Whether it's for home improvement projects or for commercial or industrial use, concrete saws are some of the essential equipment you may want to purchase. However, different concrete saws are uniquely suited for specific applications. Therefore, for you to narrow down your options and find the perfect concrete saw for your needs, you need to understand finer points of concrete saws. These tips will get you the right concrete saws for your project.
Look at the Source of Power
How is the concrete saw powered? There are three major types of concrete saws when it comes to power: hydraulic, pneumatic, and electric. Your kind of project will dictate the most suitable concrete saw to use. As a rule of the thumb, look at the area you are working on (indoor or outdoor), the thickness of the concrete you intend to cut, and the level of expertise of the person using the concrete saw. Choose electric saws if you will be working indoors because they don't emit fumes (fumes would be a problem indoors because of limited ventilation). Besides, getting electric outlets outdoors can be a challenge. Pneumatic concrete saws rely on generators, which means you would expect some emission and that's why they are ideal for outdoor use where there's maximum ventilation. However, due to the generator, pneumatic concrete saws are heavier to transport.
If you are cutting through relatively thick concrete such as through foundations, you need a powerful concrete saw. Pneumatic saws would be the ideal option, especially those whose generators are powered by diesel because they are more powerful than their electric and hydraulic counterparts.
Last, choose hydraulic concrete saws if you are the avid DIYer but haven't used concrete saws before. This is basically because as a beginner, your concrete saw may get stuck in the concrete a few times. Hydraulic saws come in handy here in the sense that you will only have to release some air pressure to loosen the blades and get the saw out of the concrete.
Choose Wisely Between Wet and Dry Cutting
Concrete saws rely on blades to make the cut. These blades can cut either wet or dry. Your choice will also depend on your project needs. For instance, if you need to keep your working area as dry as possible, you will use a dry-cutting blade because their wet-cutting counterparts often result in wet slurry that can be messy. However, this means you will have to deal with some level of dust. To make this decision easier, look at the depth of your cut. Deeper cuts mean extra build-up of heat on the blades and a lot of dust being produced. Therefore, wet cutting blades would be the ideal choice here. Too much heat can damage the blades so since dry-cutting blades rely on the airflow to reduce the heat, use them for shallower cuts where you don't expect as much heat.Share
23 June 2017
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