Table of Contents
- Best Wet Tile Saw Reviews 2019
- DEWALT D24000S Heavy-Duty 10-inch Wet Tile Saw with Stand – Best Seller
- PORTER-CABLE PCE980 Wet Tile Saw – Top Pick
- SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Best Value
- MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw – Runner Up
- Leegol Electric 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Portable Wet Cutting Porcelain Tile Cutter Table Saw with Water System – Also Consider
- Best Wet Tile Saw Buying Guide 2019
Best Wet Tile Saw Reviews 2019
When thinking about power tools, most contractors will usually gravitate towards the ones focused on working with wood. However, anyone who has put down a new floor also realizes the value in power tools designed to cut other materials as well– especially masonry. That is why we have put together a list of the 5 best wet tile saw reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you can intelligently navigate through this less common market. While we think that the DEWALT and PORTER-CABLE are the best bet for most people, you have to keep reading to find the best values.
DEWALT D24000S Heavy-Duty 10-inch Wet Tile Saw with Stand – Best Seller
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DEWALT is by far one of, if not, the most recognizable brands on our list, in part due to their own experience as well as their current ownership by BLACK+DECKER. DEWALT has a long-standing history as a maker of professional-grade power tools, even if that reputation took a minor hit somewhat recently. Still, with a history that stretches back nearly a century, it is hard to dispute the experience of DEWALT in a wide variety of power tool markets. To be fair, the company does not specialize in masonry power tools, but they took the best seller position, likely because they top the list in most of the important specifications.
By far one of the best qualities of the DEWALT wet tile saw is the sheer range and capacity of cuts that it can make. Compared to the other options on our list, there is virtually no wet tile saw that can compete with the DEWALT tile saw in most of the meaningful categories. For instance, when it comes to straight rip cuts, the DEWALT wet saw beats the next closest competitor we reviewed by a solid half foot for an impressive 24’ rip which is far larger than most of the tile people use for their various projects. As if that were not enough, DEWALT tile saw once again tops our list above and beyond by offering a diagonal rip cut capacity that is actually larger than any of the other wet tile saw’s straight rip cut capacity on our list. To keep the gravy train rolling, the DEWALT wet tile saw once again come first on our list with an impressive maximum cut depth of 3 ⅛” which is large enough to account for all but the thickest standard sizes of tile commonly used. While the DEWALT wet saw is easily the heaviest option on our list at a whopping 155 pounds, it does at least come with its own stand to make use that much easier. That said, you will want to make sure that the stand is positioned on a perfectly level surface to prevent it from wobbling while making a cut.
Due to the unique structure of masonry compared to wood, wet tile saws are not always sold on their power. Quite often precision is just as, if not, more important than the maximum amount of cutting power a wet tile saw can generate. That said, it never hurts to be able to slice through stone with relative ease, and the DEWALT tile saw can do just that. For one, there is not a tile saw on our list that has the raw cutting power of the DEWALT wet tile saw which sports a 15-amp motor. That motor is able to generate an impressive 1 ½ hp of cutting power which is more than enough for even the densest of stone. On top of that, the DEWALT wet saw is also able to spin its blade at a solid 4200 rpms, preventing the buildup of dust and mud from bogging it down. While the power afforded by the DEWALT wet tile saw is impressive in its own right, the company made sure that the build quality could easily handle continuous, professional jobs. With a table made of stainless steel and a frame made of aluminum, you do not have to worry about the DEWALT wet tile saw rusting or breaking from water or rigorous use. Even better, the DEWALT went ahead and made sure that you also do not have to worry about using this wet tile saw indoors either as it comes with two different water nozzles angled so that the water does not splash all over the place like with some wet saws.
- Comes with its own stand
- Can make plunge cuts
- Has a 15-amp, 1.5 hp motor
- Is made of aluminum and stainless steel
- Is cleaner than most
- Has the largest cutting capacities reviewed
- Is the most expensive wet tile saw reviewed
- Is the heaviest wet tile saw reviewed
PORTER-CABLE PCE980 Wet Tile Saw – Top Pick
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Even though it ranked as our top pick for its ability to successfully thread the needle of price and performance, PORTER-CABLE is often a company out of sorts in the market. The brand has been around for well over a century and is known throughout the industry as a solid, professional-grade option, it should be known that this is a bit of a mid-tier brand. Thankfully, this position has little to do with the PORTER-CABLE’s capabilities and everything to do with its bells and whistles. To wit, PORTER-CABLE is not really known as a power tool manufacturer which increases the product price by adding frills which often are more of a convenience than performance boost. That said, the PORTER-CABLE checks all of the necessary boxes you should look for in a solid wet tile saw, including the price.
While the PORTER-CABLE tile saw will not be confused for some of the most powerful options on our list, that does not mean it lacks power in any meaningful sense. For one, the motor is able to generate a decent 6.5-amps, so you do not have to worry about bogging down when cutting thicker or denser types of masonry. Part of this definitely has to do with the fact that the PORTER-CABLE wet saw is able to push 1 hp of cutting power which is still fairly substantial in the wet tile saw market. While it is not necessarily the fastest that we reviewed, the PORTER-CABLE wet saw’s blade speed is more than able to handle an average feed rate, spinning at 3600 rpms. While the cutting power of the PORTER-CABLE wet tile saw is admirable, many of its other design qualities sit near the top of the list as well. Granted, this is still a mid-tier product, so you should not necessarily expect it to compete with larger professional models, but it can still offer capacities on par with the majority of professional contractor uses. For instance, the PORTER-CABLE wet saw features a rip cutting capacity of 17” which compares favorably with most of the products we reviewed and more than enough for the average tile size of 12” or less. That said, not every cutting capacity is the best with the maximum depth of cut sitting at only 1 ¼”. While this is not inherently bad, it does mean that you will definitely be a bit more limited in regards to some of the masonry materials you can use, especially as it relates to thicker tiles or stone.
The PORTER-CABLE tile saw offers a good range of cutting capabilities, but it also makes a point to complement that with a decent overall build quality too. Of course, a mid-tier product will never be perfect, and though the PORTER-CABLE wet saw may come with a fence guide and a miter wedge, it has been noted for being somewhat difficult to align. To be fair, this is focused more with the miter cuts than the straight rips, but chipping tile is not uncommon due to a slight amount of play with the sliding cart. On the other hand, all of the materials used are top-notch and do contribute to an otherwise solid performance. For instance, the table itself is made of strong stainless steel, so you do not have to worry about dents, scratches, or rust. On top of that, the PORTER-CABLE wet tile saw is one of the only products we found whose cutting cart is made of cast metal which helps reduce the amount of vibration transferred from the motor to the table. Even better, the PORTER-CABLE tile saw also looks after the general chassis of the product by including a protective roll cage. However, the roll cage serves double-duty by also acting as a convenient handle to assist in transporting from one job site to another.
- Is a less expensive wet tile saw
- Has a protective roll cage
- Has a stainless steel table top
- Has a cast metal cutting cart
- Has a 6.5-amp, 1 hp motor
- Has large cutting capacities
- Difficult to clean
- Difficult to align
SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Best Value
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SKIL is definitely an interesting company that has had sweeping highs without any real corresponding lows. With a history that hovers close to the century mark, SKIL initially started out as a professional-grade power tool manufacturer before moving into the consumer-grade market. While this does mean that you should expect some limitations with the SKIL compared to some of the more professional-grade brands, that does not mean that you have to sacrifice ultimate quality. On top of that, this allows the SKIL wet tile saw to offer a unique solution to certain situations where a large, professional tile saw may not be ideally suited.
When looking for a cheap wet tile saw, it is important to set your expectations appropriately or else you might be disappointed. This is not to suggest that the SKIL wet saw is a poorly made product, but it definitely cannot handle some of the larger workpieces than some of the other options on our list can. For instance, the SKIL tile saw has the weakest motor on our list at only 4.2 amps which means you will definitely have to watch your feed rate to prevent the motor from bogging down. Thankfully, the SKIL wet saw does at least offer a solid blade speed of 3600 rpms, so you do not have to worry about the saw being bogged down by dust or mud. That said, the capacities are a bit on the smaller side with even 12” tiles being too large without risking breakage.
By far one of the better qualities concerning the SKIL wet tile saw is the fact that it can be used without the fuss or struggle of some of its more powerful competitors. For one, this is easily the most compact wet tile saw we reviewed which, while somewhat limiting in terms of cut capacities, means that it can be used in tighter quarters– like a bathroom. On top of that, the SKIL wet saw is also the lightest product we reviewed at a svelte 18 pounds which makes moving it from one location to another significantly easier than other products. This small size and lightweight design does not mean that the SKIL tile saw skimped out on quality materials, though as it still features a solid, stainless steel table which is both durable and water-resistant.
- Is a less expensive wet tile saw
- Is the lightest wet tile saw reviewed
- Has a stainless steel table
- Has a blade speed of 3600 rpms
- Has a compact profile
- Can make miter and bevel cuts
- Only has a 4.2-amp motor
- Is a messier wet tile saw
MK-370EXP 1-1/4 HP 7-Inch Wet Cutting Tile Saw – Runner Up
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MK Diamond is definitely one of the less well-known brands of power tools we reviewed, in general, but does have a distinct advantage over some of its competitors. Specifically, this is the only power tool company on our list which specializes in masonry products, though they do offer a few other types of products as well. Still, with its founder being a master stoneworker and mason hailing from a family of craftspeople, MK Diamond is easily the most focused company on our list. However, this specialty provides the ability to charge more than other companies might, which would be fine were it not for the fact that this wet tile saw has an unusual and frustrating flaw.
When it comes to cutting capability, few products we saw in its class can compete with the MK Diamond wet tile saw. For one, its motor is the second-best that we reviewed at 7.4 amps, generating an equally impressive 1 ¼ hp cutting power. This is more than enough for all but the thickest and densest of tiles and nearly professional-grade, if not. This powerful motor is then coupled with the fastest blade speed that we saw, spinning at a blistering 6000 rpms– more than fast enough to cut through the hardest stone like butter. As if the sheer cutting power were not impressive enough, the MK Diamond tile saw also offers some of the best cutting capacities on our list too. With a rip capacity of 18”, the MK Diamond wet saw comes in second place, and its maximum cutting depth of 2” is tied for first. The maximum cutting depth is important for a second reason as this is also one of the few wet tile saws we reviewed that is able to make plunge cuts.
For everything that the MK Diamond wet saw has going for it, it makes a serious design blunder in one important aspect that can make using this tool maddeningly frustrating. Basically, the slide tray runs on two rails which have a tendency to stick and become difficult to slide. If simply oiling the rails would fix the issue, that might be an acceptable, if inconvenient solution. However, the rails have a tendency to build up with mud which makes oiling them pointless as a solution. As such, you will definitely have to worry about your feed technique to ensure that you do not accidentally crack or break the tile during the cut. Thankfully, pretty much everything else about the MK Diamond wet tile saw’s build is fairly high quality. Both the table and the rails are made out of steel, with the former being plated in zinc and the latter plated in chrome. On top of that, the MK Diamond tile saw is one of the safest options with its patented MK-Safeswitch and hinged blade guard.
- Has a 7.4-amp, 1 ¼ hp motor
- Has a blade speed of 6000 rpms
- Has good cutting capacities
- Can make plunge cuts
- Is a safer wet tile saw
- Made of zinc and chrome-plated steel
- Is a more expensive wet tile saw
- Has poor slide tray
Leegol Electric 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw – Portable Wet Cutting Porcelain Tile Cutter Table Saw with Water System – Also Consider
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Leegol is a relatively unknown company which was first founded roughly a year ago and maintains little online presence. Without even a homepage or Facebook, it can be difficult to know exactly what you are getting into. That said, this is a power tool manufacturer which seems to focus predominantly on masonry tools or tools that are versatile enough to work on stone and other materials. Still, there is a reason that it is at the bottom of our list, and it is not because it is the least expensive wet tile saw we reviewed.
One thing that might definitely take some of you by surprise is the fact that the Leegol offers more power than some of its more expensive competitors. With a 5-amp motor that spins the blade at 3550 rpms, it is right up there with a number of consumer-grade wet tile saws. However, this is definitely one of those instances where a tile saw having more power does not necessarily translate to getting better results. This is because the Leegol is arguably one of the less precise wet tile saws that we reviewed with a blade that can vary by as much as ⅛”. While the lack of precision alone is troubling, the fact that it also has a tendency to break or chip tiles is worse.
On the surface, the Leegol offers a reasonably decent build with a reinforced, impact-resistant tub that is more than able to handle a heavy workload. On top of that, the Leegol wet saw also sports a steel table that is plated with chrome to help prevent rust or corrosion. It is worth noting that the chrome plating is known to scratch and will eventually chip over time, leaving the Leegol tile saw vulnerable to rusting in those spots. On top of that, this is not known for being the most durable wet tile saw we found with the drive and motor wearing out under heavy use. Still, it is a fairly lightweight wet tile saw that should be acceptable for a single project by a homeowner or DIYer.
- Is the least expensive wet tile saw reviewed
- Has a blade speed of 3550 rpms
- Has a 5-amp motor
- Has a reinforced, impact-resistant tub
- Has a chrome-plated table
- Is a lightweight wet tile saw
- Is not the most precise
- Not the most durable
Best Wet Tile Saw Buying Guide 2019
Like with all power saws, the cutting power is definitely one of the more relevant aspects, but it should not be treated as king like with some wood-cutting power saws. This does not mean that you necessarily want to skimp out on cutting power, but it is important to know when it is most meaningful. Specifically, the cutting power is more important when you expect to be cutting especially thick or especially dense types of stone. If you are not cutting masonry that sits at the extremes, you can get a wet tile saw with average power and not have to worry about potential chips or cracks due to improper technique.
Between blade speed and cutting power, blade speed is generally more important for getting a clean cut without having to worry about chipping or breaking. Granted, those two qualities do go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to the blade speed under load, but a fast blade speed can often make up for a lack of power when working with common materials like ceramic. That said, this is generally one of the features where the faster the blade, the quicker the cut, with the only negation of this axiom coming from a blade that is not precise. If a blade has a bit of give and wiggle while cutting, a fast blade speed will amplify its effects. Still, most wet tile saws are accurate enough that the fast blade speed should still be seen as a better option to a slow blade speed.
Depending on the types of jobs you need the wet tile saw for, this is either one of the more important qualities to consider or something you simply need to hit the bare minimums with. Basically, most tile and a fair amount of other masonry come in a few standard sizes with minor variations between particular suppliers. That said, unless you expect to work with a wide variety of different workpiece sizes, chances are you can look for a wet tile saw that provides at least 12” for a rip cut and 1 ½” for a depth of cut. On the other hand, if you are a professional contractor or floorer, then you will likely want to get a wet tile saw that cuts thicker masonry, probably up to 2” in thickness, and affords a larger rip cut.
Because of the nature of construction, materials are important regardless of their purpose, but masonry power tools might weight this a bit heavier than some others. Woodcutting tools will rarely have to worry about the material itself damaging the tool so long as it is made out of metal. Wet tile saws, on the other hand, often have to balance the use of materials that are naturally water-resistant, not too terribly heavy, and still strong enough to withstand more abuse. To this end, most wet tile saws use steel of some sort with stainless steel being one of the most popular options due to its natural water-resistance. In order to offer a less expensive product, some manufacturers will instead use standard steel and plate it in another water-resistant metal, though this will eventually chip, exposing the steel underneath.
Why Use a Wet Tile Saw
It is worth noting that there are actually a couple of different types of masonry saws for cutting both stone in general and tile in particular. That said, the dry masonry saws have a tendency to be extremely powerful when compared to the wet ones. While this might seem like a big advantage at first glance, it actually makes dry masonry saws significantly more difficult to use. This is because cutting stone is far more about precision than it is raw power, and the kind of heat and vibration generated by dry stone saws will regularly burn the stone or break it outright.
This issue is only amplified when you are trying to cut more delicate stone like marble or ceramic and can ruin workpieces which are meant to be showcased for aesthetics as well as function. This is where the wet tile saw comes in handy as it is designed to allow cutting into stone and other types of masonry without burning or cracking the workpiece. It accomplishes this by providing a constant feed of water over the saw’s blade to help keep it cool as well as prevent the buildup of dust or mud from bogging the blade and introducing vibration or imprecision to the cuts.
Techniques to Consider
While many power saws will often favor the speed or power of a cut, the natural brittleness of stone makes this a bit more difficult to judge. Basically, you will want to make sure that you feed the tile or masonry into the blade at the best rate in order to avoid the transfer of vibration from the motor to the workpiece. If your feed rate is too fast, the blade will often buckle under the strain, vibrating the stone or tile, and causing the workpiece to chip, crack, or break. It is fair to note that the water used to cool the blade of a wet tile saw will go a great distance in limiting the burn caused by some dry masonry saws, but it is not a guaranteed panacea.
Another factor to watch for when cutting tile or stone with a wet tile saw is the evenness of feed. While making sure that you do not bog down the motor and transfer vibration to the blade is important, going too slow can have a similar effect. Essentially, once the blade has cut through some of the tile, if the feed does not remain consistent, it can catch the cut face and pull on the masonry. Given the average speed of the blade and relative power of the motor, this will often break the workpiece.
What to Look For
Wet tile saws can be a bit tricky to judge, especially if you already have experience with other power saws. This is because most power saws have a fairly strong correlation between their capability and their raw cutting power. While that correlation still exists with wet tile saws, it is not necessarily the most important factor to consider. For instance, a wet tile saw that is a little bit less powerful than a competitor but significantly more precise will generally be the better performing tile saw all-around. This is because the unique nature of stone compared to wood makes a precise cut far more preferable to a quick one.
As such, while the motor power, the cutting power, and the blade speed are all important qualities to appraise, they need to be balanced with other aspects that relate to the precision. In this regard, the quality of the table and cart may be paramount and are often impacted by their materials and their weight. For instance, a cast cart is almost always more accurate than a machined one while various types of steel will do a better job at absorbing vibrations than aluminum. Another thing to analyze with wet tile saws is how portable they are, especially if you plan to use them for professional jobs.
In the end, the best wet tile saw will heavily depend on how often you cut tiles or other types of flooring materials. If you only expect to use the tile saw for a couple of rooms and maybe a backsplash, you can opt for a less expensive model. On the other hand, if you need a wet tile saw for professional purposes, there are few we found better than the DEWALT which tops our list in a number of different important categories. Of course, if you are not looking to spend quite so much, the PORTER-CABLE offers a solid range of features at a lower price. If your budget is fairly limited, the SKIL still provides an adequate option, though it may have a bit more difficulty with truly professional jobs. The MK-Diamond would be closer to the top of our list, but its slide table is noted for being fairly finicky. Finally, if you simply need a cheap wet tile saw to use once, maybe twice, the Leegol is an adequate, if imperfect option.