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Old 12-28-2007, 12:35 AM   #41
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I am an easy going person. I know nothing is perfect but come on!!! I am on my third Ridgid tile saw from HD and I am going to take it back again! The first one I got cuts over a 1/16 out of square, the blade is cockeyed and chips the porcelain tile bad!! The blade is warped or bent and the laser keeps moving out of adjustment!! So I get the second one and it had been used already(NOT EVEN GOING TO WASTE MY TIME PUTTING IT TOGETHER).
Third one I just got yesterday cuts out of square(less than 1/16), blade is also bent, laser also moves out of adjustment, extension on table is off a 1/16( the wrong way!) and this time the table isnt flat!!!! Am I just crazy or does ridgid not know how to make a saw? Guess I will try one more Ridgid. If it doesnt work thats it. Ill get a dewalt. The most accurate saw I have ever owned that cuts a 24inch is the Pearl Abrasive
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Old 12-28-2007, 05:58 AM   #42
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Well, I guess it's good to see that there are some bad ones out there. We've only used ours for 3 jobs and so far so good but I'm paying close attention. If it starts to screw up I'll surely tell you guys about it.
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I am on my second ridgid saw,. I've been using it alot and no problems yet and am paying close attention, the pump went on this one and ridgid sent me a new one in two days no questions asked, and they were very nice and easy to understand on the phone
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We bought a Rigid saw last fall to do a brick paver patio job. It worked very well (with a different blade of course) for cutting all the pavers for a 800 square foot patio. After we were done we changed the blade back to the tile blade and started using it for tile inside the house and loved it. We did have problems with the saw cutting out of square by about 1/16 " and thought the sliding table was off. After tiling a couple of houses we changed the blade and it now cuts perfectly. The blades they come with must be garbage!!!
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I have been a tile mechanic for 15 yrs or more. I have set over 100,000's of feet of tile in that time. Everything from mansion on Jupiter or Palm beach island to homes in the mountains to trailers in a trailer park. I have done both commercial and residential.

I have owned and used MK, Felker, Target, and dewalt. The two best saws listed of those are the target and dewalt. If you want a saw that last for 10yrs or more and is reliable, target is the saw you want. If you want a saw with features and overall quality, yet in all probability will not last 10 years of everyday use, you want the dewalt.

Here is a quick list of pro's and con's of the three saws in particular. MK, Target and dewalt.
Target:
Pros:
Strong motor seems to last forever and rarely bogs.
Tray system is as simple as it gets, and easy to clean and roll.
Engineered for heavy duty use and can handle it.
Cuts straight and plenty of room for large tiles.
Pump is strong and not cheaply made.
Belt Driven
Blade washer is wide and helps stabilize blade.
Good water spray to tile.
Average accessories.

Cons:
Water pan is metal and heavy and paint always chips or comes off immediately, and can get into your pump.
Rails can be knocked askew and hard to get saw back to perfect cuts.
Has no features like extendable trays, miter, plunge cuts..etc.
Heavy and unwieldly.
Expensive
Water delivery nozzle are afixed.
metal on/off switch is prone to mechanical failure.

MK
Pros:
Durable and long lasting in use.
Cuts straight and has a good motor.
Slide in/out water pan.
Reasonable priced
Belt driven
Blade washer is good size and helps keep blade stable.
Decent water spray
Average accessories.
Cons:
Tray is on locked slide shaft prone to getting dirty and not sliding well.
Water pan is cheap plastic pan and easily broken.
Heavy
Limited cut room for larger tiles.
Water delivery nozzles are afixed.
Metal power switch prone to mechanic failure.

dewalt:
Pros:
Features like pluge cut, 22.5/45 miter by moving motor, not tile.
Water catch system for spray.
Light weight for easy carrying
Rail system for tray and tray itself superior to other wetsaws.
Pump and water delivery are good.
Cuts straight with good blades...ie T3 Raimondi
Easily adjusted for square and cutting straight.
GFI built into power cord.
Water delivery is excellent and adjustable
Power switch is plastic and 2"x2" in size...easily used.

Cons:
Blade washer is very small, and does not give needed support to blade.
Direct spindle drive which puts wear directly to the motor ..no belt to slip.
Can be used everyday, but will not have longevity of MK or Target.
Not quite as powerful as MK or Target.
Blade appears to wobble on start, due to small lock washer.

Give me a saw that does what dewalt does, with a couple extra features from the rigid and the durablity of Target and we could all enjoy a perfect saw. Since we have to pick and choose from whats currently available, I sold my old Target and picked up the dewalt a year ago. The features are great, but I have already replaced the GFI on the power cord, and have it at dewalt repair center right now having it looked at. My tiles were cutting straight, but something happens to it soon as I switch it to miter. So 1 yr and I am having it looked at. I had my target for 10, and never needed anything but new bearings in the roller tray, the switch replaced a couple times and of course a few pan plugs. With MK I have replaced switches, water trays, and even returned one to HD after almost a year's use, and they replaced it with a new one. Never liked it, and I was forced to use it for 3 yrs during my apprenticeship. My first saw was a target and my current saw is a dewalt. I am considering picking up the Rigid as a second saw, due to its features.

Basically it comes down to this. Would you rather have a saw for 5 yrs that runs forever, but has very limited features to help you on the job. Or would you rather have a saw that does almost everything you want, but will likely have to get it repaired or replaced in that same 5 yrs?
There is enough money in tile for a good mechanic to easily handle the cost of repair or replacement in those 5 yrs or 10 yrs that the target will last, if using a dewalt. I will take working features over 5 yrs at $900, than $1500-2500 for a target that will last 10 yrs but has no features to make your job any easier.

Its all a matter of preference.
What we need in the tile industry is what is used in almost every other one. Companies who make tile products and equipment to sponsor good mechanics with tools provided by the company to increase their name and product awareness.

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I own the dewalt and have had no problems with it other then the blade that came with it is horrible and it tracks about 1/8 inch on a 13x13 tile. (probably just need ajusted but don't have time) This saw has been used every day all day long for about 6 mo. We are thinking about also buying a ridgid so we can set up two saws at a time. We work with about 35 crews and none of them have bought the ridgid yet. From what we have seen it seam to be a little better setup then the dewalt. Don't know if it will hold up to daily use though.
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I took the plunge today and bought a Rigid to replace my old MK that decided to start electrocuting me. I used it his morning to cut 2x2 porcelain mosaic on a tub surround. Blade cut clean, tracked great, and the tray slides flawlessly. Only problem w/ the saw was that 1 of the 2 bolts you use to clamp the saw tray to the stand malfunctioned and the hidden nut must have popped out of place somehow. Othere than that this seems to me to be a well designed saw. Love the LED.

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I went to Home Depot last week and purchased the MK 101 that was on sale for 600 bucks. I figured it was an MK and since the Rigid saw is so new that I wouldn't spend the extra money and give up the MK reputation. I brought it home and put it together...I was not impressed. The pump was a small cheap thing that didn't look like the one in the book, it had to be primed each time it was turned on. The guide was cheap and lightweight, and the table was too stiff. After looking at all of the options on the Rigid website for their new saw, I packed up the MK and took it back to exchange it for the Rigid. It was the best thing I could have done! I love the Rigid. The stand is very sturdy and convenient, it has the rubber table so the tiles don't slide...you don't even need the guide. No extra attachments for miter cuts are necessary. The only thing I don't like is that the bolts on the guide are not stainless and have already started to rust after just one job (they can easily be replaced but shouldn't have to). It comes with a cheap blade but I did almost the entire bathroom (walls, floor, and shower) before I replaced it with an MK blade. I would buy the Rigid saw any day just for the convenience and quality combined with the low price.
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Period. End of discussion. No more need be said.

For this grade class of tools, Ridgid CAN NOT be beat. I acquired the 18v series more than 5 years ago and have beat the living hell out of them. They work as new (bar shortened battery life. No problem free batteries for life!!!!)

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Check this out:

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Very Nice....and Pricey?????

Beautiful motor. Belt drive!!!! Ballsy!

http://www.tiletool.net/g2_target_tile_saws.asp

Three times the Price!!!


Husqvarna!!! Can not be bad!!
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I bought that about 6 years ago with the standard steel tray. Freight included, it cost me 1495.00. But as you can see in the video-- 6 years old, and that thing's stronger than most of the new saws coming right out of the box today!! Yes, it's pricey, but believe me when I tell you-- you get what you pay for. That's a 1 1/2 horse Baldor motor on there, and I'd be willing to bet it's stronger than most of the saws that have 2 or 2 1/2 horse motors on them! Wanna know how I can say that? Read the following thread. Alot of good pertenent information:

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i have only been installin tile for 2 years now and have been doing pretty well. Anyways ive never done a shower pan and im starting to get alott of offers to do showers. does anyone know of a good video or website i could go to to check this out. i have just been doing back splashes, floors and tub surrounds. also when laying 18 inch tile can you get by with a 1/4 x 1/2 trowel or do you have to use the 1/2 x 1/2. any suggestions would be great
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I bought that about 6 years ago with the standard steel tray. Freight included, it cost me 1495.00. But as you can see in the video-- 6 years old, and that thing's stronger than most of the new saws coming right out of the box today!! Yes, it's pricey, but believe me when I tell you-- you get what you pay for. That's a 1 1/2 horse Baldor motor on there, and I'd be willing to bet it's stronger than most of the saws that have 2 or 2 1/2 horse motors on them! Wanna know how I can say that? Read the following thread. Alot of good pertenent information:

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Just wanted to update...

My Rigid Saw is performing well, I particularly like the wide range of height adjustment. I was bullnosing limestone today and had to make a sleight modification in the tray to accomodate the width of the profiling blade. I notched the right side of the groove out an extra 3/32 to accomodate:


I am impressed with being able to adjust the motor and blade assembly down far enough to profile with an 8" blade without having to block the tile up at all, it sat directly on the tray.
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Any more feedback with these two saws? I am in need of a larger ripping capacity. I have the felker-150 but is is too small for the large tiles and just too heavy after a long day. I could have cried when I had to load it up today! I am not usually a fan of either of these brands but I NEED something to cut large tiles and carry around easier!! I am typically doing about 3-4 tile jobs a month.
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i have not had a chance to work with the Rigid, but the dewalt is a great saw. never had any problems with it, all good reviews on it. and I love the tray system. The stand with the resevous was a great idea, storage under the stand tray is nice also. I have no more use for mine that's the ONLY reason i am willing to part with it. time to persue the carpentry, my back is only going to allow me to install so many more pieces of stone.
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the blade is on my ridgid saw is junk, what is the best blade for cutting full body porcelains and natural stones, and where can I purchase them.
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Norrrrrrrrrrrrrm,

The Rigid saw has been a pleasure to use so far. I can't think of any issues with it, and I am pretty picky about my tools.
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I've used many saws out there, and have finally found my favorite. An IMER combicut 250, yeah its spendy, but is perfects cuts evertime!!
Burning out the motors in my MK's got old, the first time I used this bridge saw I loved it.

My IMER was a great saw (someone wanted more than me...it walked off the 15th floor and the guard passed the lie detector) I love all both MKs and my Felker all are over 20 yrs old and still going strong and belt driven. Dewalt and Ridgit aren't. A friend used his for about 3/4 a year and the armature all ready gone....I guess I'll stay with the old reliable MKs and Felker...IMER is great and maybe I'll get to another Coverings to get a deal...retail is too high like Target's Tilematic TS 250 Dual power but $1900 and 118lbs (not including stand)

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