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Best Practices for Walk Behind Saw Operation

Increase production when using your walk-behind saw to cut concrete, asphalt, and more.


  • Fill your saw with fresh, high-quality diesel fuel. This will improve saw performance and extend useful life.
  • Clean the saw after every use to avoid build-up of slurry when wet cutting.
  • Replace your air filter and oil after every 100 hours. Grease and check the blade shaft every 250 hours.
  • Inspect the saw for cracks in the blade guard. Make sure belts are properly tensioned, per the owner's manual specifications. Inspect the saw for loose nuts and bolts before running.
  • Inspect the diamond blade (wheel) for visible segment loss, cracking segments, heat marks, core cracking, and/or undercutting. If any of these are found, take the blade out of service.
  • Use a saw blade (wheel) with the correct arbor & drive pin for safety and the best performance.
  • Use water when cutting concrete/asphalt to avoid silica exposure. Inspect water flow to insure it is properly working and covering both sides of the diamond blade.
  • For a 3-speed gear box, make sure the RPM of the saw is matching the recommended RPM of the blade.
  • Call Esch for cutting equipment, diamond blades, walk-behind saw parts and service, and expert advice!

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