How do you cut stone benchtops for cooktops or sinks?

Dejan Josipovic
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Are you thinking of replacing your electric or gas cooktop or maybe even an old sink that is set into a stone benchtop recess? The standard cut-out in a benchtop for a cooktop or sink is a specific size and shape, which will depend on the cooktop model and specifications of the cooktop. In most cases, the new cooktop will be bigger or smaller than the old one and require a different size or shape of cut-out in the benchtop. In this case, the benchtop needs to be changed to fit the new sink or cooktop.

Our appliance installation team provides stone benchtop cutting services that are quick, easy, and clean for all types of stone benchtops, including granite, marble, and engineered stone. While we make it seem simple and easy while on site, our team has extensive experience working with stone, and in reality, there is a lot more going on than just enlarging a hole in the benchtop. Our team will determine which sort of blade will be used before measuring the distance between the new cooktop's cut-out and the new hotplate's total dimensions, as well as the cabinets, splashbacks, and front stone benchtop rail. We also check that the new cooktop is cantered with the rangehood.

To make a cut-out for a cooktop or sink in a stone benchtop, you have to follow the right steps and use the right pressure, speed, and blade. If you don't, the stone benchtop can crack and break. Below is an image where a builder cut a cooktop cut-out in stone on their own with a cheap diamond blade. Bench-top cutting takes a highly skilled professional to ensure that no damage is done to the benchtop.

Diamond Cutting Discs for stone benchtops

There is no such thing as a universal diamond blade, and the cutting blades that are required to safely cut benchtops are not sold in Bunnings. The characteristics of a diamond blade, such as the size and shape of the diamonds, the bond used to hold the diamonds in place, and the shape and size of the blade, are all tailored to the particular needs of the intended use. Diamond blades are designed for specific cutting applications and materials. For instance, a diamond blade used to cut caesar stone will differ from one used to cut granite or marble in terms of its properties. Similar to how a blade used to cut steel or wood will behave differently than one meant to cut tile. To get the best performance and safety, it's important to pick the right diamond blade for the material and how it will be cut.

Cutting stone benchtops generates a lot of dust, which is hazardous to one's health, which is why “dry cutting” has been banned in Australia in response to an emerging epidemic of deadly silica dust diseases. We'll use a diamond blade made for wet cutting, which uses a steady flow of water to cool the blade and keep dust to a minimum. This eliminates the dust produced by the cutting process.

Stone Wet Cutting vs Stone Dry Cutting - The Appliance Guys

The cost of cutting a stone benchtop depends on the stone type, size, design complexity, and location. If you would like an accurate quote please contact us on 1300 567 637 with the project information. We will be able to provide a more precise price based once we know your requirements.

According to statistics, the cost of cutting a stone benchtop in Australia will be in the range between $400.00 and $500.00 Inc GST.

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