Handheld concrete saws are one of the most versatile machines on the jobsite, they typically come in 12”, 14” and 16” diameters. Concrete saws can be fitted with different blades to cut almost anything from, concrete, brick, block, and even metal. Gas driven concrete saws have dominated the market but now electric and battery-operated machines have been gaining popularity. The most popular saw the Husqvarna K770 Power Cutter is a great machine for any contractor.
Soff Cut saws used for creating joints in newly poured concrete slabs to prevent cracking. One of the most costly issues contractors have is to come back to a job to fix cracks in slabs. Soff cut saws also allow the end user to cut expansion joints the same day as the pour instead of coming back days later to make the same cuts, which increase job and labor costs and time. Different blades can be purchased for different styles of cuts on each soft cut saw.
Are used when plunge cutting thick concrete block and walls, contractors typically use saws from Husqvarna and ICS to cut doorways or egress windows in basements, while the cost per cut is high due to low blade life, the time savings on the job out weighs the costs
Walk behind saws are used when needing to cut a long straight line in concrete or asphalt to create inlay lines, cut roads or sidewalks or as large as airport runways. Street Saws or walk behind concrete saws come in multiple sizes and are powered by either electric, gas or diesel and are offered as a manual push saw, powered or ride on.
Buying a power cutter is a large investment, if unsure of what size machine you will need, try renting one from a rental house, Home Depot or Lowes. This was you can also speak to an expert about the costs of ownership for replacement parts like blades and filters or what customers near you are purchasing and what the sales have been on certain machine sizes.