How to Take Care of a Diamond Blade
Perhaps one of the best cutting blades for DIY or professional work is the diamond cutting blade. Despite being a bit more expensive than a standard metal cutting blade, diamond cutting blades can handle far tougher jobs and will last a long time (providing, of course, that you take care of them properly).
According to the experts at Devour Tools (visit website here), when it comes to helping your diamond blades last longer, one of the most important aspects is choosing the right one for the job. Matching the blade to the job is crucial. If you don’t know which blade to use, it is always best to ask for advice from whoever is selling the blades. In general, though, a blade with a softer bond is typically used to cut harder materials and a harder bond is ideal for softer materials.
You will also need to choose between a continuous rim blade and a segmented one. A segmented blade is often used for materials such as concrete or asphalt and provides a rough cut. It can be used for both wet and dry cutting because of the notches in the blade that allow for air to be drawn in to avoid overheating. A continuous rim blade does not have any notches or segments and has one continuous cutting surface. It helps to achieve a smooth and precise cut on materials such as porcelain and tile but should be used for wet cutting only.
Other Tips for Extending the Life of Your Blades
Now that you have an idea of how to match a blade to the job you are doing, you also need to make sure that you are choosing the right blade for the machine you are using. For example, if you are using a saw with a high horsepower, you will need a blade to match. A high horsepower machine will mean higher RPMs so you need to have a blade that can handle this speed. If you do not choose a blade designed for high performance machines, you might end up with a blade that warps – you will most certainly have a blade that will not last for very long.
To keep your blades working effectively for longer, it is important to clean them before and after any job. To clean a diamond cutting blade, you need to run it over a hard surface for a few seconds (such as on a piece of concrete). This creates friction which will help get rid of any dirt and debris from the previous job.
When it comes to keeping the blade sharp, you will need to invest in a dressing stone which is designed to remove metal residue from the diamonds that builds up over time. You will get the best results by following manufacture guidelines and doing the job regularly.
Although some blades can be used for both wet and dry cutting, wet cutting is always the preferred option as it minimizes the risk of overheating; moreover, it will ensure that your blades last longer.
Wet cutting should always be chosen unless you absolutely must do a dry cut. The use of liquid when cutting reduces friction and prevents an excess of dust and debris from flying about as you are cutting.
To extend the life of your diamond cutting blades, you will need to firstly choose the correct blade for the job you are doing and then match the blade to your machine. Take care of your blades by cleaning them before and after each use and always choose wet cutting over dry if possible.