Tile clean and cut exactly

In the fewest cases fit all tiles without wall or floor tiles, without having to be cut. There are different tools for tile cutting. Basically, the better the cutting quality, the more expensive the tool for cutting tiles in the purchase. Which tile cutter is ultimately used depends greatly on how often you use the tile cutter later. But even without expensive tools, circular holes can be cut into tiles - or rather, they can break.

Cut tiles and drill

Laying tiles involves tile cutting. Either tiles have to be split to fit. In difficult cases, circular openings for sockets or heating pipes must be created. The trade offers a variety of different tools for cutting tiles:

  • glass cutter
  • Tile tongs and tile hammer
  • Tile punch
  • mechanical or manually operated tile cutter
  • Angle grinder with cutting disc
  • Drill with cutting disc
  • Drill with small stone drills
  • electric tile cutter
  • electric tile cutter

1. Just cut a tile

Glass cutter, manual tile cutter

The properties of tiles resemble those of glass when sheathed. Consequently, you can also use glass cutters to cut or break tiles. Glass cutters and manually operated tile cutters operate on the same principle. The glass cutter is a handle with solid metal blade or metal wheel. The manual tile cutter is just a metal wheel that runs in one or two guide rails, the wheel is pressed by a lever on the tile. An inexpensive manual tile cutter is e.g. the master tile cutter.

Actually, you break the tile and do not cut it

In both "cutting techniques" you only scratch the tile, on the glazed side, ie the top. Then you can break the tile along this breaking point with a tile hammer, conventional or on a device on the tile cutter. When scribing you have to apply exactly the right amount of pressure to the wheel - the glaze of the tile does not scratch too little, too much pressure could cause the tile to break. You may scratch the same break line several times in succession.

Drill or angle grinder with cutting disc

You can also cut a tile lengthwise with a cutting wheel to angle grinder or drill. However, that is not necessarily a clean solution - literally. On the one hand, tons of tile dust are whirled up during cutting. Cutting in a room is therefore out of the question. On the other hand, it is extremely difficult, even with good experience and a steady hand to really create a clean cut. The edge will never be absolutely straight. Consequently, tile cutting by this method should only be done in exceptional cases. However, it is well suited if you only have to cut off small corners.

Electric tile cutter

Electric tile cutters are also available in different designs. Large devices are excellent especially for cutting large tiles clean, as they usually also have a guide. A suitable product would be the tile cutter of the Ferm brand.

2. Drill holes or circular breakthroughs in the tile

Drilling machine, masonry drill, tile breaker and tile hammer

You need this tool, for example, if you need circular holes or breakthroughs in the tile. First draw the circle (take into account that you will get a bit beyond the mark with the drill bit). With a small stone drill, you drill hole next to hole on the drawn circle. Then you can break the breakthrough along the holes with the tilers and tile hammer. When drilling, be careful not to use the hammer drill.

Tile piercer and tile hammer

Optionally, you can use a tiled pliers for the breakthrough. The tile is clamped in it, the front of the pliers has a ring similar to a ring spanner. With a small tile hammer inside you can now knock out the hole. For some tile hole pliers, beat carefully on the edge of the ring.

Tile cutter for circular openings and wave cuts

The best tool to get really exactly round holes with a clean edge is the tile mill. This also allows wavy edges or angles to be easily cut into the tile.

Tips & Tricks

Electric tile cutters and a tile cutter should be used on extremely hard tiles, such as porcelain stoneware tiles or natural stone tiles and slabs.

Always install all the tiles that do not need to be cut first. On the one hand, it saves time and you can concentrate on tiling and tile cutting. But then apply the tile adhesive later.

Tile end edges and bumper strips must be cut at converging edges according to the angle with a miter, ie at a 90 degree edge at 45 degrees.

If you already know that you will only lay a few tiles once or only extremely few tiles, you will prefer to use simple tools. Expensive machines such as electric tile cutters and tile cutters are only worthwhile for regular use. Alternatively, you can also inquire at a tool rental.

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