Besides using the right tile cutter, it is essential to use the right scoring wheel. Ceramic tiles are continually evolving and the building professionals often face cutting problems as they work with materials that are increasingly more difficult to cut. Fortunately, in the same way that ceramic tiles are evolving, cutting tools are also evolving to enable the user to be able to cut new thicker formats, without giving up the functionality and the practicality of manual tile cutters.
In this post we will learn how to choose the most suitable scoring wheel for each job, as well as new scoring techniques suitable for the most complex jobs.
The right way to score will depend on the type of tile to be used and the finish that we require. Our objective will always be to score as few times as possible to obtain the best quality cut.
When cutting smooth enamelled ceramic tiles or enamelled porcelain tiles, the cut must be as clean and delicate as possible to avoid damaging the surface and so it is better to use a small scoring wheel. 6 and 8 mm scoring wheels give a quick and fine cut with the necessary depth to obtain the best results.
Rough materials are normally the more problematic ones because scoring over rough materials is intermittent and may cause an irregular cut. In most cases, when scoring over rough tiles it is advisable to score more than once to ensure that the mark is as continuous as possible.
The truth is that, when the tile demands it, We should not be afraid to score 3 or 4 times as the final result will be worth it and we will be ensuring that the tile breaks exactly where we need it without the risk of chipping.
Advise: In order to obtain a better performance of the scoring wheels, it is recommended to clean them after each day’s work to eliminate all the residues of enamel that get stuck to the axis and scoring wheel.
Scoring wheels can be cleaned by leaving them in lubricating oil or simply by giving them a quick wipe.
The GOLD version is the most recommended one in all those cases in which our scoring wheels are
going to have a greater wear because, in normal conditions, they treble the working life of the scoring
wheel at a little extra cost.