SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock Water Containment System Review
Now, we know that you can purchase saws that can perform multiple functions and work brilliantly with the materials you are cutting through. But as a professional, you have to sometimes look for tools that can perform one or two operations, but that too, with supreme accuracy and provide the desired output. We have seen products that can be used by professionals or DIYers, but we never looked at products that are made just for one of those two. Today, we are going to look at a product that is perfect mainly for performing one operation, but the results you get are mindblowing. After reviewing many types of saws, we thought of looking at a tile saw. Now, as the name suggests, it mainly made for cutting tiles. So, if you are searching for a tool that can perform several operations and cut through different materials, then you can leave right now because your time will be wasted after reading this. Tile saws have grown in popularity among the professionals a lot in the last few years. It is because of the perfection they provide, and the users don't have to worry a lot about the finished product. It is often said that a tool made for a particular task is always exceptional, and that's true. It is tough to find tools that can perform several things with perfect, so it is better to look for useful items.
Recently, after a lot of deliberation, we decided to look at a tile saw offered by SKIL. The company is one of the oldest and well-known names in the electric power tools and accessories manufacturing industry. The company is known for manufacturing Model 77 Circular Saw, which is also regarded as the saw that built America. Today, we will be looking at SKIL 3550-02, which is a tile saw that has an in-built HydroLock Water Containment System. The saw has many great features similar to this one. We will be discussing them in detail as we proceed. The review will be revolving on how to operate the machine and how was our experience while using it for the first time. In this review, we will be mentioning all the major and minor things that you need to know about the saw. We were quite excited and hoping for the same from your side. So, without further ado, let us jump on the review and take an in-depth look at SKIL 3550-02 Tile Saw.
Product Overview: SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock Water Containment System
Product Dimensions: 22 x 18 x 8.5 inches
Item Weight: 19.75 pounds
Item Model Number: 3550-02
The SKIL 3550-02 Wet Tile Saw arrived at us in a large box showcasing some details about the tool. The company has mentioned some essential features that you need to know about the machine on the outside. It also showcases some pictures giving the users with the thing they will deal with. We received the package earlier than we expected and thanks to Amazon for such a swift delivery. We didn't see any signs of wear or tear on the outside of the box. We were happy that Amazon took care of all the shipping safety standards.
When we opened the box, we saw the beautiful SKIL 3550-02 and an instruction manual. Now, we all may like ignoring that booklet, but it is quite helpful and can help you understand the tool in a much better manner. We would recommend you to at least read the instructions to check what part helps in doing what. Other than this, we are happy that the product was delivered without any problem. You can contact the seller and your delivery service if you find something broken. The company would replace the components as they promise it. Overall, the packaging impressed us.
Design: SKIL is known for reliable manufacturing products offering a lot of flexibility, support, and safety to the users. It is essential to have a well-designed wet tile saw. The reason behind it is that you don't want to face any discomfort while working with the saw during extended sessions. When it comes to SKIL 3550-02, the company brought several changes to the design than their older versions. The top of the tool is made up of aluminum, and it is a durable rust-resistant surface. The machine comes with an adjustable miter gauge for accurate straight and miter cuts. The overall build of the tool is quite solid, and it is evident when you look at it. Even when it comes to portability, it is quite good. The machine weighs around 22 pounds, which is quite lightweight for a tile saw. We used the saw in different places, and we couldn't be impressed with the handling. The handle is designed ergonomically to cause less fatigue while using it for long durations. Even when it comes to the fence, it is adjustable and clamps the tool in the right place. The miter gauge rides atop the fence and allows cutting at different angles. The indicator can also be adjusted quickly, and it works smoothly when you are sliding the material though we would like to mention that the scale is not easy to read. And, it is because of the color combination of the body and the scale readings.
For its weight, size, and price range ($150), the SKIL 3550-02 carries good power and versatility. The tool is designed for small projects that you can perform yourself like bathroom and kitchen remodeling. The device comes disassembled, but the procedure of assembling it quite user-friendly and straightforward. The machine is capable of cutting porcelain and ceramic with accuracy, and you can cut it straight or angular. Another great thing is that you can also cut glass using the SKIL wet saw because of the size of the blade and high revolutions per minute.
Hydrolock System: The highlight feature of the SKIL saw is Hydrolock System that SKIL introduced. We know that wet tile saws mostly use a diamond coated blade which is quite helpful, and it is something that grinds through the tile. SKIL 3550-02 comes with a inches thick edge, and it creates a lot of dust. A water bath is used by the tool to reduce the heat build-up, which can sometimes damage the tiles. The result can lead to a wet mess, and the process of cleaning can get frustrating for the users.
SKIL's hydro lock system is something that comes into the picture at this time. It does an excellent job of keeping the dirty water contained within the water trough. It doesn't spray it around the work area. It allows you to use the saw in the room where you are performing operations. But, we recommend you to use a sheet under the tile saw. It would be helpful while making bevel cuts because it is more prone to spray water somewhat during that. There is also the presence of HydroLock guard, which is a plastic that you see hanging over the blade. The rubber seal surrounds the mouth of it. When you grind through the tile, the tool will pull water from the reservoir. We would mention that the water helps in cooling the tile and also removing the dust down into the pool. Most of us want the guard to be swing quickly so that it can rest right on the top, but SKIL made it more comfortable by introducing a red locking button that allows you to lock it at the height of preferable choice.
Blade Installation: Another great thing about the tool is an easy blade installation. According to the company, the saw has a 3/4" depth of cut, but it extends a full 1-3/4" above the table. It allows the user to cut through much thicker material. But, if we talk about tiles, then we know that most of them are under inches in thickness, whereas marble tiles are only inches in thickness, which means you can easily do it with the help of SKIL 3550-02. As mentioned earlier, the tool comes with a diamond coated blade that works fine. You can also purchase the replacement blades easily from the company's website or Amazon for around $12.
Bevel cuts: Now, this is something that is not available in most tile saws, but SKIL decided to add it to give its saw an additional advantage over the others. Yes, most of the times, you will use the saw for making straight and flush cuts, but making bevel cuts is also easy. In SKIL 3550-02, the cover of the reservoir is used as the table. The two table legs that can be set to make either a 22.5 or 45 cut, but you must lock the guard in the uppermost position before using the bevel table.
Water reservoir: SKIL 3550-02 also comes with a water reservoir that can hold a liter or so. You will need to fill it up every time you use the saw, and it will allow you to cut a few tiles. You will also see a reservoir hole on the corner of the tank, which is quite useful while emptying the water. One bad thing is that the sludge settles to the bottom, and the user will have to scrap it out by hand. You can do it using a spatula, and it will help in cleaning the saws too.
Pros of SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock Water Containment System:
- The tool comes with a powerful 5 Amps motor that generates 3600 Revolutions Per Minute, which is quite significant for a tile saw.
- The machine weighs in at 22 pounds and is very lightweight. You can quickly assemble the tool by reading the instructions in the manual, and it takes around 15-20 minutes.
- The device comes with a diamond coated 1/8 inch thick cutting blade, which can cut through different thick tiles with ease.
- The water containment system works excellent, and you can perform cutting operations in the room where you are working because there is minimal or no water spray.
- The diamond coated 1/8 inch thick blades are easy to install. It gives capability and durability to cut through different types of tile up to 0.75 inches depth.
- The blade can be extended to cut up to 3/4 to accommodate different tile materials.
- The tool can not only cut through ceramic tiles but also marble ones with precision and accuracy.
- The water reservoir is sufficient for one tile cutting session.
- The company is giving a three-year limited warranty with the tool.
Cons of SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock Water Containment System:
- The fence is not made up to mark and can create problems in set-up to adjustments to aligning.
- The blade guard is made up of plastic, and it gets muddy.
Final thoughts on SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock Water Containment System:
SKIL 3550-02 7 inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock Water Containment System is marketed as a powerful tool and the company has been able to achieve it. The tile saw is perfect for household tile cutting tasks. The machine doesn't mess up your work area because it provides cleanliness and freedom from dirty water. We used the tool for cutting through both ceramic and marble tiles, and the results were quite significant. The marble tiles can take a bit of time, but the finish of the materials is quite fantastic. In this review, we have mentioned all the things that you need to about the tool, and hope that all your questions were answered. We would recommend you to purchase the tool.
We will be coming with some more reviews soon.