How to Safely Use Your Road Saw

27 June 2018
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


Do you need to cut through asphalt, masonry, brick or another solid surface? If you are facing a challenge like that, then a road saw may be the perfect tool for you. Makita, Bosch, and Husqvarna construction products, including road saws, all have advantages and disadvantages, and your supplier will be able to suggest the perfect piece of equipment to help you get your job done.

Why are road saws used?    

Road saws are primarily used for cutting through brick, masonry or asphalt; they can be hand-held tools, or for larger projects there are products such as large walk-behind saws that can be used to quickly get the cutting work done.

Road saws can be powered by pneumatic pressure, electricity or petrol as circumstances may dictate. There are diamond saw blades that can cut through the toughest materials.

How to choose the right diamond saw blades for your road saw

To derive the greatest benefit from your road saw, you must purchase the right diamond saw blades. You will have to take into account the arbor size, the diameters that can be accommodated and the quality of the blade on offer.

Other factors that you must think about include the type of concrete you will be sawing and whether the features of the blade are compatible. Think about the cutting speed of the saw, whether you will be dry or wet cutting and the total horsepower of the saw.  

Stay safe while cutting

Before starting to use any construction products, it is important to be familiar with the correct operating procedure. You should always check that the blade is in good condition and doesn't need to be cleaned before use. Check that the blade guards are in place and lowered before you begin. Always remember to wear adequate safety equipment, including a helmet, before commencing work with cutting equipment. Allow your saw to take regular breaks; cutting through concrete generates a great deal of friction, so your road saw should be left to cool down periodically. Otherwise you will greatly shorten the life of the blades.

Think about the dust

To use construction products safely, you must think about any possible health risks that can come with their use. Cutting stone, tile, rock or concrete and similar hard surfaces creates fine, airborne dust that contains crystalline silica called RCS. If RCS enters your lungs, it may cause serious respiratory diseases, including lung cancer. To prevent these dust particles from being inhaled, it is important wherever possible to use wet cutting and to catch the dust using the saw exhaust system.