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April 2009

Saws

Chain saws tackle deep cuts in concrete and masonry.

Concrete chain saws offer masonry contractors the ability to make deep cuts in walls without disturbing the surrounding brick or block, without overcutting, and without the high cost formerly associated with the saws.

“You can get a perfect, 45-degree cut,” says Matt Shrater, regional account manager for World Diamond Source Inc., a Pompano Beach, Fla.-based diamond blade and concrete chain saw dealer. “You can make a cut in five minutes, verses 20 or 30 minutes to cut with a circular saw.”

Mike Reisert, regional manager for World Diamond, agrees, adding that concrete saws are perfect for masonry contractors who handle repair projects. “You can remove a single brick or single block for repairs,” he says.
Shrater says the cost of concrete saw cutting has dropped dramatically in recent years. Contractors can now make cuts for as low as $0.50 per foot.

“The price has definitely come down to where it’s more palatable,” Reisert concurs.

The new FORCE4 diamond chain from ICS, Blount Inc., in Portland, Ore., offers a stronger chain and improved diamond segment for a longer lifespan, Shrater says. Bar and chain lengths up to 25 inches allow contractors to make deep cuts with the chain saws.


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