Mastercraft 7-in. Slide Tile Saw
Had mine for the past 3 years. I install tiles for a living and was looking for an affordable saw and one that was easy to store. This may be on it's last legs for me but it sure did it's job and then some. Waiting for it to go onsale so i can purchase one.
May 12, 2013
Machine does what it's meant to do
Bought this machine about 6 month's ago to get some of the renovations done around the house.
We got the results we were after and get lots of complements from people that visit.
Feels good to be able to get the work done yourself :)
May 9, 2013
Good For the Price
Purchased this saw to do bathroom shower and floor tile it worked well for me. I am a beginner and my cuts were sharp and clean. I was happy with each cut and my shower and floor look great. Didn't pay a whole lot for the saw so I was surprised how well it worked.
May 7, 2013
For the sale price? yes, regular price? No.
We all know Canadian Tire sale prices are the actual fair prices of their tools and regular price is a waste of time. True with this saw.
I bought this for some home reno. Its first task was cutting 18x18x1/2" granite tile. No problems at all with stock blade. I had bought other blades but didn't need them.
Like any saw it was not set square out of the box. The "fence" tile rests against are very cheap aluminum pieces and will never ever be true to themselves or with each other. Adjusting them to be square to the blade is a chore. You have to remove the whole table assemble and loosen/tighten these pieces until you find the happy point where they are "good enough" and closest to square. After fiddling with mine I did manage to make long cuts within 1/64th along the 18" edge. Which as good as any saw in this price range is going to get.
I only a chipped tile on the first cut. Then I realized why and never had a chipped tile again. You have to make sure your tile is true and will not drop and the end of cut. Simple solution is go really slow for the last inch.
The motor is plenty powerful enough. The way the water is delivered to the blade could be improved. The blade gets very little lubrication while the water goes everywhere else. The tubing for the water kinks easily. Not the best design. I had some issues as the cuts were pretty dry. Water was really inconsistent depending how well it travelled thru the tubing as you moved.
For large heavy tile you need a slide saw as the tile is too big and heavy to push into the blade. Let eh saw do the work and it did well thru my 1/2" granite as long as the water was flowing.
Does the job albeit in a finicky fashion. For the sale price I would buy it all over again. Regular price I would not. LOUD get some earplugs.
April 6, 2013
Great purchase at sale price for DIYers
Purchased this even after reading some of the negative comments, vowing that I could find a solution. Use a piece of 1" x 1/2" scrap wood (flat side down) as a backstop, mark wood with the saw and then line up cut line to both the saw blade and mark on wood. I got straight lines every time. This also helps with chipping as the saw leaves the tile. Works great for mosaic tile too. Ear and eye protection is recommended. Water splashing is kept to a minimum.
December 18, 2012
Used that saw for 3 years
I used this saw and my neighbord's 1500$ undustrial model (target felker). The mastercarft is ideal for precision, no vibration. The blade does a very good job. So far, that blade performed my own kitchen and bathrooms, and also 4 others. The design is meant for tile up to 18 inch long. Handles 13 inch diagonal as well. 45 degree angle cut. Reliable. let the saw work for you and don't push it and the blade will last forever. Now looking for my lost manual to transfer the blade on the expensive industrial saw.
November 17, 2012
Not my favorite power tool...
I bought this saw a year ago and used it to cut some 3"x6" subway tiles in half. Just about every tile broke right at the very end and left a little nub on the piece that was on the right side. I used the saw to just "file" it off. I see many other users have the same problem too.I believe this is caused by the left and right aluminum trays being uneven and not lining up on the horizontal plane. I checked the one at the store that is on display and it too is uneven - the lower side will always "fall down" and chip at the end of the cut.
Recently I used the saw to cut some 12"x12" tiles. To say my experience as frustrating is an understatement. It broke many expensive tiles before I gave up on it. The rails are misaligned and every cut was out by over 1/16th of an inch. I was using a 3/16th grout space so that meant that one end ended up being 1/4" or more to be level. So either the rails are uneven or the rear fence is...I didn't look at it that close.
I found this saw to be rather noisy. It does have a nice big tray for water capacity, I didn't have to add water at all during my two projects.
There is another review on here where the owner made adjustments and got it to work half decent. The average home user that this products is marketed to shouldn't have to do that. I didn't bother trying to fix its shortcomings...I actually threw the thing in the garbage today. Next time I will just rent a proper saw that cuts straight and doesn't break tiles.
November 2, 2012
great tile saw
this is a great saw at a great price (on sale for $140.00) easy to use just add water to tray & your ready to go. no spraying of water very smooth action. highly recommend this saw to anyone.
very impressed with the performance
August 13, 2012
Awesome saw for female DIY
Bought this saw on sale at 55% reduction. I was using it to make complicated cuts on tiles that needed to be cut to fit. Being a quilter, I began with marking my cut lines with felt pen on the tile then followed them and it worked like a charm. I only used the edge guide when making a straight cut, otherwise I free handed it. Also found that some tiles would spall off at the last 1/4", but the spalls were again easily removed with the saw blade. Totally happy with this purchase, especially at under $130. Am sure it will give me many useful years of service.
July 5, 2012
You get what you pay for
I bought this saw today at 55% off. At this price, who can complain?
As others have said, the saw is out of alignment. In my case, I had three aligment problems:
1. the fence at the end is actually two pieces on either side of the blade and they were not on the same plane. To adjust them, I has to remove the entire saw assembly from the plastic tray to get to the nuts on the underside.
2. the saw was not perpidencular to the fence so the rails had to be moved at one end. This is easily done from the top.
3. the blade was not aligned with the rails. In other words, the outfeed was slightly off from the infeed. Because of this, the tile glazing chipped at little on the outfeed as the blade rotated. There are four screws that mount the motor to the "trolley" and that could be adjusted slightly.
One of the clips that attach the filter to the water pump broke. I was able to use a tie wrap to re-attach. If guess if the pump goes, i could use a cheap aquarium pump.
Once i made the adjustments, the saw worked reasonably well.
The hole on the blade is 7/8" but it also comes with a collar for blades with a 5/8" arbor.
If the tile extends beyond the plastic tray, expect a lot of water to flow off the tile and onto your floor.
May 20, 2012
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