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Old 09-25-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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big klinker tile cutter

Hi... has anyone used the big klinker tile cutter? If so your experience witb it?
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:09 PM   #2
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Is this what you're referring to?

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Old 09-25-2010, 10:16 PM   #3
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We have a Sigma and it's WAAYYY under used. I played with some of the other Euro Jobs and I think they make the best. Tomecanic and Rubi come to mind.

We've had a number of the "normal" size QEP's and they work fine.

Clinker cutters should be used more..At least our company does not give them enough use..They are money makers when used right.
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big clinker

The one i was looking at, i found on amazon.com.. its the jp680xe by marshalltown... the sigma would be total over kill i think for me...
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:59 AM   #5
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Okay, well then here's the Marshalltown JP680XE Big Clinker Tile Cutter.

If it's possible to try using it to snap a few tiles before you buy, I'd recommend that you do. That's a chunk of change and you really don't wanna be disappointed.

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That looks very much like one we have and it works well...I actually prefer pushing to score rather than pulling like with the Sigma.
I would try and demo one somewhere in person.
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That junky pull Sigma cutter should be thrown away, Trask. I'll give ya 5 bucks so it doesn't hit the landfill, eh?



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Old 09-26-2010, 01:37 AM   #8
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It works well when nothing else does and it can score and cut 1/4" off a 18x18 piece of 1/2" AB black Granite...But it's seriously slow..at least for me..I grew up pushing to score and snap.
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Well, if it can do that, I'll make it $10.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:19 AM   #10
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I have used the Big Clinker you are referring to. I bought it at Home Depot because none of the rental places around me had anything that would cut 17" tiles diagonally.

It's a nice, heavy tool, though the quality suggests it should have cost about $70-80, not $160. After developing my technique a bit, I was able to cut some rather cheap 17" glazed ceramic down the center diagonally with about 90% success, which really was all I was looking for. I suspect it would have done better with some nicer tile. I wouldn't recommend it to a professional, but it will definitely help you get several DIY jobs done.

Another caution: like most snappers, it struggles with porcelain tile, especially if it's more than 3/8" thick. No matter how I vary the technique, I haven't been able to get consistent results with Rialto tile from Lowe's. The cut tends to curve off right at the end. So, I've had to use my wet saw for those.

So, if you need to cut really big ceramic tiles, it's worth the investment. I wouldn't expect it to do a whole lot else.
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I have noticed that Ishii, Marshalltown, and QEP (and maybe others) all sell a “Big Clinker”. Are they all the same unit, or are some just look-alike knockoffs?
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The "QEP" snapper at HD is, like many, stamped "Ishii"..... Does Ishii make "knockoffs" for the Big Box stores? They're pretty heavy duty and all seem to work well.
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