Diamond blades, like any other equipment in woodworking, tend to wear out over time and due to excessive use. However, there are some tips you can do to maintain its quality and sharpness. And today we listed down some tips you can do to maintain your diamond saw blades.
Inspect the saw and blade before using.
Before starting with your cutting job, make sure to inspect the saw equipment and blade. For the blade, check if it has any crack or damages, and don’t use it if ever you saw one. Also, check if the blade is still sharp, if not then you can do this steps to sharpen the blade. For cracked or damaged diamond blade, discard them as soon as possible. After inspecting the blade, go through the saw equipment next, and check if it’s working properly.
Secure the blade in the saw equipment.
After making sure that the blade and saw equipment is fine, the next thing you need to do is to install the diamond blade to your saw equipment. Make sure to fasten the blade and lock it in place to secure it. Loosened blades can cause problems and can even lead to fatal accidents. So remember to accurately follow the steps in installing the blade to the saw equipment. One thing to also note is to check if you’re using the right blade for the saw equipment.
Always use the right blade for the cutting job.
For beginners, remember that there is a right blade to use for a specific cutting job. There are three basic diamond blades in the market: turbo rim blade, segmented rim blade, and continuous rim blade. Turbo rim blades are used to cut faster and are designed for materials such as tile, stone, and masonry. Continuous rim blade, on the other hand, is used for wet cutting and designed for a clean cut which is specifically used for tiles, porcelain, and granite. Lastly, segmented rim blades are durable and are used for dry cutting hard materials such as concrete and brick.
Avoid overheating the blade.
An overheat blade can cause damage to your saw equipment and further lead to serious problems like accidents. To avoid this, you need to prevent your blade from overheating. During wet cuts, water is used as a coolant to the blade, so check that there is a constant water supply near you. For dry cuts, which doesn’t use water, what you can do is to take breaks when cutting for a long time. This ensures that the blade won’t get too hot from too much friction.