As we discussed on part 1 of this article, concrete cutting can be a challenging job. Undertaken using a range of specialised equipment, it involves precision sawing and drilling of concrete, and includes removal of concrete areas.
As we’ve discussed previously, diamond blades and drill bits can be equipped with various types of diamonds and should be chosen according to the material that is to be cut. When executed correctly, professional concrete cutting delivers a smooth and dust-free job.
There are numerous methods of cutting concrete. This includes wall sawing, core drilling, hand / demo sawing, ring sawing and road/flat sawing.
In this article we discuss road/flat sawing, hand/demo sawing and ring sawing (read article 1 for a description of wall sawing and core drilling).
Road / Flat sawing – A common concrete cutting technique, it is employed on flat and horizontal surfaces such as road ways, pavements or floors, often to provide expansion joints, sawing concrete slabs or cutting for trenches. Road sawing machines are petrol, diesel or electric powered using a diamond blade equipped machine behind which the operator walks guiding the machine. The depth of cutting varies on the application up to a depth of 800 mm. Road sawing is useful also for demolishing horizontal concrete surfaces such as driveways and patios while be suitable for use on concrete, asphalt and bitumen.
Road sawing is much less complex than wall cutting and core drilling, and is one of the most cost effective and time efficient methods of sawing, but still requires the experience of a hired professionals to ensure a smooth finish.
Hand / Demo sawing – Another common concrete cutting technique, Hand sawing is used for wall or floor cutting to a depth of up to 170 mm. With the small size of the machine, its portability makes it ideal for areas with limited access while the option of hydraulic, electric or petrol powering means they are handy for many applications and areas. These include cutting out doorways and windows, trimming slabs or pipes and demolition works.
Ring sawing – Much like the hand saw in size, ring sawing is used for wall or floor cutting but operates on a roller system allowing this machine to cut to a greater depth of up to 275 mm. It still offers the same portability as a hand saw, and is used in conjunction with the hand saw but with the ability to tackle thicker walls or deeper penetrations. Its ideal for double brick walls or
Hand and ring sawing are both versatile options for your sawing needs and like all other sawing applications, they are best handled by trained and experienced operators. This will ensure jobs are completed safely and efficiently.
To save time, hassles and mess, we recommend hiring professionals. In the long run, you are likely to save money as fixing problems that appear later due to incorrect use is inconvenient, costly and time consuming. Using experts will also ensure that the job has been completed safely.
At Auscut, we offer friendly and professional concrete cutting services across Australia that are backed by decades of hands on experience employing up to date technology with a focus on safety. With Auscut at helm of your concrete cutting requirements, your projects will reach the finish line much quicker. Contact us today for more information