Concrete cutting no longer relies on dusty, messy (and body-wracking) jackhammers to break up concrete. Modern concrete cutting is a controlled process using specialized machinery that enables operators to leave a smooth, attractive finish on concrete, asphalt, stone, and metal.
Nowadays, concrete cutting is much safer and easier on the operator who uses heavy equipment on a regular basis. This offers an advantage in precision, as well, since operators can run the machine from a safe distance, and the machine is often steadier than a manual saw. To accommodate the various material types and strengths, operators often use different specs of diamond blades which cut more quickly and need less water to create a sleek finish. Concrete saws also have local vacuum systems that capture most of the dust. As a result, the job is cleaner, there is a reduced risk of leaks from failed hydraulic fittings in hoses, and production rates are much higher.
In addition to wire saws, wall saws, and flat saws, operators use hand-held saws with abrasive wheels or diamond blades that are powered by a two-stroke gas engine, a hydraulic power unit, an air compressor, or an electric motor. Here are the five of the most common methods of concrete cutting:
- Diamond Sawing. This method is faster, more precise and requires fewer operators, and is a preferred choice for cutting rebar and other metals. Diamond saws are quieter and create less vibration than other saws.
- Concrete Wall Sawing. Circular blades on a track-mounted machine are utilized for cutting concrete walls, as the track makes it possible for the saw to climb walls or cut ceilings from 16 to 36 inches thick.
- Concrete Slab Sawing (aka flat sawing). Floors, bridge decks, and pavements require the flat sawing method, which is used to access broken pipes or wiring beneath a concrete floor, to fix road surfaces, or cut plumbing trenches.
- Concrete Core Drilling. Core drills are steel tubes with diamond-tipped bits. This method of concrete cutting requires lots of skill and precision to create precise, circular holes for pipes, wires, or HVAC ventilating.
- Concrete Wire Sawing. When other methods are impractical, commercial operators can rely on concrete wire sawing to get the job done, especially for much larger concrete cutting projects. Wire saws are complex machinery made from a cable with tiny diamond segments put through pulleys attached to a hydraulic-powered drive and should only be handled by professionals.
The need for concrete cutting can be found anywhere, but when it comes to Kansas City, Fine Cut USA is a leader in the industry due to the number of concrete cutting projects done here. We take on projects ranging from fixing highways to setting up residential areas. Our concrete cutting company has performed all the sawing and sealing of green concrete airport runways, replacing bridges, repairing residential roads, and more throughout the metro and beyond.
No job is too small or large for Fine Cut USA. We can handle all your concrete cutting needs, whether commercial or residential. Our team of operators has extensive skill and experience in concrete sawing, demolition of concrete, grooving and grinding concrete and concrete drilling.