If you’re about to embark on a home renovation, then there are a few crucial things you need to know about the various concrete power tools on the market, and what they are used for.
In this article, we will discuss three varieties of concrete saws, and which one would best suit the particular task at hand.
An abrasive saw
What is an abrasive saw?
An abrasive saw is also known as a cut-off saw or chop saw.
An abrasive disc, similar to a thin grinding wheel, performs the cutting action.
How is an abrasive saw used?
An abrasive saw is hand-held and can be used to cut hard materials, such as metals, tile, and concrete.
What is a concrete chainsaw?
A concrete chainsaw is quite similar to a regular chainsaw but there are some key differences that distinguish it and allow to tear into these hard materials.
For starters, the chain itself contains diamond grit to give it the strength and durability required to cut tough surfaces. Another significant difference is that the chain is lubricated with water in order to overcome the high friction and to wash away the dust as you cut.
How is a concrete saw used?
These are serious tools typically used by construction professionals. They are often used to cut deep holes in concrete, precision cutting, pile cutting or even for removing stone in the pre-carving phase of creating a sculpture.
Fire departments often use them to enter buildings in case of an emergency.
What is a tile saw?
A tile saw or wet saw is a power tool that uses a water-cooled diamond blade to make quick work of cutting tile.
The diamond blade does not have teeth, which makes it ideal for more delicate cutting needs.
What is a tile saw used for?
There's no substitute for a diamond tile saw when you have to make fine cuts — corners, curves, slivers — or cut stone or other hard tiles.
Although you can cut tile with a snap cutter, a wet saw is the best to use when a job requires numerous or specialty cuts, like openings for drains, outlets or slanting edges.