Nothing says unbridled power like a concrete saw. Whether a concrete saw is powered by hydraulic or pneumatic pressure, gasoline, or an electric motor, you can be assured that you are dealing with some serious cutting power. Despite the name, a concrete saw isn't just limited to the cutting of concrete; in fact, a concrete saw can cut through a number of materials, including asphalt, masonry, tiles, bricks, and many other solid materials.
Concrete saws are so powerful that, for most purposes, 'wet cutting' is usually recommended. This is primarily because concrete can be particularly tough and abrasive against the blades, but failure to wet the blades can also lead to serious health risks. For example, lung cancer or silicosis can be caused by exposure to very fine respirable crystalline silica (RCS) particles. RCS particles are able to penetrate deep within the lungs, wreaking havoc on a victim's respiratory system.
Besides water, another method for combating damage to blades is to use a more robust blade. By using sharper diamond blades, you can safely get away with dry cutting, but only if the cutting is shallow and intermittent. This is usually only done when water access is not possible. To form a deep cut using the dry-cutting technique, it is recommended that you make several sporadic passes to maintain the coolness of the diamond blade. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can result in mechanical components of the concrete saw to fail and be jettisoned out towards bystanders or the operator.
Another side effect of using a concrete saw is that dust can billow out. Once again, water helps to dampen the dust — preventing it from rising in plumes — and also helps to keep the blade cool; moreover, wet cutting helps to ensure the longevity of the blade itself. As well as the common buzz-saw configuration, concrete saws can also be purchased in the chainsaw form. Such a chainsaw would be especially ideal for plumbers, concreters, bricklayers, landscapers and emergency services such as fire and rescue. If manoeuvrability is of the utmost importance, then a concrete chainsaw is an excellent choice.
In conclusion, concrete saws are excellent pieces of machinery; however, it is important that you treat them with the respect that they deserve. Additionally, It is imperative that you fully ready the instruction manual to ensure that you don't put you or your employees in any danger.