Concrete saws are an important power tool used for cutting concrete, masonry, brick, tile, and other solid construction materials and blocks.
However, to get the best cut, you need to use the right concrete saw and right blade and handle both with care. Using a concrete saw correctly will also help you cut your materials more productively and safely.
To help you get the job done on time and to specification, in this blog we will offer you some professional cutting tips to match our premium range of concrete saws available right here in New Zealand.
Choose the Right Saw and Blade
Choosing the right saw and blade for the job is essential for getting the job done safely, quickly and to a high quality.
Using the wrong blade will reduce its lifespan, produce a slow cutting speed, and increase the amount of dust. Not only is this more dangerous to the operator, but it results in higher running costs and less precision.
Ultimately, the right equipment and blade will make your cutting project more efficient and cost effective. Managers and contractors should think carefully between the following options:
Wet saws require a constant supply on the cutting surface to dampen down the dust. Along with reducing dust the water will form a cutting paste/slurry which will make it cut faster, and reduce the heat of the blade, which in turn makes your blade last longer because it suffers less wear.
Diamond blades come in many different types and sizes, each blade is different and is designed specifically for certain materials. It is very important to check you have the right blade for the job before you start. Call us to learn more.
Large Walk-Behind Saws
Large walk-behind saws suit large floor areas as they can cover expansive projects easily and with accuracy in an ergonomic way.
Small Walk Behind Saws
If you still want the ergonomic features of a large walk-behind saw but for a smaller job, then light walk-behind saws will do the trick. They are used for smaller floor areas that require a high degree of maneuverability.
Handheld saws are fantastic for smaller and highly-specific jobs where you want total control over the cut.
Our Top Tips
1. To ensure the saw and blade does not overheat, retract the blade, and let it run freely every 30 seconds.
2. Always wear personal protective equipment and appropriate clothing. Flying fragments can be extremely dangerous and cause injury. Goggles, earmuffs, and gloves are a must.
3. Always choose the right blade for the job with water cooling if possible.
Things to Avoid
1. Map out where you will cut in advance with a piece of chalk and be clear about your cutting process in advance.
2. Be aware of if and where the pipes, rebar, and wiring are embedded in the concrete and plan you cutting accordingly.
3. Do not force the blade through your material or exert pressure. Let the weight of the saw so all the work cleanly and efficiently.
The Meiwa Difference
Meiwa offers a wide range of concrete saws designed to streamline operations without sacrificing quality and safety. Our machines offer low vibrations to reduce operator fatigue and increase handling comfort and come in three weight categories, 3L-6L fuel tanks, and 10’’-18’’ blade diameters.
Meiwa is a brand that New Zealanders immediately trust, thanks to the knowledge and experience we have gained since first producing exceptional machinery products in 1945. Contact us today or browse our web store.