When working with tile you will often need to make cuts. There are a few different tools you can use depending on what you are doing. Here’s what you need to know about the three most useful choices.

Tile Nippers

Sometimes you may need to take small chunks out of a tile. This can be the case when installing tile around obstructions such as pipes or toilets. Tile nippers are the best tool for this type of job. They are also handy for making all types of irregular cuts.

Nippers look like pliers but have a set of strong carbide jaws. There are several different types designed to be able to handle various materials such as porcelain, ceramic, and even glass. In fact many mosaic tile artists use nippers to help them cut their tiles for their projects. Since they are so inexpensive, versatile, and easy to use they make a smart addition to any tool box.




Tile Cutter

This tool is often used by those who need to cut small amounts of tile. They are also a cheap alternative to an actual saw. Different from a saw they actually are used to snap or break tiles into the size you need. For this reason they are also called snap cutters.

The tiles are first scored with a carbide wheel and then snapped using a breaker bar. Some models can handle very large size tiles but don’t forget to make sure when buying one that it will be able to fit the biggest ones you have to cut. While they are not designed for heavy tiles they can be used to cut those that are light to medium weight.



Tile Saw

The most precise way to cut tile is with a tile saw. With a saw you will be able to cut through all tile materials even those made from stone. They use a diamond coated blade that is cooled by water. The water also helps to minimize debris and dust. There are several different types and sizes to pick from depending on your needs and preferences.

On the smaller end there are saws that are ideal for small jobs or someone who enjoys DIY. These are usually very affordable. Bigger saws are more geared for professionals and larger installations where more cutting is needed. Many will have extra features like lasers that make them incredibly accurate along with very large cutting capacities.

Some saws may have their own water reservoir with a pump that re-circulates the water. Others may need to be attached to a water source like a faucet. While a tile saw’s blade does not have sharp teeth like other saws do, you will still need to make sure you have all the property safety equipment and follow the correct precautions when using one because they are power tools.

Each of these options can help you to cut tile and complete your project. Depending on the job at hand you may want to consider one, two, or all three of them.

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