5 Steps When Choosing Your Diamond Blade


The best way to stay efficient on the job site is by minimizing downtime. Choosing the wrong diamond blade to put on your cut-off saw can waste an entire day if you aren’t careful. The 5 questions you should ask yourself before selecting a blade are:


  1. What Material Are You Cutting?
  2. What Equipment You Are Using?
  3. What is Your Depth of Cut?
  4. Are you Wet or Dry Cutting?
  5. How Long Do I Need This Blade To Last?



1. What Material Are You Cutting?

Diamond blades are made with different levels on bonded segments, hard to soft. To get the most out of your diamond blade, the segment bond hardness and blade should be matched to the material it will cut. Identifying the type of material to be cut and the aggregate of the material can extend the life of your diamond blade drastically.

aggregate vs segment bond sheet

Aggregate Map of United States

Aggregate Map- Diamond Tools Technology



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.

Operating speeds for Diamond Blades



3. What is Your Depth of Cut?

Know 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 diamond 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.

Cutting Depth chart

Cutting Depth chart




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. The following quote is from Phil White, one of the many diamond blade experts at Esch.


5. Want a Blade To Lasts Longer?

There is no REAL way to make your diamond blade last longer. If you want your blade to last longer, cut slower. If you want a slower cutting blade, get a harder segment, the slower the diamonds get exposed to the material, the longer the diamonds will last. Finding a happy medium between fast cutting and long-lasting takes time and experience. In the end, you get out what you put into diamond blades. If you want to save money upfront on a diamond blade there is no such thing as a long-lasting blade.

Concrete Diamond Blades Speed vs Life


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