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A Complete Guide to Diamond Blades

A Complete Guide to Diamond Blades

When it comes to saw blades, there are so many options on the market nowadays that it can be difficult to choose the right one. It's critical to have the right blade for the job to get the quality of cut you want and the optimum performance from your saw. 

Diamond blades come in a variety of shapes, sizes, production methods, and bond types. Because different blades are often utilized for different applications, it is critical to understand the various blades and their respective applications to fully utilize their capabilities. 

Diamond blades are widely used in the construction and allied industries, but with so many applications, it might be difficult to choose which diamond blade to employ.

All About Diamond Blades

The term "diamond" refers to a tool that is the cleanest, safest, and most efficient for cutting, drilling, grinding, and polishing various construction materials. From cement to clay to asphalt, these materials are used. When diamond blades are chosen and used correctly, they provide the user with a longer blade life, faster cutting, higher productivity, and lower HAV exposure.

Diamond blades are made up of a high alloy steel core with diamond impregnated, bonded metal segments topped on top. There is no such thing as a "universal" diamond blade; they come in a variety of grades and bonds, each suited for a specific function.

Types Of Diamond Blades

  • Segmented blades
  • Turbo Continuous rim blades
  • Rim blades

1. Segmented Blades

Segmented blades or dry cutting blades typically have medium to hard bonding. While these blades can provide a relatively smooth cut at a high cutting speed, chipping is still a possibility. In comparison to other blades, they are sturdy and have a long blade life. Segmented blades are ideally suited for slicing marble and granite slabs, as well as concrete, asphalt, brick, block, and other construction materials. They are available in a wide range of diameters, from small to large, and they dominate the market for diameters of 12" and larger. Masonry saws, concrete saws, and circular saws are all frequent uses for these blades.

2. Turbo Rim Blades

Blades with Turbo Rim are designed to cut faster in wet and dry conditions. In addition to the smaller segments on the rim, an integrated diamond matrix interweaves to prevent overheating of the blade. Through the turbo rim's smaller turbo segments, air passes through and cools the blade. There are also several tiny holes scattered throughout the blade. Most manufacturers use this method to increase the cooling capabilities of their blades. Due to the turbo segments pushing the material out, this blade cuts faster. Materials such as concrete, brick, and limestone are effectively cut by this blade.

3. Continuous Rim Blades

Continuous rim blades have softer bonding, making them ideal for cutting dense materials like tile, porcelain, granite, stone, glass, and other easily chipped materials. Individual segments are not present on these blades; instead, the rim or edge is solid and continuous. Most of these blades are specifically made for wet cutting applications, resulting in the cleanest, chip-free cuts possible.

The most common diameters for these blades are 4" to 14". Hand-held grinders frequently utilize the smaller 4" to 5" diameter blades, whereas circular saws and tile saws frequently use wider sizes. Compared to other diamond saw blade styles, continuous rims cut the slowest, but as a trade-off, they produce the most accurate results.

This is all about diamond blades to help you choose the right one for you. When utilizing these blades, please make sure to put on all of your protective gear first.

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