Concrete Saws 101

One of the most common materials we have to deal with in demolition is concrete. Most of the time an excavator can handle it, but every now and then we need a more precise method. In those cases, we use a concrete saw to cut through the concrete. But not all concrete saws are the same, and there are pros and cons to each type of concrete saw.

Chain Saw

Chain saws are ideal for precise cuts of concrete. They are great for straight lines with no over cuts. In situations that we need to put in an HVAC system or take out part of a concrete wall, a chainsaw will likely be in order.

Wire Saw

For big jobs like concrete pillars, thick walls, and foundations, wire saws are the best bet. While other saws are limited by the size of the blade, wire saws are able to handle concrete of just about any size.

Handheld Saw

On the opposite end of the spectrum from a wire saw is a handheld saw. These small saws are similar to circular saws commonly found in any handyman’s garage. These saws are typically used for small jobs, like taking out a small section of masonry.

Wall Saw

Similar to a handheld saw, wall saws are mounted to the wall and is best used for cutting in straight lines to remove sections of a wall. When we need to make way for a big feature like a stair opening, wall saws are the go-to tool.

Slab Saw

Slab saws are used when working on flat surfaces like roads or a foundation. They come in electric and diesel options as well as multiple blade sizes. Installing pipes and utility lines are the typical purposes of using a slab saw.