DIAMOND BLADE DO'S & DONT'S
Using Diamond Blades correctly is critical to your project revenue. And a few hacks can surely help you get the best performance from your Diamond Blades. Here are some do’s and don’ts that could help in saving your Blades, without hampering its performance.
Use the Right Blade for the Job.
While Diamond Blades can perform a variety of cutting tasks on an array of surface materials, they are engineered with a specific bond matrix that is different for every application. This is to ensure that the Blade lasts longer and performs well consistently.
Ask yourself these questions before buying a Diamond Blade:
- What material are you cutting?
- Is it going to be a Wet or Dry cutting?
- What type of cutting equipment will you be using?
- How much cutting will be done?
Use a Wet Blade Only When Wet
Wet Cutting Diamond Blades should never be used for Dry cutting. This could fry and warp the Blade, or worse could break apart and cause serious injuries. Water or liquid coolants also allow precise cutting while working on surfaces like concrete, asphalt, and granite. Even Dry Blades can be used Wet; doing so might improve the life and performance of the Diamond Blade.
Use Wet Blades when:
- Using walk-behind saws
- Making deep cuts
- Cutting expansion joints in cured concrete
- In case face masks, respirators are unavailable
- The site can manage the slurry from the cutting
- Cutting ceramic, porcelain, brick, pavers, and block
Use Dry Blades when:
- Using an electric saw
- Intermittent cutting which allows the Blade to cool
- For decorative or other precise, shallow cuts
Don't Bury the Blade
Avoid burying the Blade all the way to the flange, or forcing the Blade through the material being cut. This could wear-out the Blade or cause irreparable damage. Burying the Diamond Blade all the way into the cutting material could heat the metal within the Diamond Rim, causing the Blades to go dull and eventually will stop cutting. Instead opt for the step cutting technique, which involves making several smaller incisions to complete the cut.
Don't Strain the Blade
Any equipment can fail if it's pushed beyond its operating limits and Diamond Blades are no exception. Improve the life of your Blade by not pushing it too hard, in order to complete the job faster, else you could end up cutting a deeper hole in your construction budget or delays in completing the project.
Don’t Mount the Blade Incorrectly
Spinning a Diamond Blade in the wrong direction might seem as though it’s cutting, but in the process will lose its sharpness and wear quickly. Always refer to the directions mentioned on the cutting Blade before mounting it onto the machine. Secondly, run the Diamond Blade at the specified speed with NO LOAD for at least a minute to check for any issues.
Diamond Blades are an absolute necessity in today’s construction projects and by following these simple yet important to-dos, you can increase the life of your cutting tool, which means fewer replacements, and ensuring a higher value for your investment.
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