- Practical advice
- Water and electricity
- In use
- Monitor and maintain the water level
- Install the water tray
- Position the guide
- Cut a tile
- Cut at 45°
- Cut the big tiles
- Make miter cuts and cut at right angles
- Disassemble the disk
If the hand tile is still a good service, it can not compete with this tool that offers unmatched working comfort and precision. Longitudinal or miter cuts, straight or beveled: the tile cutter does it all, and in record time!
The cutting disc bathed in water, its rotation causes projections. Remember to protect the floor, or install the machine over a bathtub by placing it on two sturdy planks. Likewise, wear old clothes or an apron because in addition to the water, you may receive ceramic debris from the opposite angle.
Water and electricity
In addition to the electricity that powers the motor, the tile cutter needs water to lubricate and cool the diamond disc. This one can cut impeccably, and without dust, all types of materials of the softest earthenware with the hardest sandstone.
■ The parallelepipedic machine (Mejix DCE 180) consists of a metal frame surmounted by a stainless steel cutting table. Depending on the model, it is fixed or reclining. The body of the frame houses the engine, which drives the diamond disc fixed directly at the end of the shaft. The working part of the disc passes through a light made in the table while on the opposite, it bathes in a removable water tray whose level must be monitored regularly during work.
■ Electric tile cutters are available for rent at most DIY stores. If you are planning large or long-term projects, it may be better to buy it. There are models from 370 to 600 W between 76,22 and 122 € (500 and 800 F approximately).
The start and stop are made by two push buttons placed side by side, and protected from splashing water by a transparent flexible plastic membrane. The stop button - slightly prominent - stops the engine as soon as it is touched.
■ The motor is very discreet, but sawing materials is much less. A detail not to be overlooked if you plan to start your work on a Sunday early, when the neighbors still sleep...
■ For straight cuts, a parallel guide precisely adjusts the gap. Be sure to take into account the thickness of the disc when adjusting, using millimeter markers attached to the cutting table. The cut is done with two hands: one presses the tile against the guide to ensure a perfectly straight race, while the other pushes firmly to the disc. This is, as it should be, wrapped by a hinged protective cover, thus protecting your fingers from the risk of accidents. However, use a pusher for small parts.
■ A plastic template that straddles the parallel guide facilitates 45° cuts. The setting presents little difficulty: it is sufficient to wedge the tile in the cradle and place one of its points in the alignment of the disk, while adjusting the position of the guide.
■ Among other things, reclining table machines allow you to make miter cuts for corner joints projecting from tile baseboards. The finishes are impeccable.
■ As the diamond disc is quite sturdy, you can do your wall or floor installation without having to change it. However, it will be necessary one day... When the time comes, you will easily find the ideal model in a trade in materials or a big surface of do-it-yourself.
Monitor and maintain the water level
The water tray has two level marks, which are not always easy to read while using the machine. The disc must bathe permanently, make the refill regularly.
Install the water tray
Slide the water tray under the mower deck by slightly tilting the machine. To avoid overflow, complete filling once the container is in place.
Position the guide
Millimetric rules at each end of the table and locking knobs allow precise positioning of the guide, which must be strictly parallel to the disc.
Cut a tile
The cut does not require a great physical effort: with one hand you press the tile against the guide, the other you push it towards the disc exerting a moderate pressure.
Cut at 45°
To resize at 45°, make a priming stroke at one corner and flip the tile to resume cutting at the opposite corner. This avoids breaking the ends at the end of the cut.
Cut the big tiles
The 45° cutting template is precise and easy to use. But for tiles larger than 20 x 20 cm, it will be necessary to work by show of hands which is not difficult.
Make miter cuts and cut at right angles
The most varied aesthetic effects become child's play thanks to the many possibilities offered by this machine. In particular, miter cuts and right angles.
Disassemble the disk
The disc is easily accessible after dismounting the two fixing screws of the protective casing. Two keys provided with the machine allow to disassemble the locking nuts.