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Old 01-02-2007, 09:10 AM   #1
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Tile Snapper ?

Hello All,

How good are tile snappers? Can they cut porcelin?

Do they crack tiles?

How often do they need new blades?

What are the pros and cons?

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Old 01-02-2007, 10:41 AM   #2
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Tile cutters are as varied as tile is. You get what you pay for with them for sure. I'd say Rubi is by far the best, and Superior is pretty good as well. I have both.

Some will snap porcelain, some will not. Some tiles snap really well, some don't.

As far as replacement of the wheel, it may be more often or not depending on what you're cutting.

Snappers are great if you have a lot of straight, hidden cuts. For L cuts, or cuts in the field that will be exposed, you'll always want to saw cut those.
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Old 01-02-2007, 03:29 PM   #3
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I have a Superior tile breaker in my arsenal of tools and can (and have) cut up to 13inch porcelain tile although I prefer to only use it for smaller tiles. For straight cuts, its faster than a saw, though not as accurate or diverse. The edges will be sharper and there will be more tile shards to cut your fingers on.

If you get a good score, the tile breaks pretty easy. I've done several hundred cuts with the same wheel and it seems to still work fine.

Yes, they crack tiles, but so would a saw, grinder, drill, or nippers. Its just the nature of tile.

Pros: inexpensive, quiet, simple, compact
Cons: limited use, sharp pieces, aggravating
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Old 01-02-2007, 06:16 PM   #4
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I think the biggest pros for me are that they are:
1) Fast, and
2) Keep the tile dry.
They save a lot of time at the saw.

While snappers vary in quality, and it pays to spend more if you are in the biz, some of the success lies in the hands of the operator. It take a bit of practice.
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This one I think is awesome. Cuts every tile that I have worked with since I bought it years ago.
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Old 01-03-2007, 06:57 AM   #6
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Mike,

That is one expensive tile cutter!

I take it that the budget special is going to suck. I guess I'll be sticking with the messy and wet tile saw.

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Old 01-03-2007, 07:02 AM   #7
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I've never tried a Raimondi Mike but that looks like a pretty nice snapper. It says it cuts sheet mosaics in the description.....how?
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:27 AM   #8
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Not sure the budget one would suck necessarily... my brother in law lent me a cheapo that I'm sure started life in an aisle at a big box store. It's as crappy as can be (cheap AND worn), but I was able to cut two different porcelain tiles with it, both pretty hard material. The cuts were suitable for a concealed edge and it was quicker than running down to the saw.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:05 AM   #9
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Thumbs up the biggest mistake

made with tile cutters,is a model say is rated for up to 12" tile, the tile you buy is 12.25" or slightly larger,then when you use the cutter as instructed you will break more than a few tiles and cant figure out why,it is because the last .25" doesnt get scored,i found this out on my first tile job in my home my son-in-law the expert was running the show while i kept my mouth shut to preserve family peace,after he broke every other tile ,i told him thats enough we will finish tomorrow,when he left i looked closely at the cutter and saw it was good for up to 12" tile ours was 12.25" so unless you scored the tile then turned it around and scored it again,the tiles would break at the end where they were not scored.once i figured that out i went to buy a larger model,saw a 7" wet saw for 88.00 and have never used the cutter again,ps. after many square feet of porcelin,floor tile up to 18"wet bar 4",fireplace,stairs etc. the saw is the way to go!!!ps. it is much better to invest in a larger better wet saw,however i just cant get rid of my 88.00 wonder oh how i love to hate it. hope this helps,the cutters that are good and the correct size work extremely well!!
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