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Old 03-31-2017, 03:56 PM   #1
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Cutting wood look porcelain tile

I am installing 4x26 wood look porcelain and went to cut the first piece using my tile cutter and it was so hard I broke the arm on the tile cutter. Now maybe it's because it's a low level Homer tile cutter, but I hate to use the wet saw to cut every tile. Do I just need a better quality tile cutter?
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Need a better cutter? Probably, but the good ones are pricey. The other option is a grinder with a good diamond blade, not the best option for exposed cuts but a steady hand and quality blade will yield good results.
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Old 03-31-2017, 07:10 PM   #3
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You can spend about $350 on a Sigma snap cutter, or you can suck it up and cut everything on the saw. Your call
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:39 PM   #4
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I always use saw. Tied tile cutter once. Didn't please me.
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:54 PM   #5
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Some porcelain is almost as hard as diamonds...it takes a quality tool to cut or snap it with any precision. On a glazed, patterned wood-look tile, chipping on the cut or snap can also be problematic unless the cut is hidden.
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You either didn't have a good one, or you didn't take the time to learn. A snap cutter is a very important tool in any tile setter's kit. Snap cutters are fast, dust free, portable and very accurate. I would say though that is takes about a 1000 snap cuts before you start getting good at it.
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Old 03-31-2017, 11:43 PM   #7
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Ken,

The difference between a low level Homer-special and a high performance snapper (like a Sigma) is rather dramatic. Find a dealer that sells quality snappers that will allow you to bring a few tiles to experiment with. Chances are you'll see what you've been missing and make a purchase that day!
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A snap cutter is very much a tool that you get what you pay for. To get a good one you may as well just purchase a wet saw.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:12 PM   #9
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I LOVE a good hand cutter....that's what we call them out in these parts.
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:09 PM   #10
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How many rip cuts (long ways) are you going to have? The snap cutter will cut them too as long as they aren't too small. If you are running the end joints random then you might be able to avoid any L shaped cuts.
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