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Tile cutter and spacers

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by Jupiter01, 30 Apr 2019.

  1. Jupiter01

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    do I have the top side of the tile facing upwards?
     
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    ...when using this tile cutter
     
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    Uh huh.
     
  4. Jupiter01

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    does the face of the tile face upwards when using this tile cutter?
     
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    Hi All,

    Based on the advice from this from forum, I used the following for a recent tiling project:

    https://www.toolstation.com/qep-dia...tt9XeWvxP12dFDdWEtThkbWwVtzY1rvRoC0qYQAvD_BwE

    This completely dispelled my myths on the cost and skills associated with a electric cutter. I had assumed that I would be using a manual cutter.

    This electric cutter made the job very easy. However, I found that every cut would chip at the last bit of the cut. I kept checking and improving my technique and definitely wasn’t rushing the cuts. Despite this, I found the straight cut would be fine with this cut until I get to the last bit of it, then it would chip some of the tile. Hope this explanation makes sense.

    I’m now planning a further tiling project and wondering how I can rectify this. I am happy to pay a bit more for a cutter.
     
  6. Keithmac

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    I have one of those, plus the long manual wheel and snap cutter (which I actually prefer for straight cuts especially on longer tiles).

    For detail work I've used a Dremel with diamond cutting discs.

    Quite enjoy tiling but wouldn't fancy it full time.

    Never left a spacer in and grouted over it either, just seems very wrong!.

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    Do you get the chipped corners when running a straight cut through the electric cutter? I appreciate that you also have a manual cutter but intrigued to know whether I am doing something wrong with this electric cutter.

    Also, if you are using the manual cutter for straight cuts, dremel for the detail cuts, it hat purpose is the electric cutter serving?

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Looking at the images, the Dremel allows you make small cuts that wouldn't be possible with an angle grinder or wet bed cutter because the diameter of the blade is too large.

    My old Rubi wet cutter has a removable blade guard, allowing me to drop the tile down on to the blade but it takes a lot of practice to land the tile in the right place given that you are pretty much doing it blind.

    I could replicate Keithmac's cut out with my Rubi but the thinner cut outs would not be as crisp, and I would probably ruin 5 tiles in the process of trying to get it right.
     
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    I used the wet cutter and manual sliding cutter for the WC.

    Tiles were shiny side up and slow and steady through the wet cutter and it worked fine. You can dress the cut afterwards but I only did that with a couple of tiles.

    As opps says, you can drop a tile onto the wet cutter, the corners will have a cut back though so again slow and steady.

    Dremel with diamond disk gave sharper edges but took longer.

    I just made it up as I went along really and stuck with what works best!.

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    Thanks guys. Which wet cutter do you recommend?
     
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    This is the one I’ve used and was finding that it always chips the last bit of the cut very slightly. I was wondering if there was one slightly better than this that I could consider for my next purchase
     
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    Assuming that you are talking about a wet cutter. When I have experienced the end of cut breakout, I push the tile with a tile off cut so that the blade hits the tile off cut before it has the opportunity to break out.

    The principle is similar to clamping a bit of wood to a door so that you don't get chips when the planer runs up to the end (when you are planing the bottom in one direction only)
     
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    Thanks @opps.
    Can I check that you also get chipped corners when sliding a tile through normally? I get this every time, irrespective of whether I go slow or fast with the cut. I don’t think anyone else has acknowledged experiencing the same issue.

    On to your solution, how far do I go with the tile only cut before I introduce the supporting tile please?

    Thanks for your help
     
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    I got myself a cheap wet cutter from Aldi for about £30.

    The chipping you are getting is the very little bit left not having enough strength left in the material.
    It was a combination of the tile twisting and one side being pushed more than the other.

    When I was cutting the tiles for the inner tile of the corner I learnt which side chipped, so that when I cut the tile for the outer corner I could get the chip on the off cut.

    Using an off cut tile to push equally on the tile would have helped.


    I used 600mm x 300mm tiles in our bathroom, sometimes I found that I had to cut off the part I wanted to keep.
     
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