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Unread 07-20-2021, 03:05 PM   #1
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Need advice on tile cutters

I did a search and could only find a thread from 2013, so sorry if this is a common question. I'm a DIYer whose done 2 showers already but have used a friends saw each time. I'm working on a new shower and would like to just buy my own. I see the Kobalt and Ridgid 7" saws. Very few used saws come up locally, but I found 2 Kobalts. One looks heavily used and the other practically new for $275 with an extra blade. I read more positive reviews on the Ridgid brand and was leaning more towards that but the used Kobalt seems like a good deal. I wanted to get some input from the pros on these two models. On this specific shower project, I'm putting up 12x24 porcelain wall tiles if that makes a difference.

I can't post links, but here are the model numbers.

Ridgid - Model #R4031S

Kobalt - Model #KWS S72-06
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Unread 07-20-2021, 07:58 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Kai.

The Ridgid is unquestionably superior. But some of them seem to slip through quality control without being filtered.

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Unread 07-21-2021, 08:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the links and thanks for the welcome

They aren’t too far off in price difference but the specs are slightly different. In terms of the DIYer, Would the higher RPM of the kobalt make any difference in performance for my uses?
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Unread 07-21-2021, 04:28 PM   #4
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Been doin' this since the late 80's and used a 10" Felker for much of that time. About 2 years ago, I needed an inexpensive saw for a project. Yeah, the Rigid and Cobalt aren't too hateful...but I ended up with the 7" Diamondback from Harbor Freight. As in the video, I replaced the crap blade included for the Pearl P4 blade....and I'm still using it. For under $275, I'm amazed.

Here is a review you might like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8R6eQmdKyk

Here is a review on this saw after a number of jobs it was used on. Only thing I did was to add a rubber mat on the tray.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uStRBExgpE4
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Thanks for the info. Noticed the harbor freight saw w/ stand + discount came to the same price as the others so I didn’t look much into it. On top of that, there seems to be a shortage. Nothing in stock within a 80 mile radius and it won’t be available until 8/25 online. I saw his other video on the delta cruzer. That looks like a nice saw, but unfortunately, they’re about $100 more on Amazon ($600) than they are in store ($499). I have a bunch of Amazon points, so I probably would’ve gotten that if it wasn’t marked up so much.

On the topic of blades, does the style make any difference? I see smooth, notched, and mesh type tile blades.
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I'm partial to the Pearl P4 blade, shown in the video. It is a mesh style...but there are a lot of good one's out there. The Ramondi T3 Razor is another.
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