The manual tile cutter are very popular among manual building tools to cut ceramics. Very practical and easy to use check this article to know if it suit your needs. RUBI is the most popular manufacturer and here are its products characteristics. You need to renovate your bathroom?
After visiting lots of websites you finally decided to put ceramic tiles on the walls or floor? You now need to start working… But do you have the needed tools? We will give you some tips to choose the manual tile cutter needed for your work.
You’d like to renew your bathroom but don’t know how to proceed to cut the new ceramic tile you just bought? You know you will need to cut some of these: How to ensure clear cuts? We will give you some tips to quickly choose between a manual tile cutter or electric tool. We will check if a manual tile cutter is enough since manufacturers offer wide range of manual building tools.
What is a manual tile cutter? How does it work?
As mentioned in its name, this tile cutter is used without electricity. Even though the ceramic tiles seems to be a very hard and resistance, most of the time, it can be cut manually. If your tiles are made of sandstone or ceramic, the first and most popular RUBI model is suitable.
The tile cutter is composed of:
- The base where you will fix your tile.
- A mobile scoring wheel which is placed between two guides (to ensure a straight cut).
- The separator.
The scoring wheel will first scratch and weaken the tile. The wheel is made of a very hard material (Tungsten Carbide). After that, you will need to activate the separator to break the tile.
If you want more information, read our article on the manual tile cutter functioning here!
The advantages of the manual tile cutter
1. The tile cutter is mobile
Since there are no cable, you can easily move your manual tile cutter. The RUBI® TS cutter is light (from 6 to 15kg depending on the size) compared to other models. Then, you can work inside or outside, in the garage or the bathroom. According to your needs, you can set your working area where you want!
2. The tile cutter is clean
The big advantage of the manual tool is that you will keep cleaner your working area. The electric tile cutter make a lot of dust whereas the manual cutter make very few dirt. You can install your working area in the room you are renovating without problem.
3. The tile cutter is manual
Since you don’t need to connect the tool to the electricity, there is no cable in the area. You keep everything safer in your working place! It’s an advantage you cannot forget, particularly if you are doing lots of different tasks.
4. The tile cutter is practical
The tile cutter is light and work with no cable but we also use to provide you with its carrying case to transport it. To move; to protect; to put away or to make travel your tile: the transportation case is essential!
5. The tile cutter is also used for intensive cuts!
After determining the size of the tiles you need, you may need to cut several tiles with the same template. Thanks to the manual building tool you can be more efficient:
- This tile cutter has a lateral stop for repetitive straight and 45º cuts. You can set the measure you need to repeat and place all the tiles like the first one to cut them quickly and identically.
- The TS has a fixed separator, the handle of the separator is always at the same place. You just need to repeat the same movement to break the parts.
How to know if a manual tile cutter is enough?
We now find manual tile cutters and electric tile cutters on the market. How to know if a manual tool is enough? The choice depends on:
- Your tiles’ characteristics (type & dimensions).
- How you’ll use the tile cutter.
A tile cutter adapted to your job
You also need to consider the use you gonna make of this tile cutter.
First of all, if you want to realize some complicated cuts such as bevelled or inside a tile cuts, you must choose and electric tile cutter.
Also note that if you are doing big construction works and want to use the tile cutter for different surfaces (indoor/outdoor, kitchen, bathroom or terrace…), the type of tile won’t be the same. For this reason, that might be better to put money into an electric cutter since you can cut every type of material with a diamond blade.
The electric tile cutter is more powerful and allows you to cut hard materials such as marble or terracotta.
Your tile cutter must be compatible with your tile.
For basic tiles, a good manual tile cutter is usually enough (since the electric construction tools did not always exist). For large format tiling, you must use an appropriate cutter but this is quite simple to find one.
But the type of tiles is also very important since some materials (such as marble for instance) can simply not be cut with a scoring wheel. In this case, you must use an electric saw and a diamond blade.
Sometimes, this is the size of your tile which prevent you to use a manual tile cutter. If the tile is longer than 1,20m and 8mm of thickness you’ll have to use an electric tile cutter because the TX 1200 N only cut until 1,20m length and the slim system cutter allows you to cut tiles up to 8mm of thickness.
To conclude, we note the manual tile cutter is cheaper and cleaner whereas the electric tile cutter is more precise, allow you to cut more materials and is recommended for special cuts.
If you want to purchase a tile cutter, you now need to define the model you need. You may check this link, you will find some tips to choose your manual tile cutter depending on your tile, its size and the cuts you want to realize (straight or diagonal).