- Mar 5, 2009
- California, USA
Is renting better? Is Rigid a good one from Home Depot?
I've always rented from a local tool rental place. Tile cutter, power washer, drywall lift...
Actually, for a harbor freight tool, that looks pretty good.I bought this one from Harbor Freight. Every bit as good as any one that I've rented.
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How often do you tile? How difficult is it for you to rent one and return it on time? You can get a cheap one for under 150. that will cut most tiles up to a half-inch thick. Or you can rent a big one for 70 to 90 bucks daily from a place like Home Depot. Unless you are doing a lot of rooms, you only need the saw at the end to get all the cut pieces in. You can find used ones online for cheap; MK makes decent tile saws. If you do not mind the mess, an angle grinder with a diamond blade can do a pretty decent job.
I have the same. It needs to be tuned as you set up each cut. If you tune it, it works well. Its still a pita. The saw on rails should be very nice and fast to set up and use.Last time I cut any tile I used the little Rigid tile saw my Brother in Law had gotten for the job, it was like a mini tablesaw with a water reservoir under it. He told me it would crack tiles if you tried to cut them skinny, but that was just because he had managed to bend the blade some way or another. Sent him out for a new blade the next morning and I was able to make all the rest of the cuts needed, skinny as you please.
+1 for the harbor freight saw. I have used mine a lot, on everything from 1m long porcelain tiles (2 passes) to pavers. It cost less than renting one for a week. But it's not what you want. The bearings are unsealed, unshielded plain steel, and will rust if put away wet.
handheld or table top? Horrible fright no longer makes my little skilsaw type.
Allow me to smirk a little
This place prides itself on being a bunch of professionals when it comes to machining but get them out of the shop and doing a Honey Do and they all belong on a johney homeowner board.
They forbid any talk of China machines and make sport of the hobby guys yet when it comes to trying another profession Harbor Fright is the first name out of their mouth.
I don't claim to be a machinist beyond the 4 years I spent at it in the Navy but I did build and remodel a couple hundred bathrooms in my life. And set a few acres of tile.
The "rule of the tool"is universal: If you want to do good, accurate work you have to use good tools. Especially when starting out.
Pretty much no wet saw from the usual suspects - HD, HF, etc are good. They don't cut a square or an angle and they won't cut straight for any length. You are better off renting one. They may get beat but will be a good brand and still serve.
Don't buy or rent a saw with direct drive. Too much vibration. Use a belt drive
The blades will be crap so buy or rent a upgraded blade.
No one is going to put your work on a test bench or use optics to measure up your job. But you guys with your machinist eye will see the difference in a job done with a good saw with a good blade and one done with a cheap one.
MK makes a decent South Bend quality machine. There are better ones in the biz but I had 2 MKs in my life - a 7" a 10".
Both of them made me a lot of money.
Oh, and I know I have a crappy disposition.
That's why I had to do bathrooms for 30 years.
As usual I have a different method.I seldom have a project that I does not allow me to spend time preparing.