How to Use a Ridgid Tile Saw

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Ridgid tile saws are designed to easily cut tile and flat stone with a high degree of accuracy. Because these saws rely on water to cool the blade and to provide lubrication to the tile as it comes into contact with the spinning blade, they produce a minimal amount of dust (tile dust is a carcinogen). Ridgid has incorporated many advanced features into its line of wet saws which enable the user to perform intricate cuts when used properly. Learning to use a Ridgid tile saw is easy. With practice, the average homeowner will be able to cut tile and stone as efficiently as a professional mason.

Things You'll Need

  • Eye protection
  • Dust mask
  • Work gloves
  • Water supply
  • Tile or stone
  • Electric outlet
  • Make sure the work area is well ventilated and uncluttered. The floors should not be slippery or wet. Do not operate the saw near flammable liquids, gases or other combustible materials. Do not plan on doing layout, assembly or design work on the saw table while the saw motor is on (when the blade is spinning).

  • Set the cutting blade as low as possible by loosening the depth adjustment knob (large black knob on left side of motor housing) then lowering the blade. Tighten the depth adjustment knob. Push the work material against the rotation of the blade, never from the rear of the saw. Make sure that the piece of material to be cut off (piece of tile that will discarded once cut) has enough space to slide sideways after clearing the blade. Without enough discard space, the material may bind tightly against the blade as it is being cut. Don't overextend your arm's reach to maintain proper footing and balance. Always push the material well past the saw blade when cutting.

  • Insert the removable water plug into the drainage hole in the rear of the water tray. Pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the water tray. Secure the water tray lock (right side of saw frame) so that the water tray cannot become dislodged. Make sure that the water level in the water tray is higher than the low water scale mark on the inside of the water tray (only use water in the tray, never chemicals or other additives).

  • Plug the saw's built-in ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) into a 120 volt grounded (3 prong) power outlet. Check to be sure the power indicator light comes on (LED is inside the GFCI housing). Press the GFCI test button. The LED indicator light should turn off. Press the GFCI reset button again to prepare the saw for use. If the GFCI fails to function properly, do not use the saw.

  • Position the material to be cut (tile or stone) on the work table, pressed firmly against the work table fence (adjustable arm that guides the material through the saw as it is being cut). Adjust the work table fence to the desired distance from the blade, so that when the material is pressed against it, it will guide the material across the saw blade at the desired cutting spot. Use the scale rules (visible lines) on the work table fence for reference if needed.

  • Put on work gloves and eye protection. Carefully raise the "On/Off" switch to turn the saw on. Wait until the blade is up to speed and is thoroughly wet before beginning any cuts. Ease the sliding work table towards the blade and slowly begin to feed the material into the revolving blade. Continue slowly pushing the sliding work table until the blade cuts completely through the material. Without moving the sliding work table, turn off the saw, then pull the work table back towards you once the blade has stopped spinning completely. Remove the cut material, along with any scraps that remain on the sliding work table.

  • Repeat the cutting process for all the pieces of material that need to be cut. Pay constant attention to the water level in the water tray and add water as necessary. Clean the machine thoroughly when finished to prevent clogging of the watering system during subsequent use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check all material measurements twice before cutting and allow 1/8 inch for material loss due to the width of the cutting blade.
  • Only work while wearing work gloves and eye protection, since broken shards of tile and stone are extremely sharp. Be sure to wear a dust mask as well to prevent inhalation of tile dust.

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