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I'm looking to buy a tile saw and was wondering what saw people think is the best. In the past I've used an MK-101 and while it seems to be bullet proof, it kinda sucks to cut bevels. It looks like maybe a MK TX-3 or a Husqvarna TS 60 would be better for bevel cuts? Anyone use either of those saws? If at all possible, I would also like a saw Made in USA by a US company.

How about blade recommendations? The saw will mainly be used for cutting porcelain tile. Again, I would prefer to stick with a Made in USA by US company if possible but will consider others depending on where they are made.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Get an Imer.
Do you have one? The COMBI 250VA 10inch looks pretty nice. Really nice looking miter gauge and bevel cutting should be a breeze. However, it only has a few reviews on Amazon with one saying it's complete garbage.
 

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Hey JC ,


I have a Mk-101 its a beast. Unfortunetly I don't think they come with the USA made baldor motors anymore. The one I have has one, but I believe the new ones come with a Chinese knockoff, I could be wrong though.


As for the bevel cuts, it came with an aluminum 45 degree block that you lock down to the fence. Its not too bad.

I only use it when doing bigger thicker tiles. I have a 7" pearl abrasives saw that I use most of the time.


Dave
Looks like they have changed the saw a little. The one I've used is probably 20 years old and to cut a bevel, the one half of the table tilts. Did you buy your saw somewhere around here? It would be nice to be able to see some saws before buying one. You know if Best Tile in Wexford has any on display? I've heard that's a pretty nice place.
 

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Consider weight. You are going to have to lug this thing around.

MK-101 103lbs.
TX-3 85lbs.
TS 60 109lbs.

Imer 8" Combi 45lbs.
DeWalt 24000 69lbs.
The Mk is a heavy beast. It would be nice to have something a little more manageable but I'll carry a few extra lbs if need be for a better saw.
 

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Currently running one of these. 2 years in and still going strong. Not claiming its the best but for the price I don't see where you can go wrong. Its made me alot of money! Replaced a Felker.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-8-in-Tile-Saw-with-Stand-R4040S/203837585?N=5yc1vZc38pZ1z0u4mu

For blades I like these. Most of my tile work is porcelain this blade cuts clean.

http://www.amazon.com/QEP-6-8008BW-Micro-Segmented-Diamond-Cutting/dp/B000Y3GJ0S/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1399085051&sr=8-9&keywords=8+inch+tile+blade

Also have one of these. Don't use it much for tile but with a turbo rim blade it chews through backer board like nobody's business.

http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWC860W-4-3-8-Inch-Masonry/dp/B003BVW5NU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399085363&sr=8-2&keywords=hand+held+tile+saw
I've heard mixed reviews on the Ridgid over the last few years. Makes me afraid to get one and I would guess it is a Chinese saw.
 

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I learned a little more about a couple of the saws today. The MK Diamond TX-3 is built to MK Diamond specifications by a company in Taiwan. The Imer saws are designed and assembled here in the USA with components manufactured in their factory in Italy. I'm still waiting to hear back from Husqvarna about the TS 60.

So far I'm leaning towards the Imer but unfortunately, there does not seem to be anyplace local that has one to look at.
 

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Heard back from Husqvarna and the TS 60 is made in China.

Next week I'll probably order an Imer Combi 250VA. Anyone ever order anything from TileTools.com? They seem to have the best price and they have a few other things I'd like to get.
 
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