If you have started or you are about to complete home renovation projects, you may have begun to use different tools. These right tools are paramount to make sure that you can complete your work safely and easily. One example of this is the renovation project is to install a tile. You may have come across home improvement manuals and wondered what a tile saw is? Is it needed for the job that I am going to be doing?
What is the tile saw
A tile saw is a cutting tool designed to cut brittle tiles without even causing a shatter or break on them. These saw tiles don’t cut the tiles with the sharp blades as this could shatter the tile. Instead, they use an abrasive coated blade such as diamond dust to grid the tile and cut a channel along the line that you mark for cutting.
The idea behind special tile cutting tools is that they will cut the tile but not chip or shatter it. Depending on how much of the tile you need to remove, you may be able to use a tile nipper. This is a small, sharp implement that can snip the corners off of tiles. They usually cut in a straight line, but they are not good for taking off large pieces of the tile. Removing a lot of the tile is difficult unless you have special tools.
Advantage of using tile saws
They are User-Friendly.
Tile saws are environmentally friendly as they tend to be safe as well as convenient. They are used regarding cutting environment-friendly concrete, as well as asphalt over walls. These tiles tend to be much risk-free, secure as well as best than another cutting tools and cutting blades. It’s simply because they cut tiles with less effort than typical tile cutters.
Tile saws cut tiles doubly fast because of abrasive cutting blades on them thus making your job more productive, swift as well as flawless. They give you the facility to accomplish your operate least within less time thereby a smaller amount work and much more money.
Lessen Cost as well as Labor
Cutting along with abrasive blades on tile saws amount to too a lot including labor costs as well as tool charge. While along with diamond noticed blade, it is possible to safely save your precious, valuable time, efforts as well as money.
Tile saws are professionally designed to cut both brittle ceramic tiles and concrete tiles without even causing a shatter or break on them. These saw tiles don’t cut the tiles with the sharp blades as this could shatter the tile. Instead, they use an abrasive coated blade such as diamond dust to grid the tile and cut a channel along the line that you mark for cutting.
They are in different Varieties.
Often you can simply score a tile and cut it that way if you will be removing a piece with a straight edge. However, if you need to curve the edge of a tile to fit it around a pipe or other things, or if you are making multi-directional cuts, scoring the tile will not work. Therefore you can use different types of tile saws such as wet tile saw which you can use it to make different kinds of cuts in tile with less chance of shattering a tile
How to use a tile saw to install tiles
Through Installing Tiles whether concrete or ceramics, one may know how to use tile saws and here is the guide on how you can use a tile saw to install tiles.
Before we begin, there are a few tools and materials you are going to need to get started.
These tools include a tile cutter, tile nippers, a tape measure, wire, tile sander, chipboard, a felt-tipped pen, and paper. In some cases, the main tiles may already be cut, but for this example, we will assume they are not.
The first step is to measure out how much tile space in total you have in your plans. Once you have the space mapped out, you can use that to determine how big each tile should be cut. When figuring out the size of each tile, make sure to include an eighth of an inch between each one for gout. Also, use the tile nippers for any touch-ups needed on any of the newly cut tiles.
It’s always a good idea to take a practice cut or two on some scrap tile before you get started on the real thing. For thin, somewhat flimsy tiles, you can use the hand tile cutter, but for something like granite or marble, you will want to bust out the wet saw.
When cutting with a hand cutter, make sure to do it in one smooth motion like scissors and not multiple slices like you’re cutting your steak up to eat. Multiple cuts can do most likely work, but they will dull the blade much quicker than using one solid cut. For this to work, you should take your felt-tipped pen and mark a line where you want to make the cut on your slab of material.
Once the line is drawn, attach the tile cutter so that the cut will be made precisely on the drawn line. After everything is locked in and secured, press down firmly on the handle, so it makes one smooth cut.
The process for border tiles is basically the same as the main tiles, just on a smaller scale. A process that you will need to go through that is a tad different is cutting out irregular pieces to fit around appliances, pipes, or other obstructions. For this, you need to mark out your normal main tile size, but also factor in the spots where something is going to be in the way of laying down the tile.
You can use a tile saw to cut out extra spots of the tile, and use your tile nippers to fix it up a bit afterward. The nippers are actually key to this process because they will help smooth out the tile before you lay them down for good. If you get tired of cutting tiles, don’t hesitate to take a break. It is better to take a few minutes to relax then try to rush through the process and make a regretful mistake.
10. MK-370EXP Wet Tile Saw
Seeing that it is not one of the most popular brands, you might be tempted to overlook it. But before you do, be informed, it can hold its own when put to the test. A quick look at its design and you will be a believer.
It is designed down to the T of professional specifications. As such not only is it lightweight at 33 pounds, it is also fairly portable. With its diamond blade and powerful motor, it can cut through an 18-inch long tile and make a 13-inch diagonal cut. The saw provides enough room for this. This takes you close to the capabilities of even larger and much heavier saws in the market.
Its plunge cut features and 45-degree miter makes cutting out openings and outlets a walk in the park. The fact that the blade is hinged makes it easy to do routine inspections and checkups. For cooling purposes, it features a water pump.
· Excellent saw for a beginner
· It is affordable
· Has minimal vibrations
· The blade is not properly lubricated
· With time, the water pump deteriorates in performance
9. QEP 83200Q Tile Saw
Surely, QEP never disappoints. The number of people raving on and on about its high quality are many; too many to be ignored. Here is why they make a huge fuss. The 83200Q Bridge saw features a 1 HP brushless motor which is just perfect for cutting through granite, porcelain, tiles, stones and marble. Generally, anything you want it to cut through, it will do with great ease.
The fact that it runs with minimal vibrations unlike many products ensures that you have a smooth and accurate cut. Its 6 ball-bearing mechanism adds to its smooth operation. What more, it features a water cooling system designed to evenly distribute water to the cutting blade hence increasing its life.
· It is a high-quality saw
· It cuts through tiles with ease and efficiency
· It is quite bulky and 83 pounds
· The blade is wobbly which can be dangerous
8. QEP 60089Q Portable Tile Saw: Budget Saw
This is yet another quality saw from QEP. It surely will impress. It is driven by a 3/5 HP motor requiring a 120-volt connection. The motor, unlike most, is a direct drive which gives it slightly more power and efficiency.
While at work, cutting through hard tiles, the diamond blade can get pretty hot. As such, the saw features a cooling mechanism; a water reservoir below the blade. The cool bit about this reservoir is that it is removable which makes its cleaning a breeze. Add to this a splash guard and you have yourself a winner.
An adjustable angle guide, you can cut accurately without giving it much thought. The whole process is thus fast and efficient.
· It is a quality saw
· The blade is sharp and hardy enough
· It is easy to assemble – even for a beginner
· May not be the best to take on complex industrial projects
7. Bosch TC10 wet Tile Saw
Bosch is one of the respected names in the industry and for good reasons. It provides its clients with quality products at all times. The TC10 is no exception.
With all the features it comes packing; you do not expect it to be a slouch while at work. Its design provides for better balance and control while cutting through, no scratch that, slicing through large tiles. The 1.4 HP motor sees to it that it cuts through them with great ease. The aluminum surface covered in rubber helps increase friction and thus handling of the tiles being cut.
Unlike the Chicago Electric Brick saw, the TC10 is slightly more delicate and efficient in its cutting. It can handle with extreme grace fragile products. The side and rear water collection see to it that the saw does not overheat.
· Great quality saw
· Easy to assemble
· Easy to use
· Quite bulky
6. Chicago Electric Brick Saw
Its power speaks for itself. If you are in search of a powerful machine this should be your preferred machine. Its efficiency and speed are unmatched.
Its oversized nature, however, does not get in the way of its efficiency. If anything, it acts as a great compliment providing room to cut through large tiles and bricks. It is able to cut through a 3.5-inch brick with great ease and features an impressive 24-inch cutting capacity. Its powerful 2.5 HP motor complete with two capacitors, sealed bearings, water supply and a thermal overload protection sees to its efficient while cutting through such thickness.
Like many other tile saws, you can angle cut with great precision between 22.5 and 45 degrees.
· Strong and sturdy
· Many beginners may not use it to its full potential
· It is costly
5. QEP 22650Q Tile Saw
This product is perfect for both beginners and experts in the field. Its features are geared to making it the best porcelain and ceramic cutter on the market. It, however, can still handle stone tiles, granite and marble given its hardy 7-inch diamond blade.
Measuring 15.7 x 20.1 x 9.9 inches and weighing only 15.6 pounds, this tile cutter can be used pretty much anywhere that has access to a 120 V power outlet. Its powerful motor makes it sufficient to work on demanding jobs.
Most porcelain cutters available are notorious vibrators while at work. However, the QEP-22650Q has minimal vibrations allowing for accurate cuttings. Add to this the fact that it has a stable platform and you have yourself one of the best tile cutters for fragile materials. With its reduced vibrations, it is also considerably quiet.
Its flat surface provides more than enough space to make angled cuts.
· It is stable
· Easy to use even for beginners who are still finding their way
· Handles brittle tiles with care and perfection
· Cost more
4. Lackmond Beast Tile Saw
A quick look at it, not even while at work, and you will understand why they named it Beast. It is probably one of the latest in design and technology on the tile saw market.
It features a 2.4 HP/15 amp motor. With such figure, you need no one to tell you that it is a powerful machine. It features a tilting housing allowing for 45 and 22.5 accurate bevel cuts. The heavy duty stand, complete with wheels makes the otherwise heavy machine portable.
Many who have used it love its extension table (removable) that has a water channel to lubricate and cool things down. The aluminum blade guard is designed to swing open, unlike other tile cutters. Changing the blade, therefore, becomes a walk in the park.
The bad ass blade cuts through the tile, marble, and granite like it is slicing bread.
· It’s a heavy duty tile cutter
· It features the latest technology
· Its design makes it portable
· It is expensive for most
3. SKIL 3550-02 Wet Tile Saw
This is yet another functional product from SKIL. It will help thrust your confidence through the roof. It comes with features similar to those of its predecessor, the 3540-02, only better. For durability, this tile saw’s table top is built from aluminum. It comes with a rip fence complete with a miter gauge that can be adjusted to make accurate cuts even at 25, 22.5 and 0 degrees.
Weighing in at 24 pounds, it is impressively light. You can move it around with great ease and place it anywhere you so desire with access to a 120 V power outlet. It side support helps to keep it stable while cutting out tiles with its 7-inch diamond blade.
The hydro lock system is the best piece of technology yet. It helps keep the splash at a minimum and contains the water close to the blade where it is useful.
· Cheaper than most tile saws with its features
· Light and portable
· 3-year warranty
· Its blade guard is made from plastic and might not be as strong
· Is not powerful enough to handle huge projects
2. Dewalt D24000 Wet Tile Saw: Runner up
If you are looking for a feature packed tile saw, this is the best one yet. With its rubber top finish, you can get hard at work without the worry of slipping, sliding and hurting yourself. The fact that it weighs a whopping 69 pounds gets rid of the need for help to move it around and setting it up.
With this tile saw, courtesy of its 22.5 or 44-degree miter you can make angled cuts with extreme precision. You can also make fast plunge cuts for A/C registers with its plunge. Unlike most wet tile saws, the Dewalt D24000 features adjustable water nozzles for directed sprays and efficiency in cooling and minimizing dust.
· Has a powerful 1.5 HP motor
· Has a rail system that ensures your cuts are accurate
· Excellent cooling system
· Needs a considerable amount of care and maintenance to prevent rusting
· It can get noisy
1. SKIL 3540-02 Wet Tile Saw: Top Pick
If you consider yourself a professional DIY guy, then this is a machine you should own. Designed complete with a stainless steel top, this wet tile saw is corrosion proof and durable. With this, tile saw, and courtesy of its rip fence featuring a miter gauge, you will make cuts that are insanely accurate. Speaking of cuts, this tile saw allows you to make cuts of between 0 and 45 degrees
Tile saws come in varying sizes but the SKIL 3540-02 is petite than most. Its size offers the best of both worlds; large tables and held tile saws. Like a large table saw, it is stable and packing in strength and like a hand-held saw, it is compact and mobile. Its size, contrary to popular belief does not make it any less powerful in fact; it improves on its efficiency especially since it is able to support larger blades and has a cooling system.
· Courtesy of the steel, it is strong and durable
· It is affordable
· It is easy to assemble and use
· It has limited use
· Its water reservoir is considerably small
· The fence adjustments need patience
Tile saws came to make DIY projects easier. If you have a tiling job you need to get done down to your specifications, you are better off getting one of your own. You will save more time this way and in the long run a lot of money. Be sure to choose the best for your projects.