Wet Cutting - Do’s & Don’ts for Diamond Blades
During the pandemic, we have seen a rise in commercial contractors and DIY homeowners taking on new projects, such as concrete cutting. With any new hobby/job there can be a steep learning curve and no one wants to be that guy or girl that becomes famous accidently for something embarrassing. Here are a few tips from CanWest Diamond Products to ensure proper use and maintenance of your wet blades and how to look like a Pro.
- Stick to the recommended cutting materials as mentioned on the manufacture’s manual
- Check for damage on your blade prior to using it
- Inspect for equal diameter, wear-and-tear, and flatness on the mounting flanges. Always make sure there is adequate relief around the arbor hole
- Ensure that the blade is mounted properly with the correct diameter blade shaft between blade flanges and has been securely tightened
- Supply an adequate coolant supply to help maintain the blades life and cutting efficiency
- Follow the operating manual for perfect operating procedures. Make sure fluid is at a good level, blade shafts bearings should be not touching the end of your radial area. V-belts should have tension and not show signs of obsessive wear. Lead adjustment allows the blade to travel straight. Most importantly, make sure the blade guard is in place and secured
- Follow the manuals pully sizes and operating speeds
- Use proper PP&E.
- Use your blades to cut through material not recommended in the manufacturers guide
- Use a cracked, or uneven blade that is showing signs of damage to the segments or arbor hole
- Do not force a blade onto a machine
- Don’t stand in direct line of blades during start-up or operation
- Do not place a blade on your machine that does not meet the minimum requirements set fourth in the manufacturing manual
- Never force a cut.