Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 246
Rated 1 out of 5Â by sailer mr
if you like throwing your money away I would suggest this saw. Motor is underpowered. Table flexes and the fence is scrap metal. Very unhappy. I tried another blade and then the blade guard was too wide. Save your money and buy something better.
February 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by bchalk Good price, weak saw
I was suspicious of the low price but went ahead and bought it anyway. I think the lower price is because of the lower power motor - 2/3 hp instead of 3/4 for many otherr saws, and, the blade which they tell you can only cut ceramic, not porcelin.
But when I went to use it, to cut 12 x 12 ceramic tiles the blade would slow down the farther into the tile it got, until it actually stopped. I checked to see that it wasn't binding, and tried several more times. Each time it would slow down and stop, and I'd have to back off and let the blade spin back up. I can only assume that it's underpowered for the task, so I returned the saw.
April 1, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by jab55 Underpowered and misrepresented
I have had a similar saw (same color scheme and rated at 500 Watts ~ 2/3 hp) for about 15 years that faithfully completed two kitchen floors and at least 3 bathrooms over that time span. When I brought it out this last time and fired it up, the motor seized after cutting one tile. This replacement seemed perfect so I picked one up. However, when I got it set up and turned it on, it definitely sounded feeble and it was unable to cut a single tile. It would stall almost the instant it contacted the tile. So I then checked the specs on the motor and the rating is actually 3.8 amps at 120V which is only 450 Watts or 3/5 hp not the 2/3 hp as advertised on the web page.
Needless to say, it's back in the box and on it's way back to HD.
January 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by BrianW It actually worked OK!
For around 60 bucks this saw worked great.
I just cut about 15 18 Inch porcelain tiles 3/8 inch thick. The fence was flimsy so I removed it altogether after the 2nd cut. The water tray did not seem to fit well, I found it best to install it dry then tilt the saw so I could pour water from a glass into it. If the cut is twisted AT ALL the motor will stall. One also has to advance tile very carefully into the blade to prevent stalling. No rush here, you must go at the saws speed. Tip: On the first cut, adjust the blade top guard if the tile hits it. (after turning it off) with the cut advanced to the blade guard mount.
I would not recommend this for a big job, or for thick or hard tiles, it simply is not powerful enough, (it is what it is... a $60 saw) but for basic porcelain tiles it seems just the right tool for a low cost home job.
January 22, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by mrphandy A little bit of setup goes a long way
Having read the reviews, I went searching online to find more information. I did find it in the form of an excellent instructional guide to setting up this saw. There are some screws that need adjusting for the motor/blade to ensure the blade is straight with the guide.
Also, the guide is rock solid, you just have to either screw or unscrew the locking mechanism to get the desired tension.It took me about 30 minutes to set it all up.
The water tray is irritating because you always have to take the blade cover off to get to it; a silly design concept really. Clearly, not a lot of thought went into that part.
The blade that comes with it is not very good. It will likely give you a little bit of chipping, but nothing you can really see as an edge cut. I would certainly invest in a really good blade.
It's a good investment for a DIY person looking to get a few odd jobs out of the way here and there without renting a tool every single time. If you swap the blade, you can also use it to cut light gauge metal, as an aside.
October 15, 2012