Opinion on tile cutter ?


Anyone got an opinion of one of these ?
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Got loads of thick tumbled limestone to slap on the wall.
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Yes I have one very similar to that, it will do the job but you have to use it backwards to stop being sprayed with water (it will spray away from you then) also will drip water on floor unless you work over a bath sink etc. Use wax pencils or similar for marking out, also they are pretty heavy to lug around.
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Housemartin wrote:

Never thought of using it backwards. Mine is almost identical, and I just accept its either water on me, or the whole room, I am easier to clean, generally.
I've used mine on tumbled marble, No problems.
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Housemartin wrote:

You must have some very large wax pencils :-)
Chinagraph pencils are quite difficult to find IME. A 'Sharpie' brand fine tip marker will do the job. Staples sell them.
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On 2008-01-19 17:52:06 +0000, "The Medway Handyman"

Specialist tile shops that also sell stone sell them.

Danger Will Robinson.
Do that on any soft stone such as limestone or tumbled marble and you will be very sorry indeed. It soaks in and spreads and will not come out.
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Andy Hall wrote:

Indeed. Use a bit of masking tape and mark that, or use pencil.

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ROFLMAO
I get mine from the local (proper) artists shop, I realise not everywhere has one of these but this may help those that do.
Cheers John
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ROFLMAO
I get mine from the local (proper) artists shop, I realise not everywhere has one of these but this may help those that do.
Cheers
John
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Yes, they break. The Plasplugs ones seem to last longer.
I wear a vinyl kitchen apron when using mine, as they do spray rather.
Keep an old paintbush handy for brushing shards away. Especially with glazed tiles, you'll shred your fingers otherwise.
Drain quickly after use and dry the blade. Otherwise they rust quickly and are ruined.
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Andy Dingley wrote:

Mine didn't

Or just get used to getting wet.

Us ebits of tile to poke other tisels throiugh.

the blade is a matricx odf diamonds, and doesn't mind a little surface rust. But drain and wash the tank, or you have a devils own job to clean it next time you use it if the gunk sets hard.
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The blade is a steel disk, covered with a thin layer of nickel plating around the edge. The diamonds are deposited in, and secured by, the nickel.
Nickel plating is somewhat porous. Water causes the underlying steel to rust. This expands in size, blowing the nickel plating off in spots. Rust is not as goood an abrasive for tile cutting as diamond dust.
The same applies to diamond bench stones.
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Andy Dingley wrote:

Maybe. All I know is that my disk WORE OUT (after several bloody tons of stone had been laid)..it didn't 'lose its diamonds' and I never took especial care with it.
When I checked it against the replacment, it was 1/4" smaller all round. It never stopped cutting, and diamonds were not pressed into the sides, they appeared to be completely embedded in the whole last 1/4" of blade...
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