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I've always just rented tile saws for the five times a year I require one. This week I signed on a custom shower which is full of 45 deg cuts and inserts. I had a MK Diamond saw when I used to lay brick and it was a reliable saw. Does anyone have the mk saw from lowes with all the angle attachments?
http://m.lowes.com/product?langId=-...=3466452&store=1679&view=detail&nValue=SEARCH

I would rather it have the baldor motor but those seem to bring a couple hundred more. Are there any draw backs to this saw I should be aware of?
 

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For close to the same price point, a Dewalt would be more versatile, especially for a remodeler.
 

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And I'd check the model number on the MK. I don't trust a damn thing from the box stores. I buy from them, but I'm prepared to find out it's a rebox or made with plastic gears. I've seen plenty of tools with an extra letter on the model.
 

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I have had that same saw (I think it's the same) for 8-9 years and have been very happy with it, but I only use it 5-6 times a year on average. I did change the blade to one called a Razor (sp?). It's was $100, red and cuts great.
 

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And I'd check the model number on the MK. I don't trust a damn thing from the box stores. I buy from them, but I'm prepared to find out it's a rebox or made with plastic gears. I've seen plenty of tools with an extra letter on the model.
Exactly, it does not have the baldor industrial motor, it is a mk-101 just minus the baldor. The real 101 I found has more hp. I may just see if my rental store will sell me theres and ill purchase a miter guage for it
 

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For an all around type of business, the Dewalt is hard to beat. It's MUCH lighter than the MK and probably a crap-ton quieter too.

I finally ditched my arsenal of saws and use just this one:
http://tiletools.com/us/imer-combi-200va-8/

It weighs 45lbs and when I have to lug it around daily, that makes a HUGE difference. It handles 90% of what my 3 other saws did. Only "problems" with this saw is it can get a bit sloppy when it's not totally level and you're cutting with a tile hanging over the side and it takes an 8" blade which is an odd size and limits what blades you can buy for it. Still, the best saw I've owned IMO. And I've had a Dewalt and the baldor motor beasts.
 

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Well I pulled the trigger today and bought the lowes saw. The display saw does not have a baldor 1.5 hp motor, it had a cheaper 1.0 hp. I got the new saw home and opened the box to find its the real MK-101 with the baldor industrial. The bad it didn't have the stinking miter guage attachment! Over all im happy for $700.00 out the door.
 
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