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How To Cut Pavers With A Circular Saw

How To Cut Pavers With A Circular Saw

It is a given that you will need to trim some pavers to match the pattern. This includes using brick, stone, or concrete pavers to make a patio, driveway, or pathway. Simple hand tools and entry-level power tools are just a couple of the excellent tool alternatives available to do-it-yourselfers.

The ideal tool to use for your job depends on the circumstances. Get yourself a diamond blade for cutting masonry if you already have a circular saw or angle grinder. In more detail, we will explore cutting pavers with a circular saw in this article.

When cutting pavers, wear the following PPE

  • For all cutting techniques, safety glasses protect against flying debris or pieces.
  • Dust masks offer protection against the debris produced by a concrete saw or grinder.
  • When utilizing noisy power saws or grinders, hearing protection is advised.

STEPS TO CUT PAVERS WITH A CIRCULAR SAW

Similar methods produce clean, simple cuts when operating a normal circular saw (7 1/2-inch blade). Use a diamond blade designed for masonry and stone in both scenarios. To keep the paver in place while it is being cut, placing it on a non-slip surface (such as a rubberized all-purpose grip mat) is recommended. If necessary, you can also clamp the paver to your work surface.

STEP 1: MARK THE CUT

Using a pencil and a square or straight edge, draw a line across the top face of the paver. This is where cutting will occur. Transfer the line to the paver's underside.

STEP 2: USING A DIAMOND BLADE

Diamond masonry blades can cut pavers with a power saw. Since natural stone is much stiffer than brick or concrete, a blade made for cutting stone will ensure a smooth, even result. The blade will only go through pavers if it is marked for stone.

STEP 3: PLACING THE SAW BLADE

Place the paver on top of your work surface on a non-slip mat. If using a circular saw, set the blade to a shallow cut depth (1/8 to 1/4 inch).

STEP 4: ON THE TOP SIDE, CUT

Start by making a shallow cut along the specified line. Make multiple passes down the line, changing the saw depth with each pass until you reach a depth of around 1/2 to 1 inch.

STEP 5: ON THE BOTTOM SIDE, CUT

The bottom face of the paver should then be cut in the same manner as the top face.

STEP 6: BREAK ALONG THE CUTS

Your work area should be level with the paver. Use a hammer to lightly but firmly hit the paver waste piece to break it along the cutting line.

HOW TO CUT PAVERS: IMPORTANT TIPS

For straight cuts, all common cutting techniques are effective; however, curved cuts should be performed using a circular saw or angle grinder. First, score the curved cut along the paver's top, about 1/8 inch deep. Break off most of the waste by making a full, straight cut tangential to (touching) the scored line. In the final step, make several cuts to reduce leftover waste.

Cover the base of your circular saw with blue painter's tape to protect the bottom and stop dings from the paver surface. As soon as the project is finished, remove the tape.

CONCLUSION

Blocks and concrete pavers can be similarly cut with a saw machine. The type of blade makes a significant difference, though. Pavers are hard materials. More cutting edges are required.

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