I’ve been using the new RIDGID R4031S 7” wet tile saw for the past few months and so far it’s been a good saw to work with. Not a pro saw, not a great saw, but good enough. I use it because it’s lightweight and cuts straight, if you pay attention.
Just a heads up, I’m going to reference the DeWalt D24000 10” wet tile saw I reviewed a few months back to give some perspective on this RIDGID 7”. The D24000 is a tile industry standard pro-level saw.
Power and Capacity
The R4031S, s for stand by the way, runs a 9amp, 1-3/4HP motor. It rips through porcelain with less bog down than the D24000. The RIDGID has a 24-25” rip, depending on how thick the tile is, an 18” diagonal, and a 2-1/4” depth of cut.
Actually, if you start your cut with the plunge you can extend the rip capacity a few more inches. If you need longer still, the RIDGID R4041 8” has a fence that lays down for longer tile.
The RIDGID stand weighs 14 lbs, which isn’t exactly lightweight for a small, semi wobbly, stand. But it works well and has a couple of cool features. One being four height settings. The highest gives you a 36” cutting cart deck height. It also has quick release clips that make the stand easy to collapse if you need more room in your vehicle.
The rest of the setup, including the saw, cutting cart, miter gauge, water tray, blade, and water pump weighs only 29.8 lbs. That’s 44 lbs with the stand. At this weight I can carry everything from the truck in one trip.
Compare that to the DeWalt, which is so much heavier that, for me, it’s a three trip set up. Honestly, the RIDGID’s light weight is the only reason I carry it over the D24000. If the DeWalt weighed less I’d pay up for it’s higher build quality.
I cut the same porcelain tile on the RIDGID and the DeWalt D24000 and got the same jagged edge. The difference is in the precision, which comes down to tray play.
The RIDGID’s deck play when the front or back rollers come off the rail is 1/16”. Being off by 1/16” is not close enough to run decent grout lines.
So you can’t just measure and rip 24” tile off the fence. Instead, you have to pay close attention and maybe mark and follow a line, which will slow you down.
The D24000 had 1/32” of off-rail play. With that saw you can rip 24” tile against the fence and expect to be within a 32nd, which is close enough to run grout lines.
And don’t bother upgrading to RIDGID’s “CHIP FREE” $40 blade.
The cutting cart runs plastic rollers that clog with tile dust and need to be cleared out to roll again. The plunge has no spring. The blade change has no spindle lock button. The onboard blade change wrenches do not fit the miter stop adjustment screws.
The drain plug location is right over the stand leg. So you can’t just let it drain out over a 5gal. bucket at the end of the day. Instead, you have to babysit and when it gets low replace the cap so it doesn’t run onto the stand leg and make a mess.
The water nozzles are removable for cleaning and feed just enough water to keep things wet. But watch out because they can easily burn onto the blade if they are knocked off line. The inner nozzle is especially close to the blade.
The newly redesigned aluminum cutting cart contains water well for 12” or smaller tile. And water adheres to tile so you can cut large tile indoors if you’re careful on the pull back.
You still get water spray out of the back as you push the tile forward. But this new model R4031 has an improved splash guard that works as well as the DeWalt guard. Both spray out of the back. I’ve been using a mud mixing bin on the floor to capture the overspray and it works pretty good.
This is not a pro saw because drain plug, build quality, etc. But it’s lightweight and it cuts straight, if you work it right. If you get one it works hard for you. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.
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See this saw in action below and please leave any questions or thoughts in the comment section. See ya. 😀