Best Tile Cutter for Bathroom Projects (Quick Tips) — by Home Repair Tutor
Best Tile Cutter for Bathroom Projects (Quick Tips) — by Home Repair Tutor

So today I’m going to be talking to you
about tile cutters. And this discussion came up over on the private
Facebook group for Bathroom Repair Tutor, and I want to thank Bill Rams for asking the
question. It was: “What tool should you invest in,
and which tool should you just buy cheap at harbor freight?” So today I wanted to tell you about tile cutters
that could definitely help you out with your bathroom remodeling or kitchen remodeling,
wherever you’re doing tile work, and which tile cutter could be the best one for you. So there are different price points. We’re going to be talking about just a simple
one. This is by WorkForce. I bought this maybe about 9 years ago. And this one I just recently bought at the
suggestion of my buddy, Steve White, who is also my co-founder over on Bathroom Repair
Tutor. And Steve is a professional bathroom remodeler,
so he’s cutting tile every single week or a lot. And this is the Ishii Big Clinker tile cutter. I’m going to show you why each one is a
bit different, and you can decide on your own which one you think could help you out
the most. So let’s dive into that right now. This is WorkForce’s tile cutter. I believe—well, the model number is THD-14—and
I believe this cuts up to a 14” tile, yeah. So basically these are all the same: they
have a cutting wheel on the bottom here, and you simply stick the tile underneath it. The problem is there are a few large tiles
these tile cutters aren’t really going to help you out. If you have a 12” x 12” tile, no problem. The Ishii, on the other hand, is huge. So this is the Ishii Big Clinker, and it allows
you to cut up to 24” x 12” tiles which is great. And this is one of those tiles right here. So it’ll fit in the Ishii. And the only reason I know about this tile
cutter is because of my buddy, Steve. And he makes tile cuts a lot, and he wants
the very best tools so that he can work through this pretty quickly. And as you see here it’s dual rail instead
of single. This is also dual rail, but the Big Clinker
is more substantial. It has a bigger breaking bar on it, too. Align the cutting wheel up with this mark. You make sure that it’s where you need it
to be. You can align your tile pretty easily. When you come to the end, make sure that the
cutting wheel is still cutting the mark that you made here and at the edge. Just slide it by applying even pressure. Maybe you do have to make a few passes if
you’ve never done this before or if you don’t do it often. Like I’m not doing this every week like
Steve. And you just break it. So the nice thing is the Big Clinker can cut
these huge 24” x 12” tiles whereas the cheap tile cutter can’t do that. The Big Clinker also has these support bars
that you can swing out. So if you have large tiles that you want to
cut in this direction, it’ll support them. So here’s my opinion. Take it for what it’s worth, which may not
be much. I think these small tile cutters are basically
toys compared to the Ishii Big Clinker. When I tried to use this on a tiling project,
it was very, very frustrating. And it actually held me back. It wasn’t a great tool. Now the Ishii Big Clinker, on the other hand,
I bought this—I know it’s an investment for most people because it’s about $260,
$270—and just from the outset, it seems like it’s so much better than these box
store tile cutters. So if you’re doing a huge project, like
a bathroom, a kitchen, or a basement, and you’re going to be putting in a ton of tile,
and tile that is big—so like over 12” on one edge—I definitely recommend the Ishii
Big Clinker. And I want to thank Steve White, my co-founder
over at Bathroom Repair Tutor, for bringing this to my attention. I also want to thank Bill Rams, one of our
Bathroom Repair Tutor members, for kind of inspiring me to do this videos, more videos
just like it, to recommend which tools you think you should invest in and which ones
you probably don’t want to spend a ton of money on. So you’ll see more of those videos coming
down the road. But let me know what you think down in the
comments here. Let me know what you think about the Ishii
Big Clinker, about different tile cutters that you’ve used, or different tools you
think could help out somebody in the tiling project. So that is it for today. I will put a link to the Ishii Big Clinker
in the description. That’ll link back over to Amazon. It will be an Amazon affiliate link, so you’re
helping us out a little bit if you do buy it. But I wanted to make sure that you had a link
to the Ishii Big Clinker, too, so that you can check it out for yourself. That’s it for today. I’ll see you in next week’s video. Take care! So again, down in the description you can
check out the Ishii Big Clinker… what is up with all of the huge vehicles driving in
our neighborhood?

41 thoughts on “Best Tile Cutter for Bathroom Projects (Quick Tips) — by Home Repair Tutor”

  1. Hashtagwinning says:

    Awesome video brother!!!!!

  2. Budget Dumpster Rental says:

    Thanks for the tips! Are you aware of where you are able to rent the Ishii tile cutter? A lot of DIY'ers might only need to use the tool once and purchasing it might not make the most sense.

  3. Renee' Pedersen says:

    Thanks for the video Jeff.  I have one of those small tile cutters and there have been times that I curse at the darn thing.  Just doesn't seem to do the job.  Now, the Ishii Big Clinker looks amazing for cutting tile.  However, like you said, it is a big investment.  I might see if I could rent one for the next project I have.  Thanks for telling us about it.  Wouldn't have known unless you showed us.

  4. Robert Sprecher says:

    (Ugh, managed to delete my original post.) Great video, wish I'd seen this before my bathroom remodel. As you stated, the $30 box store cutter was nothing but frustrating. What's the narrowest cut you can reliably make with the ishy? (would you mind adding your reply again for other's benefit?)

  5. Christine Taylor says:

    Well, I hadn't even gotten to the point of thinking of how I would cut a large tile. Thanks for sharing your info. It might influence my tile purchase in the near future. Hmmm…

  6. Ron Percy says:

    Looks great. Is it available outside the US?

  7. Traveler X says:

    The big clinker is not crazy expensive. You can always rent one from Home Depot. But the price is not attractive. If you are a landlord, the clinker may be a good investment.

  8. Ron Percy says:

    I can access (Canadian site) who sometimes carry the US brands.

  9. Noah Knopf says:

    don't you use a tile saw for cutting tiles

  10. J Parra says:

    Great idea. I'm a big fan of Harbor Freight for some tools and saving money for more expensive tools i need. Keep the videos coming.

  11. justgivemethetruth says:

    Do you have any videos on how to cut or trim bricks or pavers for paving a driveway or patio ?

  12. JP M says:

    When would you use this manual tile cutter versus wet saw tile cutter?

  13. Vaporizers101 says:

    How you supposed to make notch cuts

  14. Toni says:

    This tile cutter looks like a chinese cheap stuff or a QEP copy….
    I'm a french tiller since 10 years, i only used Rubi and Sigma tile cutter.
    For 365$ you can order a rubi TRS 700 or even better a TS 60plus on
    Everyone in france used rubi tool since 30-40 years and everything rocks!
    Or buy a sigma 3BA for 325$ on internet 26" long cut.

  15. 108centurion says:

    big blue is a beast I love mine. I lay over 50,000 feet a year with it

  16. Robert A says:

    I've used sigma, ishii, and Rubi tile cutters. the sigma cuts cleanest, and the quarter inch single steel flat bar is much stronger than the round bars on the Rubi and ishii. sigma is the only cutter I've used that can cut 24 inch tiles smaller than an inch. I've made 3'8ths of an inch piece with the sigma. if you can do that with the ishii, let me know

  17. alolipa says:

    The best are the rubi they come with a carrying case and they last a lifetime

  18. richard peatmont says:

    great video sir I have used many tile cutters in my day and the one you have there is used all the time its strong smooth and very user friendly . excellent review thank you

  19. Car channel says:

    I like sigma cutter also, I find scoring more than once does not help. If you score one time with consistent pressure and correct depth setting on cutter the tiles seam to cut cleanly

  20. Car channel says:

    Montolit makes a nice cutter as well, they also make the best grinder dry cut wheels imho

  21. Flores 828 says:

    montolit masterpiuma p3 for real proffesionals…

  22. Hugo toscano says:

    I have used many and the best are the Italians tile cutter like masterpiuma sigma or rtc razor single bar , tomecanic corta gress was amazing tile cutter but for some reason the descountioned it . ishii turbo tile cutter is nice . Rubi are good but you have to spend over 600 for a nice one . so far sigma and montolit masterpiuma are the Ferraris of tile cutters . ciao

  23. manuel belteton says:

    How do you cut notches

  24. Illyrians says:

    The best tile cutter are from Sigma I do this for a living

  25. Jim M. says:

    Nice presentation, Jeff. Can you do a segment on tile cutters vs. tile saws? When is each the "go to" tool. Perhaps even incorporate the angle grinder cutter…thanks.

  26. Jim M. says:

    Thanks, Jeff. I did see the vid from today. Very helpful. That is what prompted my idea. I just had my tile guys finish a shower/bath and they used all three. Wet saw, cutter and angle. Just wondering what application for each.

  27. Willie Just Willie says:

    49" is a beast. I'm about to get one in 2 weeks . Try it dude, you won't be disappointed. PEACE!

  28. Kis Miklos says:


  29. Uncle60 says:

    never pass cut two times. wrecks the wheel. one pass then use the press to break tile

  30. Catalin Ionut says:

    Never cut two times…

  31. Carter James says:


  32. wsvitak says:

    I tried to use a small one from a big box store…not naming names, but it's one of the orange ones and it was after I returned a similar small cutter back to one of the blue big box stores. Both sucked, but more than that they just didn't work. I was trying to cut 6 x 24 on the 6" side only. The tile was porcelain and 3/8" thick and it just did NOT work. It cracked the tile at the end of the cut. It sucks for the Diyer who wants to work with large format tile. There just isn't anything reasonably priced for small jobs with large tile. Best you can do is factor in the cost of the tool into the whole, final costs of the job your doing and hope the tool can be used elsewhere or even sold. Renting sucks because it's not cheap and makes you have to rush. My suggestion for this is choose smaller tiles, or go to HF and get the nicest wet saw they have. For under 300 bucks you have a decent tool that will do the job you need. Just make sure you choose tile for all your rooms after that.

  33. Dennis Radomski says:

    you shouldnt have to do two passes, im picking one up right, to see how good it actually is decent review 🙂

  34. NMranchhand says:

    It certainly would be nice to see some mid-range, good quality cutters for a lesser price. This would be a good vid to do with Sal.

  35. Ricardo A says:

    Did you buy the blue at harbor freight tool

  36. Retro Gold says:

    That tool is over $200 more & bigger.. so of course it’s probably better! 😏You had your other for 9 years .. So I guess it wasn’t too bad! Wack video!

  37. Mike Girard says:

    The only people who should buy an expensive manual tile cutter are people who do a lot of tile work. Otherwise, rental makes the most sense. Where I live, a large, heavy-duty tile cutter rents for $20 a day from Home Depot. You'd need to do 10 or more days of tile work for that Ishi to pay for itself.

    I recently bought a cheap wet saw because I thought that's all I 'd need for a couple bathrooms. However, the conventional wisdom seems to be that for most jobs, a manual cutter should be your heavy lifter. Wet saws eat up time, make a mess and, in my case, chip tiles. If I were going to do it over, I'd rent a cutter and take the money I put into the wet saw into a grinder or a Dremel for handling the stuff the cutter won't do. Those tools are useful for other things and therefore a much better investment.

  38. john tran says:

    Any one can recommend a manual cutter that if affordable and decent that doesnt cost over $100+? 14 – 16 inch is fine

  39. Gavin Legowsky says:

    I've seen some of your other videos, I don't remember ever seeing you use tools….after seeing you handle the basic cutter. Are you primarily sales or operations in your business? I wouldn't take you for an tradesman or an installer.

  40. nasser d says:

    The smaller one's £30-50,or so are ok for most wall tiles. But floor tiles need a good cutter. Rubi are a big favourite brand over here with tradesmen( contractors)
    So better to go as big and expensive as possible. It will last you, it will not come across a tile it can't cut, and will allow you to grow your skills without purchasing another cutter. About 150-200 is a good price. Rubi cutters start at 100 go up 500. I am sure someone will take the time to convert the sterlin to dollar 😉

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