Best Tile Saw Reviews 2017
If you have ever tried to tile a work area such as a kitchen or bathroom then a tile saw will make your life a great deal easier. Adding tiles to certain areas of the home is a great idea as not only does it greatly improve the décor, but it makes an easy to clean surface that will last for years.
Tiles are mainly used in bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms for this very specific reason.
When it comes to cutting tiles the professionals and contractors will always use an electric powered tile saw which makes short work of difficult jobs.
Why Use A Tile Saw?
Many people will simply employ a tiler to do this work as they believe they can not do it or they simply do not have the time to do it. These are professional people who can get the job done quickly and make your room look great. They have all the right tools and equipment, but let’s face it, they are not cheap.
There are people however who realise that tiling is actually an easy enough process. At the end of the day you buy some tiles, and attach them with an adhesive and place them on the walls or the floor.
It is actually a pretty easy task as long as the walls are level. In reality about 95% of the work is simply attaching the tiles to the wall or a floor in a neat fashion using full tiles. You can use small spacers to create nice neat lines and once they have been grouted they will look great.
Where many people become stuck is when they have to cut a tile to fit it into a particular shape or a particular size. Many people will use a standard tile cutter to do this such as the one I have shown in the picture to the right.
Something like this will allow you to make straight cuts. It uses a small tungsten carbide wheel to score the surface of the tile. When the surface has been marked then you push down on the handle and the tile will break. (Well some of the time it will)
This type of tile cutter is ok for smaller one-off jobs and only for doing straight lines. If the score is not done properly then the tile can break at the wrong angle and you have lost a tile. They take a little bit of practise to get used to and for small jobs they work pretty well.
Working With Difficult Tiled Areas
The big problem with tiling is when you have to cut pieces or different shapes in a tile. Think of an area around the bottom of a toilet or sink and you will understand what I mean. That is a very difficult thing to do and also to do it so as it looks really good.
This is where DIY people will really struggle. Professionals though can do this easily by using an electrical tile saw. Have a look at the image below so as you know what they look like.
If you own one of these then no tiling job is too big. No matter how difficult the shape may be, by using this type of tool, you can easily create different sizes of tile, and indeed different shapes of tile. The main advantage of owning one of these is that you will have no breakage or loss of tiles.
You set the tile on the top of the machine. Then you adjust the sliding fence to the correct size that you want. After that you push a button and the wheel cuts through the tile.
The tray underneath is filled with cold water and that is what keeps the blade cool and helps reduce the amount of tile dust. You are guaranteed a straight line always and it truly does take the pain out of cutting tiles.