Concrete Cutting Tips - Step Cutting

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Key Takeaways

1) Step Cutting Increases Cutting Efficiency When Using a Walk-Behind Saw

2) Step Cutting Increases Diamond Blade Life and Reduces Undercutting

3) Step Cutting Results in Cleaner and Straighter Cuts

Step Cutting, also known as incremental cutting or stair-step cutting, is recommended when using a walk-behind saw for optimal blade and saw performance. Step cutting involves making multiple incremental cuts with your saw until the overall desired depth of cut is reached.

The number of cuts taken to reach your desired depth depends on the material being cut, your saw’s horsepower, and the operator’s experience. Check our quick guide on the Step Cutting Technique.

Step cutting is a technique that will decrease saw and blade failure, leave a cleaner, straighter cut, aid in longer blade life, and dramatically increase efficiency. To maximize the efficiency when you are using your walk-behind saw download the in-depth guide of best practices for step cutting.

Step Cutting Increses Cutting Efficiency

Step cutting is a great way to increase your cutting efficiency. Dividing the cutting process into small, incremental steps allows for less stress to be put on the saw and blade during operation. Step cutting minimizes the amount of exposed blade during each pass which can reduce blade wobbling leading to a straighter, cleaner cut. A more controlled cut can also help minimize chipping or spalling in the concrete. The controlled nature of step cutting allows operators to focus on maintaining their proper cutting techniques. This can lead to improved cutting accuracy and efficiency, as operators can work more confidently.


Step Cutting Increases Blade Life

Step cutting is a great way to ensure maximum life from your diamond blade and reduce your number of blade changes. Taking shorter, more controlled passes reduces the amount of heat generated onto the blade which can extend its lifespan. Step cutting reduces the continuous wear and tear on the blade. By limiting the amount of exposed blade with each pass, you are also limiting the amount of friction the blade encounters decreasing the chance of undercutting


Proper Step-Cutting Technique

1) Adjust your blade depth to a shallow setting

2) Make your initial cut along the desired line

3) Focus on a steady, controlled motion when cutting

4) After each pass, adjust the blade depth until you have reached your desired depth