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Cutting Bathroom Tiles with an Angle Grinder (Quick Tips) — by Home Repair Tutor

November 18, 2019


All right, so today I’ve got some quick
tips for you on how to cut tile with an angle grinder. So lately Steve and I have been shooting a
lot of videos on how to tile a shower or a bathtub surround. And one of the best tools that Steve uses,
one of the most convenient tools that he uses to cut tile is an angle grinder equipped with
the right blade. Let me show you those blades right now. So the blade that we like best is DeWalt’s
XP4 blade. All right, so today I’ve got some quick
tips for you on how to cut tile with an angle grinder. So lately Steve and I have been shooting
a lot of videos on how to tile a shower or a bathtub surround. And one of the best tools
that Steve uses, one of the most convenient tools that he uses to cut tile is an angle
grinder equipped with the right blade. Let me show you those blades right now. kobalt tile saw reviews
So the blade that we like best is DeWalt’s XP4 blade. This is for a 4 ½” angle grinder.
This is a continuous rim blade, meaning it’s not rough. You could also use DeWalt’s XP
Extended 450X blade. Now this is a turbo ring, but it’s a little bit different that it
has serrations on it. You can actually use this to cut concrete, brick, tile, other masonry
materials. It’s an awesome blade. But if you want to get a smooth cut on tile, we recommend
the XP4. So you can cut ceramic, porcelain, granite, slate, you name it. This is an awesome
blade. So how do you switch out the blade on an angle
grinder? And which way should you install it? There’s an arrow on most angle grinders.
You can see it here. And by the way, this is Fein’s WSG7 angle grinder.
So this arrow should also correspond with the arrows on your blade. So that means that
I should probably flip this over, right, because this arrow needs to be going in the same direction?
So there’s a little retaining nut for your angle grinder. Just take the blade off, and
we want the blade to face towards us. Now this little retaining nut has two different
sides to it. You want the flat side to go flush with the blade. There’s also a lip
on it. You don’t want that for this type of blade. This lip here is for inserting grinding
discs. But you want the flat side to be flush with the blade. There’s a little button
on this grinder. So you just press it, turn the blade until it stops, and then you tighten
it down. So now I’m going to show you how to cut
through this piece of ceramic tile using an angle grinder and XP4 blade. One safety tip
here: Make sure you wear eye protection when using a grinder. Good thing.
Now some people like using the wheel guard; some people don’t. It’s your personal
preference. But this is a nice, safety feature on grinders. So just hit the power button.
And you can see how that grinder just chewed right through this tile.
All right, so there you go. Those are some quick tips on how to use an angle grinder
to cut tile. Now let me know what you think down in the comments. Would you feel comfortable
using this? Do you have any other tips and suggestions that I missed in this tutorial?
Now this is a very quick tutorial. This wasn’t meant to be exhaustive or anything. I just
wanted to let you know about this tool and the different blades that go along with it. how to cut tile with a wet saw
So please keep that in mind in your comments down below.
That’s it for today. If you want to see an angle grinder in action and how we tile
a shower surround on the plumbing wall, you can watch this video right here. That’s
a great video if you’re wanting to learn how to tile a shower, and you’re worried
about the plumbing wall. That’s it for today. Thanks so much for
watching the video. Take care, and I’ll see you in the comments.

100 Comments

  • Reply William Lynch September 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    What's the best way to ensure getting a straight cut?

  • Reply RayJayJrUke September 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    My local stores never suggested I use an angle grinder to cut tile. They always push special saws. Thanks for this there is a job I've been putting off for years because I didn't know I could do this without the expense of a saw.

  • Reply Roslyn Horton September 13, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Love your videos. The husband doesn't get that I "get" his power tools.

  • Reply maureen stone September 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    great video. I was wondering if you have ever done an exterior door repair video. one that goes thru steps on fixing the square aspect

  • Reply ds99 September 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you Jeff. You can use those wishbone tile cutters. There was a lot of dust from the angle grinder. Are there advantages to using this over a wishbone cutter?

  • Reply Bill W September 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Can you use a Dremel to do the same thing?

  • Reply Joseph Mackey September 14, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Great Video!! Would a Rotozip saw with the tile/masonry blade work the same as the angle grinder?

  • Reply antraciet September 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Good video and a quality angle grinder : Fein.

  • Reply Michael Wells September 17, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I wish I had known about that years ago when I did my bathroom tile. Now I know for the next time. Thank you.

  • Reply Don Windle September 20, 2016 at 3:35 am

    I use the angle grinder and masonry blade to cut potholes square. It cuts through asphalt like butter!

  • Reply Lee B. September 24, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I use a full-face shield with my angle grinder. When you're cutting concrete or brick the small pieces can fly up and embed in your face, or even worse, your eyes! Also, quality disks are critical, like the DeWalt's that Jeff showed. Never use cheap 10 for a buck grinding or cutting disks. They can come apart under pressure and cause serious injury. Angle grinders are great tools, but should be approached with caution! A plastic full-face shield doesn't cost much and it might look dorky but can prevent permanent injury. Take care!

  • Reply Paul Holloway December 19, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for doing this video! I wanted to ask about ceramic pencil. Have you tried cutting it with the grinder?

  • Reply Noreen Pichardo December 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    TANK YOU

  • Reply Ken Thomas December 24, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    cutting curved lines?

  • Reply A Bodao January 7, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for the cutting tips and the choice of blades.

  • Reply thewakersci January 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    If I have a large tile and I need to cut out a single gang electrical outlet, I am wondering if the angle grinder can make short cuts needed for a single gang outlet. The short side of a single gang outlet hole is about 2" – 2 1/2".

  • Reply hunter19884 January 23, 2017 at 1:19 am

    What is that turbo rim used for that was in the packet??

  • Reply Latif Quest February 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    very nice

  • Reply Kim Beltran February 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Jeff great video. Better advice than I received at the hardware store!

  • Reply Ary de Oliveira March 12, 2017 at 5:25 am

    nice

  • Reply kayBTR May 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! I,m subscribing!

  • Reply D Beaulieu May 16, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    For a continous blade it does not matter how you install it on the grinder because the blade has no directional feature

  • Reply Wet Saw78 June 14, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Is there a way to cut tile inside with a grinder and remain dust-free?

  • Reply Simple Living July 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Can I do this wet to minimize dust?

  • Reply Mta Harris August 20, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Thanks brother

  • Reply Robert Leftwich August 26, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Thanks, haven't tiled for years and needed some quick revision!

  • Reply Roger Diotte August 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Running to Lowes now! Thanks….

  • Reply theorn01 September 9, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Thanks! Short yet comprehensive. Exactly the info that I was looking for.

  • Reply Denis Potapov September 19, 2017 at 5:22 am

    this not quick tutorial – the actual tile cutting takes less than 15 sec of video stream – all the rest is the talk about how to change blades and all other unrelated matters

  • Reply Lou Liberto September 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    This is awesome. I'm getting an angle-grinder today. I would like to see different techniques for using this to cut notches or different angles.

  • Reply james Barrie October 11, 2017 at 1:06 am

    How to prevent chipping????

  • Reply wsvitak October 22, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I need to cut marble threshold. About 25" rip cut. Any suggestions? My cheap wet saw is crap and I can't find a good saw to large rip cuts

  • Reply Frank Rizo November 8, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I searched for the xp4 41/2" on Amazon and on Dewalt site, but cannot find one.

  • Reply Frank Rizo November 8, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Thanks.

  • Reply Frank Rizo November 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Sure glad I came across your video because I want to cut some floor tiles for a repair project I have been putting off because I did not want to pay someone to do it. Laying tile is easy. How to cut without having to pay someone or rent a cutter was the holdup.

  • Reply Luke Chess November 12, 2017 at 12:02 am

    You cut with the outer face of tile facing down. Is that best?

  • Reply Judey Kun November 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    3/4 of the video is how to change a blade. if you categorize using the right blade as a tip well then your title stands correct, otherwise pretty useless video. sorry – i was hoping for something along the lines of… i don't know..actual usage of the angle grinder when cutting a tile?

  • Reply Carlito Villas December 12, 2017 at 5:06 am

    i need the thickness of the blade please

  • Reply AroundAndAround2 December 14, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    After struggling with my cheap blade, I am headed to the local store to buy a DeWalt blade. Excellent video demonstration of how the angle grinder should work when cutting tile.

  • Reply Steve Zeff December 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    How do you cut a 45 degree cut to make ceramic tiles butt up against each other on a wall edge using an angle grinder?

  • Reply PawlingTennis February 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    My 8' cut has to be chip free and straight. The tile is already down. Any additional tips?

  • Reply ElaineEC March 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Great tutorial. Saved me from buying a wet saw. Thank you.

  • Reply John Day March 22, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    You forgot about hand protection also. Took me about 10 seconds to sever three ligiments on my hand and thumb area. I also now use clamps or a vise. Thumb is now back to about 50% so no worrys. I also have found some sort of breathing protection is usually needed as you will be breathing in all sorts of nastys. While angle grinders are very easy to use, they are also easy to make a mistake. Some you walk away from, some you go to the er with. Very good video. I use anything I can find to make stuff. Understanding blades is very useful as shown here.

  • Reply Denise McCarty March 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This video is awesome! I followed the instructions and it worked! Thank you!!!!!

  • Reply Adrian buz April 8, 2018 at 2:04 am

    awesome video…

  • Reply Braxtly Tools June 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I love this. Very informative! If you are going to make the same repetitive cuts, you could use a multi angle measurement tool to save some time.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Emmy Braxtly

  • Reply john iorio June 18, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Never a good idea to wear alot of clothing while angle grinding…it was my main tool for my 4 year welding gig, made all themistakes!!…that flannel shirt (especially untucked) could EASILY get caught up in the wheel….t- shirt is best

  • Reply chamroeun lim June 28, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Good to know, thanks for making this video

  • Reply Natasha Simon July 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Was the tile supposed to be cut at an angle ? not sure – didnt see it.

  • Reply Vladimir Poutine August 30, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Step 1: Get Dewalt XP4 blade
    Step 2: Put on Angle Grinder
    Step 3: Cut tile

  • Reply Andy Dunnock September 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    2.35 – 2.42 for tile cutting.

  • Reply loveyour world September 18, 2018 at 2:48 am

    yr safety is not there. U should teach people how to use it safely

  • Reply Robert Schulke October 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Mention starting the grinder BEFORE touching the workpiece, because the twist in your hand when starting, and can kick hard if touching the workpiece when starting as well.

  • Reply Nidal Aussie Pies October 13, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Great video. Thank you. . Just want to add to safety is a mask cause grinding tiles can be a very dusty and cut tiles in open areas so the dust wont become a hazard. Try avoiding too many cuts with the grinder.
    The tile cutter is the cleanest way. However grinder can break tile due to vibration. Using a scoarch the tile method then break the tile with 2 small nails is a good way. Using water near grinder to control the dust is a good way. Howerver it brings a higher risk of electrocution. So the less tiles you cut with the grinder the better. Simply for the big big dust hazard to you and everyone near you

  • Reply Supernova Your Life Your Health Your Balance November 8, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    why you dont show the tile bth sides ???

  • Reply ADRIAN K. November 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Good vid
    Lol he looks just like jim from American pie 🤣🤣😂🤣

  • Reply J Seid November 20, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Yes I going to get that wheel, screw the manual tile cutter!

  • Reply Nicholas Fox November 22, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Eye, ear and breathing protection for any and all dust producing material cuts with an angle grinder.

  • Reply footballking7446 December 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Should also wear hearing protection because grinders are LOUD. Good video, though.

  • Reply bklyn2va2dc December 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Nice video. Thanks for sharing. I was hoping you would do a comparison cut with the second blade.

  • Reply Peter Beyer December 12, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Quick tips on using an angle grinder to cut tiles!!! use a quality full face shield and dust mask and and gloves and a protective apron and a small fan to blow the dust away from you while you only cut outside. Take off apron, gloves etc over after cutting and leave outside to minimise your dust exposure. Think "Dust can kill!" Save your lungs from dust as dust can kill you agonisingly slowly over several years while your loved ones watch you as you die and care for you while you are dying.

  • Reply First Impressions With J. Wrube December 19, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Thank you for the information.

  • Reply Paddy Rhatigan December 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Never ever use an angle grinder without the cutting guard,, you could lose an eye if the disc breaks or came off. The safety glasses featured in this video ok when driving nails or chipping off rust.
    I would strongly recommend full face shields or tight goggles when cutting tile. The chips fly everywhere a good quality dust mask good idea too.

  • Reply Lance Beauchamp December 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Simple and to the point, exactly what i wanted, this video assured me that I was correct

  • Reply Scot Caraway January 6, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    WHy do you not show the finished product? When I use a similar blade on my tile, the finished surface looks all chipped. Not sure what I am doing wrong.

  • Reply Alex Gundersen January 11, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Hi, do you think this method would work for already installed bathroom counter tile? Thanks!

  • Reply Steven Mccallan January 20, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    As always, well done and good info.

  • Reply Lion-Heart IV January 24, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Does this also apply to ceramic floor tiles?

  • Reply Juan Chavez January 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for your detail explanation

  • Reply Tdub Williams February 23, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Nice 👍🏽

  • Reply Jose R Hernandez February 27, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I think my salmon is pink

  • Reply Orange Orchid March 5, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Thank you! I'll be purchasing the XP4 blade tomorrow! I didn't know an angle grinder could be used to cut tile.

  • Reply Robert Gonzalez March 12, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Great video, but ceramic is too easy. Show one on cutting marble tile or porcelain and glass tile. And how to prevent chipping. I want to make one of those videos myself. Let’s see who does it first lol.

  • Reply Robert Talluto March 17, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you. Very Informative.

  • Reply Éric Côté March 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    And this is surprising how accurate we can be with an angle grinder. in most of the cases this is the only tool you need in order to cut tiles.

  • Reply marco belli March 20, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Great video👌👌👌👌

  • Reply hfinzz March 29, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Totally agree with the comments that stress safety. That's more important for anyone who wants to cut tile with an angle grinder — that person probably already knows how to attach the wheel. IMO the trickiest part is, how to get a straight line cut.

  • Reply Random G April 25, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    You're talking too much

  • Reply Bob Abooey April 27, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    BABABOOEY!!!!!

  • Reply street guru May 4, 2019 at 10:54 am

    That looked too easy

  • Reply Peter Cedergren May 21, 2019 at 2:34 am

    I do NOT recommend sunglasses for proper eye protection. I have tried it in the past and sometimes small particles can fly up under the edges of the glasses. Safety goggles are what is by far the best.

  • Reply Alana Charles - Noel May 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I will like a close up view of the disk. maybe I can get one in another brand name. thanks

  • Reply Mark E May 24, 2019 at 1:16 am

    might want to mention to make sure the grinder is unplugged before switching out blades – good video, liked the discussion about the different blades

  • Reply Marie Fink May 25, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Can I cut narrow strips of tile with it, approximately 1/2 inch? Try to patch someone's "less than perfect" job.

  • Reply extreme joker35 May 29, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    look like you chipped the tile right at the end of the tile

  • Reply Iraida Rivera June 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for great quick video!!

  • Reply ANTONIOS June 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm

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  • Reply Harry Kirk August 22, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Can you cut wet? why not

  • Reply BJ Nowak August 26, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Great tips. Thank you.

  • Reply Scott Senjo August 29, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Excellent. Cut through the tile like a knife cutting through butter.

  • Reply Mr. Seth September 5, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    thanks

  • Reply Mike Palacios September 15, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I havea diamond blade, 2mm thick, is that ok to use on bathroom tiles?

  • Reply Bad Weatherfreak September 24, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Can I use a grinder to cut a hole on backsplash on the wall?

  • Reply nina wade September 26, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Thank You , I wanted to know what to use to cut pencil tile

  • Reply MrDark21knight October 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    angle grinder is my go-to tool for performance cutting, change the blade, trim tree branches, change the blade, cut tile

  • Reply Alexander Daval-Santos October 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    nice tip, thank you.

  • Reply David Barton October 30, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    The plural of tile is tiles!

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