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Unread 02-22-2007, 05:16 PM   #1
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MK 370exp vs Felker MT-75 vs Husky THD-950

I am going to start remodeling my parents bathroom and I need to purchase a decent $300 tile saw. I have a plasplugs $80 saw that we purchased from menards a few years back, but I promised ever since then that we would get something bigger because it was a pain in the arse to work with....

The models I was looking at are the MK 370exp, the Felker MT-75, and the Husky THD-950.

They all fall within the same price range, so thats not really an issue. I just want the one that fits the requirements and will work well for DIY jobs.

I want to be able to cut 12" marble, granite, travertine. I want to be able to eventually make 12" diagonal cuts. I need to be able to cut holes out of the middle of a tile/stone, for example for a lightswitch or plumbing.
The cuts need to be smooth and I'm not too worried about the motor noise, but mostly the smoothness of the cuts and making sure the angles are correct.

If there is a specific aftermarket blade that I should purchase, I would definitely love to hear info.

Also, what would you guys recommend for spacer size. Floor will be 12x12 granite, wall 12x12 travertine.

The thing I like about the felker is the top notch quality and the motor seems to be good. The problem is it doesn't seem to cut 12" diagonal cuts and be able to cut holes in the middle of a tile(maybe im wrong). The husky I have heard is decent, good quality parts, and cuts huge tile, but not sure about smoothness or accuracy in angles. Also, the MK i have heard many complaints about the motor and quality of parts, though in terms of specs, it's exactly what I need.

If the felker cut 12" diagonal and middle cuts, It would be the number one choice for sure.

Any feedback would be way more than helpful since I want to purchase one within the next few days.
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Unread 02-22-2007, 06:25 PM   #2
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I hated the MK370exp that I owned. It was a pain to keep the guide bar clean, the cart would never travel smoothly. It made tiling, or at least cutting frustrating, plus it is loud and the neighbors probably hated that. However, It is light and compact if you need to cut tile in a small room.

I have a felker 150 and tile master. Both are better than anything MK offers IMO. Check craigs list for a used saw if you want to pay $300. I often see felker/target saws for $300-400. These saws seem like they are pretty durable and I would worry about buying a used one, unless it maybe got run over or dropped off a building.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 12:09 AM   #3
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Hi Eddie, welcome! I would get the Felker. You can get one here just click on the saw.
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Eddie,

I recently purchased a Felker TM75, and am in the process of tiling a bathroom. I used it this past weekend to cut 18" porcelain tiles on the diagonal, and I am very pleased. Once I got the table and motor trued up, it did fine.

I did just order a Felker TM7 blade for porcelain cutting.

There is info on this site about how to measure and cut "corner to corner" to make everything match up visually (it's not "proper" to just cut a tile in half; the spacing doesn't work out visually).

Just my 2.5 cents worth as a tile newbie!
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Unread 02-23-2007, 11:07 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, definitely trying to steer away from the bad reliability of the MK.
Looks like Felker TM-75 is really the tool of choice for most diy and some professionals
Jim, it's nice to see a fellow local diy'er, I'm in Wilmette.
I think Lowes has the felker, so I'll take a stroll down and check out if they have any in stock.

Can the felker blade be raised and lowered for plunge cuts?
At this point, because of piping, lines, and outlets, that would be the more important than the diagonal cuts.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 11:38 AM   #6
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The TM-75 saw has no blade height adjustment Eddie. I think you will find a grinder with 4" to 5" wet/dry diamond blade better suited for cutting holes in tiles.

Jim, let us know how that TM-7 blade works for you. I bought one for my TM-75 and was quite disappointed to say the least. Can't keep that blade sharp cutting porcelain. My experience is it's only good for about 30 linear feet of cuts before it needs to be resharpened. A real pain. That blade works fine on regular ceramic tile and that's what I use it for now.

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I need to be able to cut holes out of the middle of a tile/stone, for example for a light switch or plumbing.
Eddie - I don't think any of the tile saws are going to help much with this. The holes would have to be pretty big. I have the 950 and have used it twice for plunge cuts on my master bath - once for the toilet and once for the main shower control. All the other holes were too small.

If you already have a RotoZip with the right-angle attachment you can get their 3-1/2" diamond blade for 20 bucks. Otherwise I'm sure the grinder will work. What I like about the RotoZip is that the blade is a little smaller and the tool is much lighter and easier to maneuver than the typical grinder. Just used it last night to cut outlet holes in 1x1 mosaic. Try that with a big grinder.
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Unread 02-23-2007, 12:16 PM   #8
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Hmm a grinder is an option, but I really like the rotozip idea.
I use mine frequently and $20 is nothing for additional blade.
I could always just use my regular $80 tile saw to make plunge holes.
I mean in one bathroom how many am I going to need?
1 outlet, 1 light switch, if the 12x12 falls right between a toilet hole(which I doubt).. 2 water cold and hot holes. shower top and bottom, and sink drain.
So maybe 6-8 plunged cuts in total.
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2 water cold and hot holes. shower top and bottom, and sink drain.
you're going to need diamond hole saws for those. I got mine cheap on eBay. I'm sure they won't last long, but I don't care.
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Certainly, the Felker is of better overall quality.

However, versitility was the name of the game when I was saw shopping and the MK370exp has that over the Felker at the same price point.

Yes, it is obnoxiously loud, but easily solved with hearing protection. Once you have it aligned correctly it cuts true. Keep a sharp blade on it and it cuts easily. And yes, it will do plunge cuts as I used mine to cut out for an outlet in a 6X6 tile.

It's not a saw one would choose if making a living at tiling, but for a weekend warrior doing a handfull of tiling jobs, it is more than adequate.

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Unread 02-25-2007, 08:05 PM   #11
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blade was recommended....

In one of my threads, I had asked about a blade for cutting porcelain. It was suggested that I contact Rick or Joe at Construction Complete (800-899-0661). (By the way, they had good, friendly service, and I had the blade two days later, and NO shipping charge! )

I had been looking at a TM-5, but Joe steered me to the TM7 ($44.00), so that is what I bought. I haven't used it yet, still in the package; I'll probably get some cutting time later this week. I'll come back with a report.

(Mike2, I sure hope I have better luck than "... 30 linear feet... ". That is about what I got with the blade that came on my Felker TM-75, except even dressing that blade doesn't seem to help anymore.)

And additional thought.... no matter what kind of tile saw you use, I would think hearing protection would be a good idea!

(no particular reason for this smilie, just the mood I'm in!)
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I had the same experience with the TM7. I cut about 200 feet of porcelain and blade developed some hammering. I bought an MK 225 and finished the remaining 300 feet without a single problem. I have some other felker blades for softer stone that work great, only the TM7 gave me problems.
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Unread 02-26-2007, 03:52 PM   #13
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Same here Damien. That little 8" MK 225 (Hot Dog) blade is a good match-up cutting porcelain on the TM-75 saw. The 10 inch version of that blade is not real popular because it seems to flex a lot. But I've not had that flexing problem with the 8" model.

Conversely, the 10" model of the TM-7 blade seems to work much better cutting porcelain than the 8" model.
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Unread 02-26-2007, 04:10 PM   #14
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Tm-75

I purchased a TM-75 from www.constructioncomplete.com while they had some reconditioned models in stock (along with a TM7 blade).

I have been using it for a very large bathroom project with tons of cuts due to the multiple patterns between walls, floor, tub surround, tub deck, backspash, shower floor, the bench etc.

I had to make a few odd cuts like a hole in a tile and it isn't too hard but not super easy since the blade is stationary. The TM7 blade is cutting like a charm after a few hundred cut.

The true trick to this saw is getting the slide table aligned with the blade. I used small square which did trick.
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Unread 02-26-2007, 05:17 PM   #15
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You cutting porcelain with the TM-7 blade Jason? If so I'm glad to hear it's at least working well for someone, and with some porcelain.
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