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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2014
I have purchased three of these saws. Initially I liked the water trough around the deck and the light portability as well as the extendable deck support for larger tile. I've had chippage on many types of tiles. On my last use, I happened to be back at the saw just as the blade stopped rotating. I noticed it wobbling so I took off the two week old blade and put on a new heavy duty hight quality blade. I rotated the blade by hand and realized the issue causing the chippage was a bent motor shaft not a warped blade. I submitted a warranty claim. I was told the warranty was actually 90 days parts and 1 year on the motor only. They suggested I call their factory service department for tips to adjust the saw. I called and Tim said you need a motor. He said he'd switch me back to the office to take my information and they'd send a replacement motor. Arlene said even though I registered the saw, I had to produce the receipt. I asked what if I couldn't find it from 9 months ago. She said they'd figure something out, just try. So I searched on line and found the receipt and submitted it to her. She got Back and said it looked like a reseller and they wouldn't honor the warranty. It's an $89 saw! I spent hours jumping through her hoops and it seems QEP goes to great length to avoid rather than service their products for their customers. Bottom line, fair saw, poor customer service with a warranty that is really no warranty at all. Very disappointing #QEP.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2014
Works as advertised:
For non-continious cutting of 6" - 12" tiles, you'll need to keep a jug of water handy to keep the reservoir full ( lift up the right-hand side of the table - you can see the finger cut outs in the photo above - to add the water).

For continuous cutting of 18" or larger tiles, you need to get a small pump and submerse it in 5 gal buck of water - there is a 1/2 x 1" notch in the bottom of reservoir to run the water supply into. This continuous supply of water helps to keep the blade cool and the machine cool during long / continue cutting sessions (how about ripping - cutting lengthwise - 4" wide x 18" long - cut after cut - the saw needs a little help with keeping things cool).

I have put this saw, with both the stock blade, and a Makita replacement through several cases of 6", 12" and 18" tile. For accurate cuts, I tossed the fence and replaced it with 1" x 2" solid Aluminum bar (6160) with two clamps. It is NOT a pretty arrangement and would drive most folks insane - measuring between the front and back of the blade to the fence for each series of cuts. Once dialed it, it cut like any other properly aligned table saw.

Note: I did check the included fence with a T-square - it had a 1/32" deviation between the center and each end. Not bad for a sub $100 saw - but, it would not cross cut squarely or rip straight.

I have not used the included plastic 22.5 / 45 deg fence guide. I built my own out of marine grade ply wood scraps and just ran it up the side of the extendable fence (which can be dialed into "true" - the distance between the fence and the blade needs be identical both in the front and back of the blade - and held in place with clamps).

Is it worth the price? If you are new to working with tile, have the time go slow, and don't want to worry about renting one - then this might be the saw for you.

For me, I didn't want to worry about " getting all the cuts done before returning a rented machine", and I want to work on in when it I had the time. I have probably over used this saw - gone through three blades, the table looks like it has processed a zillion feet of tile, have stopped the blade more times then I want to admit, however, it always starts and is portable, small is easy to store.

Oh, one last thing - get a good set of hearing protectors - as this saw with the diamond blade cutting any tile will generate a lot of the loud noise - protect your ears! I sometimes, when making a lot of cuts, will double up on hearing protectors - one set of the compressible foam in-the-ear protectors AND a good set of external head / ear protectors.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
We used this to retile our kitchen, fireplace, hallway, and the upstairs bathroom including shower, and it rocks! It's not for the paid professional, definitely DIY quality; but for 89 bucks, you can't beat it. Renting a tile saw from the hardware store for 2 days exceeds the cost of this item. And as previously mentioned I may just sell mine online in Used condition when I'm done. Couple of tips:
1. When using the guide, just make sure you match the 2 positions on the rule slide, for example 6.5 inches on both ends, check to see both ends are identical before locking it in place. If you don't it can form a "wedge" which will stop the blade from spinning halfway through a tile.
2. Keep a bottle of tap water by the machine so you can keep the water reservoir topped up while you work.
3. Let the saw do the work and ever so gently push your tile/stone forward. If you hear the blade sound slowing down, push forward even less (and again check your guide). Yes it's slower than a $600 model saw, but this IS $89. If you're impatient, you'll want to buy or rent a higher end saw.
This thing is a bargain champ.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2014
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I bought this item to cut glass bottles. I have been doing them by hand via the hot/cold method.
This baby cut my time immensely! It cuts the bottles like butter, I can do a cut in less than a minute. I don't use the blade it came with; I believe the blade is for ceramic tiles. I purchased a MK Diamond 156651 MK-215GL 7-Inch Supreme Grade Diamond Blade... which is specifically for glass and does a great job with this saw. Cutting makes me a wet mess, but I do this outside with an apron, safety glasses and heavy duty rubber gloves.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
Bought this at Home Depot when I was in a pinch and returned it after one day of use. The table of the saw rusted overnight and the motor bogged down on rip cuts to the point of stopping. The rate of feed was very slow and it slowed the entire job down. The usual cheap made in China mantra applies here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2013
We installed about 100 12 inch tiles and the unit worked fine as long as you cut at its pace. The fence was useless and caused jams, as long as you free hand it it worked great. Was easy to clean up and served its purpose. Was better than renting at HD and now I have a tile saw for free basically.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2014
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The saw works pretty well, but the original blade was chipping my porcelain tile. I purchased a QEP Black Widow blade for about $29.00 and that worked better. It's a good buy for homeowners doing tile work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2014
I got this saw at Home Depot ,could not wait for shipping time, (a better buy on Amazon). It did everything I wanted it to do, it did not rust,guard did not bind when set right,used on glass and stone, blade was still good after job.have already suggested it to some one else, but the bitter price is on Amazon ,allow for shipping time,very good buy. Like the way the table collects water,NO MESS, easy to clean after use.
TIP: I put a scrap cut of tile under the back legs to help the water run forward, also rubbed in some white paint in the guide bar (made the scale easy to see).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2014
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simple saw, worth the money for the type work i was doing. I retiled my kitchen and for ceramic tile this saw was adequate. I could have paid $400 for a 'better' saw , but did not want to spend the extra money.
This saw was up and running in about 15 mins of assembly. Comes with a good blade too !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
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I only installed a fire place and entry of our house in slate. worked fine a little slow but I didn't want to spend a few hundred for two small jobs. What can I say beside you get what you pay for. I sold it on Craigslist for half the cost after I was done with it.
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