Choosing the right tools for the job is half the battle. Whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner looking to complete a flooring project, selecting the right tools will make all the difference. It can save you time, money, and resources, not to mention the headache of redoing work that wasn’t done correctly the first time. But not to worry! Throughout this article, we are going to talk all things tile cutters; what they are, how to select the proper model, and how much you can expect to pay for them, so you are fully prepared to make an informed decision.
Your Introduction to tile cutters
Tile cutters are manually operated scoring tools that are used to create straight-line cuts through tiles. There are a number of tile cutters that are used for different purposes, which we will discuss later on. Each of the products we will outline throughout this article are available to browse and purchase through Flooring Liquidators’ online tile store.
How Do You Use Tile Cutters?
To use a tile cutter, you can start by placing the tile on the cutter (face-up), beneath the blade rails, and pushed up against the end stop. Gently pull the lever towards you to, over the cutting marking to score the entire surface. Then, you are going to flip the breaker down, over the scoring wheel. Apply firm pressure to the lever, which will break the tile into two pieces. Finally, sand the cut edge(s) before installing.
A Wide Range of Types
The type of tile cutter you require will depend on the size of the tiles you are looking to cut. For example, we carry handheld tile nippers and cutters for smaller tiles/jobs, as well as a variety of larger, manual models, up to 50 inches (127 cm). The smaller tile cutters are great if you are dealing with thin ceramic tiles, glass tiles, or porcelain tiles (about 7mm thick). The larger tile cutters work better for large porcelain tiles (about 7mm-12mm thick), glass tiles or stoneware.
Sigma: The Best in the Business
Sigma is a very well-known and trusted brand for tile cutters. At Flooring Liquidators, we not only sell a range of models from this collection, but we also use them ourselves for our flooring projects. Each of the Sigma cutters are known for being extremely precise, lightweight, and easy to use, on top of being super versatile when it comes to cutting any type of commercially available tile. See below for some of our most popular Sigma cutters, with their corresponding costs.
SIGMA 2B3 26 INCH (66 CM) TILE CUTTER
SIGMA 3C2 31 INCH (77 CM) TILE CUTTER
SIGMA 3D4 37 INCH (95 CM) TILE CUTTER
SIGMA 3E4M 50 INCH (127 CM) TILE CUTTER
How Much Does a Tile Cutter Cost, Really?
The tile cutters at Flooring Liquidators range in price depending on the size and brand. Typically, you could be looking at anywhere between $300 to $2,000, with the average cost being roughly $400 to $600 for a small to medium-sized cutter.
For contractors looking for a durable and reliable cutter for repeat projects, investing in your own tile cutter is a no-brainer. As for homeowners, hiring our professionals to complete the job may be the safer route, especially if you are unfamiliar with using tile cutters, as they can take some practice and getting used to.
If you have any questions about our tile cutters or would like to inquire about our flooring services, we would like to hear from you! Give us a call at +1 (866) 473-7222, or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you shortly.