Preparing to Cut with a Masonry Saw
Be sure to always wear proper safety equipment when operating a saw; safety glasses, safety footwear, snug-fitting clothing, hearing and head protection, and respiratory equipment as applicable.
For Dry Cutting
For Wet Cutting
Water may be supplied either by filling the water pan to within 1/2″ of top, or, for a continuous flow of clean water, use a barrel. When using water from the barrel, remove water pump from pan and submerge it in water barrel. Remove the drain plug so the used water and sludge will drain from pan.
Step Cutting and Jam Cutting with Diamond Blades
Step cutting is generally optimal for most materials, especially when using dry diamond blades. It is done by applying more pressure to the blade, making a deeper cut with each pass.
In jam cutting (aka fixed cutting), the cutting head is locked in a fixed position and the material is pushed into the blade. It works well with wet diamond blades cutting some soft materials and provides greater efficiency than merely holding the head down. To lock the head into position, tighten the lever nut at the back of the saw or lower the cutting head to desired cutting depth, depending on the model saw you are using.
Regardless of which method you choose, clamp the material securely or hold it firmly against the conveyor cart backstop while cutting. Do not force the material or bump into the blade. When nearing completion of the cut, slow down and slightly hold back the conveyor cart. Following these steps exactly is essential to ensuring you do not inadvertently cause any damage to the material or the blade itself.
These simple steps can help ensure your saw is working its hardest instead of you and that you’re getting the job done quickly and safely.