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Old 05-21-2017, 07:50 AM   #1
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I'm shopping for a Sigma Tile cutter ( made in Italy). I have a good older MK wet saw but really want a Sigma. I've seen they have a push and a pull type. And cm vs inches. A 24 " cut will suffice. I don't do a lot of tile work anymore and I'd like to keep tile size at 24 max.

So whats better? the push or pull type ? Any models better than others ?

Thoughts and suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
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I have a 2B3 drag cutter if I could turn back the clock I'd get a push cutter. Drag cutters are kinda hard on the wrist (insert limp wrist joke here) and on a sigma the cutting wheel slams into the fence once it clears the tile.

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I read where some guys like the drag type better because they can see where they are cutting....but yeah...I'm leaning towards the push type.

I've watched some videos and like that you can cut some pretty thin pieces with them. I know I'll still need my wet saw but this may be a great ( and cleaner) addition.

Any problems with cutting certain tiles or thicknesses ?
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I read where some guys like the drag type better because they can see where they are cutting....but yeah...I'm leaning towards the push type.

I've watched some videos and like that you can cut some pretty thin pieces with them. I know I'll still need my wet saw but this may be a great ( and cleaner) addition.

Any problems with cutting certain tiles or thicknesses ?
Tiles are weird, and snap cutters can be really frustrating. On most of the videos you see people scoring and snapping with a quick blow from the palm. Well some tiles like that, others like you to gently increase the pressure until they pop apart. Some tiles respond to multiple scores, some don't. Some have slightly different sweet spots for snapping. You almost have to make a few practice snaps with a scrap tile first to find out how it will react.

Some thick textured porcelain or chisel edge tile can be really pesky to snap. Glass and ceramic is effortless.

But in general I'd say put a little thin oil on the cutting wheel, make a consistent firm score right from edge to edge. Put the breaker foot 1/2" from the base of the tile and apply increasing pressure until it pops. Trying to snap off less than a 5/8" piece is being greedy.
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Push type all the way...I eyeing the masterpiuma from montolit, I think it's the best...and a beast!

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Push type all the way...I eyeing the masterpiuma from montolit, I think it's the best...and a beast!

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I have a 24" Masterpiuma, great cutter. The mosaic mat works very well.

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http://www.contractorsdirect.com/sig...tcol1000=24%22

This is the one I would buy. If you want to stay in the 24" range.

The Monti is a good cutter It has a different feel than the Sigma, They cut well as does the new Rubi.

The Sigma MAX has met all my expectations. I have considered picking up a Montolit 6363 and running it for 6 months and do a revue. If I do it i will post it.

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