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Tile SawsWhether you are retiling the floor or putting tile on your walls, counter or shower, tile saws are handy machines to have around during a bathroom remodel.  A diamond tile saw is designed to make cuts that regular tile cutters would struggle with, such as specialized cuts to fit edges and corners.  In addition to the diamond-coated blade, tile saws use a water cooling system.  Many people call them wet saws because of this.  So where to start when using tile saws?

  • First you need to choose your tile saw.  Choose it based upon the job you will be doing.  At Eagle Rentals, we can help you choose the tile saw that will be best for your project.
  • Set up your tile saw.  If you have chosen a table top wet tile saw, you will want to be sure that you have it set up on a sturdy table.  Connect any hoses according to the instructions for the tile saw (filling hose and draining hose if it has them).  Tile saws come in different models, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the one you have before use.
  • Fill the water reservoir.  Once again, be sure to read the instructions for your particular tile saw since each one is a little different.
  • Put your tile onto the cutting table where you want it.  Line the blade up with your cutting mark.  Be sure to keep your hands out of the cutting line to avoid injury to your hands.  If making angled cuts, you can use a miter guide.  For partial cuts, stop the cut when you’ve reached the depth you want.
  • Put on your goggles.  Turn the saw on, and be sure that the blade is being sprayed with water before cutting.
  • Feed the tile slowly through.  A few things to beware of:  don’t force the tile, let it go at a natural pace, and be sure to go especially slow when cutting edges since this is where the tile is most likely to break.
  • Take out your tile and turn off the tile saw.

That’s all there is to it.  When doing a project requiring specialized tile cuts, let Eagle Rentals help you choose from our variety of tile saws.  We can answer any additional questions you may have regarding the tile saw you choose.