A chainsaw isn’t just for slicing through wood. If you’re in construction you’ll already know there’s a special kind of chainsaw for cutting through concrete, also other super-hard substances like brick and ceramic. It’s called a concrete chainsaw and while it’s fairly similar to a wood cutting version, there are a few key differences. If you find yourself needing to slice your way through a concrete block, paving slab, sewerage pipe or anything else really tough, a concrete chain saw is your tool of choice. Here are some tips.
How Does a Concrete Cutting Chainsaw Work?
It’s all about the bling: a concrete saw contains genuine industrial diamond grit, the only substance hard enough to cut through stuff like stone, pipes and slabs. The chain is lubricated with water, which deals with the very high levels of friction and stops the thing bursting into flames with the heat the cutting process generates. It also serves to wash away the debris as you cut, so you can see what you’re doing and don’t breathe it in.
What is an Electric Concrete Saw Useful For?
A concrete cutting saw is usually something the professionals use. Like a wood chainsaw, it’s a highly dangerous thing and you can easily cut off a limb – the blade will go through fesh like butter unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
We’ll look into the safety aspects a bit later on. For now, what are they used for? To make large and deep holes in solid concrete, for a start. Plus to cut through pipes, for example ceramic sewerage pipes. Also for precision cutting, pile cutting, even sculpting stone in the early stages of a piece of artwork, when a lot of stone needs to be removed to reveal the basic shape of the final sculpture and a chisel and hammer isn’t man enough for the job.
Last but not least, emergency personnel use them to slice through brick and so on to get into burning buildings or buildings that have collapsed through an earthquake or explosion.
Think Before You Buy – Would a Rotary Power Cutter Serve You Better?
Concrete cutting equipment isn’t cheap. There are other concrete cutting tools designed for cutting hard surfaces like concrete, namely rotary power cutters, which are equally powerful. The thing is they can’t cut such deep holes, so it really depends on the kind of project you will be undertaking. One of the most common ways a diamond chainsaw like a concrete chainsaw is used is for plunge cutting, where you push the tip of the saw itself into the material to make small square cuts. You just can’t do that with a rotary power cutter.
Safety and concrete chainsaws
This doesn’t sound right… but it’s true. A wood chainsaw is a lot more risky than a concrete saw, simply because the material you’re cutting is smooth and hard without any chance of snagging. This means there’s a lot less risk of kickback, a potentially deadly thing that is relatively common with traditional wood chainsaws because the material being cut is fibrous. That’s why sensible users wear special chainsaw trousers, which protect your limbs even if the damn thing does kick back and let fly.
In fact you should always wear full safety gear even if you’re only using the saw for a tiny job or for five minutes. You stand a small but significant risk of pushback, unique to concrete saws, something that can happen when the thing you’re cutting moves and pinches the saw blade. You always need goggles, since despite the saw’s integral water cooling system there’s always a small risk a chip or chunk of stone, brick, ceramic or concrete might spin off at high speed.
Great Petrol Powered saws- Putting Quality First
Petrol powered concrete cutting tools are fantastic, built to handle even the toughest construction jobs with ease and a lot more costly than everyday home chainsaws.They’re top quality professional grade tools and they’re made from the finest quality materials, built to last, made to do a great job every time: reliable, powerful and rugged.
As usual with tools, when you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Sawing tough stuff is risky enough without adding bad tools to the equation, so always buy the best quality you can afford. Your goal is to buy a saw that will last and last. Even if you only use it a few times, the resale value will be better than a poor quality alternative.
The best manufacturers? We highly rate ICS, Husqvarna and STIHL, all top quality chainsaws for sale via respected retailers.