When taking on a concrete cutting project, you’re responsible for having tools that are of high enough quality to handle the job. Part of this means having the right saw blades, and the blades you have won’t last forever. Eventually, they’re going to get worn down and take too much damage. But there are ways that you can protect your saw blades, and that’s by knowing what causes damage to them in the first place. Here are some of the ways in which your saw blades might get damaged.
Wet Blades That Have Gotten Too Dry
Sparks will start flying whenever concrete cutting begins. If you don’t prepare ahead of time, these sparks can cause fires. To remedy this problem, you can use wet saw blades. But you have to use these blades appropriately. If you allow wet saw blades to become too dry, their cutting edges will start to degrade. Water can help keep the heat generated through friction under control, and that’s why you have to have a constant stream of water around. If your blades get too hot, they will become unusable.
Using the Wrong Saw Blades
A lot of concrete saw blades are made either from diamond or they have diamond tips. This helps give them more sawing power. It helps speed up the concrete cutting process if you use the correct saw for the job, which in turn allows you to meet all of the deadlines you have. If you use the wrong blade for the job, you won’t get the results you want. Even worse than that is the possibility that your saw blade won’t perform as well afterward.
Digging Too Deeply With Your Saw Blades
Another way to damage your concrete saw blades is to dig them too deeply into whatever surface needs to be cut. This is something that can occur in all kinds of scenarios such as when there are hidden items under concrete slabs that couldn’t be detected with ground-penetrating radar (GPR). If you push the edge of your blade too deep, the motor that powers your blade’s ability to cut will get damaged. When the metal in the blades starts overheating, the blades also begin to get duller, making them less effective.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.