Planning the Cut
Before making any cuts, carefully measure and mark where you need to cut using a pencil or marker. Plan how you will make the cut – straight line, L-shape, U-shape, hole, etc. Identify any seams or weak points to avoid. Have a template ready if cutting for a sink or cooktop. Allow for the thickness of the blade when marking the cutting line.
Gathering the Right Tools
Cutting quartz requires specialized diamond-tipped blades and tools:
- Diamond-tipped quartz cutting blade for an angle grinder or circular saw. Get the proper size for your cut.
- Angle grinder or circular saw with adjustable speeds. Must be compatible with diamond blades.
- Clamps to hold the countertop securely during cutting.
- Safety gear – goggles, respirator mask, ear protection, gloves. Quartz produces silica dust when cut.
- Cleaning supplies like vacuum, rags, acetone, etc. to keep the work area clean.
Preparing the Work Area
Cover the countertop and surrounding area with cardboard or sheets to minimize dust and debris. Carefully clear the area of any items or obstructions. Have a vacuum ready to contain dust. Set up your cutting tools and properly adjust/attach the diamond blade. Make sure you have adequate ventilation. Test your tools before making final cuts.
Making the Cuts
Follow all manufacturer instructions for safe operation of tools. When ready, make cuts slowly and steadily along marked lines. Allow the diamond blade to do the work of cutting through the quartz; don’t force it. Keep the blade lubricated and cool. Cut from the top surface down at least halfway through.
For L-shaped cuts, drill a hole at the corner first then make two straight cuts to form the shape. For holes, drill the corners first then use a jigsaw to cut out the opening. Go slowly on curves and rounded cuts. Use clamps to secure pieces you are cutting to prevent vibration.
Finishing the Edges
Once cut, smooth and polish the edges using 100-220 grit sandpaper. Carefully sand at a 45 degree angle to create a small beveled edge. Finish with a Scotch-Brite pad to create a clean, smooth edge. Vacuum up all dust when done. Use acetone or mineral spirits to clean the countertop surface.
- Wear proper safety gear at all times – the dust produced when cutting quartz is hazardous.
- Work slowly and cautiously, following all tool safety recommendations. Don’t force the blade.
- Support and secure the countertop properly during cutting to prevent slipping or cracking.
- Keep water and lubricant on the blade to minimize dust and overheating.
- Make small shallow passes when cutting – don’t try to cut through the full thickness in one pass.
- Allow the tool and blade to come to a complete stop before setting it down after cutting.
What kind of blade do I need to cut quartz?
You need a good quality diamond-tipped blade specifically designed for cutting quartz or engineered stone. Don’t try to use a wood or metal cutting blade.
Can I cut quartz with a circular saw or angle grinder?
Yes, both can be used with the proper diamond-tipped blade. Make sure to use one compatible with your tool and the thickness of the quartz.
How do I make holes in quartz for a sink or cooktop?
Start by drilling a pilot hole in each corner, then use a jigsaw with a diamond grit blade to cut out the hole following your template. File the edges smooth.
What speed should I cut quartz at?
Cut at a slow to moderate speed, allowing the blade to do the work. Quartz will crack or chip if you cut too fast. Refer to your tool’s manual for recommended speeds.
Should I cut from the top or bottom of the quartz?
Always start cutting from the top/finished side. Cut at least halfway through then flip to complete the cut from the bottom. This prevents chipping on the visible top surface.
How can I reduce the dust when cutting quartz?
Use lots of water on the blade while cutting to keep dust down. Have a vacuum nozzle near the blade. Wear proper PPE and contain the area with plastic sheeting.
Cutting quartz countertops is possible with the right preparation and tools. Always use specialized diamond-tipped blades and safety gear when cutting quartz. Mark all cuts clearly, go slowly, and use clamps for stability. For best results, make shallow passes when cutting, keep the blade lubricated, and support the workpiece properly. Finishing the cut edges with sandpaper and a Scotch-Brite pad will create clean, smooth edges. With care and patience, you can get professional-looking results when cutting quartz countertops.