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Old 12-21-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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Custom's Platinum Trowels and Nippers

I see Custom came out with a new line. I can't find them in any stores. A call to Custom told me I couldn't order them direct, and my Home Depot doesn't carry anything good. Do you guys know where I can get them?
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:32 PM   #2
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Hello Red,
The Custom "Platinum" line of tools seems to be s l o w l y working it's way into the Dal Tile stores but otherwise I'm not seeing them anywhere out here in California. The nippers look interesting and the trowels look silly, though I do like the reinforced spine.
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:46 PM   #3
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As far as silly, I do think they look 'different' I like Marshalltown, but if Customs claim that they have better bond/coverage holds true, then thats great. Plus I like having tools that no one else has I do wonder how their handle feels...MT's rubber feels great to me, so I wouldn't want to sacrifice that.

As far as the nippers I find the scoring wheel to be interesting/funny...I don't see why we would need it, as you should score on a machine first, if you are going that route, and I don't see how well a wheel on nippers would work well...it would be like using a glass cutter...which I actually tried once before. In any event I can't see the wheel on the nippers working well, as it can't have the control and force that a cutting machine has.
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:48 PM   #4
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My local Dal has the platinum tools and the new pads. I personally do not
like how heavy the tools are. I wont deny Customs has made a very sturdy
tool with alot of consideration going into the design. For me ill stick with
the old school trowels and my preferable epoxy grout float for regular grouting.
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:55 PM   #5
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PErhaps the scoring wheel is useful for cleanly nipping through a heavy glaze? Maybe for glass tile? I prefer Marshalltown also though I'd be happy to hold one of the Platinum trowels to check it's balance and "feel" if I could find one.
Jack, what a coincidece? I prefer grouting with an epoxy float also. Remember those metal-backed rubber floats and how they could leave metal marks on tiles if you used a worn-in one to grout up an inside corner?
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:12 PM   #6
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This is my preferred grout float unfortunately i cannot buy precision products
locally. I just did a google search to find this image. I buy a replica made
buy mapei. i wish i could get precision products down here i always loved
their wedges the best, nice super thin edge on em
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:13 PM   #7
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Hefted some of them Platinum trowels over yonder to Dave Gobis' school, I did. Heavy. Real heavy. That spine they designed to lift tiles with is stout enough to lift a couple boxes of'em. Too heavy to suit my wimpy li'l hand.

He had a couple grout floats that were plastic with a removable rubber surface. Absolutely wonderful, said moi. Forget the name of'em, though.
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:47 PM   #8
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As for the trowels, I like the notch design, but personally I found the handle diameter a bit too big around to hold comfortably, even though I have large hands.

Rubi has introduced a nipper that uses scoring wheels as well. The wheel is the actual cutting edge, you do not roll or "score" the tile with the wheels. They are a pleasure to work with. Great leverage, easy to use, very clean breaks, and they do a great job on hard porcelain as well as glass.

A big advantage to the wheel design is tool life. When the nipper feels like it's not cutting as well, loosen the screws, rotate the wheel a few degrees and retighten for a new cutting edge. Since they use standard Rubi scoring wheels, replacement is simple. With conventional pair of nippers, when the tips wear out, the tool is done for. Could be the best (and maybe last) pair of nippers you'll ever buy. Sorry for the small picture, didn't have a bigger one.

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Good pitch, Chris. I'll be happy to test drive a pair and talk 'em up if I like 'em.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:30 PM   #10
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I tried a glass cutter, for my morbid curiosities sake, on a porcelain once.
Straight edge and the cutter. Didnt work well at all. Chris are you saying
there is something different in the wheel itself that makes this product
actually usable? I have used many-a cutting board (score and break of course) and i understand the pressure it takes to make the wheel score
the glaze properly to break the tile in a clean fashion. If these biters
do what ya say send me a pair and ill do the same as shawn and talk
em up all they deserve.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:58 AM   #11
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I have the platinum knee padfs (really good product), the float (way to heavy) and a pair of the nippers. The teeth are rounded on the nippers, I am not sure if I need more time to adjust or what, but I seem to break more tile than usual with them. I also catch myself reaching for my old pair more often.
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:35 AM   #12
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Yea,

I got the trowel, float and nippers shipped over here...........here's my thoughts...........

The trowels are just to heavy and 'slow'. Its a real battle spreading anything. Yes the coverage is good, but I just can't go at the pace I want to! They designed the trowel so you can pick up laid tiles to blob more stuff under if required. Do we even need to with those notches?! If they did a smaller size i'd give it another go, but mine is now in the back of my truck somewhere!

The float sure is soft, but again too damn heavy! Its the size of the thing mainly.....if it were the size of a marshalltown rather than a house brick I'd use it more often!

The nippers are great on larger format tiles, but I don't like the rounded tip! So 9 times out of 10 I'll pull my rubi nippers out. The scoring wheel works ok on small, thin 6" tiles, but nippers are for nipping. Not for pulling nails out with or scoring. Go Go gadget nippers!!
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:44 AM   #13
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I've had one helper use my nippers to pull baseboard nails in the past year. He'll NEVER EVER do that again.
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Old 12-22-2005, 03:46 PM   #14
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Bought the nippers and the larger notched trowel....nippers work great on normal ceramic/porcelain tile, but really S@CK on sheet mosaics as they do not vise close enough to nip the thinner tile. MAJOR PITA on sheet mosaics, but they work well on larger format(4" and larger) tiles. Used the Platinum nippers on mosaics when I first bought them, and wished that I would have used my old pair 2 minutes into the job(they are heavy though, which made it easy for "cracking" the backs of the sheet mosaics to break them).

I wasn't as impressed with the trowel....BIG, SLOW, HEAVY, etc.,...good thought, just not really practical in my eyes. It sits on a bucket longing for another chance....

I use the Barwalt epoxy float which is the same as Jack pictured...love it, and will likely never switch to another. Light, easy to clean, and does the job.
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Old 12-22-2005, 05:45 PM   #15
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just bought customs platinum tool set: knee pads are great the float is soft and offset. trowels are stiff and teeth are cool tried the large trowel on 18x18 porcelain worked great but is a liittle different but seems to be less fatigue than the flexible trowels. i only lay 500 a week and mostly walls but well see!
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