Concrete Chain Sawing: Making The Cut With A Diamond Blade

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Concrete chain sawing enables Fine Cut’s operators to cut concrete with control and precision. Cutting concrete is a tough job, but whether it’s cutting blocks, walls or floors, diamond chain saw cutting makes a hard job a lot easier. Using hand-held concrete saws, our team of operators are experts at cutting through masonry and concrete to create joints, windows and doorways, cut floor slabs, retaining walls and more in residential, commercial and industrial settings. 

Diamond chain saws are used for heavy-duty cutting applications involving concrete, reinforced concrete, brick and other masonry products, and stone. A diamond concrete blade has the strength and durability required to cut even the toughest surfaces. Diamond blades consist of a metal blade with a diamond/metal composite bonded to the perimeter. The ergonomic handles and guards reduce operator fatigue. As the blade cuts, the metal composite slowly wears away, revealing fresh, sharp diamond cutting edges. There are two categories of diamond saw blades – dry-cutting and wet-cutting.

Dry-cutting diamond blades usually have a serrated or toothed rim to help cool the blade and eject waste. They work best for making a series of gradually deeper cuts to avoid overheating the blade. The downside to using dry-cutting diamond blades for concrete chain sawing is they tend to create a lot of fine dust. Given the silica content of concrete and mortar, the risk of ongoing exposure to airborne silica particles can damage a person’s lungs and over time reduce breathing capacity. As a result, OSHA has issued certain standards protecting workers from silica exposure on jobsites.

Highly skilled Fine Cut operators use recommended engineering controls such as water or ventilation, or when necessary, respirators, to limit exposure to silica dust, not just because it is required by OSHA, but because it keeps our operators safe and healthy. For that reason, wet concrete chain sawing is preferred for controlling dust. Diamond blades come with either teeth or a smooth, continuous perimeter. Wet-cutting diamond blades cut the fastest, which keeps silica dust at a minimum. Also of significance, water helps cool and lubricate the blade. 

When it comes to concrete chain sawing, the hardness and abrasiveness of the material to be cut; speed, efficiency, longevity and size of the blade, and the quality of cut desired is what matters. Fine Cut understands the science behind the making of diamond blades, how they work and the appropriate application.

Importantly, Fine Cut operates within the guidelines of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. We continue to operate at full capacity, providing concrete chain sawing services for residential construction, healthcare, law enforcement, public works and more.

Fine Cut Concrete Drilling and Sawing, LLC
(816) 540-5787