Pro Compound Tile Nippers – The Review

– Hi everyone. When it comes to mosaics,
we’re always on the lookout for tools that will make that job easier, especially when we’re
dealing with hard materials, such as wall tile and floor tile. Because they’ve been high fired,
it makes them very durable, but it also makes it very
difficult to cut and to shape them for most of the tools in the marketplace. I’ve just bought a new product that’s just been released into the market, called Pro Compound Tile Nippers and although compound tile nippers have been in the marketplace for a while, not everyone can buy them, because not all stores carry them, so I bought these ones online. But how do they perform and how
comfortable are they to use? Well, what I’ve made is I’ve
made a short video on them and I’ve also made a short
review on them as well and I’m gonna show you that right now. (light dramatic music) Here I am at testing headquarters, I’ve got my Pro Compound Tile
Nippers here ready to go, I’ve got protective eyewear, so’s I don’t get any chips
flicking up into my eyes, I’ve got a dust mask here and I’ve got the various types of tiles, ranging from five mil,
up to about eight mil, which is this one here,
so we can run a test on and yeah, I’m ready to go. So what I’ll do is I’ll clear this area and then we’ll start
chipping away at a tile and see how they perform. First thing I’m going to do
is score a line across here, because I wanna keep this bit, because I can use that for something else, with this scorer and breaker
and then we’ll break this off. So we’ll run that scoreline
straight up there. (grinding) Love that sound. Now hopefully the magic’s going to work, we’ll put it on the scoreline. (tapping) And yes it did, so that’s a good start, so I can keep that for another mosaic somewhere along the line,
so we’ll put that aside. Now what we’ll do is
we’ll start chipping away and see how this works by just chipping, so we have to undo that. (grinding and crackling) Well, they’re very comfortable for me, I do have reasonably large-sized hands. (crackling and snapping) It doesn’t take much effort
to actually shape it, which is really good. (grinding and snapping) We’ll shape that a bit more. (grinding and snapping) So that works quite well. Now how does it work on
a cut straight across? So we put it just in there like that. (crackling) Yep, fairly straight, except for that, it’s the make of the tile, but I do like how it nips it. (snapping and crackling) Fairly nice nip. I do find these quite comfortable, they’re very good to
handle as far as that goes, now let’s try it on a different tile. Making a bit of a mess here,
but doesn’t really matter. (crackling and snapping) Now different tiles, because they’ve been
manufactured differently and also because of the firing, they’re all going to work
differently to each other. (snapping) But certainly, they’re better than using side biters, I find, so we’ll see how this cuts on a straight angle. Do it this way. (crackling and snapping) Yep, so it is gonna depend
on how well the tile is made to how well you’re gonna
get a straight line, but it really isn’t much effort. Now whether you do small
nips or large nips, it’s not too bad. (clanging) Give a whirl on this one, straight cut. (crackling and loud snapping) That took a lot more effort, so clearly, this is a much harder tile, so we’ll see how it goes on a shape. (snapping) Shaping-wise, it seems to be pretty good on this one as well. This tile has got a texture to it, so that makes it a
little bit more difficult to get that finite, that
finite cut that you want to just fine-tune it, but overall, on a hard tile, it’s still not too bad. I did find that when I
went to cut it across here, it took a bit more
effort, but not too bad. Now the Johnson tile, I seem to be going through
a few of these lately. (snapping) And the reason why I’m
cutting it on curves is because I find that it really does tend to show how well it is to curve it, because a straight line can
be performed by a cutter, like that breaker there
or a mechanical cutter, but when it comes to doing a curve, it’s a little bit more difficult, because you physically have
to get there and shape it. (grinding and snapping) So then we do that. But that’s not too bad. (snapping) Now the big hard tile, oh actually, we’ll do a straight cut and
see how that goes there, so just put it in slightly and of course, I am going
to cut that on an angle, because I can’t put it all the way in, as in, because this
bit here’s stopping it. (cracking and snapping) Cuts as well as the others. (clattering) Which is good, because Johnson’s can be a bit more difficult to cut. Okay, let’s try this big one,
this’ll be very interesting. Now of course, you have
to open up the jaws wider, so where people find that
they have small hands, may find these a bit
more difficult to use, but I’ve also come up with a way, and it’s not my original
idea, I might say, to actually, if you have small hands, to be able to use these a bit easy. However, you will probably, on thick tile, have a bit more difficulty
if you do have small hands, but in saying that though,
I very rarely, or actually, I haven’t used thick
tile like this before. I mainly use the five and six mil tile, so this is probably
excessive for most people, but I thought since I had
this, we’d give it a whirl. (crackling) Okay, so. (crackling and loud snapping) Okay so, it is going to
require a lot more effort, which is understandable. (crackling and snapping) But I can still shape it, but gee, it’s thick, but the secret doing a big tile like this
is little nips, not big nips. And you might find my water technique may work quite well with this tile too, but again, like I said, my thing is, I mainly use smaller, thinner tiles. You can use this, but gee, you wouldn’t want to do too many of these, because it would create,
oh my catch is closed, it would create a lot of
hard ache on your hand, but mind you, you could
probably get thick tile that would be easy to cut as well. So overall, these are really quite good, they’re very good for shaping I find, with very minimal effort
on the Johnson tiles and your five and six mil tiles. Although, there is gonna
be the odd one like this, where it’s textured and clearly, this one was a bit more difficult to cut. (clattering) Now, what I was thinking of
was if you have small hands, what you can do is put
an elastic band in there, because these, because
of the design of this, you find that it takes less
effort than something like this, okay, because of how they’re designed, so that’s why, with these ones, tend to hurt my hand after a while, these ones weren’t, these
ones are really quite good, but if you’ve got small
hands, just put that on there and that stops them from opening up and then, that allows you
to just slide the tile in and just cut without a problem. I mean really, these are really, now this is Johnson tile and look at that, nice curve, not a large one. So overall, I would sum these
up as being a very good nipper for the cost of what they are. These are a generic aftermarket pair, these are not a branded pair, they are called Pro Compound Tile Nippers and they are made in
China, but for the price and how well they worked
here, I would suggest these will be a good tile nipper for anyone that’s having, that wants to purchase
something for hard tiles. I bought these online, but
as I say in all my reviews, this is just my personal opinion, so you need to do your own test to find out whether they’re
going to be suitable for you, but overall, I’m quite happy with them and I’m glad I bought them. Thanks for watching, bye.

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