In June of this year Bosch unveiled the new TC10 Wet Tile and Stone Saw and folding stand, and this saw marks Bosch’s first foray into the wet saw market. About a month ago I gave you an initial look at the TC10 with the promise of a full-on review. Here at OPC we like to get tools out in the field before passing judgement, and Jim and Rich from Diamond Tile were kind enough to test it out for us. Jim and Rich are professional tile installers and each have over 27 years experience so I was very interested to get their opinion on the TC10.
Setting up the TC10 at the job site was very simple. The body of the saw rests on the stand, and the three collection trays slid into place. The extension hooks onto the side of the table, and there’s a release lever on the underside to free the table. The weight of the saw is on par with other professional tile saws, and Jim and Rich typically remove the table to make it easier to clean and carry. That extra step requires removing one screw, and it’s quickly done.
The tray holds about a little under 5 gallons which makes it easy to fill and empty with a 5 gallon bucket. Most tile saw trays are plastic and so is the tray on the TC10. Manufacturers chose plastic to keep the weight down. However, Jim and Rich have seen the trays crack from extreme cold (not from water freezing in the tray).
Overspray Deflectors and Run-Off Collection Trays
The first thing Jim and Rich noticed about the TC10 was the run-off trays and overspray deflectors behind the blade. The guys typically setup a tarp underneath the saw and plastic sheeting over nearby walls. The trays and deflectors eliminated the need for protection on the walls, and that is a great time-saver. Jim and Rich said that a lot of tile saws don’t include the side run-off tray, and that leads to a lot of water on the ground. They’re glad to see it on the TC10.
Sliding Work Table
The guys have been using a Target brand tile saw (no, not the Walmart retail competitor), and it included a sliding table too. The difference is that the TC10 table is much smoother, and it’s not just because the saw hasn’t seen much use. Bosch incorporated 4 sealed ball bearing casters that ride on stainless steel rails. The guys found the table to be really useful for straight cuts, odd angles and even just to steady the workpiece while they hold it.
A limitation with this style of saw is the clearance between the blade and the arm. Jim and Rich are seeing more homeowners request bigger tiles, and to make cuts it sometimes means awkwardly flipping the tile around. The guys previous saw had about 9″ of clearance while the TC10 provides roughly 13″ of clearance. That’s important because the TC10 can handle a wider range of cuts even on big, 24″ tile.
The table extension is another welcome feature. Porcelain tile is much heavier, and it tends to chip near the end of a cut. The best way to avoid chipped tiles is to make sure the entire work piece is fully supported, and that’s what the table extension provides.
Powerful 1.5 HP Motor
Horsepower is an easy differentiator amongst tile saws, and you’ll notice the more heavy-duty tile saws feature at least 1.5 HP. The TC10 hits that mark with a 1.5 HP and 4200 RPM motor which can power through porcelain, granite, and other dense materials.
Adjustable Plunge Cutting
Plunge cuts are necessary to work around fixtures like shower controls, and typically Jim or Rich would go outside with a small grinder because of all the dust. The TC10 is a great time-saver for the guys because now they can make plunge cuts inside and without the need for a separate tool.
Easy cleanup is another important consideration for Jim and Rich. The TC10 tray slides out for draining, and the wide channels on the table make it easier to remove bits and pieces of tile.
I asked the guys how much they would pay for a saw and stand like this, and they expected something in the $1200 – $1500 price range. They were really surprised to learn that the saw with stand retails for only $1049.
Jim and Rich said that Bosch got a lot of things right about this tile saw, and they’re really pleased with the performance. The price is lower than they expected, and the Bosch TC10 is a great option for professional tile installers. When I asked if there was anything they’d change, the guys said an integrated work light near the blade would be useful because a lot of locations don’t have good lighting and sometimes it’s tough to see lines.