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Old 10-16-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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Can marble tiles be cut by scoring and snapping them?


Before I purchase marble tiles, I was wondering if I can use my ceramic tile cutter, that scores and snaps the tile?

Also, can nippers be used on marble tiles?

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Marble is a stone usually cut with a tile wet-saw. Marble is also stronger than ceramic. I don't think your method will work. I could be wrong though..

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Wet saws and diamond blades dry or wet on a grinder, NO snap cutters.

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Thanks a lot for the info. I guess I will switch the type of tile that I was going to use, as I really don't want to buy a tile saw.
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marble has no ' grain ' therefore can't be snapped,,, why anyone'd want to use marble's beyond me, tho - this is concrete !
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Thanks a lot for the info. I guess I will switch the type of tile that I was going to use, as I really don't want to buy a tile saw.
Rent one for the day. Wouldn't be that much.
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Can marble tiles be cut by scoring and snapping them?


I think I will do that, because I really want to put in marble tiles just behind the pedestal sink from the bottom all the way up to the ceiling. Approx. 2 1/2 feet by 8 feet.

The saw that I would rent, I imagine would be a wet saw. Ok, now this really sounds like a dumb question but I imagine I have to hook it up to a hose or something? Would it not make a complete mess because of the water. Or do I have to do the cutting outside.

Maybe I should go back to my original idea and change tiles. ......
I probably slice a couple of fingers while I'm at it.......

Is there not a hand saw for this type of tile? Just wondering......
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The concrete flooring looks great!

I really like it. But my marble would not be on the floor. I would never use marble for the floor.

Just a sort of decorative feature in my powder room, and at the same time, prevent the wall just behind the pedestal sink from water splashing paint chipping, etc.
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Wet saws are not very complicated to use. The wet saw I borrowed before simply looked like a mini-table saw, that had a tray of water under it. The blade would spin through the water under the cutting table, and thus be wet. You'd have to empty the tray of sludge/debris and refill the water every once in a while.

It was a cheapo saw that I borrowed, but it got the job done.
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Can marble tiles be cut by scoring and snapping them?


I have used a mitre saw before.

I thought that you may have had to attach a hose to it........
thus creating a mess.

Thanks for the info.
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The good ones have a water pump in the tray, but all of them should be set up outside, if you can only cut inside, you will have to rig up something to contain the over spray and the water that falls off the tile and on to the floor as they are cut.
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They are messy...easy, but messy. The little rubber flapper behind the blade stops a lot of the spray, but not all of it, so you may get a little racing stripe on a wall if you are doing this inside. Best to set up outside.

I've been doing my "project" between my day job and sleeping, so I don't always have big blocks of time. My project is nearing the end, but I have left myself with some tiling...kitchen back splash (95% complete), entry floor (done), front porch, and bathroom shower. Most things are nice and square, square tile...should be easy. Along comes the designer (wife)...oh, no, these need to be at a 45, oh, and all these corners need to be trimmed for the accent tiles, and the arch behind the stove in the backsplash, and.....Needless to say buying a used tile saw on craigslist and selling it for close to what I paid for it makes far better financial sense than renting a saw for what I need. Owning the saw I can work at my own (slow) pace.
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honestly you can get a wet tile saw for about $100 and it will do the job great. I thought when I started my job that I would need a massive wet tile saw but my boss is a pro tile guy and told me about his cheap tile saw he uses. I went and got one and used it on marble tiles and 1 inch thick marble slab. This thing but no problem. One thing that I recommend is that if you are cutting marble dont cut dry. Marble chips when you cut dry so your lines wont be precision lines.

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Can marble tiles be cut by scoring and snapping them?


I think I may rent one from HD.

I only need to cut a small amount of tiles, that I plan on putting in behind my pedestal sink, about 2 1/2 feet by 8 feet.

A wet saw for $100? I thought they would be much more expensive. I wonder if it would do a good job?

Hey, you are from T.O. So am I.......
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yep I'm from T.O.

I'm from scarlem or scarborough area. I have a 1950's house and am renoing the the updstairs bathroom right now.


Don't be fooled by the price...so was I. My boss as I said is a pro tiler and he told me about it. He uses the same saw on all his jobs. I used it and it works amazing. Honestly, I cut a 1 inch marble slab with it. It's great for marble and ceramics, as well as porcelain. I'm not sure about granite though...i think that is a harder grade stone and might need a more heavy duty saw. Who knows though it might just work.

Good saw. I got it for $79 at Rona with the 15% off everything event. Its already paid for itself.


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