Concrete is naturally a hard substance and cutting it is no mean feat. Cutting concrete is usually done with Diamond blades as there is little or nothing harder than diamond. Diamond blades are known to make clean precise cuts when used. So how do we select the right tool in order to cut concrete as stubborn as it is. A lot of factors must be considered when you look to cut concrete, let’s take a closer look at some.

Choosing the Right Blade

This is extremely important. The blade you use must match the composition and material of the concrete you look to cut. It is important for you to have some idea of the characteristics of the concrete you look to cut. Things like the size of the concrete, compression and hardness should be known before you get down to business. A slab of concrete with a PSI of 3000 or less in terms of compressive strength is regarded as a pushover in the world of concrete. Blades with a hard bond must be used to cut concrete with PSI’s of this nature while blades with soft bonds must be used to cut high-grade concrete with a compressive strength of 6000 PSI and upwards. The aggregate size of the concrete is also another factor which directly influences the performance of the blade. A large aggregate size will mean that the blade will cut through slower while a small aggregate size means that the blade will cut through faster but would wear down fast as well. A blunt blade would serve little purpose.

The Type of Sand and Concrete Matters

You need to know the type of sand that has been used to mix the concrete you look to cut. It is the type of sand that will determine the abrasiveness of the concrete for example sharp sand would be more abrasive than other types. Riverbank sand is usually considered sharp sand, so if the sand is from such a force be sure to have a blade with a strong bond, because the more abrasive the sand is, the harder the concrete is to cut. Another factor would be the type of concrete you use your blade against. A Concreting cutting blade usually specializes in cutting one particular type of concrete. A general tool or blade wouldn’t serve the purpose. Your best bet would be choosing a blade of a similar material to the concrete.

Different Graded Tools

Cutting blades and tools range from low-costing options for weaker types of concrete to the premium quality diamond blades used to cut strong concrete. The difference in diamond blades for example would be the diamond content. A premium blade comes with a premium life and also a high diamond content to ensure you cut what you want regardless of the strength and enjoy an extended blade life. Premium blades cost you more than 20 percent of what a standard blade does. It all rests on the tasks you look to complete and for how long you want to use the same blade.

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