4 Questions to Consider When Purchasing Diamond Blades
If you’re familiar with the world of power tools, you probably know that there are several different types of saw blades for a variety of purposes. Whether you’re a DIYer or a contractor, the right blade can make your job much easier.
While conventional saw blades can be used by beginners, diamond saw blades are often used by tradespeople with real know-how and skill. Diamond blades move through stone like butter. This is because they are specially designed to be hard on the material and soft on the tool. Since they are made out of the toughest material on earth, they are also built to last.
The effectiveness of a particular diamond blade depends largely on its quality and how well it is able to make long cuts in stone that don’t dull or break.
If you work with concrete, tile, granite, or any other thick surface, then you're probably looking for a good diamond saw blade in Toronto and Scarborough.
To get one that fits your saw and does the job, keep these four questions in mind.
1. What Type of Diamond Blades Do You Have in Stock?
It's not just a matter of conventional blades vs. diamond blades. There are also different types of diamond blades. They include:
- Segmented rim blades
- Turbo rim blades
- Continuous rim blades
Segmented rim blades deliver a rough cut. This makes them ideal for materials such as concrete, brick, and limestone.
Turbo rim blades are also ideal for concrete, brick, and limestone. However, these blades cut faster because the smaller segments on the rim allow the blades to cool faster.
Continuous rim blades cut slower than any other diamond blades. However, they are usually the top dogs on any job involving marble, granite, porcelain, or ceramic because they produce the best cut.
2. Will It Fit My Saw?
Great question! If you were asking us this, we'd ask you about your saw's horsepower. Saws with high horsepower require more diamonds than saws with low horsepower.
Let's say you have a 65hp saw that's set for a 14-inch blade. What would happen if you put in a 20-inch blade?
If you forget to change the pulleys, then the blade will spin at the recommended speed for a 14-inch blade, which is too slow for a 20-inch blade.
3. Will It Cut Wet and Dry?
This, too, is a matter of size. Smaller blades are typically used to cut dry. However, sometimes, they can also be used to cut wet.
If you need a blade to cut thick surfaces, then you'll need a larger blade and use plenty of water.
The blade will need to cool down between passes and, if the surface is thick, there's no other way to rapidly cool down your blade than with water.
4. Will It Cut Through Any Surface?
If you're ready to buy a diamond cutting blade, you probably already have a job in mind. Knowing how deeply you need to cut will help you choose the right saw blade.
Typically, the maximum cutting depth is listed on the packaging for the blade. But, this isn't the only thing to keep in mind.
Cutting depth also varies by the type of saw you're using, the diameter of the blade, and the diameter of the blade collars (or flanges). Your cutting depth, for example, will be reduced if the blade guard extends below the flanges.
Top-quality Diamond Saw Blades in Toronto & Scarborough
When you're ready to purchase a few diamond saw blades for your next project, we hope you'll give us a call. Here at Bomba Diamond Tools, we've been Canada's leading diamond tool manufacturer for over 40 years.
Let us know what kind of equipment you're working with and we will pair you up with the best blade for the job. Beyond that, we also offer saw blade manufacturing, retooling, core bit repair, and more.
No matter the job, we'll help you get it done quickly and efficiently.