Cutting concrete with a concrete saw is always going to be a job that requires precision and expertise. It doesn’t matter if you’re cutting walls, slabs, blocks, or floors. It would be most appropriate if you used both the proper equipment and techniques to get the job done. The first best step is to ensure that you have the right protective gear, like steel-toed boots, a face shield, gloves, and a dust mask. Beyond that, we’ve got some tips on how you can cut concrete the best using a concrete saw.
Use the Right Saw
As with any job that uses tools, you must be using the right kind of tool—in this case, your concrete saw. There are several options out there, including hand-held wet or dry saws suitable for most jobs. Larger jobs, particularly when cutting floors, may need walk-behind saws. They’re heavier equipment but make deeper cuts. As for whether you should choose wet or dry, it’s your choice: wet saws are going to keep some dust out of the way, but they’re also going to create a slurry.
Pick the Right Blade
Not only do you need a suitable concrete saw, but you need the right blade to go with it. Typically, you’re going to want to use a diamond saw blade with synthetic diamond crystals that get the cutting done. There are both wet and dry blades, but you must use wet blades with water.
Dust management isn’t an issue if you’re using a wet saw, but if you’re using a dry saw, be sure you’re using a dust extractor. When you use a dust extractor, it helps keep dust out of the way so you can complete the concrete cutting job.
Mark Cuts First
Before making any cuts, put down some lines with chalk first. To go a step further, use a brighter color like an orange to help things run smoothly. Wet saws may cause chalk to wash off, so consider using a crayon.
Use Guide Boards
In addition to using a chalk line, try placing down guide boards. You can place a plank of wood alongside the chalk line, which will help you guide the concrete saw blade to the right place.
Slow & Steady
Remember, you’re using a saw for a reason: there’s no point in trying to brute force it. Just take it slow and keep guiding the saw in the right direction. If you attempt to force the blade, you may end up overheating and getting behind schedule.
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.