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Unread 03-27-2019, 06:18 PM   #1
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Manually cutting 12x24 porcelain tile

This may have been asked before, but I could not find it in a search.
I am trying to cut a 12x24 to 11x24 with a manual cutter, but every time I snap it it sprawls off and will not snap it on the scored line. Is there a way to do it with a manual cutter or do you have to do it with a table saw?

Thank you for any advice...
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Unread 03-27-2019, 06:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Michael.

Sometimes those porcelain tile just don't break where you want them to, especially if you're trying to take off a small piece, and/or your cutter isn't top quality.

In those cases, unfortunately, you have to make a trip to the saw to get them cut right. You might trying scoring them twice before snapping, but chances are it won't help.
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Unread 03-27-2019, 06:23 PM   #3
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Ripping a small sliver off can be difficult especially if you're using a cheap cutter or the tile has alot of internal tension. I would score it and use nippers to break off the sliver, use a grinder, or use a wet saw.
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Unread 03-27-2019, 06:29 PM   #4
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Thank you for the fast response, I was afraid of that. Table saw it is for the sliver cuts.

I scored it 2 or 3 times to make sure it had the best chance to snap, but to no avail.

Thanks again.
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Unread 03-27-2019, 08:58 PM   #5
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How about scoring it and the use a pair of nippers or a grinder
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Unread 03-27-2019, 09:04 PM   #6
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I could do that, but I am looking for a nice clean cut, if not for this location but for the future. Little OCD about that.
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Unread 03-27-2019, 10:26 PM   #7
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Michael, sometimes it's just worth the extra effort to go to the saw for every cut.

If you're like me, the exercise won't hurt either.
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Unread 03-28-2019, 01:07 AM   #8
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i have a big rubi cutter and find some tiles just wont snap along the score, usually if the first couple dont snap properly, i use the saw for the whole job, the job im doing at the moment there is 45m2 of 900x450 tiles that all have to be saw cut
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I just tiled a 10'x12' bathroom using 12x24 porcelain tiles and used the below tile cutter and cut almost every tile I could with it. It was the first time I was doing a tile job like this and using the cutter was a breeze, even cutting thin strips off when needed.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/QEP-24-i...624Q/305855366
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Unread 03-28-2019, 09:53 PM   #10
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Matt was able to make neat cuts with a $100 cutter. Good to hear. But realize that every pro here could give Matt some porcelain 12 x 24 tile that would make him lose faith in his snap cutter in a matter of a few minutes. I’m not saying that to be mean or to make his cutter seem like it’s not good. No, his cutter seems to be just perfect for his particular tile and needs. It’s one of the many reasons that there’s an assortment of cutters ranging from $30 to several hundred. When you fit the right tool with the job, it’s got good value. The same can be said when a $500 cutter snaps big, difficult porcelain all day long for a pro who is able to work efficiently without having to spend extra time cutting in a wetsaw.

Michael, all porcelains are not created equal. And the difficult porcelain tiles either need a high-end snap cutter for a few hundred...or more dollars...or just about any wet saw.

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. The same can be said when a $500 cutter snaps big, difficult porcelain all day long for a pro who is able to work efficiently without having to spend extra time cutting in a wetsaw.
This is me 100%, I rarely use my wet but I do own one, and I do set it up on almost every job. I have had a few tiles that won't snap just right. So like Jim said you bite the bullet and use the saw. I bought one of the cheaper ones when I first started out. I took the tile I needed to cut right to home Depot and I tried all of them on the tile in question. Next few jobs that thing sucked and I stopped using. Then I saw a post on her about a sigma, I bought 1 and I couldn't be happier
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I know this has been asked, but I'll ask again anyway. Any particular sigma to look at? In my case, I am doing a lot of 6"x6" tile that is 1/2" thick and that I need to cut corner to corner.
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Cutting diagonally is even tougher on a snap cutter for me. I don't even bother most of the time.
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I’ve had lots of success cutting corner to corner with a Sigma.

But 1/2” thick....that’s wetsaw territory if you ask me.

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