Manufacturers are not only willing to donate the latest tools available; they are anxious to do it! They realize tool buying can be a very difficult decision. Being able to put them in the hands of many installers where they can actually use them allows a sound judgment of their value.
As an employer or subcontractor, one of my pet peeves was always having everyone doing their cuts on the wet saw. Depending on where your saw is located, it may take five minutes or more for one cut. Add up the cost over the course of the week sometime. You will find we are talking about a substantial sum. If you really want to scare yourself, multiply it by workweeks in a year. Yikes! The higher quality cuttings boards or snap cutters available today will do straight cuts through most porcelains on the market, regardless of size. Using the cutter shown in Photo 1, we have encountered only a few instances where we could not get a decent straight cut even when using Porcelain tile. Such cutters may cost upwards of $300, but they are well worth the investment. They allow for angle cuts as well, using a fixed stop. If you are only going to buy one, buy a big one. It may be more cumbersome to carry around, but when you get that large unit tile job, you will be happy you don't have to buy another one.