable version of a tile saw? Can you get cuts just as straight?
Maneuverability is a big deal, and it means considering the weight of the item. You might feel inclined to think that the heavier the tool is, the easier it is to operate. In reality, all tile saws offer great precision, n matter the weight. This might count in other areas, though. Transportation, storage, general handling should be taken into account more.
What else could you use it for
Probably the most important question you must be asking is what type of material you will be working on. There are certain types of blade designed to cut certain types of materials. Decide on the whole project before rushing to buy a tile saw. Think about the type of stone you want to use then make sure the product you have chosen can cut that kind of material in particular.
Do not be afraid to ask specific questions and do not expect to be covered by what is implied that the product can do. By assuming that one type of saw can be used on whatever type of material you are on a one-way street to a getting a tool you will not be able to use.
Like any DIY-er who respects his work, you too should know the specifics of your project. Get information on the depth of the cuts, the time you need to make the cuts when necessary, the material you will be working on and the place you will be working from. You can choose from wet and dry saws, steel and diamond blades.
The grip can also matter. Working long hours with a tool that does not fit right in your hand can be incredibly tiresome. Look into this aspect as well; otherwise, it could affect the precision of your cuts and the outcome of your project.
Wanting to do a tiling project all by yourself is a bold move but one more and more, people are willing to make. We do not know whether it is about a surge in the desire to do things alone or because there are so many professional tools made available for purchase out there that people are interested in trying them out.
Either way, any DIY project must be backed by careful planning and detailed thinking. Get everything ready before you start and prepare the right materials.
The right tools will help you bring everything to life. It all starts with you knowing exactly how you want the project to go and what you need from the project you are starting to work on.
The tile saw is vital on a tiling project. But the experience you have on this occasion can encourage you to keep going or to stop there. This is why a perfectly chosen blade, a versatile and handy tool can make a world of difference.