How do you choose the perfect cutting blade for your work? Here are our tips so you don’t get caught unprepared!
Many of these blades can be used for different purposes and in different sectors, but to ensure that the work is carried out accurately and professionally, the characteristics of the tool should fulfil the specific requirements at the time.
What type of cutting blades are there?
Various types of blades can be mounted on a power tool:
- Diamond blades;
- Abrasive cutting and grinding discs;
- Flap discs.
Each one of these is designed for a specific, dedicated use.
Flap discs are used above all for grinding and cleaning metal materials, but they are also used on plastic and wooden articles. They are not cutting blades, but tools used for finishing objects. The degree of roughness of flap discs varies depending on the material.
Abrasive discs are classified by the material on which they can be used; they can grind or cut iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminium and cast iron, but also non-metal materials like tiles, bricks and stone.
The diamond blade is the one that guarantees the best cutting performance. Thanks to the use of diamond grit and metal powder as the abrasive material, diamond blades can cut practically any type of material found on a work site: concrete, reinforced concrete, porcelain stoneware, ceramic, metal, granite, marble, asphalt, bricks and plastic.
Diamond blade: top-of-the-range for cutting!
The diamond blade can have:
- A continuous smooth rim;
- A continuous fluted rim;
- A segmented rim.
- A diamond tool with a smooth rim allows you to make clean cuts on fragile materials, such as porcelain stoneware or ceramic.
Conversely, you should use blades with a segmented rim when you don’t need precise finishes, but need to do heavy-duty work.
In the middle, there is the blade with a continuous fluted rim which can be used for heavy-duty jobs, but is more accurate that the segmented version.
Diamond tools allow you to make faster cuts with less force exerted by the operator.
To choose the right diamond blade, you also need to consider two specific aspects of the material you want to cut: the hardness and roughness.
DATACOL diamond blades
Segmented diamond blades with cooling holes;
Specifically for cutting porphyry, reinforced concrete, granite, exposed aggregate paving slabs, reinforced joists, metal like profiles and rods.