Published January 6, 2019
This is a step by step guide on how to cut stone. Whether you are cutting thin stone veneer, belgian block, or full sized stone, you will want to get yourself a demo saw. Limestone is fairly easy to cut through and bluestone is a little harder. You can see our list of recommended demo saws here.
Make sure to install a stone cutting segmented diamond blade on your demo saw. One blade will typically last for several hours of cutting. I prefer the segmented blade to the solid rim type blade because the air can pass through the segments and help cool the blade. It may be possible to cut the stone with an abrasive blade however it will take you much longer. An abrasive blade will not cut through belgian block. You should determine the thickness of the stone you are cutting and keep this in mind during the cut. A typical demo saw will have a cutting depth of about 4 or 5 inches. If your stone is thicker than this, you will have to either snap the stone off after the cut, or flip the stone and cut from the other side. You want to clean or sweep off the stone that you are going to be cutting, this will make sure that no debris shoots up while you're cutting. If possible, mark a cut line where you're going to be doing the cutting with a pencil or chalk line. Make sure there's proper ventilation for the demo saw exhaust and the asphalt dust. Make sure you wear a dust mask and protective goggles. You may also want to wear hearing protection, cutting stone is a loud job. Start cutting along the line with your demo saw. To prolong the life of the diamond blade, use the water attachment on the saw. After you're finished you may want to clean the air filter on your demo saw. You can see some pictures below of some stone cutting examples.