How to Cut Tile With a Dry Saw

A hack saw can cut soft ceramic tile with the correct blade.
A hack saw can cut soft ceramic tile with the correct blade. (Image: hack-saw image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Most tiling jobs require you to cut some tile to fit around fixtures or the edges of the installation. Different types of tile require different cutting tools. A dry saw is ideal for soft ceramic tile. With a dry saw, you can make a straight cut in the ceramic tile or cut a notch in the tile to make room for a fixture.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Hack saw loaded with a rod saw blade

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Mark the lines you want to cut on the tile with a pencil.

Place the tile to be cut on the edge of a table or work surface, with the area to be cut hanging off the edge. Press firmly on the tile to hold it in place.

Cut into the tile with gentle, steady strokes of the hack saw that is loaded with a rod saw blade. Saw towards the table for stability, and reposition the tile as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dry saws are only safe for cutting soft ceramic tile. Do not try to cut other types of tile with a dry saw, or you may damage the saw or injure yourself.


  • "Tiling"; Editors of Sunset Books; 2009
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