Here is some information to help you decide what diamond blade is right for you and your business.
The type of material you're cutting is the key factor in determining what type of blade is bestsuited for your application.
If you'll be cutting curedconcrete without water, it's best to shop for a
blade. The laser welding process isthe strongest process a manufacturer can use toattach the segment to the steel blade core, thusreducing problems associated with segment loss.It's best to find a company that provides alifetime warranty on their products. This way, you're covered from financial loss if the blade becomes damaged and unusable before it wearsout.If you'll be running the blade with water, youcan go with a
saw blade. However, if theconcrete contains reinforcement, you'll want touse to a laser welded saw blade, instead. You may also want to consider buying a laser welded turbo segmented blade if you know there will be reinforcement in the concrete. A turbosegmented blade will cut faster throughreinforced concrete.For jobs that require lots of prolonged concretecutting. it's best to finda supplier who can
match your blade’s
bond with the type of aggregate you'll be upagainst. If there isrebar or wire meshreinforcement in theconcrete, that shouldalso be taken intoconsideration, too.Finding a supplier thatcan match your blade's bond to the aggregate you're cutting will give youa fast cutting blade with a satisfying life.The hardness of concrete aggregate varies
depending on the part of the country that you’re
in. Luckily, concrete is often locally produced, so you can determine the hardness of youraggregate by the area your job is in.By using the aggregate map below, we can seethat someone cutting aggregate in Louisiana would need a blade with a soft bond to maximizecutting speed and blade life, while someonecutting aggregate in Florida would need a blade with a harder bond for optimal performance.
Asphalt and Green Concrete:
Asphalt andgreen concrete are softer and more abrasive thancured concrete. For these materials, it's best toshop for a blade that has a hard bond.If you'll be dry cutting, you'll want to choose alaser welded blade. You'll also want a blade thathas either drop segments or carbide inserts forundercut protection.If you'll be using the blade with water, you cango with a hard-bonded sintered blade. Unlessthere's a fluke, you don't need to worry abouthitting rebar when cutting asphalt.Just like with concrete cutting, if you find yourself doing a job with prolonged asphaltcutting, it's best to find a supplier that can matchthe blade bond according to the type of aggregate you're dealing with. This way, you getoptimal cutting speed and maximum blade life.For green concrete, it's best to look for a bladethat's a little bit thinner than the standard blade
thickness, which is 0.125”. By using a 0.100” or0.110” thick blade in fresh concrete, you'll reduce
spalling problems and also prevent any crackingor chipping that may occur.
When shopping for a diamond blade forunderground pipe cutting, it's best to find a blade that can handle
type of pipe. Thesepipe materials include, but are not limited to,PVC, ductile iron, cast iron, clay, RCP andHDPE.If you're looking for a diamond blade that willcut any type of pipe, start your search with theSafety Blade. A Safety Blade is the best option forcutting any type of pipe your job may call for.If you have to bevel pipe occasionally, theSafety Blade has an 8mm cutting surface. Thisprovides optimal beveling capabilities whenusing of the side of the cutting edge.
Do not bevel with abrasive or sintered blades.
They’ll shatter or lose segments if used to bevel
and possibly injure or kill the operator.It's best to find a supplier that offers a life timeoperator error warranty on their products. This
Example of a turbo blade