Last Updated on 2 months by Mike Steffens

Do you want to cut a porcelain tile without a wet saw? If so, then we have a perfect solution for you. You can use some other tools to get the same perfection as a wet saw does. 

These cutting tools are equally effective and faster. You know with less effort and cost, you will get the same result and perfection with them. 

Have you any idea what the tools are? I think no. But no need to worry. Just stay with us to know what the tools are.  

In this article, we will try to give you a guideline on how to cut porcelain tile without a wet saw. I believe, after reading this article, you don’t want to waste your money on a wet saw.

So, let’s see what’s new waiting for you. 

How To Cut Porcelain Tile Without A Wet Saw

A complete guide to cut porcelain tile without a wet saw

Basically, you will find four different types of tools in the market that meet the scarcity of a wet saw. And all of the tools are cheaper in price and easy to operate.

Let’s have a look at what kind of tools act as the alternative of a wet saw in cutting porcelain tiles. 

  1. A tile nipper
  2. An angle grinder
  3. A tile cutter
  4. A wet wheel

These tools are really handy and the operation process is simple. All you need to operate these tools are concentration and precision.

Now, as you know about these alternatives of wet saw to cut porcelain tile, let’s know the cutting process in detail.   

Use a tile nipper to cut a porcelain tile

Generally, a tile nipper is used to cut arc and circular parts of a tile. But it is also a worthy tool for cutting porcelain tile as well. Actually with a wet saw, getting perfection on these types of cuts is a bit harder. 

For cutting a porcelain tile with a tile nipper, follow the steps stated below.

Steps to follow: 

Step #1: Mark The Cutting Area

Use a marker to indicate the area over the porcelain tile that you want to cut. Use a temporary marker for removing the mark later. 

Step #2: Place The Nipper

Hold the porcelain tile in one hand and place the nipper at the corner of the mark. Don’t apply too much pressure over the tile otherwise, it will break down. 

Step #3: Cut Small Pieces

Cut little pieces from the corner of the tile. Don’t try to cut large pieces at a time. It will damage the tile. And when you close to the marked position, carefully cut the tile so that it does not cross the mark.

Step #4: Smooth The Edges

After cutting, take a stone or a piece of brick and rub it at the edge of the tile. This will make the edge of the tile smooth and good looking. Now, you can easily install the tile. 

Use an angle grinder to cut a porcelain tile  

If you want to cut L shape, circular, straight or square in a porcelain tile, you can use an angle grinder. For curve cuts, an angle grinder is really an effective tool. an angle grinder is one of the most convenient tools if it is equipped with the right blade. 

Follow the steps outlined below to get a perfect cut with an angle grinder. 

Steps to follow: 

Step #1: Mark The Cutting Area

Use a temporary marker to indicate the area over the porcelain tile that you want to cut.

Step #2: Set An Appropriate Blade

Set an appropriate size blade with the grinder for a smooth cut. Check the sticker over the blade whether it is suitable for porcelain tile cutting. 

Step #3: Cut The Tile

Turn on the grinder and place it at the corner of the mark. Hold the grinder tightly and cut the tile. 

Step #4: Make Several Small Cuts

For making the exact cut, make several small cuts, and turn the tile. It will be helpful for you to maintain control. 

Step #5: Smooth The Edges

After cutting, smooth the edges of the tile by using an abrasive wheel if the edges are rough.

Use a tile cutter to cut a porcelain tile

If you want to cut a straight line then a tile cutter is absolutely a convenient tool. Though it is a really inexpensive tool than the other tile cutting tools, operating a tile cutter is simple. 

For a convenient cutting, follow the steps described below.

Steps to follow: 

Step #1: Mark The Cutting Area

Use a marker to indicate the area where you want to cut. 

Step #2: Adjust The Fence

In the tile cutter, you will find a fence. Place the tile into the cutter and set it with the fence. 

Step #3: Line Up The Cutter Wheel

Line up the mark with the tungsten carbide wheel of the cutter. This wheel actually scores over the surface of the tile and allows you to cut the tile. 

Step #4: Slide The Cutter Wheel

Slowly slide the tile cutter forward. The wheel makes a score over the surface of the tile. You just need to do it once. 

Step #5: Snap The Tile

Now, comes time to snap the tile. Adjust the toggle on the back of the wheel above the tile. This toggle applies equal pressure to the surface of the tile. It even allows you to snap the tile. 

After setting the toggle, push down the handle of the tile and you will hear a breaking sound. When you bring out the tile from the cutter, you will find two pieces of tile with smooth edges. 

Use a wet wheel to cut a porcelain tile

If you want to cut very hard and tough elements, you can use a wet wheel. As a diamond blade is attached to the wheel, you will get a smooth cut easily. And a good quality diamond blade is really a better alternative to a wet saw. 

For easy cutting of hard and tough elements, follow the steps outlined below: 

Steps to follow: 

Step #1: Support The Tile

Support the tile by plywood or anything that has the ability to hold the tile. 

Step #2: Adjust The Tile With Blade Amd Cut

Now, adjust the tile edge with the cutting blade and guide the tile to the diamond blade until the tile is completely cut. Slightly move the tile towards the blade. Don’t force it. 

That’s it. Now choose the best alternatives and reduce your expanse. 


  • Wear proper safety clothing to avoid any unwanted injury. 
  • Maintain concentration and focus when operating the above-mentioned tools.

Final verdict 

To sum up, cutting a porcelain tile without a wet saw is not too much difficult work. However, you need to acquire the skills to operate those alternative tools. 

Actually the price of the wet saw is a bit higher than the other tile cutting tools. That’s why people look for alternatives. 

Hopefully, this article has helped you to know about how to cut porcelain tile without a wet saw and to find the perfect alternatives for a wet saw. 


I have a Tools store located in Florida. My Dad has started this store in 1975 and Now I'm the owner of the store. I know almost everything about the tools that’s why I provide tools tips and reviews for my reader.

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