Monday, December 30, 2013

How to Extend the Life of a Diamond Saw Blade

Everyone wants to get more out of their equipment. Whether it's properly maintaining your engine, cleaning your power tools correctly, or storing your chainsaw properly, we go to great lengths to make sure our tools are in working order when we need them. Not only will extending the life of your diamond saw blade save you money on expensive replacement blades, but it also reduces extra stress on your engine, extending the overall life of your cut-off saw. Read on for five steps to extending your cut-off saw blades.

1. Use the correct diamond blade for your saw and cutting technique

Many blades are either designed for wet or dry cutting only. Before you start using a particular technique, be sure that your saw blade is designed to be used that way. At we carry Ox Diamond Saw Blades, which are designed for both wet and dry cutting.

2. Let the blade cool at regular intervals

It's not a mystery that concrete saw blades get hot. If you want to extend the life of your blade, it's crucial that you don't make continuous cuts with an overheated blade. This is more important for dry cutting than wet cutting. After a few cuts, let the saw run freely so that the blade can cool down and then you can resume the job.

3. Make sure your water supply is operating correctly

If you are wet cutting, make sure your water supply is giving you enough water to prevent excessive friction on your blade, which will cause your blade to wear too quickly by stripping away layers of diamonds before they have been fully used.

4. Let the blade do the work———don't force it

It's important to let your tools do their job. By forcing your saw through whatever material you are cutting, you are putting excessive pressure on the blade and not allowing the diamonds to make the cut. This not only will dull your saw more quickly, but makes your work physically harder. If your saw is cutting slowly, it might be time to sharpen your blade. Which leads us to...

5. Keep your blade sharp

Keeping the blade sharp is critical to extending the life of your blade. Check out our blog on sharpening diamond saw blades for step by step instructions on how to do this. This will make your cuts easier, relieve stress on your engine, and help get your jobs done faster.