==Score & snap Machines== * Faster than diamond blade saws * Significant waste due to tile breakage * The cut edge of the tile is sharp, a stroke or 2 with a carborundum stone makes it safe. * Machines that need the tile repositioned between score and snap operations are hard to line up correctly, resulting in even more breakage & waste * can't cut narrow strips, minimum size is anywhere from 0.5" - 2" to avoid breakage.
==Hand held scorers== These are just a handle with a piece of sharp Tungsten Carbide (TC) or a steel wheel. * Lowest cost tile cutter * Snapping pressure tends not to follow the score accurately, causing more breakage loss than with the score and snap machines. * steel cutting wheels are replaceable, TC bits are regrindable with care and a diamond disc
Cutting: # Pencil the cut line # place straight edge on tile # Score # ? tap to propagate crack? # snap tile. Pressing right over the score line causes less breakage
==Diamond table saws== * These cut tiles quite quickly, but never as fast as score & snap. * There is close to zero wastage due to breaking * Thin tile strips can be cut no problem * All wet diamond tile saws are very noisy when cutting a tile, use ear protection * The cut edge is safe rather than sharp * The typical £30-50 cost soon pays for itself in tile savings * Usually the table tilts to enable angled cuts for external corners, avoiding obstacles, and compound mitre cuts * When close to the end of the cut, to avoid a snapped corner its necessary to reduce tile speed greatly and apply even force very gently to both sides of the tile. This should yield a perfect cut * Cuts at an angle can be done by just following a pencil line by eye * For repeated precision angled cuts, make a tile holder using a thin piece of board and either a few [[screws]] to put the tile against, or a strip of wood as a stop. * recomended for porcelain or marble
* These saws can generally also be used to cut * concrete slabs * stone slabs * marble * roof tiles * fossils * lumps of quartz for decoration * flints for decorative walling, etc * All metals ? sharpening? ? glass cutting?
===Erbauer=== * Does the job no problem * Minimal [[water]] spray, even with the guard up * Comes with a 45 degree cutting tile holder * On off switch is a bit fiddly * Comes with an [[RCD]] plug * Fence has to be adjusted and [[clamp]]ed at both ends separately * Fence can be adjusted to a different setting each end for out of true cuts * The ruler strips that help you line the [[fence]] up aren't accurately positioned * The ruler strips quickly peel off, this is really not helpful. * more than powerful enough
==Larger Diamond blade saws== * Sliding cutting head blade makes angled cuts easier
==Manual saws== Abrasive grit hand [[saw]]s can cut just about any shape, so are used for the most difficult cuts. Not many tiling jobs need this though.
==Others== [[Angle grinder]]s in a stand are sometimes used to cut tiles. These setups are far from ideal, and the blade can easily overheat, causing blade buckling & tile breakage. There is also no way to easily slide the tile, no guarding, no alignment scales etc. Not really recommended.
Its even possible to cut a tile with a [[die grinder]], but not very practical. Progress is very slow, and its only useful if you already have a die grinder but no better tool, and just have one tile to cut, eg for a repair. The tool pieces to use are diamond cutting disc and abrasive stone.