Ask the Equipment Rentals & Sales Expert – Ken Johnson


Know what kind of Equipment you need for your Concrete Project!

Cutting through Concrete is never an easy task, at home or on the worksite. It requires time, energy, hard work and above all the right tool for the job.  Cutting Concrete Dry or with Water, Inside or Outside, Green Concrete or Cured Concrete, with or without Rebar, all will dictate what type of Concrete Saw(Hand-held or Walk Behind), and or Concrete Drill(Hammer Drill or Diamond Core Drill) would be suitable.

Concrete Cut-off Saw – These saws come in Electric & Gas Powered and are also sometimes called a “Quickie Saw or Cut-Quik Saw”. These Hand-Held Saws can come with either a Water Attachment or a Dust Collection port to keep the Concrete Dust down to a minimum. They are perfect for cutting Concrete and/or Asphalt up to depths of almost 6-inches, but are also used to cut Steel.

Concrete Chain Saw –The Stihl GS461 was designed for freehand cutting of Concrete and or Brick with depths up to 16” where you may need to Plunge Cut and or possibly notch out a corner for a Window or Door.  While some of the more common uses are Concrete and Brick these saws can and have been used to cut Natural Stone, Sewage Pipes and Water Supply Lines. Concrete Chain saws must to be used with water.

Walk Behind Slab Saws – If there is a lot of Concrete to be cut a Slab Saw would be a good choice. With these saws you are now standing behind the Concrete Saw and some of the Concrete Slab Saws are Self-Propelled which will help with the effort required to Saw Concrete and additionally usually helps extend the life of the Diamond Blade.  In most cases the Slab Saws Blades start at 14” but sizes up to 36” and larger are available.  A 14” Blade will give you 5-inch of cutting depth and as the Concrete Blades get larger the depth of cut increases. Most Slab Saws have a Water Attachment which again when used will keep dust down to a minimum but also “Cool the Blade” extending the life of the Diamond Blade.

Hammer Drilling & Diamond Coring – Drilling in Concrete can be easier than expected with the correct Drill!  In most Residential Home Applications a Hammer Drill & Carbide tipped bit will work just fine and holes can be drilled from 5/32” up to 6”. In cases where Rebar is present you will be required to use either a Hand-Held Diamond Drill or Pedestal Mount Diamond Coring Rig!  Both of these drills use a Diamond segmented Core Bit and can drill through both Concrete & Rebar.  In both Diamond Drilling applications, Water will be required to drill the hole.

Diamond Blades – Diamond Blades have evolved quite a bit over the last 10-years, it use to be that you would require a very specific blade to either Cut Concrete or Asphalt and additionally whether you were planning on cutting Wet or Dry.  And while it will always be to the advantage of blade longevity to use a blade specific to what you are cutting, some of the Diamond Blades available today will cut in a wide range of applications including Concrete or Asphalt, Wet and/or Dry Cutting.

In all the Job Applications mentioned here, don’t hesitate to ask for Expert Advice® from a Professional or one of the Rental Specialists at the front counter of The Rent-it Store. Our staff  is always here to help answer your questions.