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How to Use an Electric Tile Cutter

Experience tells us that the favourite cutting machine of the professional ceramic tile installer is the manual cutter. Its cutting speed, the low level of investment involved and being able to work in a clean and comfortable environment are the determining factors in this perception. However, due to the growth in formats and the increase in the hardness of different tile materials, such as porcelain & stoneware, professional tile layers are beginning to look to an electric tile cutter for a new solution.

In todays how to tile blog we take you through the different types of electric tile cutters and how you use them!

The different types of electric tile cutters offer a wide variety of possibilities. Knowing how to distinguish between them will allow us to choose the most suitable model for our needs.

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Highlights of electric cutters

Before explaining the different types of electric cutters that the market has to offer, I would like to highlight those aspects that an electric cutter will give us, compared to the traditional manual cutter.

Electric cutters allow us to cut a wider range of materials. Not only will we be able to cut the same ceramic tile materials as a manual cutter, but they will also allow us to work with natural stones and other construction materials.

Another aspect is the great variety and versatility of cuts that an electric cutter will offer us. Far beyond the traditional straight, orthogonal and diagonal cuts of a manual cutter. With the right electric cutter, we can make precise mitre cuts, or “L” or “U” shaped cuts to save corners or recesses in partition walls or door frames. Not forgetting the possibility of making grooves or vertical cuts if our cutter has the so-called mitre effect.

Last but not least, it is important to highlight the quality of the final finish offered by an electric cutter. We must not forget that these cutters work with diamond discs and, for the most part, these are water-cooled.

If we add to this combination the right blade, the quality obtained in the cuts will be very close to the original factory cut of the pieces.

Quality and versatility are the most important aspects that an electric cutter will offer us.

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Main groups of electric cutters

Now that we have seen what an electric cutter can offer us, compared to a manual one, it is time to get to know the different types that the market can offer us.

Basically, there are three main groups of electric cutters:

  • Portable cutter
  • Moving table cutter
  • Moving head cutter

PORTABLE CUTTER

Portable electric slicers are self-defined. They are the smallest, lightest and easiest to transport.

This type of cutter is ideal for carrying out small repair and rehabilitation jobs, as well as the ideal complement to any manual cutter, to be able to complete those more special cuts such as: squares, window or door corners, columns, etc.

One of the great advantages of the portable electric cutters, especially the wet cut ones, is that they allow us to make the cuts directly at the place of installation. This, together with their ease of use and safety, are the key arguments for choosing them over the use of a grinder.

The ND-200 electric tile cutter and mitre saw is a portable, versatile and very powerful cutter. Its small size and leight weight make it an ideal electric cutter for carrying out finishes and renovations. Its has an adjustable stainless steel table and can be set up to 45º to perform mitre cuts, allowing professionals to make the necessary cuts at all times in the same workspace, reducing displacements, corrections & downtime.

MOVING TABLE CUTTER

The second group is the moving table electric cutter.

Due to their design and operation, the material to be cut is placed on a table that is generally moved by bearings, and they are particularly suitable for cutting building materials.

Its main advantage is its speed and its capacity to cut materials of a certain thickness, thanks, above all, to the cutting effect.

Although they can cut any type of material, electric cutting machines with a mobile table, due to their design, cutting system and format limitation, are not the most recommended for cutting ceramic tiles. The stability of the table and the risk, with time and use, of unwanted movements and vibrations will directly affect the quality and precision of the cut.

The DR-350 Cutter is an electric cutter with a moveable tale & plunge effect, making it ideal for cutting all types of building materials, from bricks & granite to porcelain & ceramic tiles

MOVING HEAD CUTTER

The third and final group is the sliding head electric cutters.

Unlike the sliding table machines, this group is the most recommended for cutting ceramic materials as well as pieces of natural stone or any other type of cladding in which the quality and precision of the cut are indispensable.

In the group of electric cutting machines with sliding heads, we must differentiate between those with and without a cutting effect.

As we have already said, the most outstanding feature of the sliding head electric cutters is their cutting precision. However, if we add to this quality the cutting effect, we obtain the greatest cutting versatility that any electric cutter can offer us.

Electric tile cutters with a mobile head and mitre saw effect allow us to work with many different tile materials including natural stone, as well as with building materials. They also allow us to make a greater variety of cuts, including grooves and vertical cuts.

On the other hand, if our interest is focused exclusively on the quality of tile cutting, above all in straight cuts and the possibility of making mitres, we should pay all our attention to the models with sliding heads without the mitre saw effect.

These cutters sacrifice the versatility of the previous ones in favour of cutting quality and precision.

Apart from all these aspects, the last detail that, must be taken into account is the power of the motor. But this point deserves its own post. So, here we leave you with this post which we hope will be of interest to you.

We hope you enjoyed todays blog on how to use an electric tile cutter!! For more blogs on RUBI tools click here!

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