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jsimdawg 03-07-2012 09:13 PM

Diagonal porcelain tile cut with a skil saw.
I need to cut several 18" porcelain tiles in half diagonally. If I use a skil saw, should I start the cut by easing into a corner, or should I start the cut by easing the saw down somewhere along the line in the middle? Is there a performance benefit if I use a dry diamond blade versus a wet blade? Thanks much.

joecaption 03-07-2012 09:23 PM

I hope your kidding, that's the last type saw I would use for this job.
1, bridge style saw.
2, Cheap to buy table saw type tile saw.
3, 4-1/2" right angle grinder with a diamond blade.
All would be far better then a ciruler saw.

jsimdawg 03-07-2012 09:49 PM

Diagonal porcelain tile cut with skil saw
Thanks for the advice. This is a small bathroom project, so didn't want to spend too much on a specialized tile table saw that I may never use again. I have found that to cut an 18 inch tile diagonally requires a much larger tile table saw. My two favorite local tool rental companies don't have a wet table saw that would work.

My expectation would be that I'd build a jig that I'd run my skil saw between. The jig would keep the saw from moving left or right as I moved down the line. I'm worried about chipping the tile as I push the saw through through that first corner.

I'll look into your other suggestions.

Thanks again.

joecaption 03-07-2012 09:53 PM

joecaption 03-07-2012 09:57 PM

No matter which way you cut it your going to need a diamond blade.

oh'mike 03-08-2012 05:30 AM

The heat from a dry cut will break your tile---

zircon 03-08-2012 08:40 AM

When I did my bathroom in porcelain tile, the store I bought the tile from also did installation. I worked out with them that they would do the tricky cuts, diagonals and cut outs for outlet boxes etc. I marked the cuts with a sharpie on the tile and dropped off the tiles at their shop and picked up the cut tiles later. You might have a shop do the difficult cuts for you.

md2lgyk 03-08-2012 08:44 AM

Rent a tile saw.

HotelRenovator 03-23-2012 08:47 PM

small project, mainly for you? Use a grinder with a wet blade for the CLEANEST look, diamond does just as well. mark out your cuts, get a straight edge run it along your line and secure it on(use a clamp, or hold it depends on your skills) and run your grinder flush with the straight edge and continue back and forth along the straight edge until the cut is finished.

HotelRenovator 03-23-2012 08:48 PM

but yes wet saw is the best way to go

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