Having been in the concrete cutting industry for over 25 years, Double S Concrete Cutting wants to provide today a brief introduction to the tools and know-how required in the process of cutting concrete. Concrete, of course, is a material that is second to none for use in any permanent, load-bearing weather-proof surface. However, one of the only major disadvantages of concrete is the high level of difficulty in repairing, replacing, or cutting it if any adjustments need to be made over time. However, with the right tools and know-how, cutting concrete is an effective way to maintain and upgrade a material that provides great advantages to the home or building in question.

Before beginning the process of cutting concrete, first we want to make sure we have the right tools for the job. Starting with safety equipment, at minimum you should wear safety glasses, gloves, earplugs and a professional respirator to minimize the chance of injury. The respirator is not optional, as even small amounts of dust generated in the concrete cutting process can be very dangerous to your health if inhaled. In terms of saw blades, for small, very rough cuts, it is technically possible to complete the job with masonry blades or even a sledgehammer with a cold chisel, but for projects of any complexity it is recommended to use diamond blades, which are metal blades with a diamond/metal composite bonded to the cutting edge — the process will be significantly faster and cleaner with fewer chips and a more aesthetic end result. For smaller scale shallow cuts less than about 4″, it is possible to use an angle grinder or standard circular saw, provided you regularly release the pressure on the diamond blade to let it rotate freely and cool down as you are cutting the job. However, for most concrete cutting jobs it is preferred to use wet cutting concrete saws that use water cooling are the best choice, extending the life of the blade and allowing the blade to stay relatively cool, minimizing the amount of dust generated by the cutting process.

For the process of cutting the concrete, firstly it is important to choose your blades based on the type of concrete being cut, and that selection depends on things like whether the concrete is steel-reinforced or not. Different types of blades are optimized for different types of concrete, as concrete aggregate and sand come in a variety of forms with different levels of abrasiveness. After the blade is chosen, score the line and create a shallow, straight cut. Once you have this cut, make deeper cuts with the saw until the job is finished. It may help to use a track-guided saw depending on the depth and complexity of the job.

Double S Concrete Cutting is happy to help you with any questions or concrete cutting jobs that you may have. Our expertise can save you time and future headaches, and we are well-renowned for speed, efficiency, and our dedication to customer service. Contact us at (508)830-9955 to see how we can help with your latest concrete cutting job or idea.