Your concrete saws might not last forever. Even so, that doesn’t mean you can’t extend their lifespan. No matter what they are tipped or edged with, your saw blades need to be kept in excellent condition. Here are some practices to avoid if you don’t want to damage them.
Use a Wet Blade
While it may sound like odd advice, you need to make sure the blade remains wet while in use. A damp blade will help prevent the effects of overheating caused by friction that can damage or destroy the blade. Friction isn’t the only problem you will have to confront, though. The water also helps prevent dust buildup, protecting both the saw blades in use and their operators. This measure becomes even more important when the possibility of silica dust exposure exists.
Use the Correct Blade
Our second suggestion is to use the correct blade. While this seems like common sense, you would be surprised how often it isn’t observed. Incorrect blades cause delays and other associated problems, such as falling behind on project timelines. The saw should have plenty of cutting power, but the wrong one can make you think twice. The cuts won’t be very clean and the tool itself won’t last as long due to vibration damage that can weaken its ability to handle a constantly-running saw blade.
Avoid Burying the Blade
Keep an eye on the blade flange. All saw blades need to have this component, and it must be kept in good shape. Burying the blade will ruin the flange. Burying the blade makes overheating more likely to dull the diamond edges on the blade, reducing the saw’s overall effectiveness. Use half of the blade and take your time during each cut.
Install the Blade Properly
Be sure that you have installed the blade the way it was supposed to be done. Inexperienced operators are more likely to do this. Look at the directional arrows that are on the saw to ensure the blade fits the way that it is meant to; dirt and dust on the shaft collar can also cause annoying issues that lead to excessive vibration and wobbling.
Prioritize 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 meetings 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.