Handheld tile saws are great for when portability and maneuverability are important factors when purchasing a new tile saw. These saws are similar to circular saws but have a hose connection or an on-board water container for cooling the blade. They are available in both corded and cordless models.
Because handheld tile saws are brought to material (vs. bringing the material to the saw), they are ideal for cutting large or heavy pieces of tile that may be difficult to cut on other types of tile saws. They use smaller blades, however, are not suited for deep cuts on thick material. Specialty cuts including miter cuts and rounded cuts can be performed, but the quality of the cut will depend on the skill and dexterity of the user. Some specialty cuts may be easier and more precisely performed with a handheld tile saw.
Before cutting, the material should be measured and marked. Additionally, smaller pieces will need to be clamped or secured. While wet cutting is typically used, dry cutting can also be performed but will create large amounts of dust and require wearing a dust mask.