Concrete Saw – What Is It?
A concrete saw is a tool used to cut through hardened or hard-packed soil such as sand, gravel, silt, clay or even rock. A cement mixer with a cutting blade cuts through these materials at high speed to create large blocks of concrete. These types of tools are commonly found in construction sites and quarries where they are used to shape the material into various shapes. They are also used to cut up large pieces of stone or brick.
The most common type of concrete saw is a gas powered one which uses compressed air to blast the material apart. Gas power was invented in 1887 and it became popular after World War II when the need for jobs increased due to the war effort.
There are other types of concrete saw too, but gas powered ones have become very popular.
How Does It Work?
When a person wants to cut out a hole in the ground, they use a hammer to pound on the surface until it becomes smooth enough for them to make their mark. Then they pull back on the handle of the hammer so that only part of it hits the surface and then push down again until they get all of their hand inside. This process takes a long time and can be very hard on the joints and the arms. Using a sledge hammer helps, but it can still be very hard to get through certain types of material.
These types of tools are also used by HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) professionals who have to make holes in the ground where they need to put pipes for drainage purposes. Some of these pipes can be six feet under the ground.
This tool uses a large amount of compressed air to blast the material apart so that it can easily go through it. There are different types of concrete saws on the market.
Some of them can be used with gas or with gasoline, while others are battery powered or even use rechargeable batteries. There are also solar-powered models available. These are best for people who are environmentally conscious and do not want to add to the pollution that is in the atmosphere.
There are also different types of ways to use these tools. Some people prefer to use a plain blade to cut through the ground, while others prefer to use a diamond-toothed blade.
These can be more expensive than the other blades, but they will cut through anything with ease.
There are also different types of handles available for the concrete saws. Some people prefer to use the standard straight one that most saws come with, while some prefer a pistol grip handle which allows them to have more control over the saw.
This type of handle is best for people who are more familiar with this tool and have been using it for a long time. Newcomers might find this handle a little too tricky to use at first, as it takes some getting used to.
Once the blade of the tool goes through a piece of material, it can send debris flying in different directions. This is why people always wear protective gear when operating this tool.
It is recommended to wear goggles, earplugs, gloves, and a helmet at the very least. These tools can be very loud and the sound can damage a person’s hearing after prolonged exposure.
These tools can cause a lot of damage to a person if they are not careful. Most of them are heavy and require two hands to operate them, so a person cannot be holding anything else when they are using it.
This is why it is always a good idea to use some kind of anchor when trying to cut through something. Using rope to secure the saw to the ground or even to a piece of wood helps prevent the tool from slipping and causing injury.
Concrete saws are great tools to have around when a person needs to cut through something. They can be used for different reasons and are very useful in many different situations.
Having different types of blades and handles will allow the user to have more control over how they use it and what kind of job they are trying to accomplish. Plus, having more than one concrete saw is always a good idea just in case the first one breaks, which does happen sometimes.
Sources & references used in this article:
Height mechanism for equipment, including concrete saws by DR Howard, RM Tremain – US Patent 7,469,694, 2008 – Google Patents
Height mechanism for equipment, including concrete saws by D Howard, R Tremain – US Patent App. 11/416,463, 2007 – Google Patents
Adjustable vehicle frame for concrete groove cutter by HW Rhodes – US Patent 3,333,897, 1967 – Google Patents