Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 26
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Roof Tile cutter
I've been around construction & remodeling most my life. This cutter may be fine for flooring perimeter cuts if the edges are covered by base and shoe. For ceramic wall tile, this cutter will not score and break cleanly EXCEPT when you are cutting large pieces.
This cutter comes with instructions on the side of the box on how to score and break tiles. However, it does not come with instructions on how to install the cutting wheel. So unless you've used this type of cutter before, you may be scratching your head for awhile. To install the cutter, you simply turn the handle by unscrewing it, install the cutting wheel to the appropriate height, then tighten the handle.
The guide for angle cuts is made of plastic. Even though I never use a guide be it a wet saw or cutter, for the novice plastic breaks too easily. The guide should be improved be it to cast or some type of metal. Also the stabilizing legs on the cutter are made of plastic, since cutting tile is not a delicate task, these should also be upgraded to a material more durable.
I do realize you should rub the edges to eliminate sharp edges on tile with a file, or use the back side of another tile to clean up the edge. However, my past experience with other tiles resulted in cleaner breaks.
Over-all, I was a bit disappointed in this cutter to use on ceramic wall tile.
May 23, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JamesC Very easy to use. Makes crisp clean cuts without damaging tiles.
This Rubi Star 24-inch Tile Cutter comes mostly assembled, requiring only installation of the scoring wheel. According to the manufacturer, it’s able to make diagonal cuts up to 17-inches 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 21-3/4-inches. The construction is all metal, except for the handle grip and a few other non-essential parts. Two strips of grippy, textured rubberized foam help keep tiles from inadvertently moving while cutting. Cuts in tile are made quicker, easier, and with substantially less mess than using a wet 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, which wasn’t an issue since I’m familiar with proper use and technique of tile cutters like this, but a tutorial might be helpful for someone lacking experience. To set the scoring wheel, place a tile you wish to cut on the rubberized pad, tight 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. The base is narrower than other, more expensive tile cutters, which may be an issue when trying to cut large tile, but performed very well on the 12-in porcelain tiles I was using. Highly recommended
May 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JPN80 Precise Cuts with additional practice and patience
The tile cutter performs as described although it took me a bit longer to make precise cuts since I haven't used a manual tile cutter; for this review I used leftover 13"x13" ceramic tile for rip cuts. On the box, it states up to 24" tile can be used for rip cuts and up to 18"x18" tile can be used for diagonal cuts. I would suggest a novice to have spare tile available to test out the cutter before beginning cuts for the actual project.
The instructions are on the box, which consist of pictures telling the user to how to score and snap the tile (ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile). The 8mm (5/16")blade is enclosed in packaging and is attached to the unit for assembly - just drop the blade into the slot and use the cutter. The tile cutter website, which is also listed on the box, has videos on how to use the tile cutter as well.
I like that it's quick and easy to use, once I got the hang of it. I also liked not having to worry about dust accumulating everywhere as I would with a wet saw.
June 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Use this, not a tile saw!
The directions on how to use this are meager at best. I check on youtube to find out how to use it.
There are stabilizers on both sides that help while cutting. It also comes with a square to assist with cutting angles. It's as simple as putting the tile where you want it, score it, & press down. The tile does not fall because it is being held up by sleeves. I prefer this over a tile saw by about 10,000%!
June 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joe Better than a wet saw
This has saved me hours of time vs a wet saw, I had bad experiences in the past with this type cutter and switched to a wet saw. My son urged me to get one and what a difference, I figure it saves about 1 to 2 hrs a day.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Fantastic Tile Cutter
I installed roughly 150 sq. feet of 12" x 24" Porcelain tile in my master bath and the cutter worked perfect for every cut. This cutter takes a fraction of the time to cut compared to a wet saw---and keeps you and your area a lot cleaner. The only downside I would say is that it does not come with instructions on how to install the diamond wheel pin and adjust the height. It takes a few pieces of trial and error to get the hang of it but after that, smooth sailing! I still needed a wet-saw for more intricate cuts but this job would've been a whole lot longer without this tool. I would certainly recommend this for any DIY'er or anyone looking for a great Tile Cutter!
March 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Girlwithouttools Useful
For the price and weight, this is a good tile cutter that is portable, which is a big plus. However I was really put off that it doesn't include an instruction booklet. I didn't realize that I had to save the box. So I had to go to the manufacturer's website: rubi. However the product number wasn't there but larger models in this star series were and there is a short video under the products tab to show you how to score and cut. I didn't find an instructions manual and the larger cutters in the same product line have carrying cases so it would be nice if this one did too. I couldn't find any instructions on how to insert the blade. I tried it on small rectangular and small square subway tiles and I scored it a few times before I snapped it and it worked fine.
July 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Capecodder Easy To Use And Strong Blade
This tile cutter is well made and the blade is super sharp. I got the 24 Inch instead of the smaller one because I needed it for 12 Inch tiles. This tile cutter will do all sizes very universal which is nice. The tile cutter is mostly metal so its strong and should last a long time. There are no flimsy parts on this tile cutter. I definitely recommend this product.
May 29, 2015