Diamond blades are the ultimate tool for cutting through tough materials like stone, ceramic, concrete, asphalt and more. Although we use the term cut, diamond blades work by grinding through materials. The blades consist of synthetic diamond particles mixed with various powdered metals in precise amounts to form a strong bond. This mixture is then attached to a robust steel core for a hardworking blade perfect for construction and industrial applications.
In this guide, we will break down the different types of diamond blades and provide some common tips for using each of them.
Types of Diamond Blades
While using diamond blades for cutting stone and concrete is effective, not all diamond blades are equal. Certain blades are better for different applications, depending on the material you’re cutting and the type of cut you need. The three types of blades include:
- Segmented rim: The segmented rim is also known as the dry cutting blade because it works with many dry applications. This blade also offers the roughest cut of the three options, making it ideal for concrete, brick and limestone.
- Turbo rim: This is the go-to blade for the fastest cuts in wet or dry applications. Designed with serrated edges, this blade is meant to make fast and smooth cuts in materials such as tile and natural stone.
- Continuous rim: The continuous rim requires water during cutting. This blade also offers the slowest and smoothest cut, making it perfect for marble, granite and porcelain.
Tips for Using Diamond Blades
Diamond blades are powerful, so it’s essential to handle them with caution. Learning to safely use diamond blades is the first step to making the most out of this impressive tool. Check out these important tips for using diamond blades:
- Use protective gear: Before using your diamond blades, you need to get the correct protective equipment. Essential safety gear on construction sites consists of a blade guard, dust mask, protective eyewear, a helmet, ear defenders, work boots, safety gloves and high-visibility clothing.
- Choose the right blade: Determine what material you’re cutting and whether you want a rough or fine cut. Once you understand your specific application, choose a diamond blade that’s right for the job.
- Understand dry and wet cutting: Dry cutting with a blade that requires water can be dangerous, so it’s essential to understand when you can cut materials dry. If in doubt, review the manufacturer’s specification. Additionally, using a dry cutting technique can cause harmful silica dust to accumulate so make sure to always wear the correct mask protection.
- Inspect and maintain your blades: Thoroughly inspect your saw and blades before you start to cut. When examining the blade, look for impairments such as cracks, chips, gouges, or missing tips. While it’s normal to have some wear and tear, missing segments or damaged blades can slow down your work and become serious safety hazards.
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