Granite is a popular, very hard, and very dense type of rock. Its durability and beauty make it a common choice for both homes and places of business.
It is relatively expensive to purchase. Calling a stone mason to have it cut and installed will add to your overall expense. To save some money, you can cut granite yourself as a DIY project.
To proceed, you will need the correct safety procedures and cutting tools. There are several tools available for cutting granite including:
- Angle grinders
- Circular Saws
- Miter Saws
- Table Saws
- Tile Saws
Can a Tile Saw Be Operated to Cut Granite?
Yes, and it’s one of the most versatile tools around for cutting various materials.
If you plan on cutting granite for your kitchen or your bathroom, and you own a tile saw or have access to one, you can use this type of saw for cutting.
It will be necessary to have the correct blade installed on your tile saw and this blade should be chosen for the specific type of cutting you wish to do, for example, dry cuts or wet cuts.
A wet tile saw offers the added plus of streaming water onto the blade as it is cutting, thus reducing both dust and heat. For cutting granite, you will need a diamond saw blade. This type of blade can be installed very easily on the tile saw.
Granite can be purchased in long continuous slabs of stone or as granite tiles that are thinner and managed more easily. Granite tiles will cost less than a slab and may provide easier installation depending on where you want to use them.
Advantages of the Tile Saw for Granite Cutting
To begin with, a wet tile saw can be used for cutting thick granite. A very sharp diamond encrusted blade will make cutting easy. Also, the tile saw’s head has the possibility to pivot while cutting meaning you can make various kinds of cuts into your stone as well as from various angles.
It is important to verify what type of cutting your tile saw is intended for, whether wet or dry cuts.
If you have a wet cut tile saw, avoid attempting to do dry cuts with it. Some tile saws can do both types, so you can select depending on your cutting needs. Wet tile saws are particularly indicated for heat and dust reduction during granite cutting.