Diamond Blade Performance Variables

Blade performance is a combination of both cutting speed and blade life. The main variables for blade life are diamond segment matrix and blade core matrix. The diamond segment matrix is comprised of variable combinations of diamond size and mixture of metals that make up the bond holding the diamonds. The performance of the blade core varies based on the combination of the metal mixture recipe for the blade core. Selecting the right blade (for the saw, the material and the job) is the most important factor in getting maximum performance. Many other variables also affect blade performance. Changing any variable will have an effect on cutting speed and blade life. Here are some examples:

Variables Which Affect Diamond Blade Performance
VariablesChangeResult
Cutting SpeedBlade Life
The BladeSegment Bond HardnessHarder
Softer
Slower
Faster
Longer
Shorter
Diamond QualityLower
Higher
Slower
Faster
Shorter
Longer
Diamond ConcentrationLower
Higher
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
Segment WidthThinner
Thicker
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
The SawHorsepowerLower
Higher
Slower
Faster
Longer
Shorter
Blade Speed (SFM)Lower
Higher
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
The JobWater VolumeLower
Higher
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
Cutting DepthShallow
Deep
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
Cutting PressureLower
Higher
Slower
Faster
Longer
Shorter
The MaterialsMaterial HardnessHarder
Softer
Slower
Faster
Shorter
Longer
Material AbrasivenessMore
Less
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
Aggregate SizeSmaller
Larger
Faster
Slower
Shorter
Longer
Steel ReinforcingLess
More
Faster
Slower
Longer
Shorter