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Best way to cut existing tile?

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  • #679621
    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I also run into this once in a while. I too use a grinder with a diamond blade plus someone with a vac next to me. The additional dust collection shield may work in some cases but I do think it impedes visibility and it also add a little more to the overall width so your blade can’t get as close as if you had the blade guard totally removed. For the last two inches if it’s creamic tile an OMT with diamond blade might work, however if it’s 3/8″ rectified porcelain floor tiles I haven’t found a way to do it in place the OMT wouldn’t even make a dent. Would love to hear ideas on cutting porcelain tiles in place and in tight places.

    #718001
    marioo
    Pro

    I’ve only cut existing tile one time, was widening the hole in the countertop for a stove insert.

    I used a CHEAP skill saw with one of those super cheap abrasive masonry blades. I also did as another poster suggested and hooked up a shop vac and had a helper hold the nozzle right where the most dust was being created.

    It was DUSTY.

    I draped the work area with plastic tarps.

    The above setup worked REALLY well in my particular case. I did not expect it to go so nicely, but it did… I did not crack even ONE tile.

    #722907

    Greetings!

    Here some useful links which may help you with understanding the process and pick the proper gear:

    Guide about tile cutting
    Ultimate guide cutting tile
    Best tile cutting saws

    If you need any assistance or support with cutting tiles, feel free to ask in this thread or wisp me a PM!

    Warm regards,
    Max

    #722923

    Greetings!

    Here some useful links which may help you with understanding the process and pick the proper gear:

    Guide about tile cutting
    Ultimate guide cutting tile
    Best tile cutting saws

    If you need any assistance or support with cutting tiles, feel free to ask in this thread or wisp me a PM!

    Warm regards,
    Max

    Welcome to BTP Max , go over to the introduce yourself thread and say hello
    Do you own any of those tile cutters

    #722971

    Ye I own DeWalt D24000S, Purchased this saw specifically for a home project that involved cutting 18×18 inch porcellain tiles – price was a major factor in the decision to purchase this particular. Initial setup and alignment are a breeze- just watch your fingers when folding the stand. While working with the saw, a few shortcomings became obvious – the table could be longer or use a back extension to fully support 18×18 in tiles placed diagoanally . The angle/rip guide is too short and has too much play when used in the 45-degree position; for large tiles, a longer and locking guide would be welcome. The water delivery system has it’s quirks – a valve instead of the pinch clamp would be nice to control volume better and the dual system often diverts water to mostly one spout or away from the blade. All in all, well worth the money I spent on it.

    #722982
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Ye I own DeWalt D24000S, Purchased this saw specifically for a home project that involved cutting 18×18 inch porcellain tiles – price was a major factor in the decision to purchase this particular. Initial setup and alignment are a breeze- just watch your fingers when folding the stand. While working with the saw, a few shortcomings became obvious – the table could be longer or use a back extension to fully support 18×18 in tiles placed diagoanally . The angle/rip guide is too short and has too much play when used in the 45-degree position; for large tiles, a longer and locking guide would be welcome. The water delivery system has it’s quirks – a valve instead of the pinch clamp would be nice to control volume better and the dual system often diverts water to mostly one spout or away from the blade. All in all, well worth the money I spent on it.

    You got any pics?? Pic or it never happened.. lol…

    #723002

    Ye I own DeWalt D24000S, Purchased this saw specifically for a home project that involved cutting 18×18 inch porcellain tiles – price was a major factor in the decision to purchase this particular. Initial setup and alignment are a breeze- just watch your fingers when folding the stand. While working with the saw, a few shortcomings became obvious – the table could be longer or use a back extension to fully support 18×18 in tiles placed diagoanally . The angle/rip guide is too short and has too much play when used in the 45-degree position; for large tiles, a longer and locking guide would be welcome. The water delivery system has it’s quirks – a valve instead of the pinch clamp would be nice to control volume better and the dual system often diverts water to mostly one spout or away from the blade. All in all, well worth the money I spent on it.

    Wow that’s a decent amount of money , is this just for the home projects ,or is it for your business ,
    Not sure what you do for work
    Looks like a decent saw.

    #758501
    JagM98
    Pro

    You can pair the grinder with a vacuum but you definitely be needing an extra hand for that. but it works fine.

    #760332

    Dust containing crystalline silica is produced by dry mechanical cutting and grinding of tiles during installation or by operations such as demolition / removal projects. In the event of cutting, grinding, crushing or removing tiles avoid breathing dust by using equipment with integral dust collection and or appropriate exhaust ventilation. Use approved respirators whenever engineering controls are not effective to keep the dust, and particularly the crystalline silica dust, below the workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants limits. Wet cutting methods are recommended.

    #760334

    Dust containing crystalline silica is produced by dry mechanical cutting and grinding of tiles during installation or by operations such as demolition / removal projects. In the event of cutting, grinding, crushing or removing tiles <span class=”gdbbx-bbcode-underline” style=”text-decoration: underline;”>avoid breathing dus</span>t by using equipment with integral dust collection and or appropriate exhaust ventilation. Use approved respirators whenever engineering controls are not effective to keep the dust, and particularly the crystalline silica dust, below the workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants limits. Wet cutting methods are recommended.

    Exactly , and Bosch definitely makes a great dust collection system , either one 9 or 14 gallon , or better yet , that New Bosch dust extractor GAS17-AH17

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