Modern ceramic tile is a very beautiful finishing material. It has a lot of advantages, one of which is its strength and durability. When laying it is often necessary to cut the tile, adjusting its size in place. Cutting ceramic tiles is not easy. Not only is it durable, but it is also a very fragile material. When you try to cut with a regular hacksaw, it will take a lot of time, and at the same time it is unlikely that it will go without chips, which will spoil the whole look of the tile.
Electric tile cutter with longitudinal focus.
In order to cut the tile neatly and quickly, you need to use the tile cutter. This device allows you to cut ceramic tiles without unpleasant sounds, and in this process there will be no dust. Its operation does not require special knowledge or experience in handling this device. Using a tile cutter, even a novice can do the job. And, of course, not to do without a tile cutter professional veneer.
The strength of the tile gives not only burnt clay, but also a layer of glaze, which it is covered. The tile is fired with the glaze already applied. It protects it from mechanical damage and makes it waterproof. Glazed tile has a glossy surface and will last a very long time.
An electrified tile cutter will be very high quality and efficient. Especially this process will be productive if a diamond disc is installed on the device as a cutting tool. For a device with such a snap, it would not be a problem to cut a stone or porcelain stoneware of any thickness. Moreover, there will be no dust during such work, since it will settle in a pan with water, which is part of the tile cutter. There will also get small particles of tile. If the device is equipped with nippers, then with its help it will be possible to separate pieces having a size less than 5 mm, you can also cut out the figures, doing this work very well.
The scheme of cutting tiles by electric tile cutter.
In any tile cutter design, water is needed not only to precipitate dust, but also to improve the surface quality after cutting with a diamond disc, as well as to increase the service life of the diamond disc itself. To this end, water in large quantities from the pallet enters the tool. It also contributes to the fact that cutting occurs without chipping and damage to the layer of glaze.
The cutting speed with a diamond disc is close to that with which the logs are sawed with a circular saw. The difference is that the cutting blade of the circular saw is under the log, and the diamond tile of the tile cutter is located above the tile. The tile is moving under the disc.
It is necessary to measure the force of pressure with the density of the material of the tile and the cutting tool itself. It is necessary to start cutting with minimum pressure, then the pressure can be increased, and before the end of cutting, the pressure must again be reduced.
The tile itself must be securely fixed. When working in it should not occur vibrations. It is necessary to change the water in the pan more often, since the accumulated fragments of ceramics with water can get into the cutting zone.Back to table of contents
Safety at work
The scheme of the manual tile cutter.
Before using the tile cutter, it is necessary to study the safety rules, because working with an electric tile cutter is quite dangerous. The danger comes from a rapidly rotating cutting tool, and from tile splitting, which can fly out from under the tool at high speed.
In order to protect yourself from injury, it is necessary to perform work in protective glasses. One cutting disc can not lose its qualities for 1000 times wet cutting. However, it should be cleaned as often as possible from the remnants of the tile. This is done by cutting a sand mold for making bricks or a grinding stone for processing ceramic tiles. You can reinstall the cutting disk so that it rotates in the opposite direction of the cutting, and thus rotate it for a while.
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Features of work with a manual tile cutter
And for professionals, and for those who only receive the first experience in working with a tile cutter, the stationary manual tile cutter will do. It consists of a bed, a cutting wheel with a carriage and a handle. There is nothing especially difficult in how to use a manual cutter. On the tile is marked with a pencil cut line.
Then the tile is laid on the frame so that the line coincides with the direction of movement of the cutting tool. The tile is incised with gentle pressure. You can not press hard, because it can break. Make a cut need for a single pass tool. Then the handle must be moved to a position where the tile can be broken.
This is done in one fast motion.
When marking the cutting line, it must be remembered that the part to be cut should not have a width of less than 1 cm.
In order for the manual tile cutter to work well, the following conditions must be met:
- its cutting roller should not have any defects on the surface;
- its rotation should be easy;
- the carriage should move without jolts and hitches;
- the working surfaces of the bed must be kept clean, and the handle must be without any damage.
The amount of work with which such a tile cutter can handle is medium. Cut with it you can thick and durable tiles. To make it easier to break, it must be well soaked in water.Back to table of contents
Roller tile cutter
There is another type of these devices - roller tile cutter. This device has a very simple design. The cut tile with a marked cut line is laid on a flat board or plywood. Roller tile cut is made an incision in a single pass. To finally separate the parts of the tile from each other, you need to put it on the nails and press on the surface. This tile cutter is used to perform one-time work.
If you want to do work at home, then a small, lightweight tile cutter will do. A marking is made on the surface of the tile. To know how to use a tile cutter of this form, you need to remember a few tricks. By marking it is necessary to hold the cutting wheel of this device. In order to break off the unnecessary part of the tile, a wide plate of forceps is inserted under the front side, and their central part is located above the cut made. Using the device, the tile must be gently squeezed until it breaks.
To perform oblique and curved edges, you need to use either forceps or an electric tile cutter. If uneven edges remain, they are leveled using pliers and file files.