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Myth: Cutting with Water Makes Diamond Blades Last Longer

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 abrasive slurry which will add wear to normal segment life.

What are the benefits of wet cutting?

  • Provides a more efficient cut: As water flows onto your material, it limits resistance by clearing away loose aggregate and increasing the speed of the cut.
  • Compliant with OSHA crystalline silica rule: Water works as a dust suppressant to reduce exposure to airborne particles that can be harmful to your health. Inhaling crystalline silica dust puts you at risk for lung issues like silicosis and tuberculosis.
  • Protects the integrity of the blade: The chances of the blade overheating are reduced due to the water cooling down the blade. Overheating can lead to the blade warping, causing both the core and segments to crack.

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