Concrete wall sawing: dos and don’ts
Concrete wall sawing – also known as track sawing – is a specific type of concrete cutting which utilises circular blades on a track mounted machine. The wall sawing technique can be carried out remotely and was designed for cutting through vertical slabs of concrete; it can, however, also be used on masonry, reinforced concrete, angled inclines and floors.
Thanks to the stable track, precise, straight cuts can be achieved which are ideal for creating openings for windows, doors, staircases, ductwork, HVAC systems, and more. This is a versatile sawing method, with bevel and flush cutting possible, as well as smooth straight cuts through varying depths of concrete.
Concrete wall sawing is a specialist service which, for safety purposes and high quality results, should only be carried out by trained professionals. Here are some key dos and don’ts of concrete wall sawing:
- • Wear proper protective equipment for the job – this includes safety goggles, ear muffs, rubber boots and gloves.
- • Select the appropriate blade for the job at hand. Aspects of the job such as depth of concrete to be cut will dictate the equipment you should choose.
- • Inspect the blades, pulleys and track equipment before starting any work. Factors such as if the blades are worn or track screws are loose can impact the quality of work and, more importantly, can make using the equipment hazardous.
- • Ensure that the blade guard is secure before commencing work.
- • Ensure that there is a continuous flow of water to the blade whilst operating – this minimises dust and can prevent overheating during cutting.
- • Inspect the operating manual before using the equipment to ensure you select the right equipment, blade diameter, operating speed etc. for the task.
- • Carry out any concrete wall sawing if you don’t have the required training and expertise.
- • Use any equipment which shows signs of damage or wear.
- • Use blades which are designed for wet cutting without a supply of water – dry cutting with such blades can be dangerous and damaging.
- • Use wall sawing if aesthetics are vital – this method uses circular blades which can result in over cutting around corners.
- • Just rely on following equipment instructions to keep you safe – you should always bear in mind and adhere to general site health and safety procedures too.
Concrete Drilling Services offer high quality concrete cutting, drilling and sawing work to customers in Bolton and across the North West of England. Our team are all well-trained and have the experience to carry out concrete sawing safely, efficiently and to a consistently high standard. As well as employing dedicated professionals, we work with technologically advanced, precision equipment which allows a first class finish. For more information regarding our specialist services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our helpful team today.