The Tile Saw And Other Tile Cutting Options

 By: Mike Hartwick
Cutting is part of just about every tile installation. Whether that means a large or small quantity of tiles, there is a tile saw to help you get the job done as efficiently and safely as possible. And there are few other options as well. Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics In A Nutshell

Unlike many other cutting tools, this is one which actually uses water in the process. While it relies on a blade to grind through the tile, water is needed to cool down the blade because of the friction. It also helps to reduce the amount of debris created by the cutting which is a big help. Because of this it is also often times called a wet tile saw.

There are different types depending on what you prefer and need. While some have their own water pump others need be attached to an external water source via a hose. Smaller machines are a smart choice for anyone who will only need to cut a moderate amount of tiles and can actually be cheaper than a tile saw rental from your local home store. Of course larger models are designed with the professional in mind and are capable of cutting larger materials, a much higher quantity, and come with accessories to make cutting even more accurate and effortless.

Save And Do It Yourself

Of course if you are a professional you will need your own saw daily to work. But the average homeowner who likes to do some DIY on the weekends or whenever they get a chance can really benefit from owning one as well. With the amount of cash you can save by doing the job yourself even when using a beginner tile saw it’s an investment that will ultimately save you cash even if you only use it a few times. And don’t forget about the satisfaction that comes along with doing the job on your own.

Cutting Alternatives

Of course there are a few other cutting tools you may want to consider. Tile nippers are a very inexpensive way to take small chunks out of pieces of tile. However they are not normally used for ones made from stone. There are ceramic tile nippers which are designed for use with both ceramic and porcelain. And also glass tile nippers for tiles made from glass. You’ll need to choose the right one for the material you are working with. A snap cutter is also a handy cutting tool. This simple option can cut whole ceramic and porcelain tiles by scoring them and then snapping them with what’s known as a breaker bar. If you only need to cut a few tiles this could be a money saving way to do it.

When planning your project don’t forget to keep the info above in mind and pick the tile saw or other cutting tools you’ll need carefully. And always remember to follow all the manufacturer’s guidelines and wear top of the line safety equipment when using one.
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