Cutting Porcelain Tiles
Whenever you need to cut a porcelain tile, there are several approaches than can be taken, which depend on several factors, ranging from budget to desired finish. In this article I am going to assume you want to achieve a very professional result while trying to minimize the costs associated.
For the do-it-yourself, once in a lifetime in need of cutting porcelain tiles, probably any simple tile cutter might be enough. However, for whom do it in a regular basis, investing in the appropriate tools might be a wiser shop.
There are many choices and combinations of tools that can be used to cutting porcelain tiles, ranging from fixed machines through hand tools. Please allow me to assume here we want to use a hand tool for doing the job, with we could get a very well done job in the low range of the budget.
Choosing a Blade for Cutting Porcelain Tiles
The first logical step is to choose a blade for the job.
When cutting Porcelain Tiles, we can choose to do it with a Wet Saw or a Dry Saw. Each one has its own advantages. For example, if you count with an space for working with the tiles, probably a Wet Saw is the way to go. On the other hand, if you need to cut the tiles directly where they are going to be installed -be it a customer place or something surrounded by furniture or appliances- a Dry Saw might be your only choice.
Fortunately, there is a Blade from Diamax which can do both jobs. The Cyclone Porcelain/Tile Turbo Blade is designed for wet or dry cutting, so by selecting this blade you cannot go wrong. Additionally, this blade provides fast and free chipping cutting, which contributes to a better finish. Watch the above video for a complete list of features of the blade.
Choosing a Hand Tool
Once we have selected the Blade, we need to choose the right machine for using it. Again, there are multiple choices here, and it all depends too of if are you going to do Wet or Dry cutting.
I have selected six excellent pieces that can do the job, as we can see below.
4-3/8" MAKITA Masonry Saw Model 4100NH powerful, compact, easy to use and safe masonry saw made for cutting in Stone, Masonry, Tile & Concrete.
Metabo Angle Grinder Quick WE 9 125 with Metabo marathon motor, dust protection for durability, safety mechanical decoupling in case of jamming of the disc and Side handle with Metabo Vibra-Tech (MVT).
The Alpha Wet Stone Cutter AWS 110 is more than a saw, it is a complete cutting system that can be used for cutting, scoring, profiling and more. It is designed and manufactured with the highest quality standards, as are all Alpha Professional Tools® products.
5" MAKITA Masonry Saw Model 4101RH For Wet Cutting of Tile, Masonry, Concrete and More. Heavy Duty design with a powerful 7.9 AMP motor for the most demanding applications.
5" Alpha Wet Stone Cutter AWS-125 Powerful Wet Stone Cutter for Fabricators, is designed for use in the stone, tile and glass industry, has the strength to power through tough materials, including porcelain and engineered stones. ideal for any professional stone fabricator/installer or tile contractor.
Feel free to browse the product specifications and you will find the most appropriate one for your work style. Please take into account than some of this Hand Machines are for Wet Cutting while others are only for Dry cutting. Also take into consideration the diameter of the blade you will be using as these hand machines are limited in the blade sizes they can allocate.
TIP: When cutting granite, the Porcelain Tile Turbo Blade is an excellent choice to make the joints, as this blade is very precise and provides free chip cutting, making possible to create flawless joints
Conclusion: Cutting Porcelain Tiles
I went through the selection of tools for cutting Porcelain Tiles for whose do it more than sporadically. Acquiring these powerful tools, not only will save you money in the future, but also will help you to achieve more professional results in your jobs. And I have presented here some choices that are way below the $200 mark, so the invest will pay for himself. Please feel free to share this article and comment it, so we could know your impressions to help us to help you better in the future.