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How to cut ceramic tiles

Cutting Ceramic Tiles

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Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 14:43

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Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 14:43

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Learn how to cut ceramic tiles using a hand cutter, grinder, and water cooled table saw.

Ceramic Tile Cutter

An important part of ceramic tiling is the ability to cut the ceramic tiles to size. Using a ceramic tile cutter is a fast and effective way of cutting tiles while laying. The cutters use a small tungsten carbide wheel, which sores the ceramic tile surface and then you bring the handle down to apply pressure on each side of the tile cut which snaps the tile. As long as you want to make straight cuts they can mostly done on a ceramic tile cutter.


  • Fast and clean
  • Your straight cuts can be cut at different degrees For example 90deg. , and 45deg.
  • They are come in large sizes to accommodate large tiles


  • Can only cut straight lines
  • Cannot cut less than 10-15mm off the edge of a tile.

Cutting tiles with a small grinder

You can easily cut ceramic tiles using a small hand grinder 100mm or 115mm / 4 inch or 4 3/4 inch are the best for this job. You will also need a ceramic tile grinder disc with is smooth and has small amounts of industrial diamonds in the disc which cuts the tile.