Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 250
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by johnbbq Table top built cheaply
Table top is made of sheet metal and out of the box it was deformed. Tile would not lie flat. Returned to store.
December 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 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 1.0 out of 5.0 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 1.0 out of 5.0 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 4.0 out of 5.0 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 3.0 out of 5.0 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
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by onmykneesflooring for 50 bucks it does the job
After my nozzles got clogged due to my laborer not cleaning them after each use, I went and bought this 50.00 saw and prayed it would finish the job so I could get paid. It was a friday and I still had about 30 cuts to make with 13 inch tiles. To my amazement, this saw did the job and well. It took me a bit of getting used to having to manually push the tile through. I still use this saw today as a back up and for small jobs. The blade is pretty good and has not dulled after about 150 cuts. Remember to clean it throughly after EACH use. The clay gets clogged around the guard and smaller pieces dry and then its tougher to clean without banging the dry mud off. ONE ROB G
February 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYWifey Doesn't get any better for the price!
My hubby and I wanted to save a couple thousand dollars by doing our own tumbled travertine tile backsplash in our kitchen ourselves. And guess what...its coming out beautifully all thanks to our $50 saw and alot of our free time. The saw is working out great. It does what it says and the blade that came with the saw has made hundreds of cuts already and is still going. We are using 4x4 and 3x6 tumbled travertine tiles and it has not had any problems passing right through them. It even cut the thicker pencil strips and stone moldings to make a picture frame above our cook top. It does take time to cut everything, but its totally worth it if you are doing a smaller DIY tile job. I love that it comes with the guide to help cut tiles in half and the miter actually works pretty well on it too. LIke everyone else mentioned, you do have to fill up the water often and you will get a nice little shower while working with it. You wont be disappointed with this purchase...good luck with your tile jobs!
May 14, 2012