If you’ve ever used a diamond saw blade, you know they’re the perfect combination of strong and fragile. When you need to cut or grind the toughest materials, look no further than a diamond-tipped saw blade. If you list this tool as one of the most used tools in your tool kit, you should probably learn how to extend the life of your diamond saw blades, so you don’t have to replace them all the time.
1. Know what kind of bond matrix you have
You see that the bond matrix of the blade refers to the bond strength of the diamond in the blade to the metal. Here’s a rule of thumb to keep in mind: a softer bonding matrix is better for harder materials like concrete, and a harder bonding matrix is better for softer materials like asphalt. If you get this wrong, you can cause the diamond to wear down faster than usual. Make sure to carefully review the manufacturer’s recommendations for each saw blade.
2. Use the correct equipment to match the blade
Whatever cutting device you use will dictate the type of blade you should use inside it. Lower performance blades work better in low horsepower cutting equipment, while high performance blades work better in high horsepower equipment. Failure to do so may result in bent blades that will not work well.
3. Use wet cutting whenever possible
While some materials require dry cutting, such as wood, you may want to try a wet cutting method, using as many diamond blades as possible. The wet cutting method continuously cools the blade and reduces heat buildup. Both of these factors will extend the life of the diamond blade. Wet cutting also reduces the amount of dust kicked up on the saw, so there are many benefits to choosing this method.
4. Properly clean the blade
Knowing how to extend the life of your diamond saw blade means knowing how to clean it properly. One of the easiest ways to do this is to start the saw and cut through a hard object, such as concrete, for about 10 to 15 seconds. This will help remove any dirt and grit that may have accumulated while using the blade.
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