Cutting tiles

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Old 11-23-18, 07:41 AM
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Cutting tiles

In an upcoming tile job, I am planning to lay 12x24" ceramic tiles. I have previously laid 6x6 tiles with good results using a snap cutter for most cuts and nippers to deal with odd angles. I no longer have access to this snap cutter, and I am concerned about how to cut the 24" tiles.

I will only have to do 8-10 'rip' cuts. It seems to me that decent snap cutters capable of doing 24" cuts are pricey. The cheapest I've seen is a QEP one for $100 CDN that gets mostly positive reviews. However, I wonder about the effectiveness of this tool with long 'rip' cuts.

Should I:
1. buy a 24" snap cutter
2. plan to rent a tile saw
3. buy a smaller snap cutter for 12" cuts and take care of the longer cuts with a grinder and diamond wheel?
 
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Old 11-23-18, 07:47 AM
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I bought a Harbor Freight tile saw for about $60. It's not professional grade but has worked well for me on 3 diy tile jobs at my house.
 
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Old 11-23-18, 11:22 AM
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If you are going to do the job use some of the savings and buy a decent tile saw so that that job doesn't scream DIY.

Check eBay and CL you can find really good lightly used saws, that is where I found mine and it's served me well for 20 years and numerous jobs!
 
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Old 11-23-18, 12:09 PM
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24" snap cuts are going to be problematic. I've had difficulty doing 12" snap cuts. Rent a decent wet tile saw. Do your genera layout of full tiles so you can make all your cuts in short order and return the saw.

I was doing a tile job at a hotel during winter and my wet saw kept freezing up on me and not pumping water. I tried to use a manual cutter and it did nothing but frustrate me.
 
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Old 11-23-18, 04:39 PM
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I agree, get a wet saw. It doesn't need to be the best. That $64 saw at HF that Marksr mentioned should be OK.
 
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Old 11-24-18, 12:47 AM
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I am planning to lay 12x24" ceramic tiles.
For anything up to 12x12 it will work but OP is installing large tiles, going to need something much bigger.
 
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I have recently tiled 2 kitchen floors with 12 x 24 full bodied porcelain tiles. These were 10mm thick and good quality tiles. I used a qep tile cutter that cost about 150 dollars. It did an amazing job! Virtually all the cuts (24" long) were perfect. I was really surprised.

it was sooooooooooo much easier than using the wet saw.

if you want I will try and find the model number of the cutter for you.

I suggest you look for a good quality USED tile cutter.

I only paid 60 dollars for my tile cutter and it was unused and cost about 150 new.

I should have bought it years ago.
 
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