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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:36 am 
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Hi,

I've been offered a section of quartz worktop to use in refitting my kitchen, but there's some very small damage on the front.
The worktop is wider than I need, so I was thinking about getting my kitchen fitter to reduce the width.

The question is, how easy is it to cut quartz worktops and does it require specialist tools?

I found a video on Youtube, which suggests that you only need a standard circular saw, but with a diamond tipped saw blade, and of course, you need to keep it wet when cutting.

This section would also need a cut-out for a sink and drainer.

Anyone here done this themselves and have any advice?

Thanks.


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alexeix wrote:
I found a video on Youtube, which suggests that you only need a standard circular saw, but with a diamond tipped saw blade, and of course, you need to keep it wet when cutting.

An electric saw with water cooling - yes, that sounds really safe. No doubt it's an American video by another wannabe finalists in this year's Darwin Awards! Also, have you checked the price of PCD (poly crystalline diamond) saw blades? I have one for use on stuff like Perstorp and they don't come cheap. TBH if I were cutting granite I'd go for a diamond disc in an angle grinder, but I wouldn't expect a brilliant cut. Done this a few times where it was necessary to notch the front edges of granite bar tops and sweated like a pig each time (after all, wjho wants to wreck a £100+ piece of granite?).

alexeix wrote:
This section would also need a cut-out for a sink and drainer.

You are now approaching the realms of fantasy if you think this can be done safely or accurately at home

alexeix wrote:
Anyone here done this themselves and have any advice?

Find yourself a local firm who cuts stone - granite worktop makers, stone yards/merchants, fireplace makers or even monumental masons (you know, gravestones, etc) and ask them if they can cut it and polish (as required). I've had the local fireplace maker cut granite and other stone for me a few times over the years - far less hassle,other than humping the stuff around

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