Do you use a Dremel for cutting tiles?

loribee2July 7, 2010

I just bought a Dremel for some wood projects, and discovered there are some tile cutting bits. I'm wondering if it would work better than the chipper hand tool I've been using. Does anyone use them for your mosaic projects, and if so, what bit do you use, the standard tile cutting bit or one of the diamond wheels?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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texaswild

No - not the Dremel. I use a tile wet saw for things my nippers don't nip easily.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 8:58AM
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realrose

Hi, My husband has a dremel. I was asking him about some type of file to file down sharp edges on glass, plates, whatever. He told me to use his dremel. That it had a small grinder that would be really easy. I got it out of the garage this morning to remind him to show me. I am tool stupid so I need hands on instructions. I'll let you know how it works. I had not thought about cutting with it, fun!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 11:23AM
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Calamity_J

I'm sure if you only had 1 or 2 tiles to cut it would be okay, I'm wondering about the length of time it takes to saw a whole tile and if you should be thinking about how to cool the blade(tile saws usually have water to cool the blade and make the diamond blade last longer) and the dremels here in Canada only have diamond drills for the dremel, no diamond cutting blades. I am an instant gratification kinda gal and like to whip thru lots of tile with the tile saw...fast and easy!! Worth the $100 I paid for it!! Plus I have my stained glass ring saw for fidly things too!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 11:59AM
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realrose

This is probably a dumb question here goes: Do those tile saws cut glass? My reply above I meant to say I did not know the dremel would cut "wood".

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 12:27PM
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loribee2

Realrose, that's exactly what I was thinking of using it for. Not so much cutting up big tiles, but shaping and softening the smaller pieces. I'll be very curious to know how that works for you. The bits are $10 each, so I didn't want to buy one without checking to see if anyone has experience with it.

Calamity, I'm curious about your tile saw. The only one I've seen in action is the one our "tile friend" has used when he's done work on our house. It's hooked up to a hose, looks like a table saw and makes a big mess. Though, I could do what he does and set it up outside, I'm wondering if what you're referring to is something different? I checked them out on Amazon and they seemed to have some smaller ones that might go on a table top. I'd love to know what you work with.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 2:08PM
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texaswild

Yes,LORI: The tile saw is like a table saw w/water to cool the blade as CALAM said. I leave mine set up outside all the time, and it DOES cut glass. It's what I used to cut the bottles for my present project - fountain surround extension. It zips through plates wonderfully also. I have one large one from Lowes and the smaller one I'm using now is from Harbor Freight - $60.00.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 4:18PM
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flagtruck

Lori- Get the Harbor Fgt one, it will do all you need and cut glass too. Wear safety goggles and a mask if you can, the dust is a mess and prepare to get a little wet. I use a rubber apron and it helps keep a lot of the water out of my lap.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 8:44PM
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nanatricia

Ok I use my Dremel for every thing .I have a diamond coated disk on my dr and I use it for every thing to day I even grinned mirror with it .I cut those roses off those little figurines .I do use a cooling lubricant on it I just do little things not a lot of tile .I use a saw like slow and Cam. does Here is a link you can get all kinds of blades I hope it is ok to post it. http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/CTGY/dremel-diamond-coated-disk

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 9:33PM
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loribee2

Thanks for the great suggestions! We have a HF up in Santa Rosa. I'll need to go check them out. Sounds like they've got the best deal on equipment. And thanks, nana for the info on your Dremel. I think I'll get the couple of bits and just see what I can do.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2010 at 9:25AM
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Calamity_J

I have only used my tile saw for glass bottle cutting...I don't think I'd try a sheet of stained glass on it...just for more input about that. Here is the site that has my DREAM SAW!!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Revolution XT

    Bookmark   July 9, 2010 at 12:19PM
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texaswild

While perusing Flickr this morn, I found a posting that addresses this question.
Dremel user

    Bookmark   July 10, 2010 at 9:03AM
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beams53

Can you use a dremel to clean old grout off glass tiles?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 6:42PM
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ItsmeChickadee

I use my Dremel all the time to help shape pieces that a wheeled nipper can't. I also get rid of sharp edges with it. I get so confused about what all the different attachments are for. I have about a million and use two. I guess I should go check out nanatricia's link!
becky

    Bookmark   September 17, 2012 at 2:48PM
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olliem

Flag or Slow - could the Harbor Freight tile saw be used to cut the small 3/4" ceramic or glass tiles or is it suitable for only larger pieces?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 11:53AM
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