How to Cut Pavers

The Three Easiest Ways to Do the Job

Image: Ryobi chop saw.
Switch the blade in your saw to the "diamond" type to cut pavers with it. David Beaulieu

When installing pavers, you will almost always have to cut some of them. There are different ways to cut pavers. Whether you are installing stone, concrete or brick pavers, here are the three easiest ways to make a cut:

  1. Use a guillotine to cut pavers: That's right, off with their heads! A guillotine is a slick little machine that makes cutting pavers easy. This is my favorite way to cut pavers because the guillotine is so easy to use and there is virtually no dust and debris flying around, unlike with the next two ways. The guillotine may not work for stone pavers, but the next two methods will.
  1. Use a diamond blade: Whether you use a saw with a 10-inch diamond blade, a common circular saw with a diamond blade, or a 4-inch angle grinder with a diamond blade, you will be able to cut through most types of pavers. These saws can be intimidating at first, but with practice they are quite easy to use. If you are not comfortable with power tools, this may not be the place to start. Methods 1 and 3 are the safest ways to cut pavers. Of all the saws with diamond blades, the easiest to use is probably a brick saw. It is like a big chop saw with a diamond blade that slices right through the material.
  2. Use a hammer and chisel to cut pavers: This is the old-fashioned way, but it still works today. If you only have to cut a few pieces and do not want the hassle and added expense of renting a saw, get out the old hammer and chisel.

If all of this talk of cutting pavers still leaves you thinking, "This sounds like a lot of work," do not give up hope.

It is certainly possible in many instances to build a hardscape structure without making any cuts at all. You will find one such example in these instructions for laying a brick patio.