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Use an inexpensive tile cutter rather than a tile saw

Every once in a while, common sense slips in.

When working on a tile job, you don’t always need the high priced, high powered tool.  Put away your inner Tim “The Toolman” Taylor and consider a manual tile cutter for your straight cuts.  A tile cutter that scores and snaps can save you a lot of time and a bit of a mess compared to using a tile saw.

If you are in a tight space, and aren’t able to setup your wet saw nearby, you will find the back and forths will be a bit tiring and will add a lot of time to your project.  A simple tile cutter will speed your project and keep the mess to a minimum.   There are certainly cuts that can’t be made with a cutter and you will need to head down to your tile saw, but for the majority of your cuts consider the old school method of score and snap.

A decent tile cutter can be had for less than $40.  When I say decent, you might wonder what I am comparing it to.  Decent compared to a pair of nips, or decent compared to a high end wet saw?  What I would say is that it is decent for a one or two time use.  The materials used in the lower end tile cutters are not going to hold up to heavy use. However, if you pick up a tile cutter for $20 and use it for 2 jobs (before tossing it out for the junk collector) think of the money you will save over a rental charge.

You can purchase a decent unit at a tile shop, or at, or you can head down to Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up a serviceable unit for about $20-$30.

Good luck.

By WNY Handyman

WNY Handyman has been renovating property since the mid 1990's. We have done a number of renovation projects over the years and often share our experiences or renovation techniques. We have been in the business of flipping for fun and profit and provide advice based on our experiences.
Our site is geared toward the weekend warrior and the DIY'er. However, it is our experience that many "professional" contractors could use a little advice now and then.

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