Concrete is one of the most common materials that require cutting or shaping in construction. Cutting concrete is different from breaking it and requires special types of tools. Here are several tips for choosing the best tool for cutting concrete:
Choose the Go-To Cutting Tool for Concrete
The most widely used cutting tools for concrete are diamond blades. In fact, the synthetic diamond-embedded saws are perfect for cutting any type of concrete, whether it’s cured or green. These saws come with a metal core that contains lab-grown crystals. These blades don’t cut as much as they grind through the concrete. It’s possible to achieve smooth and perfect cuts with the right type of this cutting tool.
It should be noted that these saws come in a variety of sizes, shapes, toughness, and edges. You can choose features like a serrated or segmented edge depending on the type of cutting job you want to do. Different hardness of the material allows workers to use these blades for different types of concrete cutting applications.
Concrete is notorious for causing rapid tool wear. You can avoid that with these types of blades. You can expect the crystal-encrusted blade to offer excellent efficiency because these saws are uniquely suited to cut concrete.
Know What’s in the Concrete
A concrete slab may not just be made out of concrete. In various building construction projects, it’s common for concrete to be mixed with other, often hard, material for decorative purposes. Therefore, it’s important to know what’s actually in it before you choose your cutting tool. First, observe the concrete to be cut and determine if there are aggregated like rock or flint mixed in. If so, then you would carefully have to choose the right cutting tool. It should be noted that, even for mixed concrete, Canberra Diamond Blade saws are well suited because of the abrasive grinding nature.
Tool Size Matters
Concrete is a tough material to cut for many tools. That’s why the size of the cutting tool you choose matters. Under normal circumstances, the larger the cutting tool you use, the slower the cutting process would take. Aggregates in the concrete can make the process even slower. Tool handlers should choose the right size after assessing the job carefully. A larger tool would be suitable for a smaller job. Do mind tool wear when cutting into large slabs of concrete for a long time.
Choose Between Wet and Dry Blades
Tool handlers can choose to cut concrete either with water or without, in which case you would need to choose either a “wet” or a “dry” cutting tool. Note that these cannot be used interchangeably. Wet cutting surfaces are designed to be used with water and will not work as intended on dry surfaces. Dry tools works similarly.
Concrete cutters may prefer to use water for several reasons. Mainly, the presence of water can cool the tools as the cutting process continues. However, certain conditions make wet cutting undesirable. For example, wintry weather is not suitable for wet cutting. If the tool you use is electric, then you should avoid wet cutting.
Use the above tips to choose the right blade for cutting or grinding through concrete. The right tool will make the job get done faster and more efficiently.