Diamond cutting blades are designed differently from each other. One blade is for this, the other is for that. Most importantly, such blades have classifications for use, specifically for wet cutting or dry cutting. What difference does it make?

Photo courtesy: Hustvedt via wikipedia.com

Photo courtesy: Hustvedt via wikipedia.com

For one thing, wet cutting utilizes water (obviously), as opposed to dry cutting, which uses air for cooling purposes. Blatant disregard for learning the blade’s particular use could end to unwanted results, equipment malfunction or worse, accidents and injuries. So, to give you a general overview, let’s tackle the main difference of wet cutting and dry cutting method.

Cut It Wet

Wet cutting employs water as an assistive agent for cutting through thick tiles, reinforced concrete, metal, bricks and other masonries. It is also being used for long, continuous cutting tasks because it is less prone to overheating and blade wear-outs. While some power saws are electric-powered, common tools and equipment involving this method often run on diesel and/or gas to prevent electrocution accidents, and have water reservoir or hose attachment for water disbursement during operation.

High and Dry

In contrast with wet cutting method, dry cutting is intended for intermittent and short-scale cutting. One reason for this is the blade needs ample airflow by allowing it to gradually “free-spin” between cuts to reduce the risk of machine/blade overheating. Tools that can be used for dry-cutting are usually handheld saws and equipment with lower horsepower. As for usage, this method is ideal for shaping, detailing and finishing, although deep cuts can also be achieved, granted that precautionary measures and proper cutting steps must be well-taken.

Which is better?

Depending on preferences, tool requirements, range of cost, and specific cutting needs, both methods can be as effective as the other. Dry cutting technique is ideal for indoor use, mainly for some work areas that need to be kept dry at all times, as well as for sites where the proximity of water source is uncertain.

On the other hand, wet cutting method caters to much more abusive cutting tasks. Adopting this method also reduces serious respiratory risks and other health hazards caused by dust particles, as water not only serves as a cooling agent. It also counteracts the produced dust particles coming from the machine by turning it into sludge.

Whatever the method may be, results will still rely based on the correct usage of the equipment. Getting the best diamond blades isn’t enough to get the job right. Knowing when to use the right method for the right circumstances will definitely bring out better performance and much-desired output, not to mention safer working experience.

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