If you are a beginner trying to get to grips with DIY machinery and blades, you may have recently come across diamond saw blades. Perhaps you have no clue as to what they are or why you might need one? If so, know that these blades are designed to take care of tough cutting. They are made to cut some of the hardest materials, and they do this because they have been coated with crushed diamonds (the hardest natural substance on Earth), mixed with powdered metal.
Diamond blades experts at Devour Tools, makers of heavy-duty diamond saw blades, say that these are the best blades you can buy if you need to do any heavy-duty jobs. But if you are a beginner, you should know a bit more about these blades and how to take care of them to ensure you get the most from them.
Matching the Blade to the Job
Matching the diamond blade to the job you are doing is particularly important and something that many beginners overlook. You need to make sure that you are choosing the right blade because there are different options available; some blades are specifically designed to cut through materials which others are not. A blade with a harder bond (the bond is the way in which the diamonds are attached to the blade), is designed for cutting softer materials such as asphalt or concrete, whereas a blade with a softer bond works better for harder materials, including tile and porcelain.
Many diamond blades have the type of jobs they are suitable for printed on the actual blade to help you choose correctly.
Another job that beginners often overlook is the inspection of their machinery before they start cutting. It is important to make sure that cutting machines are working properly before you begin any job to ensure there are no loose screws and that the arbor shaft is not moving or wobbling. If you use a diamond blade with a loose shaft, it is likely to become damaged. But even if you don’t notice damage immediately, know that a loose arbor shaft will reduce the life of your blade.
Diamond blades are expensive, so taking the time to make sure machinery is working as it should before you begin means you get longer from your blades.
Preparing the Cutting Surface
No matter what material you are about to cut, it is always a good idea to give it a wipe or a quick brush before you begin. This is to ensure that there is nothing that will affect the quality of your cut (such as dirt or debris). A diamond blade works better on an even surface.
Although diamond blades are tough and are designed for heavy-duty cutting, they still need to be used with a gentle touch rather than brute force. Always ease into your cutting and let the saw do the work. If you are too forceful when you cut, you are likely to see your diamond blade wearing out much quicker than it should.
Diamond cutting blades are perfect for tough cutting on hard substances such as tile, concrete, and porcelain but if you are a beginner, you need to learn about how to get the most from your blades. This includes choosing the right blade for the job and matching the blade to the machine as well as making sure that you always inspect your machinery and cutting surface before you begin. Lastly, take it easy when cutting with a diamond blade and let the saw do the work for you.