Possible to get clean cut on Porcelain Tiles ?

Discussion in 'Tilers' Talk' started by Acapris, Feb 16, 2015.


    BLUEJACKET Active Member

    Is the tile on the right of the picture?
    B J
  2. Phil the Paver

    Phil the Paver Screwfix Select

    I'm confused, in the pic is the tile on the right then ( you say it's smooth) , if so then the pics shows it to be cut perfect and the plaster surface on the left to be jaggered.

    BLUEJACKET Active Member

    That's exactly what it looks like...
  4. Acapris

    Acapris Member

    On the right is the painted wood next to the window.
    Sorry for the confusion.
    Tile is on the left with the jaggered edge.

    BLUEJACKET Active Member

    Then in that case, he's cut that with a hammer and bolster...

    B J
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  6. But... the chipped-edge look is in keeping with the face of the tile :rolleyes:
  7. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    Flickin wind-up if you ask me!

    Mr. HandyAndy - Really
  8. Acapris

    Acapris Member

    Yes, I did think it was pretty bad,
    just was not sure how possible it
    would be to get a clean edge but
    will chase him up to have another
    go at it.
    thank you for the replies !
  9. Warren kemp

    Warren kemp New Member

    Yes looks rough, has either been cut with a dry cutter or an angle grinder. It is easily possible to get a near perfect cut on porcelain tiles with a wet cutter and descent diamond blade. And, the wetter the better to keep the blade cool and reduce vibration
  10. PaulBlackpool

    PaulBlackpool Screwfix Select

    Thanks very much for the info. I have just gone out and bought one. Note to others;- They are in short supply!
  11. Warren kemp

    Warren kemp New Member

    I've had a qep cutter for about 6 years now... It's been working hard and still going strong. Think it may have been bought out by vitrex and now called the vitrex pro wet/ dry cutter

    Great compact wet cutter and easy to maintain with the cast bed
  12. safire

    safire New Member

  13. Pollowick

    Pollowick Screwfix Select

  14. safire

    safire New Member

    how is this spam? the post was about how to get clean cuts in porcelain tiles and we can cut almost all porcelain tiles very cleanly and accurately. in fact we can also cut odd shaped items like this porcelain Bidet which we cut tap holes into:
    the post was to assist people with the same dilema.

    and to answer your question, yes we could cut the spam and the tin it is in ! ;-)
  15. Dam0n

    Dam0n Screwfix Select

    It's spam because you've contributed nothing to the forum other than pushing your business.

    In real terms no one is going to be coming to you to get a set of bathroom tiles cut for a wall line so it's an irrelevant post. If it was a post about cutting 500 large format tiles at a time to exact dimensions it might have been more relevant.
  16. ajohn

    ajohn Screwfix Select

    It looks like the tile is on the right to me. Is it?

  17. Alwaysworking

    Alwaysworking Active Member

  18. ajohn

    ajohn Screwfix Select

    Ok missed that the tile is on the left. In that case it's not a cut it's been chobled off. Rather strange. I'm amazed that any tiler would do that. Gob smacked in fact.

    Cutting porcelain tiles? I made a lot of cuts on 1st grade italian porcelain tiles with a perfectly ordinary tile cutter. This one


    I did wreck a couple initially but then put a small off cut in front of the tile to be cut and set the pressure on that, Than ran it across the tile. ;) I'm inclined to take it apart and arrange so that I can pull rather than push. Last time I cut similar tiles but exterior grade, frost proof and thicker the tile supplier loaned me a uk made on that worked that way and I didn't spoil a single tile.

    ;) The reviews on the Vitrex cutter amuse me. One reason for problems never mentioned on reviews is the user. Ok some far more expensive ones may have a heavier bed but used correctly they don't need that much pressure.

    Some cuts were made with the wickes cheapo electric one. The blades they come with are ok. Other makes at all sorts of prices may benefit from a better blades than the one they come with even on better quality ceramic.

    If some one needs to cut bevels a bridge saw is best really. The Vitrex one is nvg as the head isn't located well. Took it back. The Rubi one is ok but water will get onto the floor. It just runs off the table. The one that Machine Mart is selling off rather cheaply may well be ok if set up carefully and provided with a decent blade. I suspect angle settings would need to be checked at each end of the travel. Their blades tend to chip edges a tiny bit. Ordinary electric tile cutters not so good for what I needed to do. Often just half of the table swings up which limits what might need to be done. Ones with the blade in the middle having a table that all tilts are a bit rare. I took several back as I don't see why I should get wet cutting tiles. ;) I'm a bit like that on things. The problem with the 1/2 table tilting is what has to be done to accurately size mitred edge cuts.

  19. davidgreek

    davidgreek New Member

    It's a pain for sure. Be prepared to break a few. You can pick up a tile saw at a local hardware store too. Keep in mind that you don't necessarily cut all the way through the tile.

    If you score it (introduce a weak point) it will pretty much break on that line with a little pressure.

    A pair of nippers wouldn't hurt to clean up the little fragments too.

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