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Tips In Choosing A Tile Cutter

Harrison Bird

When buying a tile cutter, you will have the option to choose from a variety of tile cutters that cut differently depending on your project. Some tile cutters are made specifically for making designer and custom cuts, whereas other tile cutters are made to cut straight lines only. Tile cutters can be manually powered by batteries or require an electrical outlet. Tile cutters also come in hand-saw form or table-saw forms. Continue reading to learn more about how to buy a tile cutter that best suits your project needs.

Ceramic Tile Cutter

Ceramic tile cutters are used to cut tiles to a required size or shape. They come in a number of different forms, from basic manual devices to complex attachments for power tools.

Mass-produced ceramic tiles of medium to soft grades are cut easily with hand tools. The ceramic tile cutter is a tool invented in 1951 by the Boada brothers, originating in the town of Rubi (Barcelona) in Spain. The first tile cutter was designed to facilitate the work and solve the problems that masons had when cutting hydraulic mosaic or encaustic cement tiles (a type of decorative tile with pigmented cement, highly used in 50s, due to the high strength needed because of the high hardness and thickness of these tiles). The cutter works scratching a straight line through the tile and then punching it to snap the tile by the scratch weakened line. From the beginning it was popularly known by the users with the nickname “the RUBI”, for the birthplace of their inventors and later the Registered Trade Mark.

Many common ceramic tiles are made from clay which is much softer than the ultra-thin glazed surface which has the hardness of glass. While ceramic tile is very strong when you compress or squeeze it, it has less than ten percent of this strength when you apply tension to it. Bending or pulling is a tension force, and this is exactly what happens when you press down on the handle of the cutter. The tile begins to bend and cracks readily on the scored line. This is why you are often able to tear a piece of paper in a straight line after putting a hard crease in the paper. The crease creates a plane of weakness.

Ceramic Tile Cutter