Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 38
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mike DO NOT BUY!!! Look at my photo and review before buying!
I had a 45 sq ft shower stall to tile- roughly 350 tiles. I use 3/8" ceramic tile.
On the second day of tiling, I was tired of running outside to use the wet saw every other cut, so I purchased the only tile cutter home depot had on the shelve at the time. Took less than 2 minutes to set up and begin scoring tile. The build quality is poor- there's too much side to side movement in the jewel wheel to get an exact cut AND no matter how hard I tightened the handle to secure the jewel cutter, it kept falling out the bottom of the holder! The tile slides all over the place when trying to score it because the rubber mats are too small and thin to properly prevent the tile from sliding- I ruined at least 6 tiles from a box of 15! As you can see in my photo, after scoring the ceramic (you can clearly see the score line next to the pencil line in my photo) the tile still broke when using the lever to crack the tile. it followed the score about an inch down, then just broke. Very simple concept, poor quality. I believe if the unit were built more rugged, then it would've worked fine. Too much flex and wobble. returned the unit and just went back to my wet saw - you can actually buy a decent working wet saw for less than this tile cutter, and you'll get much better results (just a lot more messier) :/
June 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveVA Strong and easy to use
This is a high quality tile cutter. My one pet peeve with tile cutters is that they can bend when you are making the snap. This cutter is solid. I used it on 6 x 24 inch porcelain floor tile but mostly on 3 x 6 ceramic subway tile for my bathroom project. This was my first time doing a tub surround and the tile cutter made the job much easier.
I stretched it across the tub and went to town. I was able to cut some tile relatively cleanly down to 3/8" which was impressive. I also did angled cuts as well for around the window sill. For some cuts I still used my wet saw but it saved a lot of time having this cutter next to me on the tub. The scoring and snapping arm did wobble on the rails a bit as I pulled it back but it wasn't problematic.
The ruler at the end was useful and the padding on either side of the snapping ridge made tile placement easy. I did not use the 45 degree angle tool but it looked legitimate.
If you need a quality tile cutter, this is it. You get what you pay for.
February 1, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cmill No good for all jobs
I have layed tile many time, and cutting them with a wet saw was never a problem accept cleaning up a mess everytime. When I saw this, ai figured I would give it a try just because it seemed like an easy set of, and no mess after cutting. I will say that there are positives and negatives to using this, so let's start with the positive first. As stated, it's fast and easy to set up. All you need to do is take it out of the box (not the case they show in the video) and set it where you want to cut. I put a new bathroom vanity in and I found that there was no tile under the previous one, soI took this out, and within 5 minutes I had new tile cut for the job. It's built solid, and seen no signs of stress on the bars or any other peice of this cutter. It is also easy to push down on the handle to snap the tiles in two cleanly in half, with no fragments of tile laying ll over the floor. So that being said, it is somewhat easy to use to if only replacing a few tiles. Now that being said, I did see a few more negatives than positives while using this tile cutter. The first is that when the tile snaps, it never leaves a clean smooth edge. If you are hiding the edge under a baseboard, it's find, but if you plan on having these cut edges in the middle of the floor area, you will see them. It's even worse when you are trying to cut textured tile such as tile you would put in a bathroom for traction. I was extremely disappointed in the cut quality on these tiles, and would never attempt to use this cutter on that type of tile. It's also very frustrating to keep the scoring mechanism in place while cutting. When you push down on the handle, the scoring pin slides up and won't get pressure placement to slide across the tile. After a few times of trying to adjust, the tile would move and you could lose your cut. This was the most frustrating part of the cutter as I was fighting with the cutting mechanism on every tile that I tried to cut. Its also only good for long, Strait cuts. If you need to make a special cut for say around a toilet or pedastool, your out of luck. As stated, it's ok for small jobs where you can hide the cut line, but for this price, I would personally buy a cheaper wet saw for you tile install needs.
December 20, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Loumac Was a used cutter sold as new
Returned product because it appeared to be used and was sold as new. This was my third trip to the store because the first cutter was missing parts. Very frustrating when in the middle of a project.
May 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Peter Excellent tool for the job
First-time tile installer. Purchased this cutter to do two bathrooms. I purchased 6x24" tiles which required this machine for the rip cuts. The second bathroom was 12" square tiles.
Considering I had never done a tile install and did not ruin one single tile with both installs, speaks volumes about this cutter.
My only critique with machine is the cheesy plastic guide. It is flimsy and mine is not straight. Should be steel for the price of this product.
If you can get away with a 21" cutter, go with Rubi Star's next one down as it is half the price and I'm sure every bit as well made.
January 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Martin cuts crooked--at an angle,not straight
While I've owned this well over a year, my helper used it and never remarked about it's slanted cut.
It's been used to do 2 small bathrooms and kitchens in an apartment building.
Could it be mine is DEFECTIVE ? I was hoping to read others who have encountered the same issue.
It's in the cutter head as the frame is plumb.
When I glide the blade down my line without any pressure, it appears that its going to cut a straight line. But when I put pressure and make the cut, it is off 3/16" over 12" . I'm gong to try to return it.
January 25, 2016
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 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