Concrete Cutting can be a tough job but with the right tools and knowledge it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re cutting concrete blocks, slabs, walls or floors here are a few tips on concrete cutting.
Cutting Concrete Made Easy
We love concrete because its heavy duty, water resistant and a permanent surface. It also has it flaws due to needing to be cut, replaced or repaired which can be overwhelming to some. First tip to making concrete cutting easy is choosing the right tools like a concrete saw. Depending on the job at hand here are a few options to choose from;
Diamond Blades are worth the extra cost if you’re wanting the best results. These blades consist of a metal blade with a diamond/metal composite bonded to the perimeter. When the blade cuts the metal composite will slowly wear away which then reveals sharp diamond cutting edges. These blades will outlast and out cut dozens of abrasive type blades.
Diamond blades are designed to operate either wet or dry. Working wet prevents the blade from overheating which reduces the amount of dust created by cutting. Wet cutting is the cleanest and fastest way to cut. The life of the blade is also extended when cutting wet. When water cannot be used, safety measures need to be addressed by the operator so they don’t inhaled dust, which can potentially be harmful. When dry cutting, the blade should be allowed to cool off. Allowing the blade to spin freely every 30-45 seconds without cutting allows the cool air to pass between segments. If you’re cutting concrete indoors it is best to seal the area and duct openings.
Our Final Tips For Concrete Cutting
- Never force your saw blade into a cut. Let the saw do the work. All you need to do is guide it in the direction of the cut.
- A dry-cutting blade can be used without or with water, but you must always use a wet blade with water.
- SAFETY FIRST. When cutting concrete make sure to wear respiratory, hearing and sight protection, especially when dry cutting.
- Use a GFCI extension cord if you’re using an electric saw.
- Clearly mark your cuts.
- Wet concrete is difficult to cut and fully cured concrete can fracture as it’s being cut. So if possible, cut the concrete when it’s hard but only half cured. The cut will come out smoother with less dust.
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