2017 Review: SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw

SKIL 3540-02 7-Inch review

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.

The bad:

– 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.

The good:

– 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

Our Analysis:

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.

List Price: $87.99
Current Price: $87.99
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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.

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