Date added: 05/30/2016 Wet Cutting vs. Dry Cutting
Anyone who has used a diamond blade to cut concrete, tile or otherwise, knows how important the lubrication of the blade is in achieving your desired results. Wet cutting when you are supposed to dry cut or vice versa can destroy your project entirely. We have compiled a few tips, tricks and benefits of wet vs. dry cutting to help you on successfully master all your projects using a diamond blade.
Dry Cutting Uses, Tips and Benefits
While there are various distinctions between these two forms of cutting, the primary difference is the weld. Dry cutting blades have specialized segment welds that are able to fight off heat and do not need any water to cool. Therefore, dry cutting blades are designed and intended for smaller, clean cut jobs using low-RPM, particularly with handheld saws. One great example of the kind of job that is best accomplished with a dry cutting blade includes any decorative patterning and cutting.
Dry cutting is most ideal for intermittent cutting, which requires a specific technique to master. It is recommended to use dry cutting for very shallow cuts. Take very shallow cuts (2” and less) when dry cutting and cut for only 25-35 seconds before pulling out of the cut for a break of 5-10 seconds. During this break time, the diamond blade retracts back to its original shape. Finally, only perform straight cuts with a dry cutting blade, ensure your saw filter is clean and pristine, and never add water!
The benefits of dry cutting jobs include its cleanliness and the ease with which you can work - there is no need to plug it in or find a water source like water tanks and hoses. These blades are a dream for indoor jobs where your workspace is limited or right in the middle of your beloved home.
Wet Cutting Uses, Tips and Benefits
Wet cutting is the most common way to cut concrete as it reduces the amount of dust, cools the diamond blade itself and makes for the most efficient and safe cut. A wet cutting blade is far messier than a dry cutting blade but will absolutely limit the dust. Ideally, wet cutting blades are used for concrete saws, tile or masonry saws.
Be mindful when using a wet saw. Wet saws may chip the tops of porcelain tile and it is best to use one with an adjustable blade and move ever so slowly as you work. Moreover, if you use a wet blade without any water, you put the blade at huge risk of overheating and ultimately risk both your own and the saws’ safety. For this reason, it is best to regularly cool the blade with water so that there is a continuous water flow to the blade.
The benefits of wet cutting saws are that they are not hand-held like dry cutting diamond blades. This usually leads to smoother and more precise cuts and less work on the part of the blade user.
Are you in the market for a diamond blade for your wet or dry cutting jobs? Contact our team at Canadian Diamond Products today at 613-880-7120 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.