Top Tips for Diamond Blade Novices

Top Tips for Diamond Blade NovicesPhoto by Will Barrow

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Diamond blades have become one of the most popular choices for cutting brick, asphalt, concrete and other materials. Not only this, they are highly versatile, and can perform a complete list of construction tasks. If you are new to the game, there are a few things you should know before you put the blade in.

CDBS Construction and Garden Centre have put together a few tips on how to use a diamond blade as a beginner.

1. The Right Blade is Imperative

Although it might seem obvious that when cutting a building material you need to use the right blade, but when it comes to diamond blades there are different models that are correct to use for differing materials.

For example, you may be using a blade that has not been designed for cutting asphalt. The repercussion of this is that the asphalt will wear that blade down faster than if you were using a proper asphalt cutting blade. You should always ensure that the blade you are purchasing is right to use for the material you are cutting.

2. Make Sure to Check the Arbor Shaft

In order to maintain healthy longevity for your diamond blade, ensure that you check the arbor shaft before you commence cutting. Movement will create an uneven breakdown of your diamond blade, and can even be as bad as warping the blade if the movement is too great.

Check your arbor shaft by moving it back and forward. See if you can notice unwanted movement, and if the table shaft is moving or wobbling, it should be further maintained or repaired before reusing the blade.

3. Your First Cut: Precautions

You shouldn’t rush into cutting with a new blade – ease into it. Otherwise, you will be making the blade susceptible to extreme pressure and stress for its first ever cut. By easing into your first cut you are working towards maintaining the blade’s strength and longevity. A good way to avoid putting this stress on the blade is by performing your first cut on a material other than concrete or asphalt.

This will also help to notice if your blade has any troubles before proper use. You should also consider using a damp or wet blade for your first cut: this will also reduce abrasions which have the potential of damaging a new blade.

4. Check the Material’s Surface

One thing many people forget to do when cutting is checking the material’s surface. The first thing you should take notice of is the level of the material surface. The surface should be flat and clean. If the surface is neither flat or clean you could risk damaging the blade as well as an uneven cut which wastes the material.

If the material contains unwanted debris it can also damage the blade, and if the debris is strong enough it can even cause the blade to require repair or replacement. All you have to do is sweep the material and area you are cutting, this will ensure that the level is smooth and without unwanted debris.

If you use these tips for your first cut you should be able to ensure a clean first cut that is also safe for the blade. If you have any further enquiries on using the diamond blade, feel free to get in contact with our team by calling us on 02 6242 8996.

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