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Review9.6(out of 10)
RIDGID R4040S

RIDGID R4040S 8” Wet Tile Saw Review

RIDGID has long since been a power-tool of choice when it comes to drills, drivers, saws, and vacuums, but how does it stack up in the world of professional tile saws?  Trust, ease-of-use and fair prices are just three items that RIDGID has built their reputation upon.  It’s not surprising that these same characteristics ring […]

SKIL 7 inch Wet Tile Saw Preview

The SKIL 7 inch wet tile saw (model 3550-01) features the new HydroLock System to help contain the normal mess created by water and dust with traditional tile saws. The idea came to light from the simple fact that it would be more convenient to be able to cut tile in the room that it’s actually going to be […]

Bosch TC10-07 10" Wet Tile Saw Preview

Bosch 10-inch Tile Saw TC10-07 Preview

When we first saw the Bosch TC10-07 10″ Wet Tile Saw we were impressed by the absolute attention to detail presented by the saw. This isn’t a casual saw – it’s more of an industrial wet tile cutting machine. From the water collection and run-off system to the oversized table work surface, this is a tile cutter that can handle complex cuts and pull them off with precision. The saw has expanded rear and side water collection & run-off trays that serve to prevent overspray while optimizing water retention. They also serve to make the tool look very imposing. With a 1.4 HP 4200 RPM motor, the TC10 can cut porcelain and stone.

Makita JV100 12V Lithium-ion jigsaw

New Makita 12V Compact Tools on the Horizon

While what Makita is doing in the UK may not reflect a direct transfer to the tools is releases in the US, it does perk us up to see a suite of new 10.8V (that’s 12V to you and me) cordless lithium-ion tools come out of nowhere. In particular, a new jigsaw, reciprocating saw, tile cutter and even a compact site radio, have joined a line-up which already includes drill drivers, an impact driver, an impact wrench, an 3-3/8″ circular saw and vacuum cleaner. In the U, the range also includes the ‘Pink Drill’, the special edition 12V drill driver marketed to support the Breast Cancer Care charity with a donation from Makita for every unit sold (though in the US they merely dressed up their 2011 Supercross sponsor in pink, not their drill).

Chicago Electric Tile Saw

Chicago Electric Tile Saw Review

Ah, porcelain tile. Rugged. Dense. And we had just over 250 square feet of it to install… mostly on the walls… and half of it in a diamond pattern… with chair rail and decorative inserts. This was not a time to try out a wimpy saw. For this job, we chose a 2.5 HP 10-inch wet saw from Chicago Electric Power Tools. Chicago is sold almost exclusively through Harbor Freight – a name that will bring to mind visions of bargain-priced inexpensive Chinese tools in some. In others, the thought will drift to how long their no-name tools will last. In either case, we were able to pick up this 10-inch behemoth tile saw for less than $200 – not a bad deal if you’ve done any shopping around for full-sized tile saws.

RYOBI WS730 7-inch Tile Saw

RYOBI WS730 7-inch Tile Saw

Perfect for tiling projects in and around the house, the Ryobi WS730 tile saw includes a 7-inch diamond cutting wheel, wheel wrench, hex key, rip guide, bevel block, end of cut reminder, splash guard and operator’s manual. Ryobi has a motto: “Pro Features, Affordable Prices”. Since this is the first overhead motor tile saw to be offered at under $200 they’ve certainly seem to be delivering.