Finding a cost-effective wet tile saw of any merit for simple do-it-yourself tiling needs can be difficult. Your choices tend to be professional-grade floor-mounted wet tile saws that cost in the thousands of dollars or renting a saw.
Neither option is great when you're a do-it-yourselfer who is remodeling a house over the long-term. You want a wet tile saw at ready, whenever you need it. But you don't want to spend a fortune to buy one. The best option, then, is to buy an economy-level wet tile saw that operates well enough for your limited needs.
Ryobi Wet Tile Saw Basics
The Ryobi wet tile saw does a decent job of cutting a low- to moderate amount of tile for most do-it-yourselfers' tiling needs. The saw is versatile enough to accommodate tile of many sizes and thickness. The low price also makes this saw an attractive alternative to renting a tile saw for a few days.
Buying a Wet Tile Saw vs. Renting
If you're installing your own tile, you can probably get by with a rail or snap tile cutter. These cutters definitely have their place, and professional tile-setters usually have one on hand. With a quick score or two and a press on the top of the tile, you can snap a tile in a matter of seconds.
But snap tile cutters have their limitations. The cut is not always clean. At times, the snap will end up shattering the whole tile. And the cut side of a snap-cut tile is best hidden under a baseboard or transition strip.
So, most homeowners usually end up at the idea of a wet tile saw. Renting a wet tile saw gives you the benefit of a higher quality saw for the relatively low price of daily, three-day, or weekly rental. Yet homeowners learning the art of tile-setting may feel pressed for time with a rental. Not only that, though the saws tend to be higher quality brands, you may receive them in poor condition from years of use.
Buying an economical wet tile saw gives you the luxury of time to do your tiling project right instead of rushing it along. That's where a consumer-grade tile saw like the Ryobi 7-inch saw comes in.
Basic Wet Tile Saw, Few Extras
With the Ryobi 7-inch wet tile saw, you're getting everything you need to start general tile-cutting and beveling right away.
The saw comes with a 7-inch blade and includes a sliding base. The saw also has a rip guide that allows you to position the tile at different angles. As for the wet aspect of the saw, you supply that by simply hooking up a standard garden hose.
Good to Know
With many wet tile saws, the bed and work material move. Because the blade is attached to water, it remains in place.
One special feature of this saw is a simple spring-like device that Ryobi calls an End-of-Cut Reminder. This feature slows down your cut at the end to minimize broken tiles. There's also a bevel block that lets you scribe bevels into the tile edges.
Pumpless Flow System
The base-level Ryobi 7-Inch tile saw has what the company terms a Pumpless Flow System. Tile needs a constant flow of water to keep the material cool and to minimize debris.
Some tile saws recirculate water by means of an internal pump; others supply fresh water from the tap. This saw does the latter, but you have the option of adding a pump.
It is your choice as to whether you want a pump or a pumpless tile saw. With pumpless saws, you get clean water but you need to be near a tap or wherever you can hook up a garden hose. Because of the water requirements, this ensures that you will be cutting tile outside.
Tile saws with pumps free you from the faucet But sediment is a constant concern. If you choose to add the optional pump to the Ryobi saw, its Clean Wave Wall feature helps to prevent sediment from clogging up the pump while the saw is in use.
Ryobi Wet Tile Saw Operation
For a budget wet tile saw, the Ryobi saw works well. It generally runs smoothly. The water flow remains constant. The motor is strong enough to handle ordinary tile jobs.
The rip guide and bevel block snap firmly into place, and at the angles you want—without wiggling and readjusting.
The Easy-Glide Table does glide less easily than one might want. Consequently, your tile material moves into the blade with a tiny bit of pull.
Generally, though, the Ryobi 7-inch wet tile saw is a decent, inexpensive product for do-it-yourself tilers.