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Upgrade Your Abrasive Blades to the DO ALL Utility Blade

The Do All Utility Blade is your new abrasive blade solution as it will last approximately 25-1 to your current abrasive blades. This blade is ideal for cutting ductile iron, cast iron, PVC, HDPE, Rebar, and other steel materials. The Do All Utility Blade has a unibody core with vacuum brazed diamonds so breaking a segment is extremely unlikely. The Do All Utility Blade can be used in wet cutting…
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How Cold Weather Impacts Soff-Cut Blade Selection

Are your Soff-Cut blades not cutting the way they're supposed to? THE PROBLEM MIGHT NOT BE A BAD BLADE! The ESCH ProCut Purple is our same-day blade that is used to cut concrete during its final set, ≈8-10 hours after it was poured. Cold weather causes concrete to take longer to cure (16-24 hours) which pushes the window that you can cut with the ESCH ProCut Purple back.  In some situations,…
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5 Steps When Selecting Your Diamond Blade

 

Cut further, faster by selecting the right diamond blade for your cutting application! The best way to stay efficient on your job site is by minimizing downtime. If you have to stop and change your diamond blade every few cuts, you lose a lot of valuable time. Choosing the correct diamond blade to put on your cut-off saw makes you efficient by allowing you to cut longer and faster.

1. What Material Are You Cutting?

Diamond blades are made with different levels of bonded segments, ranging from soft to hard. To get the most out of your diamond blade, the segment and blade should be matched to the material it will cut. Being able to identify the type of material to be cut and the aggregate of the material can extend the life of your diamond blade drastically. If you are cutting hard material like granite, stone, or brick, you want a soft-bonded blade like our Ol' Blue Blade. If you are cutting softer material like asphalt or concrete, you want a hard-bonded blade like our Boss Blade

2. What Equipment Are You Using?

Understand that the horsepower you are cutting with impacts the productivity and longevity of your diamond blade. The size of the blade should match the saw’s maximum horsepower. Cutting with a saw that runs too fast can cause the diamond blade to glaze over and get too hot. Cutting with a saw that runs too slow greatly affects the productivity and effectiveness of your diamond blade.

3. What is Your Depth of Cut?

Knowing how deep you need to cut before selecting your diamond blade allows for a more precise and accurate cut. The maximum cutting depth of a blade depends on the saw type and the saw’s components. Blade guards and motor housings can decrease the maximum depth of cut you can make with a blade.

4. Are you Wet or Dry Cutting?

Knowing whether you need to use water with your diamond blade is important when selecting a blade. Any blades that are designed to cut wet MUST be used with water, while blades that are designed to cut dry can be used to cut both wet and dry.

Wet Cutting Concrete
Wet cutting is one of the most effective ways to cut concrete, masonry, stone, or even asphalt. Dust exposure is kept to a minimum and your diamond blade is less likely to overheat. The key is using the right amount of water. The slurry should almost have a chocolate milk consistency to it. 

Phil White- Esch Construction Supply | Diamond Blade Expert

 

5. Can I get more longevity from my Diamond Blade?

A diamond blade's life depends on many different variables. One key factor of a diamond blade's life is the quality of the diamond blade. Diamond blades have different concentrations and quality of diamonds within the segments. A blade with a higher concentration and quality of diamonds will perform better and last longer. Another factor is the material you are cutting.  Make sure that your blade is the right spec for the aggregate you are cutting. Cutting a hard material like concrete will need a softer bonded segment in the blade than one used when cutting a more abrasive material like asphalt. A harder material requires more diamonds to be exposed in the segment. Soft bonded segments allow the diamonds to rise to the top to be exposed and grind away the material quickly. You could use a blade designed for hard material for asphalt, it will cut fast, but the diamond blade won't last long. 

The saw that you're are using also makes a difference in the life of your blade. A saw with a higher RPM will wear a blade faster than a saw with low RPM. The saw operator plays a big role in the longevity of the blade. Applying too much pressure on the blade tends to wear the segments down faster than someone applying minimal pressure. 

 

Final Tips for Longer Life

Selecting Your Soff-Cut Blades – Coach’s Corner

Selecting your Soff-Cut Blades. Soff-Cut blades are specially designed for early entry sawing. The purpose of using Soff-Cut blades is to minimize the risk of random cracking in concrete. The high production rate of Soff-Cut blades and the ability to cut the same day make Soff-Cut the best option for cutting green concrete. Make sure you are selecting the right soff-cut blade based on the timing of your cut and…
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Diamond Blade Problems and Prevention

There are many ways a diamond blade can fail, and a failing diamond blade can mean hours of wasted time and labor, not to mention a wasted blade. Being able to identify or prevent a problem with your diamond blade can stop you from wasting an entire day wondering what happened and why you were given a faulty blade. If you have experienced a loss of tension, segment loss, cracked…
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Esch Muscle Bits

Introducing the new Esch Muscle Bits, our core drill bits made with performance-enhancing diamonds! These new core bits are the best way to cut and remove core samples. Esch Muscle Bits are designed to be used for asphalt, concrete, or precast applications. Cut with confidence knowing that your bits are up to the test. Call Us to learn more or place your order. Muscle Bits are designed to be effective…
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Myth: Cutting with Water Makes Diamond Blades Last Longer

With the high level of science involved in developing and selecting a diamond blade, research has shown that water plays a role in how the blade cuts when using a handheld saw. It can be easy to assume that the life of the blade would increase because of the many positive factors that come from cutting wet, however, cutting wet does not necessarily mean a longer lasting blade. Water creates…
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What Can a Faster Blade Do for You?

Deadlines come up fast – especially as the end of the season approaches. As you’re checking off the boxes on your jobs for the year, what is your plan to be efficient, smart, and put some comfortable space between you and that looming deadline? One challenge you may face to meet that deadline is affecting the entire construction industry: labor shortages. News outlets report that up to 80% of contractors…
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Get to Know Your Diamond Blade

Understanding your diamond blades can help you make educated decisions in the field, save time and decrease the chance of injury. In this post, we will break down the components of a diamond blade, and the functions of each part. Segments The segment is best described as the ‘teeth’ around the blade. There are two parts that make up a segment, the bond, and the diamond. It is important to…
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Diamond Blade Safety Warning

A recent bulletin from Stihl outlines a few blades that are unsafe to use on your Cut-Off Saws. Please keep these guidelines in mind while cutting. Wheels that are not approved for your cut-off machine may be more likely to shatter, break or cause other problems, such as wheel wobble and/or increased reactive forces. Use only wheels with approved RPM ratings for your cut-off machine. Consult the instruction manual for…
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