Best Tile Cutter for Subway Tile

Hey, guys! In this video, we’re going to be taking
a look at Montolit’s Minipiuma manual tile cutter. This is a great manual tile cutter for kitchen
back splashes if you want to have the tile cutter on the countertop. It’s also awesome for small bathrooms that
don’t have enough room for a wet saw or a larger manual tile cutter. The Minipiuma can cut through ceramic, porcelain,
glass mosaic, and it’s very efficient. So we’re going to do some test cuts and
show you what the Minipiuma is all about. As you can see, the Minipiuma can fit on a
countertop that’s only about 25 3/8 of an inch deep. So the nice thing is you can just do your
work right on the kitchen countertop, or you can even do this over top of a vanity in a
bathroom. The great thing is, there are four—one,
two, three, four—rubber pegs on the bottom, so you’re not going to be scratching the
countertop with this tool. The Minipiuma is going to excel at subway
tiles. So it doesn’t really matter what size subway
tile. You can cut up to 14 inches long for a straight
cut, and 10 x 10 for a diagonal cut. So this is a 4 x 12 subway tile. This is a bullnose. We’re going to make some cuts on this and
show you how accurate the Minipiuma is. And if you’re cutting, for example, 6 x
6s down for let’s say a shower curb, it’ll definitely be able to handle that too. And also glass mosaics. The lighting is actually better outside today
in Pittsburgh, so we’re going to take the Minipiuma out there and make some cuts. As you can see, this is a protractor on the
Minipiuma, and you can adjust this to pretty much any angle that you want up to 60°. On the left-hand side, you can see they have
it labeled 15°, 30°, 45°, and 60°. On the right-hand side, it goes 15°, 30°,
and 45°. So it’s really nice to have this protractor
for accurate cuts. One thing that you should know is that all
the increments on the protractor are in the metric system. So just be aware of that. There is a specific way that you want to cut
tile with the Minipiuma. You want your tile to be nice and flush with
the protractor. And you want to hold the tile at the top with
your non-cutting hand. You want the additional cutting system—this
blue peg here—to be in the “up” position and gauge the titanium blade onto the surface
of the tile and score it. When you get close to the top of the tile,
you move your hand—your non-cutting hand—to the bottom of the tile and complete the score. Make sure the additional breaking system is
in the “down” position. Grasp this metal part and the handle with
your cutting hand, and then make a downward movement with your non-cutting hand to break
the tile. And there you go. That’s how you cut a tile with the Minipiuma. Those are the basics of it. So we’ll do that again. You want the additional cutting system to
be in the “up” position. Hold the top of the tile with your non-cutting
hand. Engage the cutting wheel. Score. Move your hand to the back of the tile. Complete the score. Break the tile, or split the tile. So as you can see, the Minipiuma is very efficient,
and it makes really great cuts. Now obviously, the quality of the cut will
depend on the tile and how well you score it. Now, let’s say you want to make a 45° cut
in the tile. It’s not a problem. So there’s a lot of versatility because
of the protractor here. What about bullnose? How small of a cut can you make on a bullnose? You can make about a 1 cm cut with this particular
manual tile cutter. It might be a little but hard to see, but
this cut is about 5/8 of an inch. The stop on the protractor allows you to make
quick, repeated cuts of the same dimension. So as you can see here, we have our 4 x 12
subway tile. You can just have the subway tile stop there
and keep making the same cut over and over. So it’s a really nice functionality to speed
up your project. And if you’re wondering about the quality
of the cut, this is a standard 4 x 12 from a local home store. So it’s not the highest quality tile, but
the Minipiuma did a great job. So in order to cut glass mosaic, you need
one additional thing with the Minipiuma, and that is this rubber mat. This is called the Mosakit rubber mat, and
you need to put this down over top of the base plate of the Minipiuma. Same thing goes for the Masterpiuma. There’s a notch in the center of the Mosakit
mat. That fits over top of the ridge on the center
of the Minipiuma. So it’s really simple. You just want to put this mat in that ridge. What the mat does is protect the white paint
on the back of any glass tiles so that the paint doesn’t chip. Because if the paint chips on the back of
a glass tile, it’s not going to look so pretty, and it’s going to be hard to fix. So we’re going to go ahead and show you
how easy it is to cut this glass mosaic with the Minipiuma. You want the additional cutting system in
the “down” position, and you simply want to crack or split each tile. So there you go. You can see how it makes a really nice cut. You just have to score these glass tiles very
carefully. In the back, the paint is not chipped as well,
and that’s really important for these glass tiles. Another really cool thing about the Minipiuma
is it comes with a case. So all you need to do is fold up the protractor—well,
move the handle back first—fold the protractor, and this fits really nicely into the case. The case also has an additional storage space. So if you want to put any kind of additional
tile cutting accessories in here, you can. Really easy to take on the go. So here’s the question: How much is the
Minipiuma? It’s about $295-$300 online. No doubt it’s an investment. But well worth it if you’re putting a back
splashes or subway tile showers. It’s going to help you save a lot of time,
and it’ll make really great, clean cuts. So, thanks for watching this video. Make sure you hit that subscribe button, and
we’ll see you in the next tutorial. Take care!

8 thoughts on “Best Tile Cutter for Subway Tile

  1. I have the 25 inch master p cutter and it works great. Montolit tools are expensive but very good quality. Nice review, I like the size of that cutter and the case is very cool.

  2. Another fantastically knowledge filled video. Even something as simple as a manual tile cutter. This would def. assist ppl. in helping someone decide on a cutter. Dirty Jersey out!!!

  3. That's a little beauty, great for cutting the small mosaics without getting the backing wet and lessening the chance of the tiles coming off of the meshing while using a wet saw.

  4. This looks great. Random question, any reason why this wouldn't work for cutting window glass? I have to cut 150 window lights (11"x19") and would love to get dead-on accuracy. Thanks for all the great videos.

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