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3 Diamond Saw Blade Types and Their Uses

Close look at the worker with concrete saw in his hands and working, dusty workplace

In the construction industry, you are constantly working with different tools to perform different tasks, and each tool you use is designed to help you with a specific task. You wouldn’t use a hammer to screw something in, just as you wouldn’t use a wrench to level a board. The same can be said about diamond saw blades. Each blade is designed for a specific task and is best used only for that task.

If you’re curious about diamond saw blades, here are three types of diamond saw blades and their uses.

1. Segmented Rim

One of the biggest problems with diamond saw blades is overheating. The resources available to you will play a large role in deciding what saw blade to choose. The segmented rim blade is really good when you don’t have access to water to cool your blade.

Usually, this style of blade is divided into 10 to 14 segments with a deep groove in between each section. As mentioned before, this blade is a great option for when you don’t have access to water because the grooves in the rim allow for sufficient heat transfer. If you’re not careful while cutting, you can overheat the blade. If this happens, the blade will warp and will no longer be usable.

Segmented rim blades are commonly used on concrete and bricks. Due to the design of this blade, you aren’t going to get a good, clean cut. If you were to try this type of blade on something like tile, there is a great chance you will chip and ruin the tile.

2. Turbo Rim

The turbo rim blade has many similar features as the segmented rim blade. Though they look very different, the anatomy of the blade is pretty much the same. The turbo rim blade is divided into sections and has relief holes in it to allow for better heat transfer.

One on the biggest differences between the turbo rim and the segmented rim blades is how it handles heat. The turbo rim can be run wet or dry. The holes in the blade act much the same as the grooves on the segmented rim blade, they allow for better heat distribution. The name “turbo” rim comes from the segments on the blade. They look like a turbo fan. This design allows for air to be pushed over the blade keeping it cool.

Again, much like the segmented rim blade, the turbo rim can cut concrete and brick. However, unlike the segmented rim, the turbo rim can also cut harder limestone materials. Because there are no breaks in the rim, you are left with a nice, clean cut compared to the segmented rims rough cut.

3. Continuous Rim

This type of blade is often called the wet cut blade. This is because there is no inbuilt heat distribution or fan like features to push air over the blade. Continuous rim blades are usually very flat with few details. Because this blade has no built in heat distribution, you need to run it with water flowing over it. The water is going to help remove dust from the environment keeping your equipment clean and lasting longer.

The continuous rim blade is capable of producing a very clean edge while cutting marble, granite, porcelain tile and ceramic tile. This style of blade is also one of the slowest cutting.

If you have any questions about what type of blade you should use, contact the professionals at Crozier Diamond Tools Australia. Let us outfit your next construction site with all of the necessary tools for your project to be a success.