When it comes to tiling, it’s important to choose the right tools. One of the primary tools when doing tiling is the tile cutter. It is important to choose the best tile cutter since it makes the difference between doing a great job and an average job.
One advantage of choosing an ideal tile cutter is that it helps you do a professional job; giving your home, bathroom or kitchen a great finish.
Types Of Tile Cutter And How To Choose The Tile Cutter For You
- Manual Tile Cutters
- Wet Saw Tile Cutter
Manual Tile Cutter:
It is also known as rail cutter, a manual cutter works like a glass cutter in that it has a carbide wheel which is slowly drawn across the tile to make a score once the tile is inserted in the machine. This requires some effort. Once the score is made, a “snapper’ is moved into place.
When you pull on the lever, the snapper compresses the score and the tile snaps in half. You have an option of using a snapper or by breaking off the tile by hand.
It can only cut straight lines; it can’t cut curves or other shapes. It is ideal for smaller jobs and for tasks that don’t require a high level of accuracy or precision. When used to make a straight cut, small irregularities might occur making the cut asymmetrical.
In comparison, a wet tile cutter can make extremely straight lines.It is not suitable for large projects or tiling over a large surface area and is not suitable for use on glass or natural stone. Ideal for tiles less than 12 inches.
Wet Tile Cutter:
Wet tile cutters are motorized tile cutters. It makes use of water and electricity while a rapidly rotating blade helps you cut the tiles.
They give clean cuts and professional finishes. It not only allows you to make straight cuts, but it also allows you to make shapes, curves, and cuts at odd angles.
A wet tile cutter has a hose to allow clean water to run through the cutter. Electricity powers the blade, and the system also has a drainage tray for water to drain.