Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 31
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tuliewill Yes, It does cut glass and Marazzi wood plank ceramic tiles
This was my first experience using any kind of tile cutter. I bought this one based on the many good reviews it received here. I was a little disappointed that the written instructions are a single half sheet of paper with only poor quality photos of each operation step and the instructions for changing scoring wheels are actually incorrect in that they show turning the handle clockwise to loosen the grip on the scoring wheel and counterclockwise to tighten. This is just the opposite of the way the cutter works.
I had read that some users had trouble cutting Marazzi wood look ceramic tiles with this tool because the tile has a rough surface simulating real wood grain. This is exactly the tile I needed to cut, so it was with a bit of trepidation that I made my first cut. I scored it about three times to make sure I had a good solid score line and then snapped it with the built-in snapping foot. It broke cleanly with a perfectly straight cut. I was impressed! Since then I've cut about a dozen more tiles for my bathtub deck and I'm gaining confidence in my cuts.
The other thing I tried was cutting picture glass. I asked here if this was possible and the Rubi expert said it was, so long as it was simple single strength glass. I had a little trouble at first because I hadn't adjusted the scoring wheel height properly, so my first score didn't reach the end of the glass. I fiddled with the setting and discovered the scoring wheel was not clamped into the handle correctly. Once that was fixed, it cut the picture glass perfectly.
I only gave this 4 stars because of two features that are rather cheap: the side arms that swing out to support wider tiles are made of soft plastic that doesn't seem strong enough to actually support a large tile. Also, the sliding scale and square are just stamped metal and is pretty flimsy. The tiles tend to slide over the top of the end that's supposed to hold the tile square at the selected length. Finally, the poor set of instructions was another reason for less than five stars.
Yet overall, I like this tile cutter and it's definitely faster and cleaner than using a wet tile saw as long as you only need to make square or 45-degree cuts. The main components feel solid and well made. I don't have the luxury of only needing square cuts, so I will also be using a 10-inch wet saw to make the trickier cuts.
September 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BuckyGirl Excellent tile cutter!
I got this to tile my laundry room and this tile cutter worked perfectly for the 24in tile I used. It was so easy to use even without any instructions. It was my first time using this type of tile cutter and I like it much better than a wet cutter because there is no mess in my driveway. The cuts were always crisp and clean, I didn't ruin a single tile. I took this photo with my phone and the quality didn't turn out great, but my laundry room turned out great. Would definitely recommend!
April 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mamajane1234 GREAT CUTTER
Rubio 26” Speed tile cutter Model # 13961
A true professional tile cutter. There is no instruction manual, so for me, a novice, I had to search the internet for answers and make trial and error attempts to learn the purpose of items on the unit. Here are some tips: (1) A pass is made by starting from the end away from the end that has the ruler measurements and with a little downward pressure on the handle, slide the cutting edge across the tile toward the measurement end to score the tile. Then when you get to the end, press the handle harder and the tile breaks with a very smooth edge.; (2) too much pressure and you can fracture the tile before getting a full pass; (3) the metal plate attached to the handle is what makes the tile break-- once the tile is scored you put that metal plate at the end and press down on the handle until the tile breaks; and (4) It seems you would have to make a deep cut to make it work, but you do not, as long as you use the metal breaking plate correctly. Once knowledgeable, it is smooth and easy to make clean cuts. At first, I did not know the purpose of two adjustable rubber side wings on the sides of the unit. Finally, I realized that they are to hold and steady a large tile that is wider than the metal frame. Also, at first, I was confused about using the L-shaped ruler bracket. The way the unit is shipped, it has a swingable metal arm with a black plastic triangle of the perpendicular metal arm. You immediately suppose that the triangle is used to cut tile on an angle. In reality the arm with the triangle can only be used to cut a 45 degree angle. Not so obvious, is the plastic triangle comes off of the perpendicular arm and now you can make exact 90 degree cuts. While my words seem to identify a lot of negatives, in reality, they could all be solved with a thorough, layman level instruction manual. Once you know how to use everything, it is a very capable, convenient and transportable tile cutting tool. I would highly recommend it to a friend.
April 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Excellent Cutter
I'm not a professional tiler but I occasionally do small tile jobs for my business, myself and family members. I started with a small manual tile cutter, same style as this one, but it had a maximum straight cut of only 14". It was junk. The cutter head wandered horribly. Next I tried an inexpensive wet saw. It worked beautifully but oh what a mess.
This coming spring I'll be doing a ceramic floor in a bathroom I'll be renovating. It's on the second floor and the wet saw is far too messy to use in the house. The thought of running up and down the stairs gave me nightmares, I need a better alternative. A quality manual cutter is the answer. I read the many positive reviews, on multiple sites, and ordered this Rubi Speed 26. This is a quality, well engineered cutter. There were no shortcuts taken during its manufacture. It arrived fully assembled less the cutter which simply drops into place. Strike that, it has to go in from the bottom up and is secured by tightening the handle. There is no instruction manual other than a few pictures on the box. If you've never used a manual cutter I strongly suggest you watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TfK7cavxWk
I haven't bought the tiles I'll be using in the bathroom but I do have some leftover 4" x 4" tumbled marble tile from a previous project to run a test with. Due to the rough surface texture I cut them upside down and made 3 or 4 passes before snapping them. Whether straight or diagonal they snapped perfectly each time. I also cut some lightly textured tile face up and this cut them equally as well. In total I cut 6 tiles and each was perfect, I'm impressed. This Rubi will definitely be my go to cutter for my next tile project.
December 25, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Johnny Not great for larger cheap tiles....
Bought this cutter to use on 12x24 Marazzi porcelain tiles purchased from HD. Unfortunately, the tile chipped or cracked on over 75% of my cuts. After ruining a full box (or 2...), I tried cutting one of the more expensive sample tiles we had as a test and it cut great! Cuts were consistent, clean and no chipped tiles. So, moral of the story - cutter works fine as long as your tiles aren't junk.
June 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Benniman Works great and versitile
This cuts tile very easy. Plus, the 26in size makes it perfect for cutting angles on larger tiles.
June 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hafstar Greatdeal on a great tool!
I haven't laid tiles before and had my share of trepidation about handling this project mysel. The project was a new Master Bathroom with floor and wall tiles! The floor tiles are done and the wall tiles are about to be! This Speed 26" tile cutter performed as advertised and I am looking forward to more tiling projects!
March 22, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JamesC I’m impressed. Very easy to use. Makes crisp clean cuts without damaging tiles.
This Rubi Speed 26-inch Heavy Duty Professional Tile Cutter comes mostly assembled, requiring only installation of the scoring wheel. According to the manufacturer, it’s able to make diagonal cuts 18-in x 18-in ceramic, porcelain and glass tile, up to a thickness of 5/8-inch. I was making straight cuts on 12-inch porcelain tile, which this tile cutter is easily able to accommodate. The scoring wheel is effective up to 23-3/4-inches. The construction is all metal, except for the handle grip and a few other parts. A grippy, textured rubberized foam pad helps keep tiles from inadvertently moving while cutting. Cuts in tile are made quicker, easier, and with substantially less mess than using a tile saw outfitted with a segmented or continuous rim diamond saw blade. You also don’t lose any tile due to kerf thickness, as you would with a saw blade. The tile cutter I received didn’t include a carrying case or instruction manual, so I had to surf the Internet in search of a tutorial for set up, as well as proper use and technique of the cutter. To set the scoring wheel, place a tile you wish to cut on the rubberized pad, against the backstop, and insert the scoring wheel into channel at the end of the handle until it rests on the tile. Twist the handle grip to tighten down. To snap the scored tile, simply set the metal pressure plate over the tile and apply gentle pressure by depressing the handle…it’s that simple. While this tile cutter earns 5 stars for quality, performance and ease of use, I’m detracting 1 star for the lack of instructional materials. Since this is my first experience with this type of tile cutter, I was uncertain about how to use it. Having some written instruction would have taken the guess work out of it. I’ll never use a wet saw to cut tile again. Highly recommended.
April 28, 2015