Beginners usually think that all diamond blades can work on all types of saw, but that is not actually the case. There are different types of diamond blades designed for individual saws. And knowing these things is essential to be able to use your saw and diamond blade to their full efficiency.
That’s why for today’s article, we listed down five of the things you should consider when buying a diamond blade:
Each diamond blade has a number of rotations per a specific saw. This is usually indicated in the box or is printed in the diamond blade. So make sure that before buying a diamond blade, you must take note of your saw’s RPM or rotation per minute. Purchasing one that isn’t compatible with your saw’s RPM might cause some problems, and it might not operate to its peak efficiency.
There are three types of diamond blades available in the market, and you should know which kind you’ll need for your cutting project. The first type is the segmented rim which is usually used in masonry and concrete. The second type is the turbo rim which is used in cutting brick and concrete and is designed for speed. And then there’s the continuous rim which is used in wet cutting since they are made without any vents for cooling.
Depth of Cut
Another thing you must consider is the depth of cut for your project. Each blade has a maximum stated depth indicated on its packaging. There is also a general rule that the larger the blade diameter, the bigger the cutting depth. You must also know that the cutting depth can also vary due to various factors such as the saw components and the measurement of its flanges.
Strength of Bond
Bond refers to the component that is responsible for holding the diamond crystals into place, and it’s metalcore. Each blade comes with varying degrees of the bond, either soft or hard, depending on its usage. But according to professionals, the greater the concentration of the bond or the harder it is, the longer the blade is likely to last.
Wet Cutting or Dry Cutting
Another thing you need to consider before buying a diamond blade is to check whether you’ll be using it for wet-cutting or dry-cutting. Although many dry blades can be used for wet cutting, a wet one can never be used with dry cutting. As it was stated earlier, wet blades don’t have vents and are likely to overheat that’s why water is needed as a coolant aid to cut through materials. Thus, trying to use it on a dry cutting can lead to severe problems.