Wet Cutting vs. Dry Cutting
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How much is cutting tile wet costing you?
Cutting wet has been the standard in the tile industry for decades. Most tile installers take wet cutting as a given, but do you know how much it’s costing your tile business?
Your first consideration with wet cutting on a tile job is usually finding a location to set up your wet saw, which includes finding an adequate water source.
On many jobs you’re forced to cut outside in a driveway or backyard, while in some cases you might be able to set up in a garage or indoors.
This usually means you have to walk back and forth from your cutting station to where you’re setting tile, and that costs you time. Even under good conditions, most contractors are spending at least 30 minutes each day walking back and forth to their wet saw.
Often outside, away from the work area.
With your location decided you have to set up your cutting station. That starts with carrying your saw and equipment to your location, which might take two or three trips from your truck.
You may need to set up tarps, plastic, spray guards and other controls to protect the surrounding area and keep yourself dry. Even the most professional tile crew can experience problems with slurry spray and water spillage. No matter how careful your setup may be, water is still an issue.
On average, most tile contractors are spending 15 – 30 minutes setting up the saw every day, sometimes more.
Setting up tarps and spray guards.
Saw Breakdown, Cleanup, and Water Disposal
Next there’s cleanup at the end of each day. That includes breaking down your tarps and plastic, disassembling your saw and making several trips back to your truck.
Then there’s cleaning up the water and slurry. If you don’t clean up throughout the day, this dries and becomes harder to clean.
Finally there is disposing of slurry and contaminated water, a whole topic in itself. It can be tempting to just dump it in the grass or down the drain, but you can face steep fines and consequences for illegal disposal.
Depending on the scope of your project and which floor level that you are on, whether it’s the 1st or 27th, the saw breakdown, cleanup, and disposal can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes each day.
Improper disposal of slurry and contaminated water.
Dealing With the Cost of Wet Cutting
Problems cutting with water are more than just a pain: they cost your business time and money.
Since most contractors consider it a necessity, many don’t calculate how much wet cutting is costing their business.
That’s why we’ve created this wet cutting cost calculator for tile contractors. Simply answer the questions in the calculator and you’ll be provided with a report on how much cutting wet is costing you.
This link will help you determine your wet cutting cost.
Is Cutting Tile Without Water Possible?
We have identified the issues of cutting wet: Time, effort, and cost. But is it possible to cut tile dry without worrying about blade heat, warping, material chipping, or dust?
The answer is yes. How? It’s simple. Replace water with air to keep the blade cool. The air flow, if directed properly, can also remove the dust from the cut.
But where does the air come from? A vacuum. By designing a saw with an integrated vacuum system, filter system, and dust containment, it eliminates the need for water. The vacuum system benefit is threefold: It generates the air to cool the blade, extracts the dust and debris from the cut, and draws the dust through the filter where it is captured in the dust containment chamber.
Replacing water with air makes the mess disappear and lets contractors work cleaner.
For the first time, contractors can cut tile dry with no water, no dust, and no problems.
Does this saw exist? The answer is yes, and there’s only one.
The iQTS244™ Dry Cut Tile Saw With Integrated Dust Collection
Stop dealing with the pain and the cost of cutting wet. Save time and money on your next job with the iQTS244™.