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How to Choose Your Cut-Off Concrete Saws

Cut-off saws are a powerful tool for contractors to cut concrete, asphalt, pipe, and more. How do you choose between gas-powered, corded electric, and battery-powered saws that best fit your project? Each saw has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right type of saw depends on the level of power and mobility required, and ease of operation. Take on your next cut with confidence by eliminating any time-wasting trial and error, and stay productive all day!


Gas-Powered Concrete Saws

Gas-powered saws are the most powerful and are designed for the toughest jobs. They are available in various sizes from 12" to 18" to cut materials like concrete, asphalt, and steel. Although gas-powered saws are heavier, they provide a quick and accurate cut. Gas-powered saws require less initial investment to buy. They require constant refueling with gas and oil mix and usually have a higher repair cost than electric and battery-powered saws.

Stihl TS 420 Gas Cut-Off Concrete Saw


Husqvarna Cut-Off Saw Husqvarna K970


Gas-Powered Saw Pros

✅ More power and faster cutting speed than electric or battery-powered saws
✅ Longer run times
✅Wide variety of saw models


Gas-Powered Saw Cons

❌ Louder and expend exhaust fumes while running

❌ Requires constant gas/oil refueling

❌ Heavier and less mobility


Electric Concrete Saws

Electric saws are easy to start, lightweight power cutters perfect for cutting concrete, asphalt, and stone. Electric concrete saws offer a lower upfront cost and don't need to be consistently refueled. They do often require an extension cord to increase mobility due to its cord. These saws are ideal for general-purpose jobs, specifically indoor applications because the operator can work with zero emissions.

Husqvarna Electric Cut-Off saw K4000 Wet


Electric Saw Pros

✅Great tool for concrete or masonry

✅ Lightweight and easy to transport

✅Easy to start

✅ Requires very little maintenance


Electric Saw Cons

❌ Needs an accessible power source

❌ Corded saws have limited mobility

❌ Not for heavy industrial use

❌ Louder than battery saws


Battery Powered Saws

Battery-powered saws are the lightest and provide the most mobility of concrete saws. Being powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, these saws are low-maintenance tools but will need to be recharged between projects. Battery-powered saws are very easy to start, making them a go-to saw for any contractor with the right application. These saws are ideal for cutting indoor and residential areas due to zero emissions and quieter noise. 

Husqvarna K1 PACE Battery Saw


Battery-Powered Cut-Off Saw Pros

✅ Lightweight and easy to transport

✅Easy to start

✅ Requires very little maintenance


Battery-Powered Cut-Off Saw Cons

❌ The least powerful style of cut-off saw

❌ Battery-powered saws have a shorter run time on one battery rather than a tank of fuel 

Have more questions? Contact our Concrete Cutting Experts for help selecting the right cut-off saw for your cutting application and make sure you take on your next cut with total confidence!