Wet Tile Cutters & Dry Tile Cutters
Wet Tile Cutters and Dry Tile Cutters are both cutting tile. The main difference is how they handle the dust and remnants of the tile cast into the air or surrounding air which peels or splinters off of the original material. A wet tile cutter will use water to tamp down this excess remnant into a slurry which is kept in a bucket or something that can collect the “water”.
Dry Cutting VS Wet Cutting and Which is Better
If you’ve been a contractor, you’ve seen for years people utilizing a slurry or slosh of water and chemicals to wet cut tile. The tile cutter would be posted up in a bathroom, or outside the property by the hose. Wherever he’s set up his spot to cut, he’d have buckets next to him, and thick galoshes to keep the slurry contained. He would constantly need to change out the water, drain the sludge, and maintain the slurry. This is the essence of wet cutting – it’s messy! It’s a pain. And it can damage the environment around the tool.
Dry cutting, by comparison, is clean and concise. It does what it promises, it cuts the material, without the need for water reservoirs, or buckets, or even a mist. What you have is a tile saw with a vacuum attached. This vacuum makes sure to snag all the dust particles, and effectively reduce cleanup efforts by eliminating the need for water.