When you work in construction, you need to know everything you can about the tools that you use every day. Jackhammers, sledgehammers, concrete drills, and concrete saws are some of the tools of the trade as much as hard hats, steel-toed boots, and high-visibility vests are. But when you are new to the industry or have just been put in charge of a concrete working crew for the first time, then there are some things that you need to know.
Many of the saws that you and your workers will depend on are called walk-behind saws. These saws are mounted on wheels and are then guided by a human operator. The operator directs the blade, while the edge is responsible for cutting into the concrete or asphalt below. When your goal is to add a joint to a roadway or a concrete floor, then walk-behind concrete saws are essential pieces of equipment. Even so, walk-behind saws don’t apply to all concrete-working scenarios.
For example, one of their limitations becomes apparent when you need to cut a hole or other opening in a vertical wall. Cut-off saws that an operator can hold in their hands are much more useful for this situation. These saws still have a round blade, but are smaller and made of stronger materials. This allows them to withstand the extreme pressure and impact that the cutting forces will reflect on the saw and its operator. That’s why diamond-plated steel and composite resins are so essential when building the perfect saw: they can last longer.
Where the Power Is
Now it’s time to look at the power sources for handheld cut-off saws. They can use hydraulic, gasoline, electric, and pneumatic power. Each power source features its own set of advantages and disadvantages, much like anything else. When you need plenty of power, choose hydraulic saws. Pneumatic saws are much easier to use and are better suited for beginners. Saws that run on gasoline are fueled up before they are detached and become portable. However, one tremendous advantage that electric saws have, despite less overall cutting torque, is they weigh the least and are thus easiest to move around with on a busy work site.
Prioritize Employee Safety with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meeting to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and FireStop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.