Tile saws are often used to create straight cuts on tile and porcelain surfaces. Basically, a tile saw works by spraying a stream of water onto the rotating tile saw blade as it cuts through a surface for lubrication and dust removal. To operate a tile saw safely, follow these instructions:
1. Prepare the following materials: safety goggles, safety gloves, water, wet tile saw, and tiles for cutting. It is important to always wear safety equipment when operating power tools such as a tile saw. It not only keeps your life safe but the lives of the people in your workplace as well.
2. Before operating the tile saw, check that the water reservoir is clean. This should not be clogged because a clogged water reservoir poses a threat to the workplace. Make sure that all pieces and parts are thoroughly washed and replaced, if needed.
3. After cleaning the water reservoir, put in enough water in the wet tile saw. Be generous enough to ensure that the right amount is needed for cutting the tiles.
4. Using a wax crayon, mark the area of the surface which you want to cut through. The wax crayon will serve as your guide so this should be drawn in a straight line. It will also help the line stay on as water sprays from the jet to the wet tile saw.
5. Align the carriage mark on the tile saw with the line you drew on the cutting surface. Before turning on the tile saw, wear the proper safety equipment. Put on the safety gloves and goggles and switch the tile saw on.
6. Carefully feed the tile into the rotating diamond blade and avoid forcing it because it will cause the tile to break. Do this slowly and push the tile until it is completely cut. Once finished, turn off the tile saw.
7. Empty the water reservoir and clear it of any sediment. Rinse and store it for safekeeping.
Operating tile saws can be messy so prepare a tarp to limit the amount of debris that could result from using the tile saw. Again, safety is always important. Never forget to put on safety goggles and gloves when handling power tools.