What is your experience with lower-end tile saws purchased at Harbor Freight?
I purchased a $ 79 Chicago wet tile saw (blade included) yesterday, and am now having second thoughts before opening it. This is it: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91511
I’m wondering if I should purchase/use one of the above mentioned models, or if I should just pay more and buy the saw elsewhere for the better quality. What are your thoughts? And if I do buy elsewhere, do you have any suggestions for a not-too-expensive saw at a hardware store in the bay-area/north-bay, California?
Lastly, I am not choosing to rent because I’m a beginner with tile-cutting, and I don’t want to feel rushed.
(My projects include: refacing a fireplace with tile, tiling a small bathroom, tiling a small/average sized kitchen floor, and perhaps some misc. mosaic work. Mostly ceramic tile, though I might try a few cuts in granite for accent pieces.)
Suggestion by ValricoJoe
Should do the job. Their stuff is not for professional use, the thing to look for is to make sure the cuts are square, I used one of their more expensive models (10″ wet saw) and there was no way to square the table with the blade, made some bad cuts first to figure this out.
Suggestion by pa
I did the same thing. I bought a saw from Lowe’s for about $ 50. It was cheaper than renting. The only problem was the blade quality. At first, it cut great, but dulled quickly. It was enough for me to tile a large outdoor kitchen counter with slate. To give you an idea, a replacment DeWalt blade will run about $ 25. Store brand blades can be found for $ 10-15. You will save money over renting, but figure in the cost of buying additional blades for your projects.
Suggestion by pcbeachrat
Anything I or any of my friends have ordered from Harbor freight was either reconditioned junk tools or new tools made from junk in Taiwan,japan< china Etc...You might as well flush the money down the drain..
This "CHICAGO" SAW IS MANUFACTURED OVERSEAS ...
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I have clusters of both quartz and Amythest crystals that are top grade. Who do I look for to sell them too?. I will send pics to any interested buyers. Need money before December. Also I have for sale a 12″ blade rock saw with auto off switch…….Doe
Suggestion by Rick
You can try ebay but since the changes this spring ebay has made it harder for sellers by raising fees and also not allowing sellers to give buyers true feedback. So sell at your own risk.