Wet-cutting is a type of cutting that uses water as an assistive agent for cutting through thick materials. It is used for reinforced concrete, tiles, metal bricks, and other masonries. Wet-cutting is also used for long, continuous cutting tasks since it is less prone to overheating. The saw used in this cutting is often powered by diesel or gas to prevent electrocution accidents, and also requires a water reservoir or hose attachment for water disbursement.
If you’re planning to use wet-cutting as a process, then you might want to check out these professional tips on how you should do wet-cutting.
Tip# 1 – Inspect the diamond saw blade.
The first important thing to do before you start cutting is to inspect the diamond blade you are going to use especially if it’s brand new. Check if there is any damage that may have possibly occurred during shipment or due to previous use.
Tip# 2 – Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended blade specifications in regards to the materials you intend to cut. Improper selection can cause excessive blade wear or possible damage to the diamond blade or saw machine, which could lead to accidents.
Tip# 3 – Check the saw if it’s in proper condition.
Inspect the saw-cutting machine and make sure it is in proper condition before cutting the material. All fluids must be at proper levels. The machine’s v-belts should also be properly tensioned, and pulleys checked for excessive wear. And do operate with the blade guard in place and properly secured.
Tip# 4 – Be sure that the diamond saw blade is mounted correctly.
Make sure that your diamond saw blade is mounted on the right diameter blade shaft, which is between the proper blade flanges and tightened it securely with a wrench.
Tip# 5 – Never use a diamond saw blade that is not flat or is cracked.
Never use a diamond blade with a core that is not flat or has a crack, or blades that have a segment with damage or loss, nor should you remount a used blade. And most especially, never mount diamond blades that have a damaged arbor hole.
Tip# 6 – Be sure that there is continuous water flow.
As wet-cutting requires water, be sure that there is a continuous water flow to each side of the blade. On concrete saws, the water pumps are not adequate as a primary pressure source, so a proper coolant supply is required for wet cutting blades to maintain blade life and cutting efficiency.
Tip# 7 – Never force the machine blade shaft.
Don’t ever force the machine blade shaft or mount blade on an undersized blade shaft. Doing such thing can result in unsafe operating conditions as well as excessive blade wear.
Tip# 8 – Don’t use a blade on a machine that is not compatible.
Last but not the least, never use blades on a machine that is not compatible or does not meet the minimum requirements which were given by the manufacturer’s machine operating manual.