If you’re looking for a basic model wet tile saw to get the job done in 2017, the SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw is your winner.
At $84.99, this little engine than can packs a big punch despite a small price tag. And it sure as shoot beats a rental from Home Depot or Lowes (it’s only $12 more than renting from Home Depot).
Of course, with a base model you’re sacrificing some features and longevity for price. Let’s find out exactly what you’re losing out on.
– if you’re cutting tiles over 12 inches, you’ll have a hard time
– the power is limited so this machine can jam if you overload it
– no removable water tray
– blade guard knob placement should be positioned higher to prevent tile from hitting it
– some customers report that the cuts weren’t as clean as they liked them
– you will frequently have to refill the water reservoir as it uses the water up quickly (you’ll have to refill this anywhere from every 3 to 8 cuts)
– clean up is more difficult than with other saws and water splashes all over the place
– the guide is somewhat clunky
Those are the main complaints of the salty customers. And by calling them salty, I’m not saying they aren’t justified but by-in-large people have loved the 7 inch SKIL 3540-02.
Not only is it a best seller on Amazon but it has 4.4 stars average review which is really good for an affordable tile saw.
Click here to see the best and worst reviews.
– works perfectly for small home DIY projects like bathrooms and kitchens
– most customers say cuts are clean and precise
– cuts ceramic and glass and even stone like a dream
– easy to set up
– lightweight and portable
– most reviews actually praise the longevity
This isn’t a $1,000 tile saw for $85 but value wise, this is one of the best tile saws for the money that for a backsplash or bathroom tile project, you’re going to love and get an excellent return on your investment.
You’re getting a really good deal.
You sacrifice in cleaning, the ability to effectively cut larger tiles, and time spent refilling water but you save a lot of money and, in the end, the Skil 7 inch wet saw gets the job done.
Although a few people said they wouldn’t buy it again, the overwhelming majority love it and, given the low cost, it’s an easy purchase to take a chance on and see if it works for you.
Click here to see the worst reviews.
Despite a low percentage of complaints, this gets our best value tile saw award because of how many 2017 DIYers left rave reviews.
What we really like is when the reviews of a product get better over time and the Skil 7 inch definitely has.
Thinking about paying up for a top of the line tile saw? Read our DeWalt D24000 tile saw review and see if it’s worth it.