Concrete Cutting Tools

By Kwik Stamped Concrete

Concrete cutting tools are important tools that every builder and homeowner must-have. However, in order to understand the real purpose of these tools, it is also important that you familiarize yourself with the early beginnings of concrete.

Before the concrete was invented and used, our ancestors made use of mud, rocks, and timber in order to create homes and other edifices. If you look at history books, you will notice that most buildings are made from wood. Unfortunately, these buildings can hardly stand the harsh weather conditions and do not last long. In a few years, these wooden edifices crumble down because of wood rots. Concrete, on the other hand, is a mixture of cement, aggregate, and water. When the mixture dries, it becomes as hard as a rock. Unlike wood, it does not rot and it can withstand harsh weather conditions. Records suggest that the ancient Romans made use of concrete in order to build their fantastic architecture like the Colosseum and the aqueducts that have survived for thousands of years.

With concrete now being used in every structure, there is also a need to cut parts of it either to create a design or in order to accommodate a supplementary part. Since concrete is as hard as a rock you will need specialized tools in order to accomplish this task. If you are thinking of hammering down that concrete wall in order to make a passageway, you might want to think again. A regular hammer is no match for a wall that is as hard as a rock. Now, what can you do to break down that concrete wall or cut that concrete slab? The answer is pretty simple and that is to make use of concrete cutting tools.

Concrete cutting tools are not standardized tools that you can use for every concrete cutting job. These tools are subdivided into several types each designed to carry out a specific purpose. Therefore, when you need to purchase concrete cutting tools you need to know what you are going to use it for. For example, if you need to shape a light concrete slab then you can accomplish this job by making use of specialized chisels and punches that are made specifically for cutting and shaping concrete. Typically, these light hand concrete cutting tools are made from tempered high carbon steel enabling it to withstand repeated impacts against concrete. For bigger concrete cutting jobs, you will need motorized concrete cutting tools that make use of a rotating blade or a reciprocating action with a large carbon steel punch. The blades used in some concrete cutting tools are typically made from an ablative material that sheds heat. These blades cut through concrete by wearing it away. However, in this process, the blade also is removed together with the concrete.

Now that you have a brief knowledge of the distinct types of concrete cutting tools, it is time for you to familiarize yourself with its real purpose. From the term alone, it is obvious that these tools are meant to cut concrete. However, concrete cutting tools do more than just cut concrete because it is also used to remove concrete slabs that are either too old or unwanted. Moreover, these tools can also be used to make holes or cuts that were not created when the original concrete mixture was laid. Large concrete cutting tools are used to remove damaged parts of buildings, sidewalks, bridges, highways, and even driveway sections. However, smaller concrete cutting tools are also used to remove or cut through small sections of concrete structures or slabs.

Since these concrete tools can be hazardous, it is important that you select and use the right tools for the right job. For example, if you own a construction company and you are hired to remove sidewalks you know that you can accomplish this job using a hammer and a concrete chisel, but you will be able to accomplish more if you make use of the appropriate concrete cutting tools like a jackhammer or rotary saw. However, you must be aware that concrete may be reinforced with stainless steel rods known as re-bars. In this case, you will need concrete cutting tools that are capable of cutting through concrete and steel at the same time. However, unless you own a construction company, then you might want to settle with renting rather than purchasing big, bulky concrete cutting tools because these can be very expensive.

In conclusion, when using concrete cutting tools it is also highly recommended that you abide by the safety precautions that come with it. Remember, for small jobs, you may use handheld concrete cutting tools and for bigger jobs then it is time to utilize motorized concrete cutting tools.