Cutting tile with a Dremel SawMax.

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Cutting tile with a Dremel SawMax.

Has anyone used one of these to cut tile, with the diamond or other blade?
 
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You could make intricate or odd cuts with it, but nothing will take the place of a wet saw for repetitive or long cuts.
 
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You will be a lot happier at the end with a good wet saw if you have a lot of cuts and some cut require a u shape.

I would recommend the wet saw with tile platform slide, cut from the top and have dept adjust table. This type of wet saw will cut the u-shape nicer and quicker. I think you can rent one from either Home Depot or Lowes.
 
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Hmmm, I'm a bit confused here. Are we saying there's a wet saw that will cut a "U" shaped cut? Or are we saying that, with enough patience, it is possible to do one on a wet saw? Until I discovered a side grinder with a dry cut tile blade, that was how I did them. Now, I use the grinder. I'm not familiar with the Dremel being asked about, but I am familiar with a side grinder and have used one to do entire jobs before. They don't make a very clean cut, the way a wet saw will, so the cut edges need to be under some sort of trim to hide them, but it sure beats setting up the big guns for a small bathroom or something if all the cut edges will be hidden. If the cut edges are not hidden, a wet saw is the way to go. BTW, if there is a wet saw that will do cuts like that, I'd sure like to know what it is so I can add it to the old arsenal.
 
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What we're saying is the OP's question was a little light on details so we're trying to extrapolate and answer all of the questions on their mind.
 
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I have a real low end wet saw with a 4" blade. I'm not a tile pro so it suits my needs. With it I can cut V cuts, U cuts and half circles.
 
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If I'm understanding this correctly, the cuts you're talking about are not being done with some wet saw I don't know about that will do those specialty cuts in one smooth cut. It's just the standard methods of using a wet saw and getting creative about it. What a drag, I thought I might be getting a new toy soon. Like fishing gear, there's no such thing as too many tools.
 
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Smoky - Many years ago my wife asked why I needed so many tackle boxes. In return I asked her why she needed so many purses. End of discussion.
 
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Yeah, I most likely will get a wet tile saw, they seem pretty reasonable for a basic one. I am going to research these side grinders I have heard about here and else wheres. What I was wondering about the Dremel was for doing curves for around pipes and such.
 
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This is what I was asking about.Dremel Saw-Max
 
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I checked out the link you provided and it looks like this tool does pretty much the same thing my side grinder does. I think the side grinder would be easier to do specialty cuts with, but that may just be my personal prefference talking. One potential problem I see is, my grinder can take blades for many different kinds of material and, if I needed to cut off a stubborn bolt, I'm not sure I could get the dremel into the spot to do the work. While the blade shield on my grinder is adjustable ot removeable if need be, this one doesn't look that way. I like versatile tools. Not having held one to examine up close, I could be wrong about the misgiving.
 
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I want to check some side grinders out. What one do you have? Any other suggestions.
 
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$9 Harbor Freight: Angle grinder
$6 Harbor Freight: 3 pack of 4" dry cut diamond blades.
 
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Mine is a Makita and a little spendy if you don't think you'll use it much. There are less expensive versions on the market that make more sense for homeowner use.
 
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Man that sounds pretty reasonable. i have yet to check that place out, but my friend goes there all the time and raves about the deals he gets.
 
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I would probably only use one once in a while once my BR projects are done.
 
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I have the entry level $30 angle grinder from Lowes and like it fine. If I was buying another I'd consider the harbor freight one.

These are great tools. I keep a metal grinder disc on mine and find I use it more than I ever thought I would; can cut the ends off screws or do a bunch of other stuff. Probably a better use of money than the dremel saw max, which appears to just be a smaller angle grinder and surely has pricier blades.

$100 buys you a Ryobi above-cut tile saw right now from Home Depot. I haven't tried it, but reviews are decent. For any large number of cuts a wet saw like that is king, but if you're going to get a grinder anyway might as well do some cuts with that and see how it is. Use a mask (even if using the wet saw, no need to inhale that dust).

Remember, the majority of, if not all of your cuts will be hidden by trim or toilet or vanity so you don't need to be perfect with them.
 
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Looks like those Ryobi saws are $79 at HD now. I will be getting either a side grinder or the dremel,and a wet saw.Still trying to decide on the side grinder or Dremel. I want to see them up close. The grinders look a little big.
 
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