I have a lot of tiling to do this year so I thought I'd invest in a half
decent tile cutter.
I've had a £29.99 Plasplugs one before but am looking for something better.
A quick look in the Screwfix Catalogue has manual cutters at well over £200
and electric diamond bladed ones at a fraction of that cost.
What are the merits of each?
I've had one about 2 years now and it has never let me down, only had to
Absolutely, because there is nothing in the way to place your tile on the
table, the saw glides along the rail up to about 600mm.
Score & snap cutters are much, much faster than electrics on straight cuts &
don't make any real mess.
Electrics will cut 'L' shapees etc & cut thin slivers off tiles, but are
slow & make a mess.
I use one of each. Horses 4 courses.
I'd rather have a good score & snap & a cheap electric.
Ive used a 39,99 diamond balded one to cut everything from thin tiles
through marble slabs, quartzite to sandstone paving spabs.
So far its just cost me one replacement blade, after 5 years of bloody
heavy use,laying slate floors, trimming marble vanity tops, and carving
out curbed bits of paving. It hasn't done granite, but just about
everything else, it has..
Its not made very well, and it sprays me with water, and it rusts where
the plating has worn off the bed, but its good enough..I wated far more
money in snapped tiles before I got it.
I suspect if I tiled for a living, I'd spend a couple of hundred, but
for occasional use this is more than I need.
1/. I have never FOUND a good score and snap.
2/. They leave shrap edges that have to be sanded off.
3/. An electric will do anythuing a score and snap will do, biut te
reverse aint true.
I no longer use score and snap at all. Mainly because I got about a 50%
reject rate on anything less than a 15-20% wide snap, they didn't do
slivers, they didn't do Ls, they didn't do bevelled cuts, they didn't do
semicircular cuts you name it, they didn't do it. They didn't even do
straight cuts reliably.
I've got two. One is a Powercraft ala Aldi - works a treat.
True, but with cut tiles that will always be hidden by the grout since the
cut edges are always against walls or ceilings. They dont need sanding. If
anything the edge is cleaner than a tile saw.
It won't do a straight cut in 5 seconds, which a score & snap will.
Agree about thin slices, but I don't have a problem with larger cuts.
No they aren't. What about the outside edges of baths, dormers, maybe
box sections? Its not ALWAYS practical to start at the edges and work
way, ..a bath has TWO outside edges for example. as dioes a diormer..if
yuy diont want an ugly join in the middle, and your dormer isn't an
exact number of tiles wide..
They dont need sanding. If
Which is pretty useless if you arer trying to match tumbled marble...o
your tiles have bevelled edges.
I think as skipweasle says, a lot also depends on what 'tiles' you are
using. Cheap white thins snap well. Try it on marble, quartzite, or
slate though, and you will be in trouble.
If you are in business to slap up plain tiles fast, on a fixed price
contract, fair enough. However this is DIY, and most people would not be
tiling for speed, but for a top quality result using a variety of more
Anything by Rubi.
Not if you use them properly. *One* light, continuous score, one snap.
Similar technique to cutting glass. You can't always see the score but,
as the snap happens in the same position, you can't really go wrong.
10mm is about the smallest cut I can do.
Sure they don't do marble, slate, or quarry tiles, but they are probably
ten times faster than a saw. Horses, courses, as TMH says.
In article ,
Sort of depends on your standards. A 'nibbled' cut will always look like
what it is unless you spend a deal of time dressing the nibble. Done with
a wet cutter it can be perfect straight from the cutter with care - and
with less chance of breaking the tile. Of course it is slower - but that
ain't so much of a consideration for DIY.
Most would be under sockets or tile trim. For the odd visible cut, pro
tilers can nibble cleanly faster than they can set up a saw and clear up
afterwards. I'd use a saw, especially if I was running out of tiles :-)
I used to wonder why anyone would get a pro in until I watched an
Italian guy doing some monumentally fiddly nibbling in a solid floor
bathroom with pipes running everywhere. Made me want to give up tiling
altogether. I consoled myself with the fact that it took him a long time....