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New to tile, I'm laying 3500 sq ft on a concrete slab. Planks are 12"x48". I'm going to invest in a good wet saw, but I'm having trouble finding a saw I can rip 48" planks. Also, cross cut of 12" seems a bit large as well.

Any saw recommendations or tricks of the trade?

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    Sorry, I've never done anything like that so I don't have any advice. But 3500' is a LOT - by the time you're done, you'll be an expert! May 12 at 3:03
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    Recommendation would be not go with a tile size that's going to be a huge pain in the rear, but I expect that course is already laid in by forces possibly beyond your control. Hard to cut, hard to level (look up "tile lippage",) hard to handle without breaking...
    – Ecnerwal
    May 12 at 3:11

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I suspect the only° practical way to go here would be a "handheld circular-saw format" wet saw and a cutting guide. Someone probably makes a full-scale tablesaw-wetsaw, but that will be rare and thus very expensive.

What I'm thinking of when I say cutting guide are the systems where a rail clamps to the workpiece and the saw baseplate is connected to the rail so that it travels along the rail in a straight line. I did note some more typical "rip guides" that just clamp on the saw and ride the edge of the material when I did a quick search on handheld wet tile saw - those can work if you maintain consistent pressure.

°I suppose on further thinking that with an appropriate "tiny tile tablesaw" which are common and inexpensive you really just need auxiliary tables and fences (that I suspect you may have to build or adapt from other things) to manage your outsize tiles. You don't really need a bigger blade, you just can't manage the cuts with the table they give you. So you make a big table the tiny saw sits in. You can't do that with the ones that have permanently attached parts sticking up other than the blade.

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Having the desire to get good, straight, accurate rips on my 48" porcelain planks, I was having trouble finding a wet tile saw that could do this without flipping the tile around or coming up with a work-around.

I discovered bridge saws. With a bridge saw, the tile lays stationary and the motor and blade are pulled through the material on a rail or bridge above the work piece platform.

There are many manufacturers of bridge saws, a quick search for the term will result in many options.

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Simple idea: Buy the biggest standard saw bench you can find (for tiles, wet cut, strong motor, biggish blade) and mount it into an old table, by cutting out a section in its top. That will give your tiles the support they need, and also give you a chance to make a guide parallel to the blade, or just use a strip of wood held with clamps at either end.

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