Diamond blades are ideal for cutting a broad variety of materials. The problem most people ought to ask themselves is: do I require a diamond blade for one specific use, or do I need to cut various kinds of materials with the same blade? To pick the right blade form it helps to think of the products being sliced as sections of a continuum or a scale ranging from rough to soft materials. Materials near the rough end of the continuum may not be abrasive, like granite. Materials, like gravel, can be rather abrasive at the low end of the continuum. Materials should be mildly rough in the center of the curve, and somewhat abrasive. This reversed equation is valid with nearly all construction materials, the tougher the concrete the less abrasive it is and the smoother the more abrasive a substance. Check CMP Stonemason Supplies & Tools.
It is possible to build a diamond blade for rough, non-abrasive materials such as stone and paving cement, for fragile, abrasive materials such as asphalt and green concrete, or for anything between. A customer who understands he can cut one and only one form of material will purchase a blade crafted and sold especially for that item. Unless the manufacturer or the product label on the blade may not indicate the form of content, do not purchase the device. Specific purpose blades appear to be more costly than blades in general use. But, don’t focus too much on cost up front. Why? For what? Application-based blades should have a longer lifespan and can break the particular content quicker and more effectively than general application blades. This ensures that the customer would be willing to distribute the diamond saw blade expense over more cuts and for a shorter cut period. And in the long term, a single use blade is usually easier.
Whether the consumer is either cutting a wide range of materials or items in the center of the abrasive / hardness scale, the safest alternative is a general use diamond cutter. It’s true that life might be a little bit shorter with these knives, but the cheaper cost here makes up for it. Besides, the customer is saving time by not needing to turn from blade to blade for multiple work.
I also provided a brief list of some specific materials and their hardness to aid in distinguishing types of material.
Strong Materials: Limestone, Ground Stone, Paving Cement, Refractory Cement, Reinforced Concrete such as Chert, Flint and Quartz.
Medium Materials: Asphalt of Shale, Dolomite, Granite, or Sandstone aggregates.
Hard Materials: Asphalt, Green Concrete and Brick.