A Quick and Easy Guide to Cutting Glass or Tile
Posted by Mark Hunter - June 17, 2013
Cutting tile and glass can be messy, tricky, time consuming a little bit dangerous!
Obviously it helps a great deal if you know what you're doing and you're using the correct tools for the job. It also helps if you're using a tool designed to make your job quickly, safe and easy.
In this quick how-to guide we'll look at how to quickly, safely and easily cut tile or glass using the Makita CC300D cordless tile cutter.
First off, a bit of spec about this particular power tool.
It runs off of Makita famous 10.8v lithium-ion batteries and you'll be able to pick it up in a naked version, meaning if you're already using 10.8v Makita tools you can quickly slap one of your batteries in and you'll be up and running straight away.
The benefits of lithium-ion batteries in power tools is well known, but it may be worth your while having a read over our guide to lithium-ion power in this article "What Are Lithium-Ion Batteries? What Makes Them Better?"and this one "What's the Big Deal About Lithium-Ion?"
In terms of power and capacities, what does the CC300D offer you?
- Blade diameter:85mm
- Bore diameter:15mm
- Capacity at 0°:25.5mm
- Capacity at 45°:16.5mm
Note that it'll cut tiles or glass at a 45° bevel.
The 10.8v lithium-ion powered motor offers 1400rpm, which is enough cutting power to handle cutting into porcelain tiles or glass.
Get the Blade Right
We bang on about this a lot, but it bears repeating; before you cut any tile or glass, make sure your tile cutter is fitted with the proper blade for the job.
This isn't just to maximise the efficient of your cutter, but more importantly to ensure your safety.
And while you're at it, make sure you've donned the appropriate PPE, typically gloves andsafety glasses.
Fill 'Er Up
The CC300D comes with a 300ml capacity water tank. This is vital for cooling and lubricating the cutting blade as you cut the tile or glass. Remember to turn the flow of water on before you start cutting and off again when you're finished.
Be prepared for a bit of mess, so try and avoid cutting the tile on Aunty Mary's new front room carpet, ok?
With the water flowing out of the tank onto the blade, you don't need to worry about the CC300D getting slippery in your hand. Makita have kitted it out with a rubberised soft grip with "non-slip elastomer" that they claim will help you keep the tool under control.
Get the Depth Right
You don't need to cut all the way through the tile or glass. You just need to cut deep enough to be able to gently break the work piece. This is the same principle in place when using a traditional tile cutter that merely scores glazed surface.
Set the depth of the cutter via the thumb wheel so that the blade will cut roughly half way through the tile or glass.
Line up your cut and away you go.
If you need to go a bit deeper, don't hesitate to go over again for another pass. Once you're done, turn off the water flow and gently break the tile or glass - wearing gloves, of course - as you would normally.
What Else Do You Need to Know?
The CC300D is kitted out with a nickle-plated base to prevent any corrossion, what with all that water around, and the unit itself is ultra light at only 1.7kg. It's also extremely compact with an overall lenght of only 300mm.
Who Should Buy One?
Anyone who needs to quickly and easily cut tile or glass! Due to its light weight and small size, it's perfectly suited to any plumber, joiner or kitchen fitter who reguarly works in restrictred spaces.
And if you're already a fan of Makita and their 1.3Ah, 10.8v li-ion batteries, this is a must have for your kit.
Check it out in action in this "how to" video guide on Toolstop TV.
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