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Looking to do some tile work in the house, downstairs bath (floor/walls), upstairs bath (floor/walls), backsplash in kitchen, and eventually floor in the utility room.

Thinking of buying a tile saw rather than rent, or borrow my buddies MK saw. Machine doesnt need to be heavy commercial grade, but not a Harbor Freight "special" either. Any recommendations?
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Cheap saw with a premium diamond blade is better than a good saw with a cheap blade.
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I own a HF special that is a wet table saw with 6.5" blade. It is fine and cost $200 or less.

If you want you can buy a tile cutter that will work for a lot of stuff and a 4" hand held grinder with a diamond blade for the notches. We use the latter if the job does no warrant getting the table saw to the job. It is fairly light though and easy to use.

There is also a wet saw that takes a 4-4.5" blade and is a mini circular saw with water supply.

It is a good tool, but if you are not used to using a circular saw you will not like it. Also very inexpensive [$40+-].
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what type of tile? if ceramic buy 100$ snap cuttet from home depot and a 15$ dry cut diamond blade for your angle grinder. snap cut inside for your strait cuts and any notches or other shapes use the grinder outside
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I did the same thing. Got one these from Lowes and sold it for $275 once the jobs were done. Very good saw.

Kobalt 7-in Wet/Dry Tabletop Sliding Table Tile Saw with Stand
Item # 632871 Model # KWS S7-06
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what type of tile? if ceramic buy 100$ snap cuttet from home depot and a 15$ dry cut diamond blade for your angle grinder. snap cut inside for your strait cuts and any notches or other shapes use the grinder outside
I like this technique. Decent snap cutters can be had cheaper than $100 too.

Good trick for the grinder; grab some junker towels and soak one in water. Fold it double on a flat surface. It absorbs the vibrations from delicate cuts, tile on hard surface will want to crack, which is infuriating on complex cuts.

I own a $350ish ridgid tile saw, and have owned a couple of the cheap ones in the past. I'm not a tile pro but I'm capable and will hang backsplash myself a good bit. The price on the ridgid is worth it To me, I use it probably once every year or two.

Edit to add: just saw how much work you are doing, I'd definitely spring for a decent saw, think of it this way, you're looking at thousands in labor cost savings. Treat yourself To a saw that will make it enjoyable.
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Downstairs tile is porcelain, and a marble mosaic. We havent picked out the upstairs tile yet. The backsplash is a combo of glass and natural stone. Wet saw is going to be a necessity for these.

My buddy has an older MK that cuts like a dream and although he doesnt mind, I really dont want to bother him to borrow it again, I used it extensively when I remodeled the bathroom in the house we sold in June. Just looking for options on machines, Im a custom cabinet maker by trade but have done some tiling in the past, just dont have the expansive tool list for tile work
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I like this technique. Decent snap cutters can be had cheaper than $100 too.

Good trick for the grinder; grab some junker towels and soak one in water. Fold it double on a flat surface. It absorbs the vibrations from delicate cuts, tile on hard surface will want to crack, which is infuriating on complex cuts.

I own a $350ish ridgid tile saw, and have owned a couple of the cheap ones in the past. I'm not a tile pro but I'm capable and will hang backsplash myself a good bit. The price on the ridgid is worth it To me, I use it probably once every year or two.

Edit to add: just saw how much work you are doing, I'd definitely spring for a decent saw, think of it this way, you're looking at thousands in labor cost savings. Treat yourself To a saw that will make it enjoyable.
Youre edit reflects some of my thought as well, wife and I are planning alot of work over a year or 2, a decent saw would probably be the way to go, which one, MK like my friends maybe

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Youre edit reflects some of my thought as well, wife and I are planning alot of work over a year or 2, a decent saw would probably be the way to go, which one MK like my friends maybe
Sure. Any saw $3-450 where the rack slides and the blade is fixed will make you happy. MK is probably a better brand than ridgid or kobalt. Couple it with a quality $40-60 diamond blade.

The dewalt one that's $1500 or so is the standard aruond here. I've used it and it's nice, but I don't do enough tile work To warrant owning one.

I'd still plan to use the grinder and a wet towel trick, it comes in handy. The bigger saws with fixed blades all have an arm that gets in the way at some point or another.

I work a lot. I like working around my house though. If I'm "working" when I'm not working, I'm damn sure going to be using decent tools to do so.
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I bought a Ryobi I think at Lowes or HD. Not expensive. I'm on my 5th bathroom with it. I replaced the blade once. Getting ready to do another bath. I think it was under $200. No moving table, looks like a mini-table saw. 7 inch blade and does everything I need. Probably would have trouble with tiles bigger than 12x12, but I don't do big tiles.
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Ridgid has been a very nice saw for me, both for home and office renovations.
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I have the $80 skill saw from lowes and it has been fantastic. Its done two kitchens and two bathrooms in the last few years. Only downside is it leaves the user wet after a while. I would highly rec it for the money!
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I know you said no to the HF products, but my HF bridge saw has seen a lot of projects without fail (2 bathrooms, basement, backsplashes, etc). Even made my own baseboards out of travertine and easily cut a reproducible 45degree "bullnose" edge.

Invest in a good diamond blade.
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I suggest more expensive Harbor Freight saw for your use.

I use an angle grinder with a diamond blade as it is fast. But it needs to be used by someone experienced in tile work.
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have a Husqvarna TS250 collecting dust I may be looking to sell. Only did a two houses. I also have the tiny MK saw I bought for a backsplash on a kitchen I just finished that I most likely will never use.

I have a Imer beam saw that will cut 36” tile. Wife decided to buy huge tile for our new house so had to upgrade. Accuracy is unreal because you move the saw not the tile to make a cut. I can cut a perfect square out of the middle of a tile. Use it once and it’s the Only way to cut tile.
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Did a lot of tile work and have an MK wet saw with overhead blade. I also bring a small table style wet saw to jobs as I can make plunge cuts for outlets etc. Aways have a snap cutter on site with a good wheel.
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Sliding bed is the way to go.
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I have a brand new dewalt tile saw I will let go at a reasonable price. Or trade for some trolling rods. Saw was shipped to me by mistake I test for dewalt
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My buddy has a HF saw that is an exact copy of the old MK saw I had. The HF one was good quality and with a good blade, there is no real difference.
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I have a brand new dewalt tile saw I will let go at a reasonable price. Or trade for some trolling rods. Saw was shipped to me by mistake I test for dewalt

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