Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 76
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by evansch Worked for me...once I got the hang of it
Used this for my first tile job (using ceramic 12" tile - daltile brand) - I have to say after my first 2 cuts I thought that I made a horrible, horrible mistake purchasing this saw. The edges were a jagged, the tile was blowing out the back leaving chipped corners - not a huge deal for the tiles close to the wall as they will be covered with moulding. I knew I needed a cleaner cut since the 3 tiles sitting across my doorway would be cut - so I tried flipping the tile over for my next cut (good side facing down) - bingo! Instant gratification. You have to really take your time for the cuts that matter, and it's a good idea to grab a rubbing stone and give your cut edge a little luvin as well...all N all, worth the cash.
Also, to avoid blowout, take a scrap piece of tile and place it across the back of the tile you are cutting (as your cut reaches to the sawblade). place your thumbs on and apply pressure to this back tile and push thru the saw (making sure your thumbs will not hit the saw blade obviously!)
May 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ychartra Great Saw, Here is how you can make it better
Bought this saw for some home tiling project. Bought this one based on previous reviews.
What is great about it is that is has a bottom drain and an overflow drain. I bought a small pond pump and some tubing. I drilled a hole at the top of the water reservoir in the back of the saw and ran the tubing through, which I connected the other end to the pond pump in a 5 gallon pail filled with water, conveniently placed below the overflow drain. I have a constant supply of fresh cold water cooling the blade. For $20 pump and $5 of tubing I have a high end wet tile
May 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BillMac Impressed with ability to cut irregular shapes
I bought this for my first floor tiling job. It was a small two piece bathroom, about 25 square feet. I also have one of the manual score and snap tool for straight edges. I only used this for cuts that were not a full tile straight cut. The blade was fine for my ceramic tile. Easy to set up with good pictures. I was going around a toilet, so had to cut a somewhat circular cut in 4 tiles. Once I got the hang of it, it was quite easy. It will actually grind through the edges of the tiles so you can "smooth" out the original cuts (which were a series of angles that approximated the circle I needed). I read other reviews on the blade wearing out, so I continued to use the manual tool (which is also very simple) for anything straight. I am quite satisfied as renting would have cost $55-60.
April 2, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LesDav Ryobi Tile Saw
Excellent product for the price. No saw runout. Good water system. Cutting with the guard up for shaped cuts needs waterproof clothing! Bevel cutting is a little difficult. Manual could do with clear explanation of how to fit the saw washers, but it is reasonably intuitive. Rip fence needs to be sat accurately with a measuring tape to avoid binding. Managed a project with 12 x 12 Porcelain tiles, including semi-circular cutouts, wihtout problems
June 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Johnaw Great for the house jobs
Nice saw for the price, not for a professional but it gets the job done. Easy to use, not much to assemble, light and portable. Tiling my bathroom, so there were plenty of cuts to be made and this saw made it easy.
April 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by R6Guy Good value for home use
Just spent two days with this saw cutting 6x6 porcelain tiles for a bathtub surround, and 12x12 ceramic tiles for an irregularly shaped bathroom floor. I have to say I was pretty impressed with the performance of this saw with the stock blade. The arbor appears to have very little runout, and the fence was easily aligned with scales on the front and back of the table. Pay attention to getting the blade to seat properly on the unkeyed washer that goes on first during assembly. It has a small collar that HAS to fit precisely into the center hole of the blade or it will wobble. I'll bet others that post here complaining of wobble missed getting this right. It cut porcelain like a laser beam, and by the end of day 2 was only just slightly chipping the glaze on the 12 x 12's. A better blade would be a good choice if you have a bigger job planned. Freehand cuts are a bit messy as the blade casts a spray with the safety/spray guard lifted high enough to see whare the blade is making contact with the tile. Keep the guard as close to the table as possible to keep the mess down. Grit and chips do accumulate on the table surface, and have to be swept to the drain rim with a shop rag. Although there is a provision on the bottom for a tube style stand, it isn't included in this model and wasn't on the store shelves as an add on. There isn't an easy way that I can see of keeping this clamped onto a work table. I found it fit almost perfectly on a cheapo workstand just by fluke, maybe a non skid rubber mat like you might use for router work would work on a flat surface?? I might have had a different opinion if it kept sliding around on me! Anyways I found this more than adequate for a weekend warrior job. I picked this one since I'm somewhat familiar with the Ryobi brand name, and haven't ever heard of some of the other manufacturers around this price point. I wasn't disappointed.It did what it says in the ad, and it got the job done. Nice.
February 27, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by curlyman72 Excellent for this price range
I was really skeptical about this one but I was pleasantly surprised by it's solid build, easy setup, and accurate cuts.
The size was just right sitting on my counter top waiting in the wings for when I had to make some cuts to go around electrical jacks and switches. You need to remember, though, that this is a wet saw. The tile needs to be wet so the blade doesn't over heat but that also means you will probably get a nice swatch of wetness down the front of your shirt too. Remember to wear overalls or stand to the side while cutting. If you got nice floors and you're cutting inside, put some drop cloths down... you'll be glad you did.
The fence was good but was made of plastic. it was sort of accurate but after repeated use, the water and bits of tile get trapped under it and it makes it difficult to adjust. Clean the deck often to make it easier on yourself. Also, a quick 90o angle works great for adjusting the fence. Just place the lip of the angle in the groove of the bed and use that to adjust the straightness of the guide. Perfect cuts everytime!
Overall, i'm glad I made this purchase. Get an extra cutter wheel though, the one that comes in the box only lasted me about 50 cuts on standard grade subway tile before it started chipping.
March 12, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Diyer867 Gets the Job Done!
I have completed three tile projects with this saw and it is still working as new. I purchased this saw for my first tile tile project of tiling porcelain over my brick fireplace, cutting 12" tiles down to size. Next I used this for my flooring project which was about 300 sq ft of porcelain tile. It was a two size pattern, so I made a lot of cuts. Since then I have also used it for my kitchen backsplash project of about 35 sq ft. of travertine and so far it has worked well enough to get the jobs done. It cuts the travertine much quicker than porcelain. The original blade didn't last long before it was chipping the tile, so I swapped it out during the first project and have been using another diamond blade ever since.
January 19, 2014