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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Value for the money.
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.