I have to tile a kitchen and bathroom for a relative, and will need a tile
cutter as there are some awkward corners to deal with. Looking in the
Screwfix catalogue for something suitable I see that they have a range
running from about £30 to £150. The thing is this is a bit of a one-off job
so I want to spend as little as possible, on the other hand I obviously
don't want to get anything that is completely useless.
Has anyone here used any of these things and, if so, do you have any
I used a £10 scratch and snap cutter for tiling the kitchen
and bathroom floors, and it worked fine. This included cutting
half tiles for a tiled skiting board all the way round the rooms.
The only issue was that the floor tiles were too strong to use
the snap action part of the cutter, so I snapped them by clamping
in the jaws of a Black and Decker workmate along the scratch, and
thumping the tile with my palm. I had very few wrong breaks.
I've watched someone using an electric tile cutter, and my cheap
scratch and snap was much faster. I've since used the scratch and
snap cutter for tiling a couple of walls, and it still works fine.
I still prefer snapping even the wall tiles in the workmate though.
A few floor tiles needed more intricate shapes cut out to go round
pipes and door frames, and I used an angle grinder (also £10)
to do those. Actually, the angle grinder was free because it
broke just when I finished (switch got stuck on) so it went
back for a refund. The most difficult was two circular tile
cuts to go round the toilet wastepipe. I bought a packet of
5 tile cutting jigsaw blades and it took them all to do it in
the ceramic floor tiles. They were really meant for wall tiles.
Thanks for that. I only have to do wall tiles, so from what you say they
should be relatively easy. I think I will go for the cheapest electric
cutter, with tile-cutting jigsaw blades to deal with any intricate shapes.
I lashed out £30 at B&Q and got an electric one. It works so well on wall
tiles that I can't imagine what the £150 ones offer! Certainly good enough
for a one-off job. The cutting wheel dips into a water bath to keep it cool
and lubricated, and it makes lots of slurry in the water that needs to be
cleaned out from time to time. Also, it will only cut straight lines, so I
used a circular cross-section blade (like a wire with carborundum particles
stuck all around it) in a fretsaw frame for curved cuts. I have only worked
on wall tiles, but I'll know more about floor tiles in a week's time!
Wish me luck!
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