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The Back Butter Buddy Review

Discussion in 'Tilers Forum' started by jay, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Need to get the reviews together post them in here please .There are 12 out there so need 12 reviews with pics

    RAY - 1 ( Garth – 1 )
    Andy Carroll - 1
    Andrew O'Sullivan -1
    Neale Pitts - 1
    Amir Patwa - 1
    Andrew McKnight - 1
    Craig Powell - 1
    John Simons - 1
    Albert Donnelly - 1
    Mark Ellam - 1
    “LEE” @ Protilers - 1

    Just in case you have not seen the list

    no pressure :)
  2. Protilers

    Protilers Guest

    how did you get hold of that list?...........do you work for MI5?.......

    its late in the UK...but I think I have given an honest review already.......

    what do you want a bit of a vid?............I will go to Ray's place and will will bash something together............ if he is up for it?

    all the best

  3. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Post your review in here fella don't care if you copy and paste want to get them all together if possible,
    vid would be nice can you show top and bottom of the product for me please
  4. AOS Tiling

    AOS Tiling Superb Contributor

    Problem with the bucket size I'm afraid. I have tried:
    Bal Mixing Bucket
    Schluter Bucket
    Fired Earth Grout Bucket
    McPherson Paint Bucket
    Dunlop Paint Bucket
    Ultra Tubbed Adhesive bucket.

    For me, it has to sit on a bucket or at least a portable and stable object for it to be of any benefit.

    Secondly, my initial thoughts are that the build quality is quite lightweight and while I don't doubt Phils claim that it will take up to 200lbs in weight, I'd wonder about the durability of the product and how long it might last. Not just the wear and tear of daily use but also the rough handling it will need to endure in the back of a van. I think Phil said it retailed for $30 (?), I'd prefer to pay twice that or more for a more robust tool that would take the hammering I would expect it to receive. Ok, I haven't tested the durability theory so maybe my review is a little harsh, but having handled the tool, that's my initial instinct. If we can find a suitable bucket,then my durability theory can be tested.

  5. Tommyzooom

    Tommyzooom Top Notch Contributor

    Initial thoughts on it are it does seem a bit flimsy, but I haven't site-tested it yet, as it won't fit on any of my buckets either, I put some pictures on another thread, and I'll copy them here

    Many thanks to Phil for sending this out, and kudos to Ray for forwarding this to me in sparkling Christmas paper:thumbsup:
    Well I went out to take a few pics of the buckets in the garage. I have to agree that it would be much better if it would sit on a bucket for the reasons stated above.
    The buckets in question

    Three of the ready mixed buckets, though from three different manufacturers, were identical, and seemed to be a generic bucket most tilers would have about them, As you'll see they are slightly too small for the BBB, at 280mm (275 internal)
    DSC_0205.jpg DSC_0206.jpg I also had an empty emulsion paint bucket, again fairly standard and easily available to most tilers, this was larger,at 295mm, but again was too small for the BBB
    DSC_0207.jpg DSC_0208.jpg
    The larger Larsen bucket was too big for the BBB, but as I was given these for mixing in, and I have never seen them before, they may be an odd size

    Phil, if future models could have the recess on the underside widened slightly, so that it was able to accomodate both these buckets, It would fit a greater range of buckets available to tilers, yes it won't be a tight fit on some, but does it need to be?
    Or a few of the non-slip "dots" on the underside also, and do this??.....
    I'll try it on site next week and see how we get on
  6. Phil

    Phil Junior Contributor

  7. Protilers

    Protilers Guest

    was not just from me.....it was from Ray, Gary and myself!..........all the best
    jay and Albert like this.
  8. Mattonella

    Mattonella Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Nice video. It's a good job that bucket didn't collapse when you were holding your brew.
  9. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Nice work there Lee Ray and gary
    just thought of another one for you boys what is whiter Lees shorts or his legs (get some sun there Lee )
  10. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Seem to be waiting on a few more reviews
  11. ATS Diamond Tools

    ATS Diamond Tools Tiling Product Supplier

    It looks like a useful product for larger areas. Say you're doing a big floor, have one fitter back buttering and passing the tiles to a second fitter to set. I can see that speeding up fitting quite considerably.

    In a small room it's just going to be a bit more clutter to trip over.
    jay likes this.
  12. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Yeah have to agree mind you the DIYer or newbie who has not mastered the the skill to turn the trowel around (one handed) might find it useful too
  13. TomAstley

    TomAstley Junior Contributor

    Why can't the tile/adhesive manufacturers just produce something where back buttering is not necessary?
  14. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    perfectly flat tile and a perfectly flat substrate ???? nah your dreaming fella :)
  15. DavidCarr

    DavidCarr Tiling Forum Admin Staff Member

    Move back to sensible sized tiles, anything more than 6" square is a waste :D

    Bring back geometrics!
    jay likes this.
  16. TomAstley

    TomAstley Junior Contributor

    What has back buttering got to do with a flat tile?
  17. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Why do we only have to back butter tiles over 300mmx300mm
  18. TomAstley

    TomAstley Junior Contributor

    Is that the law?
  19. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    oops sorry standards in Aus might not be the same over there

    mind you would you back butter a 200 x 200
  20. TomAstley

    TomAstley Junior Contributor

    My point is Jay - what is the purpose of back buttering? It has nothing to do with size.

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