Road saws can quickly turn a big concrete cutting job into a small one. A road saw is a powerful tool that can cut concrete, masonry, asphalt, brick and other solid surfaces. Often built as a walk-behind machine, a road saw is typically used in municipal work to remove sections of road for plumbing, electrical work or simply road repair. Still, if there is a large section of flooring that needs cutting in our home of office, a road saw may make the job a while lot easier.
What are road saws?
A road saw is usually a big walk-behind saw, often self-propelled. Its source of power can be gasoline, hydraulic, electric or pneumatic pressure. Road saws have one large diamond-tipped saw blade situated out the front which is able to cut a true ans straight line through concrete, stone and asphalt up to a significant depth.
Why are road saws faster than other types of concrete saws?
The higher engine power of a road saw means more torque so the blade can cut through the surface quicker. Road saws are often built with tracking control meaning cutting in a straight line is fast and easy. Also, due to the size of the saw blade, deeper cuts are possible than with a regular hand-held concrete saw.
Why are road saws easier to control?
Road saws are typically controllable via an instrument panel which controls all aspects of the cutting mechanism. The control panel can control the cutting direction, the cutting depth and also the rpm, meaning the speed at which the blade spins. Many road saws also have a belt tensioner, come with a water pump kit to diffuse harmful concrete dust and are installed with lights for use dimly lit construction sites or for night work.
Typical applications of road saws
The most common use of a road saw, as the name suggests, is cutting through sections of road, usually to provide access to an underground pipe or cable. Road saws can also come with specific blades for cutting through the asphalt layer of the road. Another common use is for cutting controlled expansion cuts in green concrete. Green concrete is freshly laid concrete, the expansion cuts control the cracks that inevitably occur in concrete due to expansion and contraction. A road saw can make long and straight expansion cuts in concrete very efficiently.
Safety measures when using road saws
Use of a road saw is a serious undertaking as it is a powerful machine which has significant and irreversible cutting power. A hard hat, safety goggles, gloves, ear protection, high visibility vest and steel cap boots are required to operate this machine. But using a road saw is generally best left to the professionals.
Hiring a professional concrete cutter
Now that you are more familiar with the purpose and method of road saws, it is important to have a professional complete this task for you. A professional concrete cutter will know exactly how to use this high-performance cutting machinery and have the job performed for you in no time.
Mastercut Concrete have been cutting concrete in Sydney for over 20 years and have a fleet of skilled and mobile concrete cutters to cut, drill or grind concrete for you when you need it. Contact 02 9755 5505 for a free consultation and quote or complete an online quote request.