Choosing the best concrete saws
Tips on how to buy good walk-behind concrete saws
Walk-behind concrete saws are power saws used mainly in the construction industry. They are specifically designed to break asphalt and concrete. There are various power sources of these heavy-duty saws; some are electric-powered, while others are propane gas-powered. However, gas-powered concrete saws are cautiously used in vicinities where there is a high risk of fire caused by contact of incendiary materials with gas fumes.
There are various technical and safety features of walk-behind concrete saws. First of all, it has a robust engine enclosed within an aluminum/metal frame construction to power the blades used for cutting. Most concrete saws use a Honda engine. Its blade is usually made with the strongest, premium-grade kind of metal usually tipped with diamond or an abrasive material to withstand the stresses of cutting through concrete and asphalt roads.
To find a reliable walk-behind concrete saw, try to choose that which is lightweight and compact, as well as designed for maneuverability and reliability. After all, your life is of primary concern when operating a concrete-cutting saw. Inexperienced machine operators are advised to use caution or entrust the operation of the machine to a professional concrete saw operators. Most concrete saws come in with a blade guard to protect the one operating it from small objects thrown about by the rotating blade.
Some of the most modern concrete-cutting walk-behind saws have a built-in water distribution system that keeps the blades from being damaged by friction by cooling it continuously. This system directly supplies water to both sides of the machine's blades. Water, coupled with a blade shaft built near the base of the machine, also make for a smooth and safe operation of the entire concrete saw equipment. The blade shaft is also designed to minimize vibration of the machine and to ensure accuracy in cutting.
Concrete saw range in price from $1,500 to several thousands of dollars depending on the technical features, and the size and power of the engine.
Protection gears and equipment should be worn at all times by a walk-behind concrete saw machine operator. Always wear goggles and earmuffs to protect the eyes and ears, respectively. Use a mask is also a must to prevent dust from being inhaled into your lungs. Also wear gloves, as well as, boots to protect your hands and feet. After operating the machine for a long period, take a short break for you to refocus on the task at hand. The blades send strong vibrations through the spine and the body causing some of your upper body parts to experience numbness. Taking short breaks allow you to massage tired muscles, and rest your eyes and hands for a while.
Last, but not the least, safety should be the primordial consideration in operating a concrete saw.