There are a bevy of tile saw options on the market today. You can find everything from large-sized industrial tile saws to smaller DIY hand tile cutters. Regardless of whether you are embarking on your first project or you have many under your belt, you may need some information about the best tile saw to choose for your tile installation needs. At Tile This, we offer a wide-ranging selection of tile saw products, including the Raimondi wet saw, and other saw options.
Let’s look at some of the different types of tiles saws on the market to help you find the correct one for your project.
Dry Tile Cutters
A dry tile cutter is essentially a tile saw with an attached vacuum which ensures all of the dust particles products from the cutting operation are collected, minimizing the need for water and extra cleanup. Dry cutting with one of these saws cuts the material without the requirement for buckets, water, or mist.
Handheld Wet Tile Saws
Wet tile saws that are handheld use a diamond-coated cutting wheel contained in a casing. The tile is usually kept wet by a hose or on-board container. These saws are often used to perform touch-up cutting during tile installation. These handheld wet saws can be used to make special cuts, such as U-cuts and L-cuts.
Overhead Motor Wet Tile Saws
Many professional-level tile saws are overhead motor wet tile saws. This type of tile saw uses a rail system and a table to direct the tile through the wheel. The wheel is fixed on the tabletop. The wheel is kept cool through specialized pumps that supply water, minimizing the spread of dust. They are often constructed with an adjustable stand which allows for their use while standing up.
Tabletop Wet Tile Saws
Many tile saws fall into the category of wet saws. This saw uses a rotating cutting wheel attached under the table. The wheel rotates through a pool of water, keeping its temperature cool and preventing the spread of dust. As self-contained units, they are usually more portable and smaller than overhead tile saws. However, since they are smaller, they are less ideal for large-scale projects.