Saw blades seem like a foreign language to those that are unfamiliar with them. As complicated as they seem, they aren’t! You need to become familiar with what each saw blade cuts through most effectively and the various sizing (such as the 7 inch saw blade (wet) diamond).
How To Pick The Right Saw Blade
A circular saw diamond blade are designed to perform well for specific types of cutting operations. For example, there are blades specially made for:
- Crosscutting Lumber
- Ripping Lumber
- The Cutting of Veneered Plywood
- The Cutting of Panels
- Plastic Cutting
- Laminate Cutting
- Melamine Cutting
There are many other operations that blades are specially made for as well as blades that work for many different occasions. A blades function and purpose is determined by the number of teeth is has, the type of gullet it possesses, as well as the tooth configuration and hook angle.
The Number of Teeth
- The more teeth a blade has, the smoother the cut should be. This is the general rule for diamond wire saw blades.
- For example, a diamond saw blade (wet) size 7 5/8 inches is used for grinding concrete and hard surfaces. The teeth will be bigger for use with concrete, the blade is thicker, and the cut will be rougher. You would not use this type of blade for lumber or softer materials because it will “chew up” the materials.
- A wet diamond blade is more successful because if it is not lubricated you may experience sparks or weakened blades. You should wet the blade with water so they do not become too hot (this can cause deterioration or breakage of the blade). The liquid used to wet the blade is used as lubrication to reduce friction (that causes heat).
- A 7.5 inch Felker blade and an 8 inch Felker blade will not be the same. Although the numbers are similar, there is a half inch difference in their size. This can alter the applications that a blade may be used for.
Cutting Ceramic Tile
Cutting ceramic tile is very different than sawing concrete. Concrete is a very coarse material, where as ceramic tile has a much more refined texture. It requires a blade that can make a much smoother and finer cut. In order to achieve this finer cut, a smaller diameter saw blade is used. The saw blade not only has a smaller circumference, but it is also thinner. However, you will need to use the same cutting method (water) to keep the blade lubricated and cool while cutting ceramic tile as well. By using a 7 inch saw blade wet (diamond brand) for the task, you are using one of the industry’s most reputable saw blade manufacturers available.
Knowing what materials you need to cut as well as what saw blades you will need (for instance, the 7 inch saw blade wet diamond for concrete) for the task are important in achieving your desired results. Choosing the wrong saw blade could turn your job from productive to the trash can!
Cutting Materials With A Diamond Blade
Diamond blades are frequently used on circular saws. These blades are frequently used for projects that include abrasive materials that may need cut. A circular saw diamond blade can cut almost any material that may need cut. Circular saws are used in many situations where a diamond blade is necessary for the cutting of hard materials (such as construction sites). Unlike diamond wire saw blades, diamond blades have a steel core. Powder metal and diamond crystals are coming and heated- then pressed into a molding. This forms the diamond segments of the blade which are referred to as “cutting teeth”.
Diamond blades can cut through a large number of strong materials. For example, when cutting through concrete, a diamond blade for circular saw will do the job. These materials include (but are not limited to):
Contrary to popular belief, diamond blades do not cut, they grind. The rectangular teeth have diamond crystals on the tips. These are used for grinding through hard, strong materials.
The Bond of Blades
When referring to how hard or soft the powder metal was when making the diamond saw blade, this is often called the “bond”. This controls the rate that the diamond segments of the blade will wear (which will then allow new diamonds to be exposed). The sharp edge is maintained by this grinding. This form of sharpening ensures that many materials, from stone or metal to aluminum can be effectively cut. There are many different sizes and types of diamond blades (such as the diamond carbide-grit circular saw blade).
You Can Cut With or Without Water
When cutting with a circular saw with a diamond blade, concrete and other materials are best cut when using water. 12 Diamond concrete saw blades and tools are most efficient when they are wet. The water helps keep the blade cool, preventing it from overheating. This can reduce the amount of dust released when cutting. Wet cutting extends the life of the tool or blade, when cut dry, rapid wear of the tool occurs due to the elevated temperature levels.
There are many blades that are designed for wet and dry cutting. Dry cutting creates dust, which is not to be inhaled. Wearing a mask while cutting can help alleviate any health problems that may be caused. Allow your blade to cool frequently when dry cutting, this will allow cool air to pass through the different segments. If you are unfamiliar with the process, it is not safe for you to perform the cutting. You should first become educated and familiar.
Taking the Proper Precautions
When cutting materials with any saw, you should take certain precautions to protect you from injury.
- Wear the proper safety equipment. Wearing a mask and goggles will keep your eyes and lungs safe from harm. Debris is frequently thrown when sawing, making goggles extremely important. By not wearing goggles, you are putting yourself at risk for losing an eye (or causing great damage to the eye area).
- Don’t wear baggy clothing.
A circular saw diamond blade can cut concrete and other hard materials. Taking the proper precautions and being aware of the hazards are extremely important.
Use A 12 Inch Diamond Concrete Saw Blade To Make A Patio
Concrete, brick and thick rock pose a special set of circumstance when it involves cutting them. In the past, a jack hammer was used to break up or bust along a pre-chiseled line in a concrete wall. Typically concrete cutting falls into these categories: concrete walls, concrete cores and concrete slab cutting. A large diameter saw with an extremely hard cutting edge is required. 12” Diamond concrete saw blades may be just the ticket.
- When a door or window needs to be added to a wall of brick or concrete an opening will need to be cut.
- Diamond circular saw blades for concrete are available in several sizes. From 12” Diamond concrete saw blades for thinner walls to those that will cut through a 30 inch wall; there is a blade to cut most concrete walls.
- You will need to purchase a circular saw diamond blade that is larger than your wall. For instance if you have a Diamond saw with a cutting blade 14” in diameter, it will cut through a wall approximately 7 inches thick (just slightly smaller than 7 inches for a complete cut through). Seven inches is not really a very thick concrete wall. The 14 inch blade is usually used for doing tuck point masonry repairs.
- Tuck pointing involves using a diamond coated concrete blade to remove old mortar in between bricks or concrete blocks by inserting the blade into the crack between two blocks.
- Once the mortar is removed, a pastry type back is used to squirt the concrete into the crack. After the crack is filled with concrete, an edger is used to create a finished mortar joint.
Cutting through your home’s exterior walls or concrete footers is not a do it yourself job unless you know what you are doing. Often special tracking is used to guide the saw. It takes a lot of precision and making an error may be a huge problem. When working with lumber if you misjudge; you can always cut another board. With concrete or brick a cut is permanent; if you cut wrong, you will have to remove more brick and replace them with new ones. Not to mention you will have to attempt the cut again. Cutting a concrete or brick wall may be a job best done by a professional.
Using 12” Diamond Concrete Saw Blades for Cutting Concrete Slabs or Tiles
A task a homeowner or lay person may be able to do themselves is utilize a 12″ diamond concrete saw blade to cut a slab or tile (a flat concrete square). A 12″ in blade will cut through a concrete slab or tile that is a maximum of six inches. If you are trying to make a patio with the pre-made concrete square slabs, this blade can be used to trim them to fit your desired size. The blade works well to cut tiles in half to create geometric pattern.
When using diamond circular saw blades for concrete, you will need to keep them cool (usually with water). The blade will become very hot from friction and can burn you or break.
Setting up your finished Patio
Once your patio is completed, create an inviting space for the family by setting up an outdoor movie area. A comfortable large sofa, one or two patio heaters and a good quality outdoor TV is all you really need to make your patio a sought after area. If you really want to go a bit further, you could even add one or two large poufs with some blankets too.