Tile Cutter vs Wet Saw

Old 03-26-07, 10:32 AM
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Tile Cutter vs Wet Saw

I am embarking on my first tile job....tiling my laundry room. I am ready to make my cuts. I need to rent a tile cutter or wet saw. I know that a wet saw is the preferred choice...but will a simple tile cutter get the job done ?
The tiles are 12 inches. Should the tile cutter cut like a knife....or can they be difficult and cumbersome to use ?

Thanks for the feedback !

Old 03-26-07, 10:37 AM
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I used the simple tile cutter for my entryway and bathroom with no real issues.

It will however, be alot easier to cut the tiles that go around a door jam with a wetsaw. Tiles that need more then one cut will need a wetsaw to make life easier.

Practice scoring the tile with your cutter on a scrap piece of tile so you know how it works.
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I bought a cheap electric ($51) wet saw and it's the best money that I've ever spent.
I got it at a cheap tool store (made in China).
It's a small table saw and came with a 7" diamond blade.
It has a plastic pan under the blade that you add water to.
I've cut a lot of (1/4") ceramic tiles with it and it's still good to go.

Shop around before you rent. You may be able to buy a saw cheaper than renting one.

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Yes we bought a saw cheaper than renting one.
It is wonderful and so easy to use (but very LOUD)
You have total control over where you cut and the shapes you cut.
Long after I finished the tiling job I bought it for, I still find I use it regularly for patch up jobs and helping rellos and neighbours.

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