Whenever a stone company has been contracted for a large-scale project, the owner of the newly built property usually orders large quantities of rocks to be used as part of the construction. Because stones come in many different shapes and sizes, it is sometimes difficult to determine which saw should be chosen to cut them into a desired shape or size.
Several factors should be taken into consideration when trying to choose a rock saw. If certain criteria are kept in mind, choosing a rock saw becomes much less complicated than it may seem at first glance. The tips listed below will help you determine which type of saw best meets your needs.
What Types of Rocks Do you Need to Cut?
Rock saws can vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, which means that the saws will also vary in terms of performance. If you plan to cut many different types of rocks, it may be best to choose a saw with options for varying blade speeds.
If you must cut stone infrequently, it is probably best to choose a saw with minimal moving parts and easy maintenance features. However, if you will be using your rock saw frequently, it would be wise to invest in one with heavy-duty blades and other components designed for frequent use.
Which Type of Material Will the Stones Need to Cut Into?
All materials require slightly different techniques when being cut with a rock saw. For example, some materials such as bricks and pavers require that the stones be cut at an angle to fit properly into the construction project. These cuts are best made with a diamond blade saw to handle angled cuts, rounded edges, and holes. A masonry blade would not maintain its integrity if used for this purpose and may break or crack during cutting due to the extreme angles involved.
How Large is Your Stone?
Most manufacturers of rock saws offer different varieties, depending on the size of rocks you will be cutting. For this reason, it is important to know beforehand just how large your material is so that you will be able to choose the right one. Furthermore, larger stones are usually cut by crane machines, while smaller stones are sometimes hand-held.
How Much Money Do You Have to Spend?
Rock saws can vary greatly in price based on several factors, including blade speed, the horsepower of the engine, and the type of material being used. If your budget is tight, it may be best to choose a saw that has multiple options for cutting speeds or one that has minimal moving parts so that little maintenance will need to be done after the purchase. However, if cost is not an issue, then purchasing a saw with heavy-duty blades and components designed for frequent use may be beneficial for cutting large quantities of rocks since it would save time.
There are many different types of rock saws available today, including diamond blades, masonry blades, and many different variations of these types. If you are unsure which saw may best meet your needs, consulting with a qualified person in the stone industry will help ensure that you make the right choice for your situation.