Wet Tile Cutters?
- January 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm #10065FlameKilnGlassParticipant
I have been reading all the topics with great enthusiasm and the free tuts, and have seen that glass can be cut using a electric ceramic tile cutter.
I have been looking to buy an electric wet Diamond tile cutter and was wondering if this would work with cutting the thin sheets of glass of 2 – 3mm (I/16 to 1/8th inch thick, as I am hopeless at cutting them using a manual cutter including the Toyo cutters including pistol grip types? I have spent too much money on these hand helds, so think an electric cutter could be best for me (slightly disabled).
I have looked at band saws for glass like the Taurus 3 but they are far too expensive.
Any info greatly appreciated.
FKGJanuary 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm #13162wordanaParticipant
Your best bet is to practice cutting glass . (http://www.bullseyeglass.com/methods-ideas/improve-your-cutting.html) If you have limited strength and mobility in your hands, you might want to look at one of the glass cutting systems such as a Beetle Bits or Cutter’s Mate. Both reportedly require much less pressure and result in a better score. There’s also the Inland Score 1, but I haven’t heard anything about it.
There are also glass breaking aids such as the Morton Safety Break.
As to your original question … you’ll need to make sure you get a very good diamond blade from somewhere like Hisglassworks.com, or you’ll have a lot of chipping of the glass. I would think that diamond blades would become very expensive over time if that is what you are doing all your cutting with. Plus, you are limited to straight cuts with a tile saw — at least with the ring saw you can do curves (but those blades are also very expensive to use for every cut).
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsJanuary 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm #13163CCParticipant
I have the cuttersmate, I love it.It is very easy on the hands. I also have the beetle bit system for straight cut. I use it for making strips, diamond and triangle shapes.January 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm #13164FlameKilnGlassParticipant
I have after reading both replys decided not to buy the wet tile cutter.
Instead, I have 1 hour ago arrived back home from the DIY store with a basic tile cutter station which will cut straight and do angles all for £18.00 ($11), and the cutting wheel is easily and cheaply replaced.
I have tried it out – and wow perfect straight cuts and I can even do really narrow strip cuts 1/4 inch!
This will do for me at the moment, but I would really like to thank you both for your advice, you both have saved me some money ;+) I have looked at the cuttersmate and it looks really good, but I think I will in go for something like the Taurus 3 band saw or similar (I will have to save up for it).
FKGJanuary 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm #13165
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