Posted by Matt Tetrault on 2nd Sep 2020
Diamond tools are especially important when you need the job done right. There is really no alternative to a solid diamond cup wheel when grinding and polishing concrete. When you need to remove paint or an epoxy coating, it’s important to know which diamond cup wheel you will need. Here we will explore how to choose the right diamond cup wheel for your construction project.
A diamond cup wheel is not a tool you want to cheap out on. One size and shape does not fit all, and lower quality blades can actually slow your work down. A cheaper wheel could do irrevocable damage to whatever you are grinding or polishing, so it pays to invest in a quality cup wheel. This is especially true if you are going to be using it for a very large job, as you will want it to last for the whole job and not give out halfway through.
To get the best results, you will need to know the properties of the materials you will be working with. Harder concrete surfaces will require a wheel with a softer bond. This is important because diamonds can become blunt very quickly when grinding a lot of a very hard material. Conversely, a softer material requires a much harder bond on the wheel.
The grit of your diamond cup wheel refers to the number of openings per linear inch in the abrasive. When you are doing large jobs that require a lot of material to be removed at once, a lower grit is better as it lets more material grind away in one pass. A higher grit is used more for detail finishes and grinding materials that are very brittle.
Knowing the type of application you will be using it for is crucial to a blade’s success. When wet grinding, you are given the opportunity to use large diameter blades because the water helps to cool the large surface area. Smaller diameter blades are more effective at dry application because they do not generate as much heat while grinding.
Now you have the knowledge about how to choose the right diamond cup wheel and can take it onto the job site knowing you are prepared. Bedrock Supplies has a full range of diamond cup wheels that are perfect for whatever job you may need them for. Give us a call and one of our representatives will help you choose the right tool for your project.
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