4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Cut-Off Machine

A cut-off machine is a type tool that can be used to cut concrete. It is best for amateur concrete workers who need to cut long lines or large sections of concrete quickly because it does not require repetitive motion, which will often create lines that are not perfectly straight. Instead, it uses a wheel that is usually tipped with diamond or some other strong material that a person can simply roll slowly down the line of concrete that needs to be cut. Because the cut-off machine is handheld, you can use it for a variety of applications. Should you decide that purchasing or renting a cut-off machine is best for your construction needs, consider these four tips to get the most out of using it.

1. Make Sure That Protective Equipment is Used

Cutting concrete is infinitely easier if flecks of the cut concrete don't go into your eye or into your hand. Because the machine is handheld, it is important to wear heavy gloves in order to prevent shards of the concrete from accidentally digging into your skin. You should also always wear goggles in order to protect your eyes. If you do not take these safety precautions, then you will spend most of your time in the doctor's office rather than on the construction site.

2. Use Water to Trap the Dust

When you cut concrete, a great deal of concrete dust is inevitably generated. In order to trap this dust and keep it out of your line of sight, apply water to the wheel and to the work area regularly with a mister. The water will trap the dust and keep it from blowing around.

3. Make Sure You Have the Right Wheel

Although the cut-off machine parts that hold the wheel is the same for each job, the wheel itself needs to be switched out depending on its application. For example, if you are cutting a concrete wall, you will want a sharper, diamond tipped wheel because you do not have gravity on your side and you want to make sure that it is as easy as possible to cut. If you are cutting a reinforced concrete floor, you will want a composite resin wheel because it will go slightly slower and help ensure that your lines are straight.

4. Make Sure You Have High Quality Fuel and Oil

You will need to mix fuel and oil together in order for the cut-off machine to run properly because the engine for most cut-off machines is two-cycle. If you use poor quality fuel or oil, then the machine will not run as effectively.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in concrete cutting in Edmonton