Rubi Tools – TR-600 Magnet Tile Cutter
Table Of Contents
- 1 Rubi Tools – TR-600 Magnet Tile Cutter
- 2 Full In-Depth Review
- 2.1 Rubi TR-600 MAGNET Tile Cutter Review
- 2.2 Rubi Tile Cutters Vs Sigma Vs Montolit Tile Cutters
- 2.3 Conclusion – The Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter
- 2.4 RUBI TR-Magnet Tile Cutter Picture Galley
- 22.214.171.124.0.1 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (20)
- 126.96.36.199.0.2 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (17)
- 188.8.131.52.0.3 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (26)
- 184.108.40.206.0.4 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (4)
- 220.127.116.11.0.5 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (23)
- 18.104.22.168.0.6 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (24)
- 22.214.171.124.0.7 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (11)
- 126.96.36.199.0.8 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (10)
- 188.8.131.52.0.9 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (2)
- 184.108.40.206.0.10 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (15)
- 220.127.116.11.0.11 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (22)
- 18.104.22.168.0.12 Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter (6)
- 2.5 RUBI TR-Magnet Tile Cutter Buying Links
Full In-Depth Review
I review the new TR-600 Magnet Tile Cutter made by Rubi Tools to see if it lives up to the high standards that Rubi manual tile cutters have set in the past.
It’s the latest update in the Rubi TR-S tile cutter line featuring 200kgs more breaking power in the same sized package and a revolutionary new Magnet system that allows for one-handed operation.
Are the new features game changers or mere gimmicks to sell more tile cutters?
The Rubi TR-Magnet will take on the gruelling task of being my main snap and score tile cutter as I find out if these features live up to the task of making it a true professionals tile cutter.
Will the Rubi TR-Magnet handle the pressures of the job be crushed beneath them like a cheap QEP Tile Cutter?
Read on and find out as I take the Rubi TR-Magnet to work!
Rubi TR-MAGNET Tile Cutter Quick Specs:
Do note that although this review is about the Rubi TR-600, it will still apply to the TR-710 tile cutter as they are the same tile cutter except the 710 is larger to accommodate bigger tiles. Separating power and features remain the same.
If you are looking at purchasing the TR-710 Tile Cutter, this review still applies to you!
Rubi TR-Magnet 600 Manual Tile Cutter
Rubi TR-Magnet 710 Manual Tile Cutter
- Cutting length – 60 cm (24inches)
- Diagonal cutting length – 42x42 cm (17x17 inches)
- Cutting height – 3-15 mm (5/8”)
- Separator power – 800 kg (1764lbs)
- With carrying case – YES
- Weight: 10 KG (22lbs)
Rubi TR-MAGNET Tile Cutter FEATURES:
- One piece alloy ruler bar
- Ability to cut ceramic, porcelain and mosaic tile.
- Moving breaking system – great for diagonal cuts
- Sprung base with built-in shock absorption
- Repetitive angular cuts from 0 to 45° both ways
- Direct view of the cutting and scoring line
- Fold out outrigger arms support larger tiles
- 5-year guarantee
- Soft grip handle.
- Reinforced components result in increased breaking power.
- Built-in central pivot swivel square for quick and precise measurement of angular cuts in the -45º to 0° to 45° range.
- Solid steel guides- chromed and rectified, with anti-corrosion treatment for greater resistance to bending and increased reliability.
- Lateral stop for repetitive cuts – set a size and go.
- Interchangeable scoring wheels available between Ø 6mm -22mm for all types of tiles.
- High-strength aluminum base.
What all this means:
All these features boil down to this, this porcelain tile cutter will cut accurately day in and day out.
Today, tomorrow, next year.
You can trust that it will cut your tiles perfectly straight and if you set a size, you can rip how many tiles you need to that set dimension.
It will cut any porcelain tile you encounter without taking chips out of the glaze and breaking it into pieces.
This is a tool for tiling professionals.
You are paid to do the very best job and so your tools need to reflect this.
There is a very strong reason why these Rubi manual tile cutters are priced the way they are. You are paying for the utmost standard of quality that will keep on performing for years to come.
Do not be fooled by the countless tile cutters listed on Amazon that sell for $100-200 as they are made with the cheapest of materials and mass produced in China or Taiwan.
Any of those tile cutters will not last a month of use and the fact some say that they are professional tile cutters is simply ridiculous.
Rubi TR-MAGNET Tile Cutter Pros/Cons
• One-Handed Operation
• Powerful enough to cut any ceramic and porcelain tile
• Easily cuts anything from the smallest subway tile to a large format porcelain
• Moving breaker bar ensures higher success rate for tricky cuts
• Exceptional build quality and design.
• It’s not just a ceramic tile cutter. It’s also a porcelain tile cutter, perfect for tough, modern tiles.
• NOT MADE IN CHINA!
• Size – with the swinging crossbar it takes up a lot of room in the work area.
• Weight – lugging it out of the work truck every morning is never fun.
Seriously, the con section is almost comical in this review as there aren’t any real ones.
All the cons are reflective of this tile cutters abilities.
It needs to be large in order to fit large tiles and it has to be built of powerful metals in order to produce the 800kg breaking strength which makes it heavy.
These things are just the price we pay to have the very best porcelain tile cutter, no one ever said tiling is easy and heavy lifting is just par for the course of this business.
Rubi TR-600 MAGNET Tile Cutter Review
Out With the Old – Retiring my Rubi TS-50 Tile Cutter
Even the best tools need to be retired at some point, either they stop being as effective as they once were, the materials have worn away, or you simply want to try something new for a change.
For me, it was all those things.
I had been using the Rubi TS line of ceramic tile cutters for over 10 years as my main ceramic/porcelain tile cutter for small tiles under 50cm’s in length.
Anything from ceramics, mosaics and porcelain felt the Spanish precision of my tile cutter as I used them day in and out for thousands of tiling jobs.
I was never let down by the simple yet effective ceramic tile cutters that were as robust as they were effective and when one reached retirement, I went and purchased a new one.
As old as the TS-line of snap and score tile cutters is, the design has managed to keep up with every-changing tile trends and materials, and even though tiles have gotten thicker and tougher, the Rubi TS still managed to snap em cleanly.
So when it was time to retire my latest Rubi TS-50 tile cutter, my initial plans were to simply get a new one.
My Rubi Star tile cutter that I had previously reviewed got sold to a buddy after he fell in love with the thing on one job. Coming from a former Montolit fan-boy, it was a welcome surprise to see him enjoying the Rubi tile cutter.
So with only my Rubi TX-900-N left in the stable, I needed a small tile cutter to handle those merciful jobs that didn’t involve large format tiles.
Having already learned my lesson that any tile cutter wearing the QEP, Brutus – or whatever other names the Chinese slapped on their tile cutters – were utter garbage for professional tiling use, I went straight to Rubi Tile Cutters.
I wanted a Rubi tile cutter that was in the 50cm range to handle the smaller end of the tile size spectrum and after doing a little research and hands-on playing, I chose the Rubi TR-600 Magnet porcelain tile cutter.
First Impressions of the Rubi TR Magnet Tile Cutter
It was very clearly a step above my old Rubi TS-50 as it wore the chassis of the old Rubi TR line that I own a couple of. (I have over 10 Rubi Tile cutters in storage, it’s almost a museum.)
The Rubi TR line is designed for heavier tiles and boasted much larger breaking power over the lighter and more compact TS tile cutters and the TR-Magnet is the latest model in this series.
The TR-Magnet is the updated version of the Rubi TR, containing many of the same parts but with boosted breaking power and the magnet breaking head that allows for one-handed tile cutting.
So at first, I was thinking that maybe the TR-Magnet professional tile cutter was a bit overkill for the work I need it to do as it was overlapping the skill set of my TX-900-N porcelain tile cutter.
What sold me was the fact I could now cut those ever-popular 12x24 inch porcelain tiles (30x60cm) without breaking out the big boy TX-900-N. That hulk of a tile cutter needs a lot of room to set up and was overkill for the 12x24 tiles I am commonly working with.
Rubi has done away with the traditional drop lever system on it’s mobile breaking system that was featured on the old TR and still resides in the TX line of porcelain tile cutters.
Instead of having to drop the lever to cut break a tile, you simply lift the large handle up slightly and the magnet release and drops the breaker bar neatly in place.
The same handle you used to score the line has now become the breaking lever. Simply press down and break the tile in two.
Just like any other score and snap tile cutter.
To reset the breaker bar for the next cut, you simply raise it back with your hand or tug your arm back. The magnet catches the breaker bar and you are ready to score a tile once again.
As the months went by with the Rubi TR-Magnet, it scored and snapped any sort of tile I threw at it. No matter the thickness or material.
The rest of the Rubi TR-Magnet is nearly identical to the TR line of cutters, hence the model name. It is a Rubi TR tile cutter, it just has the new magnet system and a quick release back plate.
The backplate is no longer held onto the tile cutter via a red knob that required tightening and retightening after each cutting session.
Following the idea of speed and simplicity, the backplate is now tightened with a spring-loaded quick-release tab that allows the backing plate to slide to various angles or being released all together, in a matter of moments.
Simply pop it up with a finger and you can adjust the backing plate to your desired angle or lift off the plate all together to allow the cutter to be fitted back in it’s case.
It took me a moment to figure out what was going on here, the first time I took it out of the box, but quickly that little light dimmed in my head and I worked it out.
It’s another great piece of innovation and I can’t say any ill towards it. It is simply taking what was good before and making it better and quicker to use.
It’s the tile cutter 2.0.
Rubi Tools has been making tile cutters since 1951 and their experience as the inventors of the first tile cutter truly shows in every tile cutter they release.
The TR-Magnet is no exception.
Everything works with a smooth precision and there are no harsh edges, bolts holding everything together or lose components. (I’m looking at you QEP.)
Anyone can tell that this is a professional tile cutter and it’s one of the best tile cutters currently available in this size.
Nothing negative can be said about the materials used or the build quality of this tile cutter and it’s all backed up by a 5-year warranty.
The best a QEP tile cutter can do is one year.
All this is wrapped up a traditional Rubi hard case cover that keeps your precision instrument safe and calibrated no matter how rough the road to your next job site is.
I see a porcelain tile cutter as a precision instrument like a set of calipers, with its twin rods ensuring every cut is perfectly straight to a 90° angle, you need to keep it safe.
The hard case that comes with the Rubi TR-Magnet does that and gives you the excellent piece of mind that your investment will be straight for years to come.
So my first impressions of my new Rubi tile cutter were altogether positive.
The learning curve of the new features was a fun one as I learned how to operate the latest trick up Rubi’s sleeve and as I used it in the months to come, I began to love the Rubi TR-Magnet more and more.
Long Term use of the Rubi TR Magnet Tile Cutter
The first morning I lugged it out of the bed of my Ram pickup, I knew the day was gonna go great and I was gonna slay those tiles.
Popped open the red carrying case, set up my brand new porcelain tile cutter and wowed the hell out of the homeowners.
And it only got better from there.
What’s there to say besides over exaggerating a day that went smooth as silk. I knocked out a kitchen, laundry and bathroom floor in one day using the Rubi TR-Magnet.
The magnet system performed without missing a beat and the massive handle packed so much breaking power, the 12x24 porcelain tiles I was laying didn’t stand a chance.
They broke clean, straight and without any wastage all day.
Did I mention I only had to use one hand? Apart from setting up the tile, the scoring and snapping is entirely handled by one hand.
Gone are the days of having to reach over the tile cutter to reach the breaker bar like the Rubi TS, now you can do it all with one hand, besides the simplicity, this increases workflow and cutting speed dramatically.
The newly designed lateral stop is easier to use as well, with a large plastic stopper that can be set straight or to a 90° angle depending on the size of the cut you require.
The Weeks Goes By And I Learn Some Tricks.
Over the coming weeks and months, I experienced cutting a myriad of different tiles with the Rubi TR-Magnet tile cutter and learned how to get the most out of it.
The main thing I learned is that this is a very powerful porcelain tile cutter and that super-sized handle can very easy pulverize smaller tiles while scoring them.
You do not need to lean so hard on it during scoring, your scoring strength is dramatically increased thanks to the length of the handle, so you can go easier on it during scoring.
This is prudent to remember, especially when cutting subway tiles or 12x12 inch porcelain tiles or smaller.
This change in scoring was by far the biggest change and skill I needed to learn during my initial training with the new porcelain tile cutter.
After that, it was smooth cutting all the way.
On one job I was brazen enough to try cutting heavily textured 12x24 tiles, something I usually left to my handheld tile saw.
You know what?
It did great.
I scored the tile a few times to make sure I got into every crevice, dropped the handle and boom, beautiful straight cut.
Instantly my work speed had doubled since now I didn’t have to make every cut manually on the handheld tile saw. The Rubi TR-Magnet ceramic tile cutter was quickly paying for itself.
Rubi Tile Cutters Vs Sigma Vs Montolit Tile Cutters
In the professional tile cutter game, there are three main players: Rubi Tools, Sigma and Montolit tile cutters.
I see it as a battle of Chevy vs Ford vs Ram pickups. Everyone has their favorite preference as the unique features of every brand best suit them for their ceramic cutting tool of choice.
They are all built of top quality materials, designed for the professional tiler and will last longer than a week.
Sadly it appears internet reviewers do not see this as other websites reviewing tile cutters say that the best tile cutter is a QEP 24 inch tile cutter.
Just do your best to ignore those sites as I truly doubt they ever actually cut a tile with a tile cutter, let alone seen one apart from pictures online.
The ranting aside, with experience using Rubi, Sigma and Montolit tile cutters, why did I end up choosing Rubi as my tile cutter of choice?
There are a few reasons:
The tile cutter handles.
Unlike both Sigma and Montolit that feature a single rail and a bent handle that both scores and breaks, I found the straight handle of the Rubi tile cutters to offer the best all-day comfort.
If you find yourself with a large job and are cutting tiles all day, every day, the strain of scoring and snapping tiles ends up in your wrist, to the point where you can’t move it anymore.
I was subbing with a guy that had a couple of Sigma’s and we were tiling the whole entire reception area, bathroom and utility rooms of a heliport.
There were cuts aplenty, especially in the long corridors and in the bathrooms.
Well after a week of that my wrist had it and I was in the hospital getting my wrist x-rayed.
“Your a sissy Carl, go deliver papers if you can’t handle the strain!”
I can hear you yelling it at your PC’s and smartphones while reading this and trust me, I was thinking the same thing.
My wife even said it for Pete’s sake!
Guess what, I found myself using a Sigma tile cutter a few months later and the same problems resurfaced.
I couldn’t play the banjo for a while after that, life lost its lustre.
Feeling like an idiot I chatted up the guys at tile stores and other fellow tilers and asked them if they had any issues with the crooked handles of the Sigma and Montolit tile cutters.
While the younger guys said they didn’t mind so much, the more experienced grey-hairs were nodding in agreement and pointed out those crooked handles.
The handle on the Rubi tile cutters allows your arm to do the heavy work while your wrist simply guides it.
So if you are scoring tiles or snapping thick porcelains, a lot of that strain is removed from your wrist as it’s left straight and out of the tension point.
After 25 years of using Rubi ceramic and porcelain tile cutters, I can honestly say I have never had problems with a sore wrist or arm from using them.
Wider breaker bars distribute the force more evenly across the surface of the tile and help in creating a clean cut.
Less Complicated over Sigma, Montolit Tile Cutters.
There are no unnecessary bits to complicate the action of the tile cutter or anything getting in the way.
Another factor that I previously mentioned in my other Rubi tile cutter reviews is that they contain fiddly pieces that can be damaged easily.
There are no springs in the handle, no delicate capsules of lubricating oil to ensure the blade keeps turning during cuts.
You can throw a Rubi tile cutter off a roof and it’ll keep going without issue.
It probably won’t cut as straight, but it’ll keep going.
I hesitate to say the same about Montolit or Sigma tile cutters with their multitude of springs and locking levers.
Sigma isn’t as bad as Montolit in this regard but their designs are very similar, it’s just that Monti tile cutters seem as complicated as a 70’s Ferrari V12 engine.
You just give the blade and the rails a quick squirt of WD-40 or CRC and it’ll keep cutting all day without any stopages.
Most of us always have one of these cans of lubricant kicking around our work horses and so it’s not an additional item we need to stock up on to get the job done.
Some might argue that the magnet system on the new Rubi TR-Magnet is a gimmick and overly complicated with a part that may fail.
In my 6 months of using the TR-Magnet porcelain tile cutter on a nearly daily basis, I have yet to see evidence of this.
Apart from the usual dirt and thinset stains, my tile cutter is working as good as it did on it’s very first day.
The magnet still holds great and has not been of any issue yet. If it gets dirty or obstructed, one can simply wipe it clean. (I have had no need to do this yet.)
So in my experience, no the new system isn’t proving to be overly complicated or gimmicky, it’s just streamlined the tile cutting experience with newer engineering.
The Cutting Blades of Rubi Tile Cutters.
All of Rubi’s ceramic and porcelain tile cutters (excluding the TP-S) make use of their patented scoring blades.
These are specially machined rods that slot into a Rubi tile cutters handle section and tightened in place. The scoring wheel is made from hardened tungsten carbide and can score the surface of any tile including glass.
This versatility is what separates Rubi tile cutters from everyone else.
QEP, Brutus, Sigma and Montolit all use only one type of carbide wheel that screws into the handle and has to cut everything.
Rubi Tools understand that there is a myriad of tiles out there and making a tile cutter for ceramic cutting only just wouldn’t do for the inventor of the tile cutter.
From plain ceramics to textured porcelains, these blades allow you to cut them all with the same tile cutter and get great results each time.
Instead of having to dissamble the tile cutter and add on other pieces or use a different tool altogether, you are given the versatility with the one tool.
Before you think you need to swap blades constantly to suit each different tile, I’ll tell you this:
Just buy any size for your model and see how you like it.
Chances are, you’ll be perfectly happy with the one size and keep using it for months, the only time you’ll be switching it is for a fresh blade.
Personally, I follow the suggested size guide loosly, as I have found over many years of experience that all Rubi scoring blades cut equally as well over a range of tiled materials.
On the packaging they usually say “TM,TX” or “TS,TF,TR” and this tells you for which system the blade will fit.
If you are using a larger tile cutter like the Rubi TX-900-N then the TM,TX system of scoring blades are for you.
The Rubi TR-Magnet uses the smaller TS,TF,TR range of blades.
It’s easy to make a mistake if you don’t observe the packaging but if you stick to Rubi tile cutter systems you’ll end up using both types of blades for your various tile cutters anyway.
I keep a stock of both types in my pickup and don’t have a worry.
I’ll include a link to a nice box set of Rubi scoring blades for the TR-Magnet that covers the sprectrum of different sizes you might require for any job.
This box set should last you atleast a year if you keep them well lubricated.
Take a note of them and use your own diligence to decide which system would be right for you before you take the plunge.
Every system carries its unique advantages and strengths while remaining similarly priced so it comes down to what you feel would benefit your business the most.
It’s no secret which system I carry the flag for, I wouldn’t have written thousands of words in these tile cutters reviews if I didn’t like Rubi tile cutters now would I?
For decades they have provided me with a reliable and effective way of cutting tiles and I would like to pass on that same great experience to anyone that reads this.
End of the day, they work damn well, don’t break, there’s a tile cutter to suit every tile, their available worldwide and most importantly:
THEY MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A BOSS!
Conclusion – The Rubi TR-Magnet Tile Cutter
However, in later years, Rubi Tools have made vast advances in the porcelain tile cutter technology and produced a vastly superior and streamlined tile cutter in the form of the TR-Magnet.
Coming in two models: TR-600 and TR-710 to suit different sized tiles, I opted for the smaller of the two.
With it’s improved breaking power and ability to cut popular tiles like the 12x24 inch, it was the right fit for me and my business.
The increased weight and size of the Rubi TR-Magnet did prove to be a hindrance in comparison to my smaller and lighter TS-50, however, the incredible power and speed of the TR-Magnet quickly made up for it.
Anything from small brick tiles to full 24 inch tiles can be cut with this tile cutter and with the versatility of the Rubi scoring wheel range, I can get a whole lot done with just one tile cutting tool.
To make the transition even easier, the Rubi TR-Magnet uses the same TF,TS,TR scoring blades that my old TS-50 used, so my stock of scoring blades could all be used with the new tile cutter.
If it’s a modern and reliable tile cutter that you are looking for, that can cut diagonally and straight equally well and won’t break the bank, the Rubi TR-Magnet series of tile cutters if for you.
I am one very happy owner of this amazing tile cutter and simply love the magnet system. It’s easy to use, offers clear sight of the scoring line and that massive black handle has a mountain of breaking power behind it.
Since the breaker is mobile, you can crack at various points of the tile to get a break on even the most irritable of tiles.
If your thinking of buying a new professional tile cutter for cutting ceramic or porcelain tile, the Rubi Tools TR-Magnet should definitely at the top of your shopping list.
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