When you use diamond blades, you are not cutting through the material and instead, you’re grinding. Depending on the material you are using, there is a corresponding type of diamond blade suited for it; the blade’s use depends heavily on the following aspects:
- Hardness of the material
- Geometry and density
- Cost of the project
Here are other factors that you have to consider when choosing diamond blades for certain projects.
How deep are you going?
The depth of the cut makes a difference in your purchase, as you will have to buy diamond blades with the right diameter. Some factors also include saw type and the diameter of the blade collars.
Do you prefer speed or prolonged use?
It is safer to purchase a less expensive blade for small projects and occasional use. For regular use, more expensive blades are preferred as these ensure quality and deliver lower cost per cut.
Speed and precision are what you want in manufacturing, which is why it is important to ensure that you purchase your diamond blades from a reliable supplier. Look for companies that have a low-downtime guarantee, as Timberfix says, ‘product knowledge, coupled with large stocks and fast on-site service can prevent costly downtime on your site’.
Are you wet- or dry-cutting?
You may commonly use dry-cutting blades on shallow or step cuts. The use of this type of blade depends on airflow to prevent overheating while cutting. It’s a suitable option if you’re working indoors with hand-held saws that have low horsepower.
Wet-cutting reduces dust, but it is necessary to use it with water to avoid segment loss and blade war-page. It is ideal for walk-behind saws in cutting joints on concrete flat-work.
Diamond blades have a shorter lifespan compared to your average saw blade because it takes more damage. You will know when you need to buy a new one once you see that the diamond particles are smooth and there are obvious signs of wear.
Other signs that your diamond blades need a replacement include slower cuts, worn metal teeth and a glazed blade.