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  1. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Hi
    New to tiling and soon to be taking an NVQ course. I'm starting to think about what tools and kit I need and would like somebody who is in the know to give me a few pointers please.
    Can somebody please advise me on the best tile cutter to purchase to get me on my way in my new trade and additionally any other general tool advice you can provide please?
    Appreciate its quite a wide request, but all help appreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Jon
     
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  2. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Sigma is the best tile cutter by far... :)
     
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  3. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    Welcome Jon

    To be honest you will not get a definitive answer here. What you will get is a varied and very informative response of a number of time served tilers, which is fine but could be confusing. But below are my recommendations...

    As @Andy Allen@Andy Allen has recommended above, sigma would be my choice (what I have). A Sigma 3C3M is ideal as can cut all ceramics and porcelain.
    A wet cutter is needed too...... again there are lots out there, but a Vitrex cutter would be my choice of first cutter.

    Contact @Pro Tiler Tools@Pro Tiler Tools and they will kit you out
     
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  4. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Would you not be better to attend the course first that way you can figure out what kind and how big of jobs you can commit to confidently to give a paying customer a professional job. This will give you an idea of a basic tool kit required that you can add to as you learn.
     
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  5. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Thanks Andy I'll take a look
     
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  6. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham

    Thanks, appreciate your advice and experience.
     
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  7. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Thanks, I want to build up a basic tool kit and then add to it as my experience allows. I need to get a tile cutter and a wet cutter to do anything so was just seeking some guidance.
     
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  8. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    It all depends on your budget as well,
    as new professional tools can be very expensive.
    Everyone on the forum uses different brands of tools which effectively do the same job.
     
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  9. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Get the best you can afford and look after them.
    It's cheaper in the medium to long term.
    (and makes work more enjoyable)

    My recommendations:
    Sigma 3c3m will cut everything, inc' mosaics.
    A decent grinder (I favour Makita) and a couple of quality blades.
    A basic wet saw, vitrex (screwfix) or norton (CTD)
    Set of levels (laser level not really essential but nice to have)
    Stainless trowels - 6/8/10mm
    Bucket trowel and gorilla tubs / BAL mixing buckets
    A selection of diamond core drill bits (cheapies off Amazon will do to start)
    Safety kit - specs, ear plugs, dust masks, knee pads
    A decent DAB radio (essential in my opinion!)
    Pencils, chinagraphs, sharpies, and a basic tool set
     
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  10. Chris Gibbs

    Chris Gibbs Professional Tiler

    Location:
    North wales
    good luck on your course John
     
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  11. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Thanks Impish, that's just the response I was hoping for. Cheers
     
  12. judge

    judge Professional Tiler

    Don't forget your tiling public liability insurance ;)
     
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  13. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Cheers Chris
    Thanks Judge, that's on the list to sort now!
     
  14. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Morning, I've picked myself up a Rubi TR 600S but am totally confused as to what wet saw to pick up.
    I've had a look at Rubi and Vitrex but so many differing reviews its really hard to work out what I need.
    Should I go with a wet saw with legs such as the Rubi DU 200 or Vitrex 800?
    Or should I go for a Vitrex Pro 750 or Rubi ND 180 as most of my cuts will be with the Rubi ?
    All your advice massively appreciated.
    Thanks
    Jon
     
  15. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    What's your budget Jon?
     
  16. JON HUME

    JON HUME Active Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Hi Lee,
    Just starting out so unsure really, was hoping to spend no more than £300
    Thanks
    Jon
     
  17. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Jon as your just starting out I'd spend that budget on the following wet saw and I'd get myself a good grinder with a decent blade, you'll have change to spare and these tools will cover most scenarios for you.
    vitrex-power-pro-750-wet-saw-110v-103421-
    montolit-cm-115mm-diamond-blade-for-glass-mosaic-natural-stone-cm115
    makita-ga4530kd-110v-115mm-grinder-in-carry-case
    bosch-dry-clean-cut-diamond-angle-grinder-blade-115mm-2608615076
    or
    marcrist-ck850-akkumax-115mm-x-222-diamond-blade-flanged-1853011522
     
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  18. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    What Lee has suggested is all you would need....
     
  19. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    You may also need a transformer to go with your new 110v tools;)
     
  20. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
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    :):):)
     
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  21. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    Well I assumed that was a given Albert, trying to cover all potential basis for the man!
    Who still buys 240v tools anyway??
     
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  22. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Me..... :)
     
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  23. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    I do, used 240v years ago then sites said must be 110v so bought all power tools again now sites up here won’t supply power off mains for houses so it’s generators so 16 amp blue plug being phased in so need to renew again!
     
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  24. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    If going to be mostly private work like I do now, I buy all 240v tools stick blue 16 amp on it then use a 13amp fused rcd fly. Then ready for site work if need be, and the 240v tools have a bit more power to them.
     
  25. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    There are a lot of tilers who just do domestics and use 240v
     
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  26. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    I only use 240v. My skin is far too soft for working with the rufty tufty tilers :D
     
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  27. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    I not sure that 240 actually do have more power . If they do I've never noticed . It's not always practical to set up a gazebo in the winter to use tools outside and 110 is safer to use . I don't think 110 is the law for site work if you do it but some main contractors just insist that it what is used .
     
  28. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    99.9% of sites are 110v, It may not be law but if the man in charge says no 240v then
    no 240v.{ Unless you are pulling them out of the s***e }
     
  29. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    Whatever the main contractor states as their H&S policy on any site then that infact is the law and it can vary from site to site. But what's the point in buying 240v, you could get a call to do or help on a nice floor for example on a site but you'd have to re buy 110v tools to do it. For the sake of carrying a transformer I can't see the sense in buying 240.
     
  30. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    you are undecided even with the electric current ...
    Already undecided with driving on the left,
    now also with electric current. :)
     
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  31. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I don’t own anything 110v as I just do domestic.
     
  32. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    110v tools work at 50 volts to the tool as a transformer is centre tapped. Don’t think there have been any recorded deaths using 110v in UK. But it can only take 20ma across your heart to stop it beating and I think there were 11 recorded deaths of people sticking their tongue in a 9v battery. 240v or 110v in sensible hands with sensible working practices all fine and would be better to make sure power tools are annually PAT tested after first year of purchase.
     
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  33. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    Three of my sites make us PAT test brand new tools o_O that’s what I’d call a bit OTT.
     
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