In a previous article in this blog, we gave you tips on dry cutting with diamond saw blades. Now, we are giving you some do’s and don’ts when wet cutting with your diamond saw.

In general, before proceeding with this kind of activity, you should come prepared with proper safety equipment and gear, which includes (but not limited to) safety glasses, safety footwear, snugly fitted clothes, head and hearing protection, as well as respiratory equipment. Remember, unless you are a professional when it comes to handling diamond saw blades, make sure to have someone around (at a safe distance) while you are wet cutting in case of emergencies.

1. Read and follow the diamond saw blade manufacturer’s manual regarding recommended blade specifications for the material being cut. Also, check the equipment for any damage that may have been incurred during shipping or due to previous use.

2. Make sure that the diamond saw is in good shape for wet cutting. This includes checking that all fluids are at proper levels and that all blade shaft bearings are free of end and radial play. The V-belt should be properly tensioned and the pulleys should be checked to see that they are not excessively worn out. Lead off adjustment should also be set correctly to make sure the blade travels straight.

3. If your diamond saw blade’s core is not flat or is cracked, do not mount it. When it comes to mounting flanges, you should also make sure that the bearing surfaces are clean and flat. Mounting flanges must have enough relief around the arbor hole.

4. When wet cutting, an adequate coolant supply is required to maintain blade life and cutting efficiency. Make sure there is continuous water flow on each side of the blade.

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