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Choosing The Right Diamond Blade
Know The Scope Of The Job:
Before you begin, decide which is more important – the initial price of the blade or the cost per cut. For smaller jobs or occasional use, a low priced blade may be preferable. For larger jobs or more regular use, a higher priced blade will actually be less expensive to use because it will deliver a lower cost per cut. For really big jobs, the lowest possible sawing cost (per foot) is usually much more important than the initial price.
Know The Type And Horsepower Of The Saw:
Always know what saw you are going to be running your diamond blade on. Blades being ran on cut-off saws have a higher RPM than blades run on a walk-behind concrete saw.
Know What You’re Cutting:
Correct identification of the material to be cut is the most important factor in choosing a blade. It directly affects cutting speed and the life of the diamond blade. Most blades will cut a wide range of materials. Though for maximum performance (cutting speed & life), the material should be matched to the blade as closely as possible.
Choose Wet or Dry Cutting:
Choosing wet or dry may be a matter of user preference or job requirement. Dry blades can be used either wet or dry. They are usually preferred when using hand held power cutters and are often run wet to control the dust. Wet blades MUST be run with water.