Central Machinery Tile/Wet saw

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Review by AJswoodshop posted 09-05-2012 06:34 PM 4083 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m working on a bathroom and I needed to cut some tile. I wanted something that wasn’t really pricey, so I went with this HF central machinery tile/wet saw. The saw has a few problems, but for the price I’m very happy. The main problem was, that water will splash out of the saw, if you don’t have the blade guard on. With the blade guard on it’s hard to see where your cutting. Its a bench top tool, I used my scroll saw stand, just so I wouldn’t have to use it on the floor. It does not come with the blade though. It cuts very well, and got the job done. The manual that comes with it was very helpful also. I wouldn’t suggest this for someone that is going to use this a lot. But for making a few cuts, it’s a great saw.

Thanks for reading!

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 06:45 PM

Thanks for the Review AJ
your a man of many talents.


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#2 posted 09-05-2012 07:33 PM

Any wet saw of a similar design (blade bath) is going to throw water at you, that is how they work. As with any saw, you should always use the safety equipment. Unless you are going to get A LOT of use out of a tile saw, this should be a rental item. You can rent a really nice one for a lot less than buying a cheap one. If you only have one room to do, it makes sense.

With that said, let’s see some pictures of the tile job!!


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#3 posted 09-05-2012 07:45 PM

Ok, Me and my Grampa are working on the bathroom. When Its done, I’ll post some photos.


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#4 posted 09-05-2012 07:46 PM

I use a wet saw a lot as I am primarily a glass artist. And getting soaking wet is part of the process – as is a squeegee to the floor every once in awhile – even with floors designed for water run off. I sometimes wear a oilskin apron but it is bulky and hot, so more often I just get really wet.

The blade guard is there for protection, not water diversion. Don’t work with out it. Or without safety glasses, even if they get really wet too. Tile or glass can cut through eye tissue as fast as anything. And, since you can’t wear gloves, be prepared for nicks and small cuts on your hands from flying pieces. The water helps with that, but after a session at the wet saw, I always have a few spots of blood.

I do not know the system you are reviewing, but I would say that lumberjoe has an excellent point – a good wet saw can make your whole job a lot easier and safer. If you are only doing one room, that wet saw is not going to get much use after this project.

But it sounds like you already got it – so be careful and show us pictures.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 09:29 PM

Hi AJ, Kay is right on about glass cutting!! Stay protected.
That HF machinery often needs some rebuilding/tweaking to make it run good but if you can do it, you’ll make a nice useful tool out of it. I bought one of their dovetail fixtures and added a lot to it and now it is rock solid and very repeatable!

Good going, AJ!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 09:46 PM

Thanks Jim! I have a PorterCable dovetail jig, it works good for me. I usually just use box joints, dovetails are nice joints though! The only problem with dovetails are they can crack, but I really don’t use my dovetail jig that much anyway. But when you need to cut a dovetail, a dovetail jig is handy to have!
Thanks Jim!

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 01:11 PM

I’ve got the same saw. Had it for over 2 years now and put down over 500 sq/ft of tile in my house. My biggest problem with it is the blade. It’s got a 1” arbor that leaves you with only one option (at least that I’ve seen so far) as to what blade you can use… HF’s. I’ve gone through about 5 blades now, and at $20-$25 each, I’m thinking my initial idea of saving money going with this model fell a bit off the mark. That being said, I’m very happy with the 3 rooms I’ve got tiled, and I am finally finished with ALL the flooring in the house so I should no longer have anymore porcelain-dust baths any longer.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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