Tile Saw for the Rest of Us
Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of do-it-yourselfers who are tackling their own tiling projects, including floors, kitchen backsplashes and tub and shower surrounds. That's great news, except that most tiling jobs require the use of a tile saw (a.k.a.: wet saw) and a majority of the tile saws designed for DIYers have severe limitations: they're underpowered, inaccurate and cheaply made. That's why I was excited to learn that Ridgid recently introduced a brand-new tile saw that's reasonably priced and portable, yet packed with pro-quality features.
Ridgid's new Model R4021 Wet Tile Saw has a 7-in.-dia. diamond blade that's driven by a 6.5-amp motor. It's made primarily out of lightweight, but durable extruded aluminum, and has a unique below-table water reservoir (shown at right) and anti-splash system that greatly reduces overspray. And the clear-plastic splash guard covering the blade is easily raised or lowered to accommodate the thickness of the tile you're cutting. I recently used the saw to cut tile for a backsplash, and was able to set up the saw right in the kitchen, not outside or in the garage, as is necessary with most wet saws.
The R4021 comes with a locking rip fence (below, left) and an adjustable miter gauge (below, right) . It can cut ceramic, porcelain, glass and natural stone tile. The saw has a 15 x 21-inch table and can rip-cut tiles up to 24 inches.
And the table top to the right of the blade can be raised for making bevel cuts at 22.5 and 45 degrees (right).
The Ridgid R4021 comes ready to cut right out of the box--just add water. It's available at The Home Depot for $219.