The appropriate diamond saw and the blade can make all the difference between a cost-effective, efficient job or one with a significant downtime and additional costs. Knowing which diamond blade to choose for a certain machine can save you lots of time and money and make your business truly profitable.
When looking for the right saw and the blade, always start by checking out the companies that specialize in manufacturing diamond tools and core drill machines. Also, make sure to pay attention to some of the factors we will mention throughout this article.
What will you cut?
By properly taking into account the materials you plan on cutting, you will increase the life and speed of your blade. The majority of blades are designed to cut some different materials. But, for the highest performance level, try to match the type of your blade to the type of the material you will cut.
When choosing a blade, take into consideration whether you are using a 75-hp flat saw or a 5-hp power cutter. Keep in mind that the features such as the number of RPMs, the size of the blade, and the ability to use a dry or a wet blade will all depend on the type of equipment you use.
- Dry or wet blades – The majority of equipment is capable of using water, but not at all times.
- The size of the blade – Since the blades are specifically designed to be used alongside specific equipment, make sure to choose a model that is appropriate for your equipment.
- RPMs – If a diamond blade runs too slow or fast, it will not work effectively. Therefore, always remember to check the lists of maximum safe RPM speeds for various blades. Also, always make sure the arbor speed of your equipment is within the allowed limit of the blade.
Before picking the right blade, you should also know how deep you are planning to cut. More often than not, listed maximum cutting depths will vary from the actual depths certain blades can cut. The actual depth of cutting usually varies with the exact diameter of the flanges, the saw type, or the blade diameter. Additionally, the depth of cutting can also be affected if the components of the saw are extended beneath the blade collars.
Wet or dry cutting?
During the process of selecting the right diamond blade, you should also know whether you will need a water source for the job. Whereas “dry” blades can be used to effectively cut wet and dry equally well, “wet” blades can only be used with water.
It is also worth mentioning that dry blades should be exclusively used for shallow cutting, up to 2 inches deep, as well as step cutting.
Speed vs. lifespan
Last, but not least, what do you deem more important, the cost per cut or the initial price? If you need a blade for a small job, you should go with a cheap blade. If you need it on a regular basis or for a larger job. You should look for a more expensive blade, as it will deliver a lower cost per cut. Finally, if you need a blade for some massive job undertaking, do not pay attention to the initial price. Instead, seek the lowest possible cost per foot (sawing cost).