|Item Weight||106 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||37 x 18 x 47 inches|
|Item model number||83200Q|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||One year manufacturer's limited product warranty upon registration after purchase. Contact 561-994-5550 for additional warranty details or to order parts.|
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QEP 83200Q 24" Bridge Saw
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- Direct drive 1 HP, 3420 RPM brushless motor is ideal for cutting marble, granite, porcelain, stone and tile (for porcelain and hard tiles, we recommend QEP's Black Widow #6-8008BW)
- 6 ball-bearing cutting assembly allows motor to glide smoothly with minimal vibration for precise cuts
- Water system evenly distributes water flow, extending the life of the diamond blade
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The QEP 24" Bridge Saw is perfect for cutting marble, granite, porcelain, stone and tile with it's direct drive 1 HP, 3420 RPM brushless motor. This Bridge Saw evenly distributes water flow, extending the life of the diamond blade and the ball-bearing cutting assembly ensures the user a smooth score leading to cleaner accurate cuts.
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The ONE thing that I can see why people rated it lower was due to the same problem of the vibration of the blade. I put on a brand new Dewalt diamond 8 inch blade and I didn't have it completely clamped into place, because when I turned it on, it was VERY wobly. I stopped, opened up the blade change system, and made sure that I held the blade right up against the black interior blade holder while I squeezed it together with the outer aluminum colored blade holder and screwed on the screw. Instantly different! So, make sure you do this and double/triple check if the blade is not true and rotating in sync with how a normal blade should rotate.
So, on to the good stuff. I had been cutting tile with a cheapo 80 dollar table top tile saw (chippy-mcgee from HD) and then got a Ryobi mitre saw that was the worst thing every to try and cut a straight line. I spent 5 hours trying to get a perfect set up to simply cut a tile, unsuccessfully after 6 attempts, I threw in the towell and told the wife that if I was going to do this 2nd shower perfectly with the travertine tile, I would need better equipment. HD had some nice products, but they were all $500 and $700 respectively. I couldn't justify that. But neither could I justify renting a machine for $50 per day and use it for 24 hours, rushing to get through and probably end up spending $100+ on a rental.
So, off to Sears, and they had NOTHING in stock to see...Disappointed, I ran to Lowes because they had some tile saws online but this one I'm reviewing wasn't on their website. I got there and it was on sale for under $280! AND it could cut over the size of 16" travertine that I needed to use it for. Perfect.
Got home, opened the box, everything was packed nicely, protected well and seemed to be 90% together when I took it out of the box. Needed to put in the blade (again, refer to the above, MAKE SURE you are sandwiching that blade in between the inner and outer blade holding collars before tightening it up snug), the laser guide (which CAN be made exact, you just have to be a bit patient and fine tune it prior to putting it on the saw, and fine tune it a bit more when you put it on the saw...patience pays off) requires 2 AAA batteries, so pick some up if you plan on using it.
The handle and the wheels were the last things to be put on and the wheels ARE useful if you put them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the ground toward the end that the motor will stay at. Lean it toward the wheels and it rolls around the shop with ease, and the frame doesn't feel flimsy at all to me, especially when I'm rolling it around, it's pretty heavy duty!
As for the grill looking shelf, it does attach from the inside which is strange, but 4 long zip-ties later, the thing is as snug and secure as you could want. and it seems to be a great idea and very useful when finding a place to put your cut or uncut tile.
So, I started it up and immediately had to cut a tile 5 1/4 inches. Did so in about 45 seconds from set up to the cut being finished. The cut was so smooth, I didn't know which was the original side and which was the cut. Only some slight cut marks on the cut side were visible, so that made me feel MUCH better about my purchase.
I needed to cut another piece at 5 1/4 inches on one end and 5 5/16 on the other. This thing set up, and I squared it initially using a solid one piece square that I had, and then simply adjusted the square about .5 of a degree. Ta-da, 5 1/4 and 5 5/16. Its just about too damn good to be true, but this saw already is a winner in my book.
It also cleans up well and has a well placed plug to help drain the water out. You can basically wipe it down with a mildly damp towell like you're drying your car. I found it not to be messy clean up at all and it looked relatively new after clean up. The pump seems well enclosed and I would trim out the power supply cord holder that is a keyhole fashioned hole to hold the pumps power supply cord. It was way too snug, and if you want to take it apart and make sure there's no water left in the pump and clean it to extend the life of your equipment, I would suggest taking some snippers and opening up that hole to let the cord safely sit and be pulled out without it being an act of congress to get it loose from the plastic box inside the water pan that it sits in.
With a little patience and time spent on set up, I could easily refer this to a friend.
I think I got what I paid for and then some. Don't hesitate to get the $30 warranty at Lowes like I did, just in case you get a lemon, but if you don't, this sucker is pretty useful and mechanically sound for it's price!
I do want to address several of the issues that often come up in other reviews as well as my own experience. There are 4 primary issues that I see in reviews across many sites.
Reported Common Issue # 1: The saw does not cut straight. Many negative reviewers complain of the saw being out of square by about 1/8-1/4 inch across the 24" cut. I found mine to be about 1/8" off. I was able to make small adjustments to the bridge mounting to get it back square without much trouble. Given the way it's manufactured, that is not a large amount to be off. I was expecting this based on my research, so I spent the 5 minutes making it square vs. spending 5x more. Also, if you do not buy high quality tile (the ones you get at your local home store are NOT high quality), the tiles will not be dimensionally stable, meaning that the tiles are likely not quite square, or the same size, etc. I've seen this more times than I can count, and it will play havoc with you. One cut is perfect, the next is off by a bunch, it's not the saw, it's the tile when this happens, or you really suck at cutting tile. Do yourself a favor, buy good tile, or use really large grout lines to hide it...
Reported Common Issue # 2: The supplied blade is not good. This was one where I took the advice of the reviewers and purchased a high quality blade at the same time. A good blade does cut a lot better than the supplied blade, but the supplied blade is decent enough. I am cutting industrial grade porcelain tile, so I was not going to chance anything but a high end blade. I would recommend testing it out and making the call based on the results with your tile. I purchased a $45 blade, so it's not a hugely expensive issue.
Reported Common Issue # 3: The wheels for moving the saw are junk. Well, yeah, they are to be blunt. They attach with a clamp mechanism that is far too weak to hold them on. My recommendation is to drill and bolt them on, which is what I did and they stay put now.
Reported Common Issue # 4: The blade wobbles or can't be tightened enough. I personally did not experience this. The blade runs true and cuts straight (as measured against the bridge). There are washers that have to be installed with the blade, it is possible some missed those or they were not included.
Other issues I encountered:
The water pan is kinda crap. It's not a heavy enough plastic and is difficult to carry when full (to dump out when cleaning up). As I usually have the saw setup outside, this is not an issue. I just tip it over some and dump half the water out before removing it.
The cord/water line conduit tends to get caught on the bridge and keeps the saw from traveling all the way to the end. This was mainly due to the way it was boxed and the lines are stuck in that position due to material memory. I have worked most of that out, I may make something to keep it from falling back behind the bridge at some point if needed.
I actually saw some complaining about the saw being messy... Really? It's a WET SAW! Of course it's messy! I find it is far less messy than a table top saw since the blade is overhead.
Not really an issue, but this thing is big and heavy. Most of the saw is steel, which I usually like since it's stronger and more reparable than plastic, but with the amount of water tile saws see in life, I'd rather see aluminum/magnesium and high grade plastic than steel due to the rust factor. But, that would mean it would cost more, so, meh. Keep in mind that this is not exactly portable due to that, and it will take up a fair bit of room in your garage.
After making the necessary adjustments and installing a good blade, it cuts very well. The motor has plenty of power to cut the ultra hard porcelain tile I have, and rather quickly too. Cuts are clean and have not had an issue with the saw vibration breaking on thin cuts (all saws vibrate, this one is a little worse that others, but fine for my purposes).
So, should you buy this saw, well, that depends. If you are willing to fiddle with it a little, possibly have to get some replacement parts from QEP (I did not have this issue, but being a low-end saw, that is quite possible) and put up with a few minor nuances, then yes. If you need a saw that will work 100% out-of-the-box, every time, for the next decade with only blade replacements, then go spend $2,000 on a professional saw. I'm quite serious about that, this is a good saw for someone on a budget, that does not need to use the saw every day or long term and that can fix the minor issues it has. It's not for a professional or someone that does not own a screwdriver (you probably should not be laying tile if that's the case anyway...).
1) The "laser" was shoddy plastic construction (to say the least).
2) The saw wouldn't cut a straight line. Over a 24 inch tile it crept 1/4 inch....very noticeable.
Other annoying things....the screw driver provided for assembly only worked on some of the screws. The blade guard was inconvenient (to say the least).
We returned the saw after one afternoon of attempting to get it to work for us. VERY frustrating!