What’s the right pressure of the incision with a manual tile cutter? Here are some simple rules to avoid mistakes.
This post is dedicated to those who are using a manual tile cutter for the first time, and want to find out if there are any basic rules to decide which strength of incision to apply on the tile surface they’re about to cut.
Let’s begin by saying that there isn’t a standard unique pressure that solves all problems since the strength of incision is closely linked to the following 4 main factors:
1. The type of tile that you have to cut (ceramic, porcelain, glass mosaic, etc).
2. If and what texture (surface finish) presents the tile
3. Thickness of the tile
4. The desired quality of the cut finishing
This is, of course, a simplification, but it’s a good starting point for a beginner.
Consider, also, as a general principle, that a good quality tile will always be easier to cut and drill than a low quality tile. There are some tiles on the market that are technically impossible to cut with a snap tile cutter.
Returning to our 4 points listed above, if we are cutting good ceramics or porcelain gres tile, it will not be necessary to use a lot of pressure during the incision phase. A tip is to always do a short test cut with low pressure first, and then if the result is not satisfactory, you can slowly increase pressure until you reach the ideal result for that particular material you are working with.
Slight incisions allow almost always to have a very clean cut with good surface and edge finishing.
If the tile is very thick (say 10mm and above), or has a very strong surface texture, it will be necessary in many cases to apply bigger strength on the cutter-wheel.
In some extreme cases it will be necessary to apply a very high pressure, for example with the new 2 cm thick porcelain stoneware tiles.
A tile cutter using a push system, just like the new generation Montolit Minipiuma, gives the operator the chance to easily change from a light pressure/light incision to stronger pressure meaning a deeper incision.