Table of Contents
- Best Wet Tile Saw under $300 Reviews 2019
- PORTER-CABLE PCE980 Wet Tile Saw – Best Seller
- SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Top Pick
- Leegol Electric 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Portable Wet Cutting Porcelain Tile Cutter Table Saw with Water System – Best Value
- MK Diamond 157222 MK-170 1/3-Horsepower 7-Inch Bench Wet Tile Saw – Runner Up
- WEN 71745 4.1A 4.5-Inch Portable Wet Tile Saw with Fence and Miter Gauge – Also Consider
- Best Wet Tile Saw under $300 Buying Guide 2019
Best Wet Tile Saw under $300 Reviews 2019
If you want to redo your floors or add a backsplash to a wall, a popular choice for the material is stone or tile. While it would be nice if these materials could be cut with the same tools you use for other contractor jobs, the truth is their unique structure requires particular solutions. This is why we present our list of the 5 best wet tile saw under $300 for 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you can easily determine what you need in your wet tile saw. While the PORTER-CABLE and Skil took our top spots, you have to keep reading to see our best value and top performer.
PORTER-CABLE PCE980 Wet Tile Saw – Best Seller
- Onboard miter square to help line up miter cuts and repeatable rip cuts
- Roll cage for easy carrying and protection of the cutting cart
- Splash guard keeps water from spraying the tool operator
Of all companies on our list, few are as recognizable or carry with them the same level of prestige as PORTER-CABLE. With a history that stretches back well over a century, PORTER-CABLE has been known as a solid power tool manufacturer for almost their duration. Though they were once regarded as a high-end, professional-grade power tool manufacturer, their buyout by BLACK+DECKER has dropped the brand into the mid-tier market. Still, the brand fared better than other companies acquired by the power tool conglomerate and saw little drop in quality. That said, it is fair to note that PORTER-CABLE does not specialize in stone or masonry power tools, focusing primarily on woodworking tools instead. While PORTER-CABLE is not known as a company that adds a number of bells and whistles on their products or makes especially ergonomic power tools, they are noted for being some of the more capable options on the market.
The PORTER-CABLE wet tile saw is not known for offering the best accessories or extra features, but that is because it puts all of its attention on providing some of the best performance on the market. Out of all the cheap wet tile saws we reviewed, none of them really come close to providing the kind of cutting power that the PORTER-CABLE provides. In terms of raw cutting power, the PORTER-CABLE is able to outperform the other competitors on our list in a couple of different ways. First, it comes with the most powerful motor we saw at 6.5-amps which will allow it to handle denser or thicker workpieces. On top of that, it also features the most cutting torque with 1 hp which is fairly impressive for a wet tile saw so compact. The only real issue with the cutting power is the cutting speed of 2850 which means you need to feed to material slower than with some of the other options on our list.
Another excellent quality that sets the PORTER-CABLE wet tile saw apart from the others is the build. For one, this is the only wet tile saw under $300 that we found that uses a cast iron sliding tray. This will help stabilize the workpiece and absorb vibrations to prevent the stone or tile from breaking during the cut. To complement this choice, the PORTER-CABLE provides a strong, stainless steel tabletop. When you combine those two features, it provides the largest rip cut capacity of 17” that pairs nicely with its list-leading 2” depth cut capacity. While this is one of the heavier wet tile saws we reviewed at 27-pounds, it also features a roll bar that both protects and makes carrying it much easier than some other competitors.
- Is more portable than most
- Has a cast metal sliding tray
- Has a stainless steel tabletop
- Has a 6.5-amp motor
- Generates 1 hp of cutting power
- Has the largest cutting capacities
- Is a more expensive wet tile saw
- Has the slowest cutting speed reviewed
SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Top Pick
- Corrosive resistant stainless steel top supports tiles up to 12 x 12-inch
- Adjustable rip fence with miter gauge for accurate straight and miter cuts
- Blade cooling water reservoir to keep blade cool while minimizing dust and debris
SKIL is another company with a fairly impressive history with the handheld circular saw even going by the genericized trademark Skilsaw. While it is not quite as old or experienced as some of the other companies we reviewed, it has been around for nearly a century all the same. Much like some other companies we saw, SKIL started out as a professional-grade brand but has moved more towards the consumer-grade market as time goes on. This has definitely led to a slight drop in their product’s maximum capabilities but not in their general quality.
The SKIL wet tile saw is in an interesting scenario as it tries to skirt the line between having a relatively low price point and providing a solid product. While there are some issues and inconveniences, the SKIL mostly accomplishes its task. For instance, the tabletop is made of stainless steel to help prevent rust or corrosion from forming. On top of that, this is also a fairly lightweight wet tile saw which makes transporting it from one to another that much easier, though it does not have handles. Arguably the worst quality of the build comes down to the blade guard design which allows water to splash all over the user.
Again, while trying to maintain a good balance between price and quality, the SKIL wet tile saw does an admirable job. First, it offers a solid blade speed of 3600 rpms which is more than sufficient to cut through most types of stone and masonry. To be fair, that blade speed is somewhat hampered by an underpowered motor that only has 4.2-amps. Regardless, one of the more impressive aspects of the SKIL wet tile saw is its ability to make solid crosscuts. At 7 ½”, the SKIL wet tile saw is able to provide the largest crosscuts we reviewed without providing for a table extension.
- Is a less expensive wet tile saw
- Has a stainless steel tabletop
- Has a blade speed of 3600 rpms
- Can make bevel cuts
- Is a lightweight wet tile saw
- Has a solid cross-cutting capacity
- Only has a 4.2-amp motor
- Is fairly messy
Leegol Electric 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Portable Wet Cutting Porcelain Tile Cutter Table Saw with Water System – Best Value
- Bevel cuts tile from 0 to 45 degrees - flexibility for different cut types
- Adjustable rip fence with miter gauge - for accurate straight and miter cuts
- Blade cooling water reservoir - keeps blade cool and minimizes dust and debris
Leegol is definitely one of the youngest companies on our list having only been founded around a year ago. In fact, the company does have much of an online presence at all with no website, Facebook page, or LinkedIn account. While this relative inexperience and lack of presence would normally be cause for a bit of hesitation, the company does at least seem to have a fairly particular focus. While not all of their products specialize exclusively in stonework or masonry, the overwhelming majority of them do. On top of that, even the products which are not explicitly used for stonework or masonry are often used in those fields as well. As such, the Leegol Electric wet tile saw may be a bit of a gamble, but for the price, it is fairly difficult to risk not giving it a shot all the same.
Even though it is a budget wet tile saw, the Leegol is still able to provide more power than you might expect. For one, it has a solid 5-amp motor that can rip through all tile and even sturdier types of stone. Part of this is almost certainly due to the fact that the Leegol wet tile saw also has the second-fastest blade speed on our list of 5000 rpms. Combined this allows the Leegol to chew through tile without effort, though it does come at a price. Arguably the biggest issue with the Leegol wet tile saw is the fact that it is not terribly precise at cutting. This shows itself by chipping the workpiece or outright breaking it due to vibration being transferred to the blade.
The Leegol surprises once again with its ability to provide a fairly well-built body to complement the sheer cutting power afforded as well. For instance, though the table may not be made of stainless steel, it is still at least coated in chrome. This will achieve the same effect in preventing the accumulation of rust or corrosion, though it will also allow for chipping which could lead to rust later on. Still, the tub is made of reinforced plastic which is impact-resistant and more than capable of handling the rigors of a busy job site. That said, these two features are probably part of the reason that the Leegol is also the heaviest wet tile saw on our list which makes it more difficult to transport from place to place.
- Is the least expensive wet tile saw reviewed
- Has a 5-amp motor
- Can make bevel cuts
- Has a blade speed of 3500
- Has a chrome-plated table
- Has a reinforced, impact-resistant tub
- Is the heaviest wet tile saw reviewed
- Not the most precise
MK Diamond 157222 MK-170 1/3-Horsepower 7-Inch Bench Wet Tile Saw – Runner Up
- 7-inch bench wet tile saw
- 1/3-horsepower engine for high torque (5500 rpm) and power
- High-impact thermoplastic water reservoir will not rust or peel
Out of all the companies we reviewed, few are able to claim the kind of credentials for this particular list that MK Diamond can. For one, this is easily the oldest and most experienced company on our list with a storied history that stretches back over 150 years. On top of that, the company was founded by a master stoneworker and mason descended from a family of craftsmen. Even more, while their catalog has expanded to include other markets, this is also one of the only companies we saw that specializes primarily in stonework and masonry tools. In fact, from top to bottom in all of the most relevant categories, this could easily be the most capable wet tile saw that we reviewed.
Though it is by no means the most powerful wet tile saw that we reviewed, the MK Diamond is still easily near the top of the list in virtually every meaningful category. For one, the 5-amp motor offers plenty of power to help cut through even denser stone and tile. Even better, the motor is able to translate that raw power into actual cutting torque to the tune of ½ hp. All of this is then cemented with a blade speed of 5500 rpms which is the fastest on our list, making this arguably the most capable and best cutting wet tile saw under $300.
While the cutting power mostly speaks for itself, the MK Diamond wet tile saw is not simply content to rest on base capability alone and goes the extra mile to offer additional features as well. For one, while it does not have a table extension to allow for longer rips, it does still offer the deepest cutting capacity at 2”. Even better, this is actually one of the few wet tile saws on our list that makes it a point to provide additional features geared towards safety. First, the MK Diamond wet saw comes with the patented MK-Safeswitch to make sure there are no accidental startups. This feature is then reinforced with the hinged blade guard to provide a superior line of sight and make changing the blade safer too.
- Is a lightweight wet tile saw
- Has a blade speed of 5500 rpms
- Has a 5-amp motor
- Generates ½ hp of cutting power
- Has a solid cutting capacity
- Is a safer wet tile saw
- Is the most expensive wet tile saw reviewed
- Does not have a great guide fence
WEN 71745 4.1A 4.5-Inch Portable Wet Tile Saw with Fence and Miter Gauge – Also Consider
- 4.1-amp motor rotates the 4-1/2-inch diamond blade up to 5000 times per minute
- Cut stone, porcelain, and ceramic tiles up to 3/4 inches in thickness
- Bevel the table up to 45 degrees for angled cuts in tiles up to a 1/2 inch thick
WEN is an interesting company in that though they have been around for a reasonable amount of time, they are still not one of the more well-known brands on the market. However, with a founding in 1951 focused on manufacturing power tools, they definitely have the experience to deserve a second look. That said, it is worth noting that if WEN does specialize in anything specifically, it is the consumer-grade market as opposed to a given category of products. Still, this does allow WEN to place a particular focus on certain qualities and features as opposed to others. For instance, you will not likely seek WEN for professional jobs, but they are excellent for homeowners and DIYers.
Mostly Great Cuts
The WEN is a bit up and down in the cutting specs department, but it does ultimately provide some great cuts. The motor is definitely a bit on the disappointing side with only 4.1-amps of power, the lowest on our list. However, this is then redoubled with the second-fastest blade speed that we reviewed of 5000 rpms. While this does mean that you will need to feed the workpiece into the blade a bit slower than with some of the other options, it also makes it easier to control. Specifically, the fast blade speed combined with a weaker motor produces significantly less vibration and greatly reduces the risk of breaking the workpiece while cutting.
One thing that sets the WEN apart from the other wet saws we reviewed is the fact that its blade is only 4 ½” as opposed to 7”. While this definitely limits the WEN wet tile saw a bit, it is primarily in its maximum depth capacity which sits at only ¾”. On the other hand, this might be one of, if not, the most portable wet tile saws that we came across. First, this is the outright lightest wet saw we reviewed at only 12-pounds which is less than half the weight of the heaviest options on our list. However, this lightweight design is then complemented with a compact profile that makes carrying it much easier. All of these features are then given the finishing touches of a carrying handle that allows for a suitcase-like transportation.
- Has a blade speed of 5000 rpms
- Is the lightest wet tile saw reviewed
- Is a more portable wet tile saw
- Is a precise wet tile saw
- Is easy to use
- Has solid accessories
- Is a more expensive wet tile saw
- Has the smallest blade reviewed
Best Wet Tile Saw under $300 Buying Guide 2019
The power of a wet tile saw generally refers to how much power the motor is capable of generating during use and can be given in either amps or horsepower. That said, horsepower will more often refer to the torque the motor generates while amps will not necessarily correlate in a similar way. For power saws in general, power is one of the more important qualities because it helps determine how well the saw will cut. To be fair, this is not a simple one-to-one consideration where more power automatically means the saw will cut better, but it will generally allow it to cut better.
Still, the type of drive and quality of the gear works will also play a large role in determining how well a wet tile saw can transfer the power generated by the motor to the blade. Unfortunately, there is no exacting standard that all manufacturers use, though there are a number of common approaches. It is worth noting that most wet tile saws under $300 use direct drives as opposed to drive belts which helps transfer the power more directly. The downside with this arrangement is that it also allows vibrations to transfer more easily from the motor to the blade which can lead to cracks or broken workpieces.
This is easily one of the more important qualities to consider due to the fact that the denser, more brittle work materials of stone should be cut with higher speed blades. This is due to a couple of qualities, first being that a faster blade speed will remove cut material quicker and help prevent the blade from bogging down or introducing vibrations. While the motor and drive can be a big contributor to vibration, the uneven cuts caused by stone dust can do the same thing.
That said, the more important reason to look for a fast blade speed has to do with the way that stone cuts in the first place. Basically, stone does not have a grain in the same way that wood does and cuts along shear lines. However, workpieces generally do not follow shear lines, especially since they can be unsymmetrical and irregular. As such, you need a fast blade to be able to cut across shear lines without actually causing the stone to shear which leads to breaks and chipping.
It does not matter what kind of power saw you look for or what kind of material you intend to cut, the cutting capacity will almost always be one of the more important aspects. That said, wet tile saws are definitely a bit of an outlier in this regard as most tiles are not that different in terms of their size with only a handful of standardized pieces. Still, it is worth considering the cutting capacity of a wet tile saw in order to make sure that it can handle any and all workpieces you might throw at it.
It is also worth noting that wet tile saws with larger cutting capacities generally have an easier time handling smaller workpieces so long as their design reduces or otherwise limits the amount of vibration introduced. Most wet tile saws provide a rip cut capacity of at least 12”, but the real spec to watch out for is the depth. This is because, even though most tile is not terribly thick, this will often be the cutting capacity that limits a wet tile saw more than the rip capacity.
This can be an interesting quality to judge with wet tile saws because there are a surprising number of materials used. On top of that, this is actually one of the few kinds of power saws where you should not mind the use of plastic with the construction, though that is heavily dependent on which part of the saw you refer. For instance, you likely do not want to get a wet tile saw with a plastic table unless it is meant for light use. The table is the part of the wet tile saw on which the tile sits and will see plenty of abuse while also needing to remain perfectly flat and level. In order to make sure the table does not warp or get damaged, metal is most commonly used.
That said, even within the table, a wide range of different materials are used to accommodate different conditions. Easily one of the best materials to use for the table is cast iron as the heavy and dense metal does a superior job reducing the vibration generated by the motor from transferring to the workpiece during the cut. Another common material used for the table is stainless steel because it is naturally water-resistant and will not rust or corrode as easily as other materials. Some manufacturers attempt to provide a less expensive solution to this problem and simply coat the table in chrome which works well enough at first but can chip over time.
Portability is not always the most important quality to look for in a stone-cutting saw, but a wet tile saw under $300 is often a bit different. A big part of this is because inexpensive wet tile saws have a tendency to be more compact in general. This makes them ideally suited for transportation to job sites where you might be laying a tile floor. As such, a professional floorer will want to look for a wet tile saw that can easily be transported.
One of the more obvious qualities that determine the portability of a wet tile saw is the weight with the ideal weight being easily managed by a single person. Thankfully, most wet tile saws under $300 are less than 30 pounds, so it should not be too difficult for the average person to move by themselves. Another thing to look for with a portable wet tile saw is the design of the saw’s chassis. Some of the more portable wet tile saws are designed with a roll bar or other type of handle to make carrying the saw easier.
Why Choose a Wet Tile Saw?
One thing to remember is that a wet tile saw should not be used to cut wood in any capacity as this could damage the tool or risk injury. We bring this up because a wet tile saw is designed to cut masonry of all types, including stone beyond tile. Of course, a wet tile saw is not the only type of power saw designed to cut stone, so why should you choose a wet tile saw over another type of masonry saw? The reason for choosing a wet tile saw over its competitors comes down to the type of material being cut.
Cutting wood is relatively easy with the main worries coming from a poor power saw being splinters or burning the cut face, both of which are easily fixed with some sanding. Stone, on the other hand, is not nearly as forgiving as wood due to its structure being significantly more brittle. This means that when a poor power saw cuts stone, it risks breaking or cracking the stone during the cut. One of the main causes of stone cracking or breaking while being cut comes down to the heat generated by the blade rubbing against the stone during the cut. In order to help prevent the blade from overheating the stone and breaking it, manufacturers have developed a power saw that flushes water over the blade during the cut.
Techniques to Consider
One of the more important things to consider when using a wet tile saw is the cutting technique which differs a bit from cutting wood. To be fair, the physical motions of cutting stone with a wet tile saw do not actually differ that much from cutting wood with a table saw. However, the feel of the cut will be significantly different, and you will need to use this sense to properly feed the tile into the blade. Unlike cutting wood, if you feed the workpiece into a wet tile saw too fast, you run the risk of chipping the workpiece– even if the piece in question does not otherwise crack or break. Since it is far more difficult to fix these kinds of mistakes in finishing with stone that it is with wood, you need to make sure you understand how to feed the workpiece into the blade properly. This can actually be different from one wet tile saw to another due to a difference of motor power and blade speed, so make sure you have some practice materials to get a sense of how your wet tile saw cuts before using it on a project.
What to Look For?
One thing to consider, which is not really a specification that can be quantified, is how much vibration the blade transfers to the workpiece. This is especially important because stone and other masonry are fairly brittle which makes it far more susceptible to vibrations causing a crack or break in the workpiece. While the power of the motor can give a modest clue to this quality, a number of manufacturers make it a point to account for vibration transfer with their gear works and drives. As such, you should not inherently assume that wet tile saw with a more powerful motor will automatically transfer more vibration to the blade than less powerful motors. That said, a less powerful motor is generally less likely to cause the same kind of vibration transfer as a powerful motor.
This makes the selection a bit tricky since a powerful motor and quick blade speed are often some of the more pertinent details to determine when choosing a wet tile saw. The former allows you to cut through denser materials without worrying about the blade bogging down or having to be fed slower. The latter is easily one of the more important qualities because the blade speed will play a huge impact when determining how quickly or easily it is to cut through the material, assuming the motor is powerful enough to handle the material’s density. When looking for a wet tile saw under $300, it is also often worth looking at the weight and design of the product. This is because an inexpensive wet tile saw is also commonly used as a portable wet tile saw since their features regularly overlap.
In the end, the best wet tile saw under $300 will depend heavily on what type of projects you need it for. If you are a professional contractor, you will probably want to go with the PORTER-CABLE which provides the most cutting power and cutting capacity on our list. Of course, the MK Diamond is right up there with it and even offers one of the safest options we found. Our top pick is the SKIL, but that is mostly due to the fact that it is one of the least expensive while still being fairly capable. If you need the least expensive option available, the Leegol Electronics is worth a shot, but be prepared to deal with more vibration than most. Finally, the WEN leaves a bit to be desired in terms of the materials used and cutting capacity, but its precision speaks for itself.