CUT BRICK BETTER WITH GAS AND ELECTRIC TABLE SAWS
If you’re occasionally cutting a few bricks, a hand saw with a masonry blade will do the job, but when there’s a lot of cutting to do, a stationary brick saw is faster, more accurate, and safer. But before you buy a masonry saw, there are some things to consider.
Wet vs Dry
Wet cutting lubricates and cools the blade, resulting in easier cutting and extending blade life up to 30%. A disadvantage of wet cutting is that the bricks have to dry out before placement, slowing down productivity. And, of course, when it’s freezing cold, wet cutting becomes impractical.
Dry cutting lets you use the bricks immediately, but it creates dust and particulate matter in the air, creating a health hazard not only for the saw operator, but for other workers, too, especially indoors. Protective masks should always be worn when dry cutting.
Chemicals and colorants can accumulate in the slurry and discolor bricks as the concentration builds during the day, too. That’s why a lot of engineers and architects specify dry cutting only. Some saws can be used either wet or dry.
Gas vs Electric
Brick saws are available in both gasoline-powered and electrical models. Some are even convertible from one power source to another with little trouble. Electrical saws come in 120 and 240-volt versions, and some are switchable from one voltage to the other.
Your choice of gas vs electric will depend largely on site conditions. If electricity is readily available, that’s the way to go since it runs quieter and doesn’t have exhaust fume concerns. A gas-powered saw is called for on outdoor work where electrical connections aren’t practical and a suitable generator isn’t available.
There are blades designed to cut block, ones to cut brick, and combination blades that will cut both. Not surprisingly, combo blades represent a compromise, but are a decent choice for a mix of materials in small quantities and save changing time. Block is much more abrasive than brick, though, so it will wear out the blade faster than a straight block blade.
The saw you choose will dictate maximum blade size, but if you go with one of the larger ones, you have some options. Let’s say you get a 20” saw to cut through block in a single pass. But bricks are a lot smaller, so you can use a smaller (and less expensive) blade. A 14” blade will do the job and save the cost of all the extra diamonds on the bigger blade. But blades are designed to run at certain surface speed, so it’s important to adjust the saw pulleys to the right speed for the blade you’re using.
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