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How to Cut Concrete With a Circular Saw?

Did you know that concrete is the most abundantly consumed material around the world besides water? Well, it's true, and this makes sense when you consider the wide variety of applications that it's used for. 

Concrete can be used to pave roads and sidewalks, but it also is used to erect buildings, create monuments, and construct outdoor furniture and patio flooring. If you're a contractor or individual who needs to cut concrete more easily, circular saw blades are the right choice. 

Read on to learn what a circular saw is and how it's used to cut through concrete! 


What Is a Circular Saw? 

A circular saw is a power tool that uses a disc-shaped blade to cut through materials like concrete. The disc is lined with sturdy, durable teeth that move in a circular spinning motion and grate through even the toughest materials. They're operated by electricity, gasoline, or a hydraulic motor and can be handheld or mounted to a machine, depending on your applications. 

The teeth of the machine are in perpetual motion, making circular saws extremely versatile. Their wide specs include the cutting of wood, sturdy plastics, metal, and concrete surfaces. 

Cutting Concrete With Circular Saws 

To cut concrete with a circular saw, you should: 

  • Mark your cutting line onto the concrete with a 2-by-4 straightedge 
  • Attach a diamond blade to your circular saw (since diamonds are the hardest material in the world, they can cut through anything) 
  • Place masking tape onto the saw body (to stop the bottom from making scratches and chips in the concrete) 
  • Align the saw onto the cutting line mark and start cutting, using as little pressure as possible 


Types of Saw Blades 

There are many types of saw blades that you can insert into a circular saw. The cheapest is an abrasive corundum masonry blade- it can be used for cutting concrete, but it will likely wear quickly. As a result, cuts may not be as precise as you would like. 

Diamond blades are usually the better choice if you want to get the best bang for your buck. They can be used to cut through even the hardest concrete with very little wear and tear. 
This makes diamond blades the perfect choice for those who want a long-lasting blade that can precisely and accurately cut a lot of concrete. 

Safety Measures 

When cutting concrete, make sure that you stay safe by wearing gloves and goggles. Gloves should be industrial-quality. 

Goggles need to fit tightly around your face and be unable to slip. Better yet, you can use a face shield to keep safe while cutting because it will reduce the inhalation of potentially dangerous dust. 

Make sure that you ground all electric tools before using them as well. This will prevent you from accidentally setting your workspace on fire, so it's one of the most imperative safety measures you can take. 

Cut Concrete More Efficiently Today 

Now that you know how to cut concrete with circular saw blades, it's time to get started. 

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