Thanks to their non-slip qualities, quarry tiles are an excellent choice for high-traffic areas of your home.
If you’re planning to cut quarry tiles yourself, this step-by-step guide shows you how to cut quarry tiles safely and efficiently.
Tools & Materials
Here’s what you’ll need before you get started:
- Tape Measure
- Grease pencil
- Tile Cutting Board
- Wet tile saw/diamond wheel saw
- PPE: Goggles/Gloves
- Sheets to cover room if needed
How to Cut Quarry Tiles – Step-By-Step Guide
Step 1 – Buy or Hire a Wet Saw
The best wet tile saws cost approx £800 to purchase, or around £80 a day to hire. Note: Prices vary depending on the size of the cutter.
Step 2 – Mark the Area to be Cut
Using your grease pencil (or a washable marker), mark the tile where you want to cut. Use a straightedge and a tape measure to ensure your lines are straight and accurate.
Step 3 – Check the Water Levels of the Wet Saw
Ensure you fill up the saw to the correct water level. You can use tap water for this step. Note: Some models may use an open reservoir tray underneath the saw table.
Step 4 – Set the Guide Plate
Most wet saws feature guide plates that you adjust depending on where you want to cut.
The plate holds the tile still as you make your cut. Ensure your tile is fitted snugly against this guide plate.
If the section of tile you’re removing is part of the vertical edge, place the tile horizontally, or vice versa.
Step 5 – Turn on the Blade
Turn the saw on and let the blade run for around 20 seconds. This step allows it to reach full velocity.
To protect against injury, ensure you’re wearing goggles at this stage. Otherwise, water may get into your eyes and affect your vision.
Step 6 – Slowly Feed the Tile into the Blade
Feed in the tiles delicately towards the blade. Allow the blade to cut the tile smoothly without forcing it.
If you try and force it, you may crack the tile or, even worse, slip and cut your fingers.
Step 7 – Turn Off the Machine and Remove the Tile
Once you’ve turned off the saw, wait another 10 seconds for the blade to stop spinning. Failure to do this could lead to serious injury!
Remove the cut tile, wipe clean any remaining pencil marks, and you’re all set!
Quarry tiles are a popular choice, and they’re relatively easy to cut with the correct equipment.
After reading my step-by-step guide, I hope you feel confident cutting quarry tiles at home, safely and effectively.
If you’re looking to purchase a wet tile saw, check out our guide to the best electric tile cutters in the UK.
FAQ – How To Cut Quarry Tiles
What do you cut quarry tiles with?
How do you cut terracotta tiles by hand?
To cut terracotta tiles by hand, use a 48 fine tooth bladed hacksaw, go slowly and only use a small degree of pressure to prevent the tiles from breaking.
Can you cut tiles without a tile cutter?
Yes, you can cut tiles using a hammer and scribe. However, this method is more complex and is often less accurate.
How do you cut stone tile with a grinder?
Serrated blades are best suited for cutting stone tiles with a grinder. Fix the tile in place and mark the cut you wish to make. Gently increase pressure with the grinder and follow the marked line carefully to cut the tile.