Materials Diamond Blades Cut Through
After concrete is poured, the concrete cures and is typically set for a minimum of 48 hours. After 48 hours, the sand will be bonded with the mortar forming the concrete into its full hardness. The time that the concrete has been cured for, will affect how your diamond blade performs.
- Diamond Concrete Blades
- Diamond Low HP Concrete Blades
- Electric Cured Concrete Blade
- Ring Saw Blades
- Concrete Widening Blades
Green refers to the state of the concrete before it has set. Within a window of about 6 to 48 hours from the time the concrete was poured, the concrete is determined to be Green. This is a state where the sand and the mortar have not yet bonded, and the concrete is softer. The soft concrete causes more abrasion to the diamond blade but the cuts can occur faster because the slurry is able to part easily.
Green concrete cutting is common on roads, highways, and driveways
Steel rebar or mesh is often used in concrete to reinforce a structure. Any time you cut through steel it will greatly impact the longevity of your blade and cause slower cutting rates.
To measure the longevity of your blade when cutting steel:
- 1% steel can reduce your blade to roughly 25%
- 3% steel can reduce your blade to roughly 75%
Asphalt does not bond like concrete. The sand in the Asphalt never fully bonds causing an incredibly higher level of abrasion wearing down on your diamond blade.
A similar blade is needed for cutting green concrete to make sure the steel core of the blade is enforced enough to handle your cut safely.
If you cut through (and this cut is not recommended) the sub-base layer of Asphalt, there is a lot of harsh materials like dirt and sand. This type of cut drastically reduces the life of your blade.
Brick & Blocks
Bricks tend to be harder materials from the mixture, method of manufacturing, and the temperature the bricks were fired at. Blocks are softer and will be more abrasive on your diamond blades.
If in doubt about your blade, best to consult an expert. Natural stone can contain various levels of hardness and it can make getting a diamond blade difficult. We have experts that can help.
Tile is incredibly easy to chip because of the density of the material places it higher for the scale of hardess. It will also depend on how the tile was manufactured.
Our team of experts, recommends always using a Continuous Rim blade or Fish Scale blade to reduce the chipping while completing your cut.
When in doubt, contact an expert.
Our team of professionals would be happy to answer all of your questions and get you a perfect blade for your project.