How Do You Cut Bluestone Pavers?
When laying bluestone pavers, either inside or outside the home, you may come across areas where they need to be cut in order to achieve the perfect fit. Cutting through natural pavers, however, can be quite a difficult task, as they are prone to splitting and chipping under even the slightest pressure. We have compiled a list of instructions that should be followed when cutting bluestone to ensure that you achieve the professional finish you’re after.
Step 1: Measure where you will need to make cuts on your pavers and mark them onto the surface using a metal square and white crayon (this will easily rub off once you’re finished, and will provide you with a guide to follow). We always recommend measuring twice and cutting once to avoid mistakes.
Step 2: You will need to hire a power cutter from your local hardware store (Bunnings and Mitre10 will stock them). Place a piece of scrap timber onto the bed so that, once the blade has gone through the bluestone paver, it will go into the wood and not the bed of the cutter.
Step 3: You will need to ensure that the water reservoir is filled. Water is very important when cutting natural pavers, as it will help to deflect the heat created by the blade and lessens the chance of splitting. Make sure you regularly check the reservoir and top it up as required.
Step 4: Place your first bluestone paver on top of the piece of wood. Then, set the blade so that it will penetrate only between a quarter and a half of an inch into the stone. Turn the blade on and push it downwards into the paver, making your first cut. Ensure that you only use a moderate pressure.
Step 5: Set the blade so that it will penetrate another quarter to half of an inch into the stone. Doing exactly as you did in the step above, make the second cut. You will need to continue in this manner until you have cut all the way through the paver and it is ready to be laid.
It is essential that you only cut partway into the paver at a time, as this will help to lessen the chances of it splitting or chipping. This will also help to ensure that you get the most precise cut possible and that the resulting piece will be the perfect fit for the required spot. Cutting directly through the bluestone in one go increases the risk that it will split, which leads to more waste and an increased risk of injury (as jagged edges can be quite sharp).
When cutting bluestone pavers, it is essential that you have taken the proper safety precautions to ensure that you (and your family) are protected. The process can actually generate a lot of dust, so it is important that you work in a well-ventilated area and that you wear a breathing mask. It is also important that you wear safety glasses and thick work gloves; this will prevent debris getting into your eyes and the blade accidentally cutting you.