How does a wet tile saw work?


Quick Answer

Wet tile saws use a diamond-coated blade to abrade tile, rather than cut it. Less expensive wet tile saws have a small tube that partially submerges the blade in order to keep it wet. More expensive versions have small pumps that continuously direct water into the blade.

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Wet saws are used in a similar manner as table saws in that the workpiece is slowly fed into a rotating blade until a cut is complete. Tile saws commonly include guide fences, which are used to maintain straight cuts. The workpiece is pressed firmly against the fence, and the fence is moved along a track parallel to the blade. Curved cuts can be made using wet saws by cutting small slivers normal to the desired curve. These small slivers are then removed using tile nips or by hand.

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