A diamond blade saw blade features diamonds fixed into its edge for use in cutting extremely hard materials. They're available in various configurations and are great for a variety of construction projects.
Before choosing the right diamond-tipped blade for your next big project, it could be helpful to know how these blades work. So join us today as we break down the various types and features of the diamond cutter family, and get ready for a first-rate cutting experience.
In diamond cutting blades, there are two basic variations: dry and wet. Depending on your setup, project, and specific preferences, you may either choose to use a wetting system or keep your blade completely dry. Usually, the best choice of blade will come down to one of a few factors.
1. The Requirements of Your Specific Job
No two projects are ever the same. Before committing to one specific blade, give some serious thought to the size and scope of your cutting job. Use the information in today's article and apply it to your project for a better idea of what to expect from your blade.
2. The Tool Powering Your Diamond Blade
The blade you pick is only half the battle. You'll need to make sure your tool is rated for a diamond circular saw blade, for instance, to make sure it won't seize up or overheat. Only use these blades when you're sure you have the tools to use them properly.
3. Your Personal Preference
Ultimately, any cutting job should be as comfortable and predictable for the person doing it as possible. If you have a preference between blade types, and you're confident in your ability to use them, that maybe all the permission you need. Trust your instincts.
4. Dry vs Wet Cutting with Diamond Blades
Due to the popularity of handheld saws, as well as the flexibility of diamond
blades, specifically, dry cutting blades continue to be extremely popular. Consistently handling most if not all-ceramic, brick, stone and concrete materials,
dry cutting blades are perfectly at home when water isn't permitted.
A dry diamond cutting blade is also useful when there is little enough cutting to be done that using water would just be a waste of time and water. In cold weather, a saw worker won't have to worry about freezing water, either. This makes for a more versatile tool in climates where the temperature plummets.
Dry cutting blades are designed to be fast-cutting, long-living, and, above all, completely safe. These blades will also, typically, cut up to three times faster than an abrasive blade, giving them the edge, there (excuse the pun) as well.
For most contractors, wet cut diamond blades are the preferred choice as far as possible. This is specifically because of the water being used to cool the steel core, which has been proven to extend the blade's life and improve cutting. It's also invaluable in simply keeping your dust signature at safe levels, which can have serious health implications.
There are a variety of diamond blades created for everything from ceramic and brick to stone or even concrete applications. Expect to see a high-grade design in these steel cores and bonding matrices. Also expect consistent performance, regardless of how demanding the cut.
5. Blade Style
When it comes to diamond saw blades, there are three main configurations to consider:
Segmented rim blades provide the roughest cuts. They are best used on the following materials:
- concrete pavers
- hard or reinforced concrete
This blade is most commonly called a "dry cutting" blade, and the reason it can be used in these conditions is due to the segment of the blade edge. Airflow and cooling of the blade cores are a natural result of the shape of this cutout. Additionally, this segment promotes better debris discharge. With debris being moved out of the way as you work, this makes for faster, more efficient cutting overall.
Diamond blades suffer one very specific threat to their lifespans, however. Namely, overheating, which affects the bond and may bend or warp the blade itself. Segmented blades are best suited for projects where water isn't available. Using it on a tile, for example, often results in chips and other unwanted damage.
Turbo rim blades are specifically designed for faster cutting in both wet and dry scenarios. This is a direct result of their design, with small segments of the rim cooling the blades via a weave diamond matrix.
The turbo rim allows air to pass through small turbo segments, giving the blades their signature cooling effect. You'll see these small holes scattered all over the blade's surface. This is, by far, one of the most common benefits many manufacturers cite when choosing these blades. Turbo rim blades cut faster, with the design of the turbo segments pushing out materials once sawed.
This blade works well for cutting:
- limestone materials
Continuous rim blades are typically called "wet cutting" blades. These blades use water when cutting the material, a process which brings with it several advantages.
Water cools the blades significantly during the sawing process. prolonging their lifespan, first and foremost. Rinsing off debris helps to reduce friction in the cutting area, for a smoother cut that is less prone to chipping and cracking.
Reduced dust also prevents dust from building up in the cracks and crannies of your tools, which shortens their life, as well. With continuous rims, you'll get the slowest cut of the three diamond blades listed here. That said, it is also undoubtedly the best cut.
Continuous rims are best used to cut:
- porcelain tiles
- ceramic tiles
Diamond Blade Features: And Now You Know
A diamond blade is invaluable when cutting hard or abrasive surfaces. Available in all manner of shapes with various features, this is a tool that is as versatile as it is rugged.
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