Finding the right tile cutter for your home improvement project is crucial for your project’s success. You need a tile cutter that is efficient and affordable, helping you make the best use of your time at the best rental price.
This means choosing the right tile cutter for the job. You don’t want to get stuck cutting hundreds of thick, hard tiles with a manual tile cutter, as it wastes valuable time and energy. On the other hand, renting a heavy duty tile saw for a handful of tiles is overkill and strains your budget.
Finding the best tile cutter depends on four important factors: the size of your project, the tile material, the size of the tiles, and the type of cuts you need to make.
Your Project’s Size Determines The Tile Cutter
Some projects are very small. If you are replacing a few tiles or working on a small-scale, simple tile job, a manual tile cutter or carbide-tipped pencil are the most economical choices. These tools do not require electricity and are portable.
Large-scale tile projects are demanding. If you are cutting large quantities of tile and making complex cuts, electric saws make more sense. There are small electric saws and heavy-duty electric saws available to suit your needs.
Certain tile materials require a wet saw. Natural stone, terracotta, cement, brick and some porcelain tiles cut best with a wet saw. Ceramic tiles, quarry tiles, and most porcelain tiles are less demanding. Working with natural stone, terracotta, cement, brick, and certain porcelain tiles determines the type of cutter you need. Manual cutters won’t get the job done. Ceramic, quarry and porcelain give you more choices. The right cutter for these tiles depends on a combination of factors.
The size of your tiles matters too. Large tiles won’t fit into most manual tile cutters. Check the dimensions of the manual tile cutter to see if your tiles will fit before renting. Saws are your best option for large tiles, as there are no limits to the size of the tiles you can cut with a saw.
Tile thickness is another factor. Thick, hard tiles require more power to cut, which means renting a heavier duty type of cutter. Thinner, less hard materials like ceramic require less force. Manual cutters are acceptable for these tile types.
Type Of Cut
Projects involving tile usually require a few different cuts. Simple straight cuts are the easiest. These require a carbide-tipped pencil. Scoring and snapping the tile is all it takes to make this cut.
Most projects are not so simple. If you plan on making more than a few simple straight cuts, a manual tile cutter is the better option. These cutters also snap and score the tiles, but they give the user more mechanical leverage and a diagonal fence.
Notched cuts are even more complex. These cuts allow you to place tile around receptacles. Carbide-tipped pencils and manual tile cutters can’t make notch cuts. Wet saws work best, providing you with clean cuts. Tile nippers work for small jobs but produce a less finished look. Nippers work best in places where the tile is later covered up and out of sight.
Circular cuts are useful in bathrooms. You will need a hole saw for these cuts. Square holes require a wet tile saw with a plunge cut feature. Mitre cuts require a wet tile saw with a tilting blade.
The simplest way to cut tile is with a carbide-tipped pencil. The pencil first scores the tile. Then a simple tap cuts the tile into a straight line. Some cuts require smoothing to create a polished look. This tool is appropriate for smaller tiles and small-scale projects. Only straight cuts are possible with the aid of a measuring square.
Manual Tile Cutter
Manual tile cutters use manual leverage to cut small and medium size tiles. This is a good choice for thin and medium thickness tile types. It efficiently cuts ceramic and most porcelain tiles without electricity, making it quiet and portable.
These cutters come in a range of complexity. Some have the ability to cut and measure angles while more basic models cut straight lines and require you to do the measuring for diagonal cuts. These tools are more affordable than their electric counterparts. They also require more physical exertion and have limits on tile size.
Tile nippers are useful for making small cuts and for working with small tiles. They are not suitable for cutting larger tires and their lack of leverage makes them a poor choice for cutting in quantity. The other downside to tile nippers is the quality of the cut. The edges are rough and do not possess the finished look achievable with a tile saw. Nippers work well on tiles that remain out of sight.
Small Electric Tile Saw
Small electric tiles saws are a good solution for small and medium sized projects. They cut through thick tiles and electric wet saws work with all tile types. Handheld electric tile saws are maneuverable, perfect for the on-the-go handyperson. A portable electric tile saw allows you to make straight, notch, and diagonal cuts with ease, unlike a manual tile cutter.
Heavy Duty Tile Saw
Heavy duty tabletop tile saws make cutting larger tiles easy. The wet saw is suitable for all types of tile and makes it possible to cut straight, diagonal, notch, and other cuts. Angled heavy duty saws create mitre cuts.
Electric saws work quickly, enabling you to cut large amounts of tile efficiently. They cut through thick and hard tile with ease, sparing you physical effort while also giving a clean, finished cut.
Finding The Right Tile Cutter
Ultimately the right tile cutter for your project is one that satisfies all of your home improvement needs. The best tile cutter rental is appropriate for your tile material, size, and desired cuts, all while staying in your budget. After weighing these different factors, talk with your tile cutter rental specialist to set up a rental and to answer any more questions.