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Types of saw cutting & what they’re used for?

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Concrete cutting and crushing is a process that requires precision, accuracy, power, and time efficiency. Whether it’s for sawing trenches or cutting through reinforced concrete, various types of saws are available to professionals in this field.

Electric/ Diesel Sawing

Electric/Diesel sawing is ideal for opening trenches and separations before demolition. This sawing technique uses a saw blade to cut through concrete, asphalt, and other materials. The saw blade is powered by an electric or diesel motor, which provides the necessary torque for the saw blade to penetrate the material.

Benefits of Electric/Diesel Sawing

Electric saws are best used in internal locations where low noise levels are required. They are lightweight and easy to operate, making them great for tight spaces.

Electric saws come with laminated blades that help reduce the noise even further when necessary. This makes them ideal for use in residential areas or other locations where loud noises would be disruptive or unwelcome.

For heavy-duty projects, diesel saws are the way to go. The powerful diesel saws can slice through heavily reinforced concrete with ease. Smaller saws can cut green concrete joints without raising too much noise or producing fumes.

Electric/Diesel Sawing Applications

Electric saw cutting is a popular choice for residential sawing jobs like swimming pool installations and renovations. It’s also used in commercial applications such as saw-cutting expansion joints or openings into walls. Meanwhile, diesel sawing is often used to cut through heavily reinforced concrete in industrial settings or demolition sites.

Track Sawing

Track sawing is an effective way to cut openings in heavily reinforced concrete walls, soffits, and other surfaces. It involves the use of powerful hydraulic saws that are mounted on tracks, allowing them to be slid along a surface for a straight cut every time.

Benefits of Track Sawing

The saws used in this process are designed to cut through surfaces up to 920mm thick, making them perfect for cutting into thick concrete walls or foundations. With track sawing, you can easily cut through tough surfaces quickly and accurately without worrying about damaging adjacent areas, making it an ideal choice for many construction projects.

The track sawing technique incorporates several different cutting methods, including horizontal, vertical, angle, and flush cutting. This allows for greater versatility when working on complex projects, ensuring a precise finish every time.

Track Sawing Applications

Track saw cutting is ideal when you need accurate cuts that require minimum cleanup afterwards. For instance, track sawing can be used in construction projects where it’s necessary to create openings in walls or foundations without damaging adjacent areas. The components used in the track saw are designed to be lightweight yet durable for reliable performance in tight access areas, making it perfect for use in difficult or awkward spaces where other tools may struggle.

It’s also ideal for projects where speed is a key factor, such as this rapid concrete surgery at Portsmouth FC.

Hand, Ring and Chain Sawing

Hand sawing is a valuable tool for construction and demolition projects. It provides portability, speed, and accessibility that cannot be found with other types of sawing. These tools offer greater control over larger machines while still delivering a good amount of power when needed.

Benefits of Hand, Ring, and Chain Sawing

One of the advantages of using hand-held tools for cutting is the accuracy they can achieve. This is especially true in cases where accuracy is paramount. Using a handheld saw, you can make more accurate cuts than with a large machine as you have much more control over how deep the cut goes and how wide it is at any given spot.

Hand, Ring, and Chain Sawing Applications

Hand saws are incredibly versatile tools, providing a variety of solutions for a variety of tasks. From cutting through concrete pipes with precision to creating small openings in masonry or trimming materials with exact measurements, hand saws can be used for almost any job requiring precise cutting. Additionally, they eliminate overcutting, which occurs when using other methods. They are also useful for sawing through metal, plastic, and various other materials.

Wire Sawing

Wire saw cutting is best suited for cutting through thick structures prior to demolition or removal. It makes it easier for operators to access hard-to-reach areas while still being able to make precise cuts with minimal effort.

Wire sawing uses a diamond-reinforced cable that is threaded through pulleys and stretched across the surface of the material that needs to be cut. The cable is then pulled by a motorized drive wheel, causing it to spin at high speeds and wear away at the material until it has been completely cut through. This method is often used in demolition projects because it requires minimal effort from operators and can produce accurate cuts in even the toughest materials.

Benefits of Wire Sawing

Wire sawing is a highly versatile and efficient way to cut or remove concrete, making it ideal for many applications. The diamond beads used in the saw reduce wear on the cutting surface of the concrete, providing an extremely fine finish. This process is also more precise than traditional methods, with less noise and vibration than other methods.

Since it relies on the diamond wire rather than blades or discs like other cutting methods do, there is much less dust created while cutting, which makes it safer for workers and bystanders alike. Plus, since there are no sharp edges or corners produced when using a wire saw, the finished product looks much more professional than when using other methods.

Wire Saw Applications

Wire saws are most commonly used in demolition projects where large pieces need to be broken down into smaller sections for easier removal or transport, like this project for Slough Treatment Works. The fact that wire sawing can be used in confined spaces makes it useful in areas where other cutting methods cannot be applied.

For professional concrete cutting & crushing services, having the right tools is essential for accurate results promptly. Various types of saws are available depending on the job at hand, such as electric/diesel sawing, track sawing, hand/ring/chainsawing, and wire sawing, each offering advantages over the other depending on the application or situation you’re dealing with.

If you have a concrete cutting project, get in touch for more information about the concrete sawing options and additional cutting services we offer.