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WINNER
DeWaltMAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
D24000S3-1/8 inches4,200Universal / 1.5 hp, 15 amps59 pounds69 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
This winning saw does just about everything right and was the unanimous favorite of our testers.
Performance: The motor strikes a nice balance between good power and light weight, but – like most high-rpm universal motors – it's loud.
Cart and rail design: The removable six-roller cart tracks on three of its rollers against a stainless steel rail.
The cart has some wiggle but tracks straight in a cut. The only problem with the test saw is that the cart extension tilts up 1/8 inch higher than the cart surface, requiring filing to fit.
Features: A reusable plastic disc rotates in the front of the cart to mark the exact blade location. Combination rip and miter fence flips for both left and right miters. Head pivots for bevel cuts between 90° and 45° .
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Water management: One of the tool's best features is the dual water nozzle that lets you direct the flow of water exactly where you need it. This saw has the only water-catching tray attached to the cart itself for drip protection that stays with the tile. Two undercart trays also funnel water into the pan instead of onto your feet. The pan drains down to only 1/2 quart – not much to sponge out – and the chain-tethered plug never gets lost.
Portability: The saw motor-and-rail assembly sits inside the pan, so it's easy to assemble. Convenient tray and cart-extension storage within the pan and the lightest weight make this the easiest saw to transport.
Street Price
$1,049 saw / $1,149 with stand

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tools
www.dewalt.com
800-433-9258
HusqvarnaMAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
TS250X33-3/4 inches2,760Induction /1.5 hp, 14.4 amps105 pounds153 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
A great heavy-duty saw. Heavy, too – yet it ranked high in portability. More basic in design than the saws that ranked above its fourth-place ranking.
Performance: The large Baldor motor is rated for continuous duty and runs quietly, but its metal switch seems overly exposed. The head is difficult
to lock down and can rise during cuts.
Cart and rail design: The cart rides on six rollers, with four of them tracking on simple angle-iron rails inside the steel water pan. This is the only cart that just sits on top of its rails; the rails have a vulnerable bare-bones design. The cart has a pronounced crown.
Features: The unique thing about this saw is that the pan-and-rail assembly can slide back toward the cutting head for closer blade access, or forward for better water containment
or to stretch its tile size capacity. Nonbeveling head.
Water management: The water tubes near the blade needed adjusting right away to wet the blade well, and its pan drain leaves 2 quarts behind.
Portability: The unit breaks down into small enough pieces to carry: Motor and frame, pan, cart, and stand. Or you can fold the stand and leave everything but the cart attached and roll the assembly around.
Note: We tested this saw with the $260 rolling-stand option, but for better residential-job portability, get the lighter folding stand ($90). This reduces your total cost to $1,175 and the combined weight to 130 pounds.
Street Price
$1,085 saw / $1,353 with stand

Contact
Husqvarna Construction Products
www.husqvarnacp.com
800-288-5040
SECOND
PearlMAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
CX103-1/4 inches3,000Universal / 2 hp, 15 amps60 pounds76 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
This saw is really set apart by its unique cutting action, and the testers liked it enough to award it second place. The benefits of the compact design would entice the guys to use this model if their favorite wasn't available.
Performance: The motor feels like the strongest of the direct-drive motors and isn't too loud. Having the plunge lock on the plunge handle saves a step.
Cart and rail design: The fixed eight-roller cart rides on four stainless steel rails and tracks on all eight of its rollers for accuracy and smoothness. The smooth metal cart has a crown, making it too easy for diagonally placed tiles to slip out of position. Grinding it flat or covering it with grippy material would be a good idea.
Features: Using this saw boils down to whether or not you would make the shift to Pearl's Co-Action cutting. Click here for more. Nonbeveling head.
Water management: The elevated plug level in the pan means it only drains partway, leaving 4 quarts behind. The plug has a chain, but because it's connected to the motor unit, we cut
it to avoid having to drain the pan before lifting out the saw. The pan has full drip coverage and contains stray water well.
Portability: The saw motor-and-rail assembly sits right in the pan, so assembly and tear-down are a snap. This saw was the tallest tested, with the cart height at 42-1/2 inches; lifting it high enough to clear its deep pan can be quite taxing.
Street Price
$899 saw / $949 with stand

Contact
Pearl Abrasive Co.
www.pearlabrasive.com
800-969-5561
THIRD PLACE
PearlMAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
VX10.2XLPRO3-1/4 inches3,200Induction / 2 hp, 15 amps84 pounds110 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
Our third-place saw is a heavier, more traditional wet saw than the first two winners, and a very strong and stable performer with few extras.
Performance: The powerful and quiet induction motor drives via a belt and has a great sealed switch,
Cart and rail design: The 10-roller fixed cart tracks on all 10 of its rollers on four stainless steel rails for a super stable glide, and the rail mechanism has the sturdiest feeling of all. The integrated extension arm doubles the reach of the cart while the saw's footprint remains the same. The smooth metal cart has a slight crown.
Features: With a nonbeveling head – and as the only contender without a plunge-cutting head spring or a pump control valve – this saw relies on compact solidity for its appeal.
Water management: The elevated plug level in the pan means it drains the least, leaving 5-1/2 quarts behind. However, the stainless steel pan is also the smallest and easiest to clean, and the water can be dumped with the saw lifted out. The saw is subject to more water messes than the other models. Fitting the rear extension tray to the front of the pan catches most of the drips coming off large tiles in front but leaves the back exposed. You could buy a spare tray to catch both.
Portability: The saw motor-and-rail assembly sits right in the pan so it is easy to put it together and get right to work. The hardest part is straining to lift the heavy saw up into its high pan.
Street Price
$950 saw / $999 with stand

Contact
Pearl Abrasive Co.
www.pearlabrasive.com
800-969-5561
Q.E.P.MAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
Brutus 610242-3/8 inches3,450Induction / 1.5 hp, 9.5 amps84 pounds106 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
This saw – the least expensive – wasn't anyone's favorite, but at least it impressed us with its competent performance for the price. The rougher fit and finish left something to be desired.
Performance: The small direct-drive motor is quiet and has adequate cutting power.
Cart and rail design: The cart was the only one without grooved rollers. Instead, it relies on two bushings that slide along a single tubular rail. A zerk fitting between the bushings reminds you that this is the only system that requires maintenance. Plastic idler wheels ride on another frame tube, but slight bends in the tube keep the wheels from making contact the entire way. The cart has notable flex and wiggle, and the center of the cart is bowed in, causing a cut tile to drop against the blade at the end of the cut. A small nib on the front of the cart's groove marks the blade's position.
Features: The head pivots for bevel cuts between 90° and 45° .
Water management: The pan drains well, leaving only 1/2 quart behind – but it won't slide out of the frame easily with the plug in, so it has to be sponged out to avoid a spill.
Portability: The casters on the stand make this the easiest saw to roll around a flat surface without having to remove too much water. A second set of wheels on the saw frame itself have steel fenders that scrape against the floor; they may need to be removed to save a client's flooring.
Street Price
$599 with stand

Contact
Q.E.P Co.
www.qep.com
866-435-8665
RaimondiMAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
SA253-1/8 inches 2,400Induction /1.5 hp, 17 amps --------- 145 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
7
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
This was the largest saw in the test and it works the way you'd expect a large saw to. It also costs more than we think a good wet saw should.
Performance: High-power performance with a large belt-driven induction motor. The plunge arm sticks well forward of the blade, and
it and the oversized guard both block the sight line of the cut unless you hunch way forward. Since this is the lowest saw, that constant leaning can be a pain. Changing the blade on this saw is harder than the rest, and the cord and switch box are placed in the way and vulnerable to damage.
Cart and rail design: Four large plastic rollers ride on two tubular steel rails. The huge fixed cart has a soft layer of foam rubber on top that is so bouncy it compresses and tilts the tile a little at the start of a cut. The cart also has cutting slots that are way too wide; thin pieces crack off due to this lack of support and fall into the pan.
Features: Head pivots for bevel cuts from 90° to 45° , best locking lever.
Water management: The pan drains well and leaves only 1/2 quart in the pump's sump, and the chained plug stays put.
Portability: As the biggest and heaviest saw – and because it always stays assembled in one piece – it is the hardest to transport and set up. And unlike every other saw in our test, this one cannot be handled by one person. The legs slide up and make a cage of sorts around the saw that will dominate your truck's bed.
Street Price
$1,695 with stand

Contact
Raimondi Tools USA
www.raimondiusa.com
800-625-6686
RidgidMAX. DEPTH OF CUTBLADE RPM MOTOR TYPE / POWER RATINGSWEIGHT OF SAW WEIGHT OF SAW WITH STAND
R40103-3/4 inches 4,000Universal / 1.5 hp, 15 amps---------85 pounds
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StoryID
1049958
ToolNumber
8
ComponentId
tcm:78-1628578
Tester Comments
This brand-new saw has many bells and whistles, but the pro tile guys in our test shrugged their shoulders at many of them. Not a preferred model in our crowd, but a good performer for the price. Should get noticed in the part-time tiler and DIY arenas.
Performance: The shrill-sounding universal motor was the loudest in the test but also the only one with a blade brake. Good power.
Cart and rail design: The removable six-roller cart guides on three rollers atop aluminum rails and has a lot of wiggle but cuts straight enough. The cart's plastic-lined blade groove sits high and gives it a crowned surface.
Features: The one-of-a-kind LED headlight and guide laser were visible only in low light, and then they proved distracting. The drip of the murky water over the bulb cover made for a flickering firelight effect, and with the laser on, the show intensified with the glowing water mimicking great drops of molten lava approaching your hands. Better to check your line with the laser and then switch it off. Head pivots for bevel cuts from 90° to 45° .
Water management: Water can be supplied by either a garden hose or the attached bucket. Click here for more. Cut a bit too dry for our testers.
Portability: The saw's lightness is overshadowed by the fact that it's permanently affixed to its stand and therefore bulky. Dragging up finished stairs unaided can bang up the woodwork; bouncing up rough or carpeted stairs can beat up the saw.
Street Price
$699 with stand

Contact
Ridgid Power Tools
www.ridgid.com
866-539-1710