Things You'll Need
A Workforce tile cutter uses a diamond tipped circular saw blade to cut ceramic or porcelain tile. While cutting tile, the tip of the blade generates heat as it cuts into the ceramic or porcelain tile. The heat generated during the cutting process can build up to a point that the tile can crack before you complete the cut. To reduce the heat generated during the cutting process, the Workforce tile cutter circulates water around the diamond tipped blade.
Set up the Workforce tile cutter in an area that cannot be damaged by the water discharged from the saw while you are cutting a ceramic tile. Do not plug the tile cutter into an electrical socket yet.
Check the tightness of the nut holding the diamond tipped blade in place by placing the wrench packaged with the Workforce tile cutter onto the nut. Turn the nut clockwise with the wrench until the nut no longer turns.
Fill the water tray of the tile cutter with clean water, put on your safety glasses and face shield, and plug the tile cutter into an electrical outlet.
Turn on the Workforce tile cutter. Wait for the water to run from the diamond tipped cutting blade before continuing to Step 5.
Place the tile flat, with the finished side up, on the slide bar located on top of the Workforce tile cutter.
Set your hands on either side of the ceramic tile. Make sure you keep your hands clear of the spinning saw blade.
Push the tile into the spinning saw blade. Continue pushing until the ceramic tile is cut into two pieces.
Turn off the Workforce tile cutter. Remove the water from the tile by wiping the tile with a dry rag.
C.L. Rease , based in Texas, has been a professional construction and outdoor writer since 2003. His articles have appeared in The News-Press, a local Southwest Florida newspaper and a small Southwest Florida fishing magazine. Rease served a four year apprenticeship to become a union sheet metal journeyman and earned a construction management degree from Florida State University.