Specialized tools are required for the installation of ceramic tiles; these tools are used to cut through the ceramic tiles without shattering the tiles. We have many different types of tools used to cut ceramic tiles; each is designed differently for different kinds of cuts and different sizes of tiles. You will be able to select the right equipment for your job by understanding the use of each tool.
Electric Wet Saw
It is one of the commonly known pieces on the list; The wet saw is ideal for cutting bevels, notches and center cuts. This saw is a necessity if you expect to complete a large tile installation project though it is very expensive. You don’t have to invest money to purchase it as many stores offer this item for rent.
A diamond-edge blade of an electric wet saw is used for cutting accurate cuts. The saw uses a tube to feed water onto the blade since the blade heats up quickly from scoring the ceramic. This keeps dust from hindering the machinery and also keeps the blades temperature at an appropriate level.
Diamond Hole Saw
For those who need to drill a hole or score, tough tiles need a diamond hole saw to complete the job without any difficulties. You can use your own equipment as the saw fits in any standard drill. The tile is placed on a solid surface when drilling; then it is pressed gently until the tip scores the surface. The diamond hole saw does not damage the surface finish as it makes clean holes.
You don’t need diamond encrusted cutting tools when scoring softer materials. A scriber tool is one of the commonest pieces of tile installation tool. It allows scoring the surface gently and cutting the ceramic into two. Use any straight edge or a ruler as a guide and apply pressure gently as you pull the scribe across the surface to use it. The piece quickly breaks at the scribe line with only one cut. However, do not apply much pressure if you need to make the second run across the mark as the ceramic may crack.
Cutters are used in every tile installation job. The cutters facilitate clean cuts when snapping the pieces apart and also score the surface for easy breaking. The cutters have a guide to adjust angles to help in ensuring the ceramic is correctly angled.
Place the piece on the cutting platform to be able to use cutters. The surface you wish to cut should be on the cutting guide so turn the piece. Make sure it is flush against the stopper to stop it from moving. Pull the handle to score the ceramic.