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Laying tiles yourself? No problem! More and more people are doing it themselves when extending or renovating their flat or house. The costs for craftsmen are rising, so you can save a lot of money with "Do It Yourself". Countless tutorials show you how easy it is. One device makes your work much easier: an electric tile cutter. With it, even a layman can cut tiles precisely, straight and without much breakage.

Our big electric tile cutter test 2021 should help you to find the right electric tile cutter for you. We have compared wet and dry cutters with different cutting discs (saw blades) and highlighted the respective advantages and disadvantages. Now you can easily choose the most suitable electric tile cutter for your purchase.




Summary

  • Conversion, extension, new building, old building - tiling is always an important part when rooms are individually redesigned. To ensure that even a layman can do this well, do it like a professional: use an electric tile cutter to cut the tiles. It makes the work easier and improves the result.
  • An electric tile cutter, often called a tile cutting machine, cuts tiles with an electrically powered saw blade (also called a cutting disc). In contrast to the manual tile cutter, the electric version usually looks like a classic table saw.
  • A distinction is made between wet and dry tile cutters. With wet devices, the cutting disc (usually a diamond cutting disc) rotates through a container filled with water. Advantage: It is dust-free. Dry devices are usually resin cutting discs that do not heat up quickly. Advantage: They are quieter.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an electric tile cutter

What is an electric tile cutter?

An electric tile cutter, often called a tile cutter, cuts tiles with an electric-powered saw blade (also called a cutting disc). They are perfect if, for example, you are re-tiling your bathroom and need to cut a lot of tiles.

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More and more people are daring to finish their bathroom themselves. When tiling, a suitable electric tile cutter is very important. Look around for a suitable model in advance. (Image source: pixabay.com / jarmoluk)

In contrast to the manual tile cutter, the electric version usually looks like a classic table saw and consists of a metal housing containing an electric motor that drives the cutting disc. It also has a large surface on which the tiles are placed and fed through the saw.

A distinction is made between wet and dry tile cutters.

With wet devices, the cutting disc (usually a diamond cutting disc) rotates through a container filled with water. It therefore cuts the tiles wet. This cools the cutting blade and makes the cut smoother.

Dry tools are usually resin cutting discs that do not heat up quickly. The device does not use water during cutting and cuts completely dry.

Most electric tile cutters have a large support surface or table that allows you to work and cut very precisely. However, there are also hand-held devices - without a table.

What types of electric tile cutters are there?

In general, a distinction is made between manual and electric tile cutters, which differ completely in their function and operation.

However, a distinction can also be made within electric tile cutters between:

  • electric wet tile cutter
  • electric dry tile cutter
There are also combination devices that run dry or wet as desired.

The wet cutter always has a fillable water tank through which the cutting disc rotates. This is usually a diamond cutting disc. The water ensures that the disc does not heat up so quickly and that not so much dust is stirred up during cutting.

Dry cutters usually have a high-quality resin cutting disc that does not heat up so quickly on its own. However, there are also dry cutters that are equipped with a diamond cutting disc. Here you must always make sure that they do not overheat.

What alternatives are there to an electric tile cutter?

Actually, the name tile cutter is somewhat misleading here, because the tiles are not cut with the manual device, but ultimately broken. With the manual tile cutter, you carve a narrow crack, the so-called predetermined breaking point, in the tile. The tile can then be easily and precisely broken through this groove.

The function of the manual tile cutter is therefore completely different from that of the electric tile cutter.

The manual version has the advantage that it is usually cheaper, takes up less space and is easier to transport. But the work is much more power-intensive and messy. If you are not trained, you will also have a lot of waste.

Decision: Which electric tile cutters are there and which is the right one for you?

An electric tile cutter is a great help when renovating and refurbishing. Once you have decided to buy an electric tile cutter, you only have to decide between these two alternatives:

  • electric wet tile cutter
  • electric dry tile cutter

Depending on the work for which you want to use the tile cutter and to what extent and intensity, the corresponding versions are suitable. In the following paragraphs, we have listed the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you make your decision.

What makes an electric dry tile cutter and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An electric dry tile cutter runs either with a high-quality resin cutting disc or with a diamond cutting disc.

Synthetic resin discs are comparatively expensive, but they work relatively quietly. In addition, it cannot overheat. So that dry work can be done without any adverse effects.

With the cheaper version with a diamond cutting disc, you must always make sure that the materials do not overheat. The device may then have to be switched off for a while.

Both have the advantage over the wet version that the work does not have to be done wet. The work area, the tiles and you yourself stay nice and dry. This also saves you having to wait for the tiles to dry again before laying them. In addition, you are flexible with the work location, as it does not necessarily have to be protected from water.

Cutting with the synthetic resin is much quieter than cutting wet. This makes the work easier for your ears and those around you.

On top: You can also cut wood with the resin cutting disc.

Advantages
  • much quieter with synthetic resin
  • lighter cutting disc with synthetic resin
  • also possible to cut wood, no wetness
Disadvantages
  • more dust
  • not well suited for hard materials
  • with diamond cutting disc you have to watch out for heat development

As the table shows, dry work is definitely dustier because the fine particles are not directly bound with the water. A protective mask is therefore recommended when working for longer periods.

In addition, particularly hard materials and brittle tiles are very difficult to work with.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an electric wet tile cutter?

Wet tile cutters are the classics among electric cutters. Many craftsmen swear by them.

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An electric wet tile cutter - this is what the professional devices look like in action. (Image source: pixabay.com / apexxdance)

The biggest plus: hardly any dust develops during cutting, because the water binds everything directly. So you don't have to wear a protective mask for your respiratory tract when cutting.

In addition, the wet cutter also allows you to cut hard, porous, slightly brittle tiles.

It should also not be forgotten that wet cutters are cheaper to buy. This means that you can cut professionally for little money.

Advantages
  • little dust formation
  • cutting of porous and brittle tiles possible
  • cheaper
Disadvantages
  • loud
  • high water requirement
  • cutting area gets wet
  • tiles always have to dry firstl

Unfortunately, working with a tile cutter wet is very noisy. If you are expecting a long working day with many tiles, we recommend that you use ear protectors.

In addition, the area where you work should be protected from water, because the water consumption of wet tile cutters is high and the water used is distributed in the working environment.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate electric tile cutters based on these factors

Performance

The performance of an electric tile cutter is an important purchase criterion. The better the performance, the harder the materials the tile cutter can cut.

The power is measured relatively simply in watts. Very powerful devices have a wattage of up to approx. 1,800. To achieve the highest possible efficiency, the power should be at least 600 watts.

If you want to cut very hard tiles, for example granite or marble, pay particular attention to this purchase criterion.

Type of cutting disc

A decisive element of an electric tile cutter is the type of cutting disc, as it is ultimately responsible for the cutting. Thus, it is also a very important purchase criterion. Especially when cutting dry, the type of cut-off wheel is decisive for the quality and scope of the results.

One type of cutting disc is the diamond cutting disc. It is mainly made of hardened steel, which is mixed with diamond particles. It is very strong and durable and powerful. It can therefore also cut very strong, thick tiles.

The diamond cutting disc is particularly suitable for wet cutting. If it is used dry, great care must be taken that it does not run hot.

Another type is the resin cutting disc. It is more suitable for cutting thin tiles, but you can also saw wood with the resin cutting disc. Unfortunately, they wear out very quickly.

Synthetic resin discs are relatively expensive, but they work quietly. They also cannot overheat. This means that you can work dry without any adverse effects.

Size and shape of the cutting disc

The size of the cutting disc is also decisive for the power of the tile cutter and therefore an important criterion for the purchase. The larger the diameter of the cutting disc, the thicker the tiles that can be cut. Cutting discs come in different sizes, the most common being: 115, 125, 180, 230, 300 and 350 mm.

The shape of the edge of the cutting disc is decisive for the material, as can be seen clearly in this table:

Shape of the cut-off wheel material
Closed edge especially suitable for ceramics
Turborand (ripple) especially suitable for sandstone and marble
Segmented edge especially suitable for extremely hard materials and concrete

As you can see, depending on the type of tile you want to cut, you can put together the most suitable package from the type, size and shape of the cutting disc.

Cutting thickness and length

The cutting thickness and length as a purchase criterion actually refers to the tiles to be cut, i.e. how thick or long they may be.

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For example, the maximum cutting thickness states exactly how thick the tiles may be at most so that they can be cut by the corresponding device. For domestic use, a maximum cutting thickness of 10 mm is perfectly adequate. Professional machines can cut up to 30 mm.

The maximum cutting length indicates the maximum width of the respective tile that can be cut with the respective device. Most electric tile cutters have a maximum cutting length of approximately 600 to 1200 mm.

Other equipment

If all the purchase criteria are met, it is also advisable to look at the other features of the electric tile cutter.

A stable, integrated work table is the first thing to mention. The tiles can be placed and cut safely on this table or base. This makes cutting the tiles not only safer, but also cleaner and easier. Ideally, it should have a folding base and height-adjustable feet.

A stable guide rail and an adjustable fence angle further improve stability. With an infinitely variable motor head, you can effortlessly achieve clean cutting results and even difficult mitre or double mitre cuts can be cut precisely.

For comfortable transport, the device may have a sturdy handle and transport wheels. The electric tile cutter is therefore very mobile and quickly ready for use anywhere.

A spindle lock makes it easy to replace the cutting disc.

Trivia: Interesting facts about the topic of electric tile cutters

Can I use my electric tile cutter for other materials?

The answer to this question is: No. It always depends on the cutting disc of the electric tile cutter whether it is suitable for several materials.

Therefore, check in advance what material your tiles are made of and then compare them with the possible materials of the tile cutter. If necessary, you can also buy different cutting discs for your device.

If you have the right cutting discs, you can also use an electric tile cutter to cut stone, wood or bricks, for example.

Can electric tile cutters also be hired / rented?

Yes, you can also hire or rent electric tile cutters. This is often possible in DIY stores or at special companies that rent out many different devices. You can also find various rental companies online.

You should just think carefully beforehand and check what is more profitable for you: Buying or renting!

Do you have your own house, a large flat and new renovation projects every now and then?

it's definitely worth buying an appliance. Since many appliances are already available for little money, it is often not worth the effort and also the price. And the applications of an electric tile cutter are versatile.

If you are sure that you will only need the tile cutter for a single project, you should compare the prices well beforehand and also consider how long you will need for your project, as the rental is often charged by the day.

A special exception should be if you need a real professional tool for your tiles or project. In this case, you should compare the price well with the rental exchanges, as renting would be more worthwhile.

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