Published on 10/18/2019
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Masonry Saws - Pro Rating 5
The iQMS362 Dry Cut Masonry Saw really changes the way you think about cutting blocks, pavers, and brick. It's OSHA Table 1-compliant and cuts virtually dust-free—yet without any water. The blade cuts like butter and stays cool while cutting.
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iQ Power Tools iQMS362 Dry Cut Masonry Saw Review
The iQ Power Tools iQMS362 is the world’s first 16.5” dry cut masonry saw with integrated dust collection. Pro Tool Reviews checked out the iQTS244 Dry Cut Tile Saw—which really changes the way you think about cutting tile. No water. Very little cleanup. Before their tile saw, iQ Power Tools addressed dry brick and block cutting with larger, less mobile cutting tools.
This new saw ups the ante with both increased portability and more clearance for larger block. They also developed new blades to tackle hard concrete, masonry block, pavers, brick, granite… pretty much anything you would normally cut with a wet saw. I put this tool through its paces by working on several projects for The Joinery, an upper-scale “food hall” I’m opening up here in Lakeland, Florida. Inside, we’ll have an on-site brewery and multiple food vendors—all occupying a very open, interesting, and inviting space that overlooks downtown Lake Mirror.
I was able to use the saw in multiple locations throughout The Joinery, including an outdoor patio and some interior spaces near the bar and brewery. The job included cutting both 4x8x16 solid partition blocks as well as custom ~15-inch cloverleaf screen blocks used as the base layer for a short patio wall overlooking the lake. We also cut plenty of two-cell “peanut” block along the way.
iQ Power Tools Dry-Cut Masonry Saw Features
Looking at the iQ Power Tools Dry-Cut Masonry Saw, you see a portable masonry cutting machine. A sliding table lets you move blocks and material toward the fixed 16.5-inch blade. Because the blade is fixed, an integrated dust extractor with a 3-stage cyclonic filter captures debris and dust as the blade cuts. Between the extractor, blade guard, rear dust guard, and louvered table, this saw actually meets the 2017 OSHA silica dust standard.
The airflow created by the dust extractor also serves to cool the custom blade while simultaneously removing debris. The result is a blade that’s cool to the touch and operates with reduced friction and heat.
The tool has a nice soft-start, so it doesn’t stress your circuit. We ran it off a standard 20A 110V outlet and had no problems—even using a 10-gauge 25-foot extension cord.
Cut Dust-Free and Water-Free
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’ve done some masonry cutting. Since the ’30s the most sophisticated masonry cutting saws created massive amounts of sludge—using water to cool down blades and make cuts on block and brick. The iQMS362 is a big deal and—dare we say—disruptively innovative.
The saw is virtually dust-free, and yet it cuts dry. You don’t need to hook up a hose or otherwise bring water to the blade. IQ Power Tools actually designed the blade to stay cool while cutting, eliminating the need for water to cool it down.
Using the iQMS362 Dry-Cut Masonry Saw
Accuracy in Cutting
What I love about this saw coming from a woodworking and metalworking background is that it cuts very similar to a sliding table saw. I have a big Felder sliding table saw, and I love that you can just set your crosscut fence, which is what you can do here. You know that you’re going to get a 90 degree cut every time. You just measure and set your stop block and go.
This thing is also so accurate. We’re cutting down the 16-inch length of a block that’s eight inches race on the back of this. And we’re getting truly square cuts to form the corners of our patio breezeway and interior accent walls.
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