I have about two dozen tiles to cut and I really don't want to rent or buy a
tile cutting machine for a few days. Anyone try cutting tiles with circular saw
with diamond tips blade?
Any advice and suggestion greatly appreciated.
you can use an abrasive blade, but it throws an immense amount of dust,
chips the edge of the tile, and the dust can destroy your saw & lungs. a dry
diamond blade will work the same as an abrasive blade. a wet diamond blade
will be destroyed using it dry.
save all your cuts for a single day, or mark them up and take it to a tile
store/home depot and they'll cut it for you. you can also buy a really cheap
wet tile saw at home depot for less than a 2 day rental cost.
The blades don't have tips. Any sort of tooth would grab and shatter
the tile. You should always cut tile with a wet diamond blade.
Besides the ridiculous amounts of dust you'd kick up, the dry blade
would heat up the tile and possibly crack it.
The easiest thing to do is to buy a wet saw (whether new or used) with
a diamond blade and sell it on eBay when you're done. If you buy it
used you'll get back most if not all of your money.
I have a Rotozip with the circular wheel saw attachment. It works well with
the diamond wheel as I tried it in a old piece of tile but what a mess of
flying sparks and dust. I would rent or buy a cheap wet tile saw like the 1
HP version that usually goes for $140 or so at HD or other places will cut
the tile for like a dollar per cut but you may have to show that you bought
it from them. --- Steve
I have used the carbide jigsaw blade. It does work, but the blades
don't last longe. I only needed it for some round cuts in a few tiles.
I still went through two blades. So as a strategy for a numbers of
linear cuts, I would not recommend it.
Radio Control Aircraft/Paintball Physics/Paintball for 40+
I used carbide roto-zip "blades" to cut round holes in wall tile
for the dryer exhaust, etc. They cut through wall tile like
butter. OTHO, when I tried to cut holes for the toilets, the tile
laughed at the idea and the roto-zip bits turned red with
embarrassment not a tile was harmed. I ended up making the floor
holes using the death-of-a-thousand-cuts technique on the wet saw.
Nooooo... to the circular saw thing..... If all you have are 12
tiles, then that is not worth even getting into a cheap wet saw. I
have seen cheap wet saws for $45 at tool discount houses but they are
really pieces of crap and can only handle 6 inch tiles. I would
search out a tile layer and pay him to cut that dozen tile for you. I
have had local people search me out to cut a few tile for them and I
usually do it for nothing. Being nice and doing it for free has led
to tile jobs for me in the past.
Sooo. check out your local tile layers.....
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