Diamond tools refer to tools used for cutting, grinding or drilling found in the construction business. It also refers to tools which use diamond as an abrasive cutting material, thus the name. It is used by builders, contractors, engineers, quarries and construction companies for various industrial applications such as roofing, paving, road repair and renovations, among many others. There are several types of diamond tools, the most commonly known of which are diamond saw blades, diamond core bits or also known as drill bits and grinding cup wheels.
Perhaps the most familiar type of diamond tool is the diamond saw blade. Diamond saw blades are commonly used for cutting various types of concrete, asphalt, brick, block, natural stone and even metals. The rectangular shaped “teeth” that do the grinding are the diamond segment which are composed of a diamond grit with different shapes and sizes that vary based on the type of material being cut. The diamonds are kept in place by a bond of metallic powders which are designed to wear down at a specific rate, again depending on the material.
For example, soft and abrasive materials like asphalt will require a hard bonded diamond saw blade to prevent premature wear caused by the abrasiveness of asphalt. A soft bonded diamond saw blade will wear down fast on this surface, which means an investment down the drain. Here’s a quick tip: always consult your diamond tools supplier before purchasing a particular type of saw blade.
Diamond saw blades are also considered flexible diamond tools because it can be used in quite a number of types of saws and industrial cutting machines. Some examples of these cutting machines are gas powered cut-off saws, tile saws, angle grinders, walk-behind saws and bridge saws.
Aside from the commonly known types of diamond saw blades, there are specialty diamond tools for special cutting needs. Some examples of these are concave diamond blades, crack chasers and tuckpointers. Concave diamond blades are cup shaped diamond blades designed for cutting curves such as sink installations. Crack chasers are thick diamond saw blades with V-shaped segments for repairing superficial cracks in concrete, in particular for easier application of sealant after a V-shaped cut has been made on a cracked surface. Finally, a tuckpointer is an ideal diamond tool for grinding out the mortar from old brick walls which is common in restoration jobs.
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