Floor Covering Installer: How can an installer determine which ceramic tile saw is right for him?
Andy Lundberg: The most important factor to consider when choosing a tile saw is the size of tile that will be typically cut. If 12-inch tiles are going to be cut frequently, then a saw that will diagonally cut a 12-inch tile should be bought. Other factors which should be considered are the method of cutting tile, which could be a stationary blade with the tile pushed through on a conveyor cart, a rail saw where the material is stationary and the blade moves through it, or a table type saw with a stationary blade and material pushed through the blade by sliding it over the top. Most of the inexpensive box type saws fall into this category. The type of accessories included and available, size of blades used, and true horsepower are also factors to take into consideration.