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Your Guide to Using Concrete & Masonry Saws

When you need a tool to cut through hard concrete and masonry materials on your job site, like concrete, asphalt, brick & block, you will need an electric table saw or a high quality petrol concrete saw. If you’re a landscaper, concrete layer or brick layer, you use these regularly for expansion cuts in concrete or to cut through bricks and paving blocks. But as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and that applies to all saws from the small electric table saw to the large walk-behind concrete saws. With that in mind, we’ve put together a short guide on the responsible use of concrete saws that will keep you and your workers safe.


Choosing Your Concrete Saw

There are different types of concrete saws available, and the one you choose will depend on the job at hand. As you might assume, the larger and more powerful the machine the larger the blade you can use, means a deeper cut. The price will generally be commensurate with the power and cutting capabilities on offer. A good-quality walk-behind concrete cutter will be an investment, an investment worth making.


Before Your Start Up Your Saw

The first thing you’ll want to do before you start up your saw is check for any signs of damage. Ensure the blade is firmly in place and in good working order – a blade that is even slightly damaged can be disastrous both for the machine and for your safety. We recommend you use the correct blade for the material you are cutting, this will make cutting quicker and easier and will keep you and those around you safer.


General Safety

You will never be disappointed investing in good quality, this will keep you safer and enable you to complete your jobs with the perfection you expect. Having the right equipment and blades for the job will make short and tidy work of concrete and masonry cutting, but don’t forget you need to be extremely careful when operating these machines. Before you start to use the saw, make sure the area is clear and free of trip hazards. Make sure you are using proper PPE – hearing and eye protection and steel-capped boots at minimum, but we also recommend a face shield to protect you from dangerous airborne particles. Also, whatever you do, don’t force and concrete saw to turn while you are cutting, as it will cause extreme pressure on the blade that could result damage and serious injury.


Contact MEIWA Today

At MEIWA, we stock an innovative range of the highest quality tools and equipment for the construction industry. Since we were first established in Japan in 1945, MEIWA has become associated with excellence in the design and engineering of small construction machinery. Built in Japan to adhere to the most exacting standards for quality and safety, we have become the supplier of choice to discerning construction industry professionals everywhere. We welcome you to join the thousands of loyal, satisfied MEIWA operators. Renowned for excellence in quality and reliability since 1945.


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