Ever wonder how to cut pavers? Well this guide will tell you how…
There are three primary types of pavers you will come across: concrete, brick, and stone pavers. When using any of those pavers, there's a good chance that you'll eventually have to cut the pavers into smaller pieces to fill in edges and other gaps. While you can purchase a masonry blade and cut the pavers yourself, it's far easier to call a professional instead. They have access to even larger blades that will make the process simpler and safer for you.
If you're faced with cutting pavers, you may end up making some simple mistakes that could cost you – destroying entire pavers and leaving them worthless. But you don't have to go down that route. Instead, you can check out this simple guide to cutting pavers and ensure that you don't waste a single stone.
We're going to look at a couple of tools you can use to facilitate the process of cutting pavers prior to laying them, whether concrete, brick, or stone. So, let's get right to it…
Paver cutting tools
Choosing the best paver cutting tool will make your whole process of laying down pavers much easier. Here are some of the paver cutting tools you can consider…
- Circular saw
- Angle grinder
- Wet saw
- Paver splitter
Other tools you may need…
Additionally, you'll need dust masks and goggles for your personal safety when you are cutting pavers. Here are some other equipment and tools you may need:
- Dust mask
- Cold chisel
- Non-slip mat
- Work gloves
- Printer's tape
Marking the cut
Before you pick any tool to cut pavers, you'll need to mark the cutting area. This process is easy. Simply measure all the dimensions of where the paver piece is going. After this, make a line across the top of the paver using a pencil and straightedge. You will need to transfer the line into the bottom of the paver.
Using a circular saw/angle grinder
These two tools make a clean and easy cut on the paver regardless of whether they are stone, concrete, or brick. Just make sure you are using a diamond blade for the stone, otherwise you may have issues.
Set the angle grinder/circular saw
Get a work surface that you can put the paver on. Then, adjust the saw blade to cut a shallow depth of 1/8 – 1/4 of an inch.
Cut on the top
Use the saw to cut along the marked area. Start with a shallow cut at the surface. You'll also need to make several pauses to ensure everything goes as planned. After the saw has cut to the set depth, turn it onto the bottom side and repeat.
Break the paver
Now that you have made cuts on both sides, it's imperative to break the paver using your hands. It will break just on the marked lines.
Using Masonry wet saw
A wet saw is also a great method because of its clean cuts and ease of use. They cut pavers that are large and hard because they have water sprays on the blade to minimize dust and heat.
Mark the cut
Just like the case with the circular saw, you should mark the proposed cut area using a pencil and a ruler.
Position the paver
Get a good working surface and position the paver adequately. Then, ensure the paver is resting fully on the back lip of the sled. You should also line up the paver's cutting line with the saw to avoid mistakes.
Turn the saw
Turn on the saw at high speed. The water should also be flowing to enhance the cutting process. Make sure you are holding the paver tightly on the sled. Now push the sled to the blade until it's cut through.
By using either of these methods, you can quickly and easily cut pavers to fit any situation – no matter how small. It also ensures that you don't end up making a costly mistake with your stones.
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