Best Tile Saw for Homeowners Who Enjoy DIY

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If you are taking on a home project that involves tiling, then without doubt a tile saw will become your best friend. The good news about owning one of these, is that it takes the pain out of cutting tiles, and allows the homeowner to do a professional looking job.

When it comes to buying a tile saw, there are a few important features that you should look out for.

In this article I will explain these important features, and I have also included a top 10 list of the best tile saws currently available on the market.

If you have ever tried to tile a work area such as a kitchen or bathroom then a tile saw will make your life a great deal easier. Adding tiles to certain areas of the home is a great idea, as not only does it greatly improve the décor, but it makes an easy to clean surface that will last for years.

Tiles are mainly used in bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms for this very specific reason. When it comes to cutting tiles the professionals and contractors will always use a highly featured tile saw which makes short work of difficult jobs.

For most homeowners though a simpler saw will do the job. Although it would be nice to have all the features, those do come with a heavy price. For a few tiling jobs around the home, an electric tile saw is in my opinion, always going to be the best option.

Top 10 Buyer Rated Tile Saws

No 1. DEWALT D24000S Heavy-Duty Tile Saw Review

Two features make this the number one choice and those are the very useful stand and the high buyer satisfaction rating. I actually recommend the next one on my list as although this one currently has the highest buyer rating online, the price is far too much for many homeowners.

89%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

This is a tile saw for the professional or the contractor. Homeowners could certainly make use of this one, but it comes with a hefty price point as you can see just below.

As the name would suggest this is for heavy duty tile work and this one is about as tough as they come. It has a mitre feature, a plunge feature and is quite simply the best tile saw on the market right now.

It comes with dual water nozzles, and side and rear water attachments.

It is a 10" saw and the stand folds away easily when not in use.

No 2. SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw Review

This is the saw that I would strongly recommend to all homeowners. The price point on this saw is highly competitive and it also has a high buyer satisfaction rating of 87%.

87%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

This is a tile saw which is a perfect choice for most DIY tiling jobs around the home. It also happens to be the best selling electric tile saw online right now.

It is a 7" wet tile saw, with a stainless steel top, an adjustable rip fence, miter gauge, and can do cross cuts, rip cuts, diagonal cuts and even bevel cuts.

Buyers clearly like this saw as you can see from the high rating. This is a great choice for any household on a budget. It also comes with a limited 3-year warranty.

The perfect choice for those who want to tile at home without spending a fortune on an electric tile saw.

No 3. PORTER-CABLE PCE980 Wet Tile Saw Review

This model is newish to the market, but so far buyers really love it. So far it has attracted a very high buyer satisfaction rating of 85%. It is however very close to $200, so not the cheapest option.

85%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

This tile saw is portable so ideal for anyone who needs to move it around from job to job. It is very well made and designed to be able to use on the rigours of job sites.

It is a 7" wet tile saw, with a stainless steel top, a cast metal sliding tray with water channels, an adjustable rear fence with a roll cage and a carrying handle.

It measures 22.7 x 26.9 x 8.9 in and weighs 32 pounds.

Provides 1.0 HP and ideal for cutting porcelain, ceramic and Stone tiles.

17" cutting capacity which means you can cut 12 x 12 diagonally.

It also comes with a miter square and a blade wrench. There is a 3 year limited warranty, 1 year free service contract, and 90 day money back guarantee.

No 4. Skil 3540-01-RT 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw Review

This is a refurbished model and as such it is at a great price. Buyers agree that this is a good quality saw and that is confirmed by the high buyer satisfaction rating of 84%.

84%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

There are a lot of buyers for this particular tile saw, and it is a 7" wet saw.

Like many tile saws this one also has a stainless steel table top, always a good things as those are really resistant to corrosion. This Skil saw has an adjustable rip fence with miter gauge.

It can also do bevel cuts tile from 0 to 45 degrees​

It measures 18 x 14.5 x 7.8 inches and weighs just under 18 pounds.

No 5. SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw Review

This is a good tile saw and can support tiles up to 18 x 18". That does make this a good choice for anyone working with larger tiles. Buyers also like this one a lot and have given it a high buyer satisfaction rating of 81%.

81%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

Hydro Lock Water Containment System keeps water contained near the blade and reduce clean-up time
Sliding Side Extension provides support for tiles up to 18 x 18-in.
Aluminum table top is a durable, rust-resistant surface
Adjustable rip fence with miter gauge for accurate straight and miter cuts
Bevel cuts tile at 0, 22.5 and 45 degrees, giving flexibility for different cut types

No 6. Lackmond Beast Wet Tile Saw Review

This is the saw that I would strongly recommend to all homeowners. The price point on this saw is highly competitive and it also has a high buyer satisfaction rating of 87%.

81%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

This is a tile saw which is a perfect choice for most DIY tiling jobs around the home. It also happens to be the best selling electric tile saw online right now.

Buyers like this one as it has a water containment system that keeps water contained near the blade which helps reduce clean-up time.

Unlike some this one has an aluminum table top. It also has an adjustable rip fence with miter gauge.

You can do bevel cuts at 0, 22.5 and 45 degrees, giving flexibility for different cut types.

No 7. QEP 22400Q 3/5 HP Torque Master Tile Saw Review

This is a very affordable option and a great choice for home owners who don't want to spend a lot of money on a tile saw, to do a few simple jobs. It still has a high buyer satisfaction rating of 80%.

80%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

This saw uses a 3/5 HP High-Torque geared motor. It also has a tilting table with extension side table.

It comes with a 4 inch diamond blade and 2-side extension tables. These add 5 inches to the width of the table to support larger tiles. It also has a fully adjustable rip/angle.

It measures 14.2 x 15.8 x 4.6 inches and weighs just 8 pounds.

No 8. RIDGID 7" Portable Job Site Wet Tile Saw Review

Most home owners will not need a saw like this as it has been designed to be used on work sites.

80%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

No 9. 2.5 HP 10" Industrial Tile and Brick Saw Review

Again this is another one for the professionals or for anyone taking on a major tiling project.

80%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

I would love to own this, but in reality I have no need for it. I buy a lot of power tools but I am not a tiler. If I was I know that I would own this one.

No 10. QEP 22650Q 650XT 3/4 HP 120-volt Tile Saw Review

Last but not least as this is still a popular choice for many buyers thanks to a mid-range price.

78%
Online Buyer Satisfaction

This saw has a pretty powerful 3/4 HP motor generates up to 3,600 RPM for the most demanding ​of tiling and cutting jobs.

This saw is suitable for cutting ceramic tile, porcelain tile, marble, granite and stone
It has a steel table and frame with rubber foot pads for stability
There is also an 8 inch table extension for use on either side to support large tiles when cutting
Flat table design provides unlimited tile size for rip and diagonal cuts

Why Use A Tile Saw?

Many people will simply employ a tiler to do this work as they believe they can not do it or they simply do not have the time to do it. These are professional people who can get the job done quickly and make your room look great.

They have all the right tools and equipment, but let's face it, they are not cheap.

Is Tiling Difficult?

There are people however who realise that tiling is actually an easy enough process. At the end of the day you buy some tiles, and attach them with an adhesive and place them on either the walls or the floor.

It is actually a pretty easy task as long as the walls and floors are level. In reality about 95% of the work is simply attaching the uncut tiles to the wall or a floor in a neat fashion using full tiles.

You then use small spacers to create nice neat lines and once they have been grouted they will look great. That is the easy part of tiling and just about anyone can do that.

When Does It Get Hard?

Where many people become stuck is when they have to cut a tile to fit it into a particular shape or cut the tile to a particular size. Many people will use a standard tile cutter to do this such as the one I have shown in the picture to the right.
Something like this will allow you to make straight cuts. It uses a small tungsten carbide wheel to score the surface of the tile.

When the surface has been marked then you push down on the handle and the tile will break. (Well some of the time it will)

This type of tile cutter is ok for smaller one-off jobs and only for doing straight lines.

If the score is not done properly then the tile can break at the wrong angle and you have lost a tile. They take a little bit of practise to get used to and for small jobs they work pretty well.

Working With Difficult Tiled Areas

The big problem with tiling is when you have to cut pieces off to make it fit into a smaller space. There will also be times when you need to create different shapes in a tile.

Think of an area around the bottom of a toilet or sink and you will understand what I mean. That is a very difficult thing to do and also to do it so as it looks really good.

This is where DIY people will really struggle. Professionals though can do this easily by using an electrical tile saw.

If you own one of these then no tiling job is too big. No matter how difficult the shape may be, by using this type of tool, you can easily create different sizes of tile, and indeed different shapes of tile. The main advantage of owning one of these is that you will have very little breakage or loss of tiles.

You set the tile on the top of the machine. Then you adjust the sliding fence to the correct size that you want. After that you push a button and the wheel cuts through the tile.

The tray underneath is filled with cold water and that is what keeps the blade cool and helps reduce the amount of tile dust. You are guaranteed a straight line always and it truly does take the pain out of cutting tiles.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun