How to Easily Cut Stone Tiles and Stone Veneer With a Wet Saw
Perfect Wet Saw for Cutting Stone Veneer and Stone Tiles
Fill the Water Tray
Lock in the Measurement
How to Cut Stone Tiles and Stone Veneer With a Wet Saw - Makes Cutting Stone Products Easy
When you take on any DIY projects requiring the installation of real stone tiles or stone veneer, you will need to know how to use a Wet Saw. Wet saws come in many sizes physically as well as various motor sizes, blade depth and various options. The Wet Saw is an important tool to provide the finished look for your stone project, allowing precision cuts to be made to form the exact fit required and look desired. A wet saw makes cutting stone products easy.
Depending on the job requirement there are several types of Wet Saws to choose between. Portable hand held wet saws allow you some flexablilty as to where you can cut the tiles. The precision is not as good as bench or table type wet saws but these work well where a rouch cut is all that is required. These generally are best suited for stone tiles alone due to the depth of cut limitation.
The bench type of wet saw is great for those precision cuts and does allow for thicker stone tiles and even many stone veneer facings. I have purchased my own bench style wet saw as they are relatively inexpensive. Since I had taken on many DIY stone tile and stone veneer projects, the bench wet saw paid for itself in no time. I used this saw for cutting the stone tiles and trims for my stone tile shower surround, slate stone tile floor and also my stone veneer fireplace surround, all DIY home renovation projects.
If you have large stone tiles, up to 30 inches in length or if you are looking at installing stone pavers for your sidewalk, patio or driveway, you would be wise to look at renting a Bridge Wet Saw. These wet saws come mounted on a set of rails premounted on a table. With these type of wets saws, you slide the saw to make the cut. The stone tiles or pavers are locked in place and do not move. When I installed my patio stone pavers, I used this type of saw and it cut them effortlessly.
How to Use a Wet Saw - Filling the Water Tray
How to Use a Wet Saw
To use a wet saw, the first thing you need is to setup the wet saw on a stable surface. I always use a Workmate type of portable bench. Make sure the water tray can slide out easily for filling. Ensure you have a long enough extension cord as well.
Fill the water tray up to the line notched within the tray. Do not fill above the line, usually within approx 1\2 inch from the top of the tray.
Measure the stone to be cut. You don't have to place any markings on the stone, simply measure the area where the stone will be placed, and then set the guide arm on the wet saw to the same measurement. There are marked ruler guides on both sides on the saw table. Place the guide firmly in place on the top end to lign up with the desired measurement, then lower the bottom end and hold secure as you fasten the locking lever in place.
Lower the blade shield, put on your safety goggles and then power on the wet saw. Place the stone tile or stone veneer onto the surface and line up with the guide. Holding firmly against the guide, slide the stone forward until the wet saw has completed the cut. Move the free cut stone away from the blade and turn off the wet saw. Once the blade has stopped moving, carefully remove the cut stone piece from between the saw blade and the guide. You can also wipe off the wet stone residue with a spong or cloth.
Always read and follow all safety measures noted in the manual that came with your wet saw. When all cuts have been completed, always clean off the wet saw. Wipe off all residue and empty the water tray. You will have to check the water tray periodically between cuts as the water level will drop. You may even need to clean the tray out completely and refill with fresh water. This is especially true for projects requiring a lot of stone cuts.
How to Use a Wet Saw - Setting the Guide Arm
How to Use a Wet Saw - Cutting the Stone
Types of Wet Saws Used to Cut Stone Tile and Stone Veneer
Types of Wet Saws
4-3/8" Hand-Held Wet Tile Saw - Comes with 10ft water hose, great for stone tiling projects. Allows portability to cut the tiles anywhere. Good for Stone tiles
Motor - 11 amps
Arbor - 20 mm
Bevel Angle range - 0-45 degrees
Blade Diameter - 4 3/8 inches
45 degree cut depth - 7/8 inches
90 degree cut depth - 1.5 inches
length - 10.5 inches
No load RPM - 14,000
Voltage - 120v AC only
Weight - 13 lbs
width - 8.5 inches
7" Wet Tile Saw - Bench style Wet Saw for precision cuts, can cut thicker stone. Has water reservoir for cooling blade, adjustable Rip Fence and Miter Gauge for accurate cuts. Great for stone tiles and stone veneer. These saws are very affordable in the $100 to $200 range or can be rented as well. If you have a few projects, it's worth the money to purchase this style of wet saw. This will handle most stone tiles and stone veneer up to 1.5 inches thick. I have used this for cutting stone tiles for my floor and shower surround as well as stone veneer for my fireplace surround.
Motor - 4.2 amps
Arbor - 5/8 inches
Bevel Angle range - 0-45 degrees
Bevel Stops 0 and 45 Degrees
Blade Diameter - 7 inches
45 degree cut depth - 1 inches
90 degree cut depth - 1 3/8 inches
length - 14 inches
No load RPM - 3,600
Voltage - 120v AC only
Weight - 18 lbs
width - 13.25 inches
30'' Bridge Tile Saw with Water System - Ideal for cutting large format tile including ceramic, porcelain, granite, stone and marble tile. Rips up to 30'' tile and can diagonally cut up to 22'' tile. This Table Wet Saw, saw is mounted on rails, move the saw not the stone. This is more of a heavy duty wet saw, and is great at cutting thicker stones such as paving stones for sidewalk and patio areas. I rented one of these wet saws for cutting paving stones for my patio and side walk entrance and it made the job so easy, cutting bricks was like cutting butter. Prices can range from $500 to over $1000 so definitely cheaper to rent unless you install large stone tiles or paving stones for a living.
Motor: 10.5 Amps / 1362 Watts
Blade Capacity: 8"
Rip Cut: 30" Tile
Diagonal Cut: 22" Tile
Depth of Cut: 1-1/2"
Size: 46.3" L x 19.8" W x 57.5" H (w / stand)
Weight: 121.3 lbs (w / stand)
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Questions & Answers
Does it matter which side of a stone tile is facing up when cutting?
I cut all of my tiles face side up, it has always provided great results.