Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 49
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Laura Alternate Cutting Technique for thick tiles
I read several reviews of this product, and it looked like there was a wide range of opinions. Usually that means that someone either got a defective product or they were using it incorrectly. I bought it to cut 3/8" thick porcelain tile, and it would score the tile, but the breaker mechanism wasn't strong enough to split the tile, so I used an alternate method to break the tile.
I scored the face of the tile with this tool. Next, I removed it from the tool, and I marked the center of the back of the tile using a t-square to match the score on the front. For example, if the cut was 2" from the edge, I marked 2" from the same edge on the back. Then I took a ball pein hammer and lightly tapped that mark on the back with the ball side of the hammer. Every tile broke perfectly every time.
One thing to keep in mind when you're a do-it-yourselfer, and you've decided to tackle a project that is generally handled by a craftsman (ie. skilled). They've spent time learning, practicing, and perfecting their trade. You can't expect to tackle it perfectly on your first try. Don't give up, don't believe the tool is faulty. Use the tool for what it is and improvise.
This tool scores perfectly straight lines on tile. If the tile is thinner than what I have, it also snaps the tile perfeclty straight (I tested on a smaller tile when it wouldn't snap my thicker tile). One HUGE advantage this has over a tile saw is that you don't lose any material in the cut. A tile saw loses the thickness of the saw blad in each cut.
If you notice in the image I attached to this review, all of the cuts are perfectly straight. I even made an angled cut around the toilet drain flange. The pink strips of paper on the tiles were where I numbered them after the dry-fit to make sure I was putting them back in the correct place.
March 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RC112157 worth the money
I read all these bad reviews of these tile cutters, and even then went to HP and they had three on the shelf that were broke. I still bought one anyway since it was the right price for my project. Turns out it works great, cut the tile just as advertised. Other may been trying to cut bigger thicker tile, but I was cutting 6x6 and 12 x 12 porcelain tile and had no issues. One thing I did which I did read in another review was a scored the tile multiple times and it cut just fine. For a homeowner doing a tile job it works just fine.
November 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DoItYourSelfish Inexpensive Tile Cutter With Surprising Quality
I was pleasantly surprised that this inexpensive tile cutter was able to get the job done successfully. I used Walton Noce 12 in. x 12 in. Ceramic Floor Tiles, only cutting the pieces that were required (corners, top pieces, etc.). The cuts were clean and easy to make. Snapping them was a breeze. All I did was load the tile where I wanted, score the tile (pushing from closest to me to away from me), rest the breaker foot at the top of the tile, and press down on the arm while my hands gripped the metals bars from below.
Even small cuts were possible, surprisingly. I had to cut 1" strips of tile for above the door and as bottom rows around the floor. Yes, the tile cutter did this well. It even cut pieces off of the 1" tile pieces. Impressive.
The build quality isn't what you'd find in a high-end contractor's tool, though for a DIYer I think it would be overkill. This cutter is primarily metal with plastic accents. Overall, it feels beefy and I believe it will stand up to loads of abuse. Currently, I have 66 pieces of tile on my bathroom wall that I cut with this tile cutter. I have lots more scrap pieces from testing the cutter's abilities. The only tiles that broke were one from the first time using it (having not read the instructions, I scored it in the reverse order and trip to snap it from the end closest to me) and one that was less than 1" in width.
The only issue that I have is a minor quibble that may impact someone else sensitive to high-pitched noise: the tile cutter makes a squeal when I draw the arm back toward me. This might be fixed with a bit of oil. I haven't tried it yet and probably won't.
September 26, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by diygirl70726 Waste of money
The blade is not sharp enough, very poor quality. Not for ceramic tiles at least. One of the pieces was broke in half.
February 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Justlinda1952 For the money, a great little gadget.
I only needed to cut 8 ceramic floor tiles, so renting a wet saw was overkill. I may lay tile in the future, is I figured spending $20 for a tool I would keep was reasonable. Ready to go out of the box, the unit is sturdier than I thought it would be. I've never cut tiles before, but it was super easy. I ruined 2 tiles and was ready to curse the tool, but realized that after each cut, there are small pieces of ceramic that stay on the cutting area. Wiping it down after each cut and making sure the bridge under the tile (where it will snap after scoring) prevented any further mishaps. I would definitely recommend this.
March 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fissiksman Nice cutter for price
You have to check the edge, but let's face it, most tiles are not made perfectly anyway. Once you visually check that the blade is lined up, score firmly three times, and then push gently , but firmly, on the little pusher and it snaps cleanly. Worked better that a wet saw for all but the curved cuts. Even cut a 12" long piece that was less than 1/2 inch thick without breaking it. The only trick is to make sure the pusher part on th last stepr is near the end, not in the middle. When I tried pushing in th center of the tile, it broke into 4 or 5 pieces, but we had no problems snapping from the end. Really made our tiling job go smoothly. Highly recommend for this price!
January 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Flipper Worked great for me!
Currently flipping a 2500 sqft 1924 home with a lot of space that needs tile layed. And to go with all that tile that needs layed, there are also a lot of cuts to be performed. It worked great for my bathroom floor, a shower, and a kitchen backsplash. I also plan on using it to tile my kitchen floor as well as my other bathroom floor and shower. I was cutting 12" ceramic from home depot and it worked well for me. But it really is not that high of quality. If you have never used one of these before, it may be a little trickier for you to figure it out on this one. My advice is to just go very slow, pay attention to what you are doing, and be gentle. You should do that with any aspect of tiling anyway. And if you have a question about using it, ask a home depot associate in the tile section before you start. They seem to be the most helpful section of the store besides plumbing and will probably show (or at least explain in detail,) what you need to do.
December 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Duck Does the job, although small cuts are tricky
This was my first time laying tile, and the tile cutter did a good job of cutting the tile to size. I debated renting a tile saw, but chose to purchase this tile cutter so I could do the job on my schedule instead of a rental schedule. Most of my cuts went perfectly; the only problem I had was when I had to cut a very narrow portion of the tile off; the lack of consistent support along the rail would allow the tile to break in a random way. Overall, I lost only a handful of tiles in a medium-size job; I consider that an acceptable loss rate.
April 8, 2014