If you’re new to handling saw equipment, you might not be aware that the thickness of a diamond blade affects the cut it makes. There is a large difference between thin and thick blades. So if you’re going to use them on a regular basis, it is important to know which of the two is suitable for the job.
Thin diamond blades due to their light weight can deliver a faster cut compare to thick blades. It also allows the user to get a more precise cut. This also means that fewer sparks are created, which in return, doesn’t heat the blade faster and allows you to cut for longer periods of time.
Thicker blades, on the other hand, are usually cheaper and last longer than thin blades. The rotation may be slower, but it gives the users more control over the motion, allowing you to precisely cut the material.
A blade’s thickness is measured at the blade’s periphery which includes the plated diamond thickness.
Here’s a table to compare blade diameters and their equal blade thickness:
|Blade Diameters||Normal Blade Thickness|
|1-1/2” to 4”||1/16”, 3/32”|
|5” to 7”||3/32”|
|10”||3/32”, 1/8”, 5/32”|
|12” to 14”||1/8”, 5/32”|
To explain this further, here’s an example. If you’re buying a blade with a 1-1/2″ to 4″ diameter range, you should choose a 1/16″ thick blade if you intend to make straight cuts. However, if your project requires radius cuts or a handheld die grinder, then it is advisable to use a blade with 3/32″ thickness. The thinner the blade, the faster it cuts, but its life is usually shorter than a thicker blade.
You must also remember that the as the blade diameter increases, so does the requirement for thicker blades. This is to guarantee that the large blades will retain their rigidity.
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