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Old 03-12-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Best tile cutter?

I have a Felker Tile Master Plus wetsaw and a crappy HD tile cutter. I'm back working part time and will probably average 3-4 jobs a month this year. I want to get a professional grade tile cutter to speed things up and make accurate cuts. I am cutting almost everything on the wetsaw right now. I want to get something that cuts accurately and will last a long time. I'd be happy to get something that cuts up to 13"x13" as most of the bigger stuff is stone anyway. I remember using a piano cutter (?) years ago that I really liked - don't remember the name of it.

Just thought I would ask you fella's who use these tools every day.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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A nice Sigma should last you a long time.Check with Contractors Direct, linked in the earth icon below. They have a nice variety of excellent models.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:27 PM   #3
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I have the 29" Isshi cutter fom Home Depot called the " Brutus" that thing is great and cuts most everything. No cutters can cut everything though I don't think. Some of the waffle backed stuff is always a pain.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:01 PM   #4
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No cutters can cut everything though
I agree with Chad. I've got a Superior (piano board) that will cut a lot of things up to about a 13" on diagonal I think. And then I have a Rubi, not sure of the model# off hand, and that cuts bigger pieces (up to 24"), but some porcelains just need to be cut on the wet saw from what I've found.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I should elaborate on that "crappy" HD cutter - it was about $30 - I think so I knew what I was getting! Just building up some $ in the business account so I can finally get a nice one.

Appreciate the advice - I was cutting porcelain on the wetsaw in an almost freezing garage today dreaming of a good cutter.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:05 PM   #6
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Thanks Todd. 13" on diagonal might be a good start for me - the only 18" etc jobs I usually get is Travertine anyway. Do you think one favors the other for accuracy/ease of use or are they pretty similar?
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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Winston, if you'll enter "tile cutter" into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles you'll see forty or fifty threads on the subject.
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:12 PM   #8
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I have an Ishi and a Sigma, like them both.
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:16 PM   #9
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I have a Rubi and a Sigma and like them both. Anything is better than a $30 cutter. Get something that cuts at least 18" tile. As soon as you buy one for 13" you will get a 18" porcelain job
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Winston, if you'll enter "tile cutter" into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles you'll see forty or fifty threads on the subject.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:21 PM   #11
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Seems like I have been using my cutter less and less lately. Seems so many of the tiles now just won't cut well on the cutter. Even with a brand new cutting wheel I am having issues.

Did a little bathroom tonight and it was a really nice tile, fairly expensive American made, and it would not cut on the cutter.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:28 AM   #12
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Seems so many of the tiles now just won't cut well on the cutter.
Amen, Brother. I have a Rubi and a Sigma. I liked the Rubi, till I got the Sigma. When I first got the Sigma though I thought it was junk, then I figured it out. Lately I have been working with real hard porcelain on almost every job. I end up using the saw most of the time, it is just to hard to break clean and consistently with a cutter.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:54 AM   #13
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I have the Felker FPC-19 and love it! The bad thing about it though is you can't find them anymore. It is pretty much the same thing as the Ishi from what I've seen and read though. You won't regret getting the Ishi, nice clean cuts, and time tested accuracy (at least from my personal experience).
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:57 AM   #14
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So the antie is $.02 - Many have already expressed this. The tile we are using today is more Porcelain ( the HARDEST tile you can get ) or stone ( of some sort ) Wet saw cuts for everything. I haven't got a large format CERAMIC job in a long time. Invest your money in a good wet saw that will do large ( 20x20 or 24x24 )
on a 45 and you'll be fine for a long time in this trade. Speed is not as much of a priority over quality of install. Charge a little more and take your time to do a job that you are proud of and will last.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:42 AM   #15
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I've got a Tomecanic and haven't run into a porcelain yet that it couldn't cut.
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