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Qep 83230 - 30" Bridge Saw
The QEP 830Z 30 Inch Professional Bridge Saw is a full-featured saw that allows the user to cut large format tiles with minimal effort, less mess and more versatility. The tough 2 HP motor is mounted on 6 ball bearing slides for smooth and accurate cutting. The 830Z offers plunge cutting capabilities for jobs that include special interior cuts in the tiles, such as the installation of electrical outlets, as well as a pivoting rail for easy miter cuts, a rip/angle cutting guide for doing faster multiple cuts, and a laser cutting guide for assisting in the accuracy of the cut. This mobile saw is easy to transport from the truck to the work site and within the work site, thanks to its two sets of wheels and extendible handle. This 30 inch saw features an extra large side extension table to support large tile and slabs or to keep extra tiles close at hand while cutting. The 83230 is the first of its kind to offer a hose coupling designed right into the water tray housing, allowing for easier drainage and fill-ups using a standard garden hose. The 830Z comes complete with the new QEP 8" Black Widow??? blade, a high quality blade that is especially designed for very fast, chip- and wobble-free cutting of hard tiles such as porcelain, marble and granite.
Powerful! 2HP motor rips through 30" tile
Less mess! Low maintenance water tray is built into saw frame
First of its kind! Unique hose coupling allows for easier drainage or fill ups with a garden hose
Versatile! Use for plunge cutting, miter cuts, rip/angle cuts
Mobile! Offers two sets of wheels and an extendible handle
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22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Overall, a Good PurchaseApr 21, 2012
Great Spray Control: If the area is big enough, I can set it up inside over a tarp and some towels without worry. The blade guard and the flap at the back keeps misting to a very reasonable level.
Plunge Cut Feature: Super handy for outlets and other penetrations.
Accurate: The straight cut is within 1/64" in 12"
Overhead Cutting: Allows for easy point-point cuts by lining up the blade before turning the saw on. Makes angled cuts a breeze to get spot on.
The Motor: Strong motor that cuts through 3cm granite without a problem. Doesn't bog down on heavy porcelain tile like some saws.
The Price: $400 for a saw that does almost everything you could want on tile.
Portability: Has wheels on both sides of the saw for easier transportation. Comes with a handle that allows me to pick the saw up while folded and lay it on my back to carry up stairs. Granted, I'm a 240lb man with 24" wide shoulders, so if you're not a big strong guy, you'll need 2 people to lug it around.
The Miter Function: You can make long mitered cuts up to 45 degrees for wrapping around corners.
Shipping: It was sent without the motor being locked, so laser arrived broken. The box looked as if it was shipped via a series of catapults from halfway across the country, so some other minor parts were damaged or missing. If you can find a Northern Tool that's local, you can pick them up there and see the condition of the box.
Heavy and Cumbersome: The saw weighs about 120 lbs, and is made from iron, not aluminum. The paint on it is good, and the pan hasn't even shown the first signs of rust, but I'm sure I'll have to use some liquid membrane on it at some point. Using the miter function is a bit clunky and not perfectly accurate.
Very Basic Construction: This is a no frills saw, where the adjustment leg is crap, and it's not very well designed for the tile setter's convenience. But remember, it's a third of the price of most Bridge Saws.
The Laser: Even if it were aligned properly, it would be useless as the beam is a weak 1/8" wide and not crisp. Forget about using it now if you're considering this saw. Instead, if you're doing a cut that would require a laser, you just release the plunge on the saw with the motor turned off, and move it to line up your cut. You'll get it perfect every time with a sharp blade.
My Experience Overall:
I've used it for over a year now with no problems at all. In that time, I've used it for approximately 20 tile jobs. I upgraded my blade from the Black Widow to the RTC Glass Master after the old blade started to wander a bit after a year, and it's still going strong. (Highly recommend this blade, as it was the best I could find in the 8".) The motor and pump are functioning perfectly, and it really has improved the speed and quality of my installs over the old table saws I used to use. I've used it to cut down a 3cm granite backsplash (took a while, but gave me a great clean cut ready for polishing.) Highly recommend for a professional who does a lot of intricate cuts with specialty tile like in showers or backsplashes but isn't a full time tilesetter like myself. If I did nothing but tile, I would probably shell out the $1000-$2000 for the better built bridge saws, but as a general remodeler, it suits my needs perfectly without draining my bank account.
Coupled with a 4" diamond grinder to make round cutouts around valves and toilet drains, there's nothing I can't tile with my QEP.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
great saw and easy to useFeb 21, 2012
I was extremely unsatisfied with the packing when it was delivered. I e-mailed pictures back to the company with my complaints of bridge and bridge frames bent and broke. Within a week the company sent me replacement parts and I was in business. Compared to renting one over $50 a day this was better and easier to use. I put in an 18 inch porcellin floor and a intricate
backsplash that required many cuts. Plunge cuts were made to cut outlet holes. I cut 18 inch tile diagonally like butter. I am now looking to do my main bathroom and halfbath. I still give this saw a 5 star even though the shipping damage which I feel that it was packed poorly. I was extremely pleased with the preformance of this saw when I was cutting tile. Besides that try plunge cuts on a table wet saw. THIS SAW IS OUTSTANDING!!!!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Cuts like butterMar 11, 2013
By Georgia Mom
This product works great - wish I bought this years ago because it makes the job sooo much easier. A bit pricey but worth every penny.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
A great tie saw overallDec 10, 2013
By Hajni Cheek
So far, I have cut travertine tiles with this great machine - no issues whatsoever. Will test it on some ceramic and porcelain tiles as well.
The blade it came with has been working flawlessly. I suggest very thorough cleaning and maintenance after each use. Some parts may be prone to rust.
I suggest emptying the used dirty water into a bucket and simply filling the tray with a hose without using the connection on the bottom. Just like the other reviewer, I did not experience excess spraying of water.
Other thoughts: It is a beast, might need two people to lift it onto a truck bed.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Good productDec 06, 2012
By B. Herther
So far I have installed 12 X 24 porcelain in tile in sunroom, 3X6 tile and 2X2 tumbled stone tile in a shower using this tile saw. I have made many cuts and this saw has worked great. It;s not perfect , but what is. Easy to set up and easy to clean. Arrived in a box that looked really bad, but only minor damages to the saw. Highly recommend.
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