Selecting the right diamond blade for cutting requires knowledge of the principles of “controlled bond erosion”. Basically, this means that diamond blades that cut hard, dense, and less abrasive materials such as tiles, hard bricks, stone, and concrete require a softer metal matrix, while diamond blades used for cutting softer and abrasive materials should have a hard, abrasion-resistance to retain the diamonds for a longer time. Metal matrix secures each diamond in place which is the most crucial aspect to the overall performance of a diamond blade. So in deciding which diamond blade to use, here are several factors you should consider:
1. Price – Money is always a huge factor when it comes to investing in diamond cutting tools. Decide whether you would prefer the tool’s initial price or its price per cut. Small jobs or those that only require occasional usage can use low-priced diamond cutting tools while construction jobs, or those that require regular usage, should invest in higher-priced tools. Higher-priced tools are actually less expensive in the long run because they deliver a low price per cut.
2. Wet or Dry Cutting – This is a matter of personal preference or job requirement. Using water needs extra precaution, especially, with electrical equipment. Concrete floor saws usually require wet cutting because water as a coolant helps cut concrete deeper. Tile and masonry saws, on the other hand, can either be wet or dry cut. Just remember that wet cutting needs water while dry cutting may or may not use water, depending mostly on the equipment used.
3. Material to be Cut – Diamond cutting tools cut, and the material to be cut is the most important factor in choosing the right diamond blade because the material directly affects the cutting speed and life of the diamond blade, as well as the tool. Maximum performance of the tool and blade can be achieved by matching the tool as closely as possible to the material which will be cut.
4. Type of Rim – Different rim types are available from which users can choose. A continuous smooth rim is perfect for ceramic tiles and ornamental stones. For longer life and lower cost per cut, continuous castellated rim blades are the most suitable choice, but the use of these diamond blades produce chipping. Segmented blades are likewise long-lasting and cheaper, but are only an option where chipping is not a problem.
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