Choosing the right cutting blade is very important as choosing the right saw in the aspect of efficiency, cost effectiveness and profitable output. Using inappropriate blade or saw will lower the cutting speed, can shorten blade life raising the cutting costs at the same time. Diamond blades come in a variety of sizes and performance levels so choosing the right blade for a project and apply it correctly can save time, money and increases profit. Owners should include several factors when purchasing the right blade, characteristics of the concrete being cut, saw speed and performance to improve productivity and economy, as well as minimize the chances of troubleshooting blade issues.
1. Which materials are you cutting?
The best choice when cutting concrete are the diamond blades. Majority of concrete equipment are designed to cut a wide range of materials under different circumstances. To achieve maximum performance, the blade should be matched to the material it will cut to reach the depth of the cut you need. Correctly, you must be familiar what makes up the concrete or asphalt you are about to cut. Knowing the type of aggregate is your best bet to spot a blade designed to cut it. If possible, observe the slab and look if it has steel bars in it (reinforced concrete), this test helps identify the hardness of the material which can help you narrow your blade selection to only the blades that will cut that specific type of surface.
What type of equipment are you using?
The equipment you are already using will impact blade choice dramatically. Inform your supplier what you are currently using so they can present the equipment that is most suitable for your needs. According to the manufacture methods, you can choose between wet cutting tools that can significantly reduce the dust or when there isn’t a water source near the working area, you have to employee dry cutting blades.
How deep are you cutting?
This criterion will help you select the right blade diameter that will make the cut straight. If you are not quite sure what you can do there is a maximum cutting depths specified on blade packaging. Actual cutting depth should be first ensured. Cutting depth will also be reduced if saw components (motor housing and blade guard) extend below the blade collars.
Cutting dry or wet?
As concrete is usually very tough or abrasive, diamond concrete saw blades are applied with adequate water supply. Blades initially designed to cut dry can also cut equally well -wet, but wet cutting blades absolutely must be used with water. Constant water flow during wet-cutting is critical. If you cut longer without water supply the diamond segment may break, causing damage and environmental hazard.
Do you want more life or speed?
On this basis, this is more important: the initial price will affect the lifespan of your blade. Sometimes it may be wiser to invest in a low-priced blade for a smaller job or occasional use. For larger projects or more regular use, an expensive blade will actually be more cost effective to use because it will deliver the lowest cost per cut.
You can tell all these information to your supplier and select the right blade that will save you time, money and headaches. To learn more about what kind of diamond saw blades can meet your needs, call concrete cutting Sydney experts; they should be able to answer all your doubts and point proper concrete cutting equipment just for you.