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When you work in general construction, roadwork or municipal landscaping, your productivity depends on the quality of the construction equipment at your disposal. Cleveland Brothers has over 70 years’ experience providing the tools businesses throughout PA, Northern WV and Western MD require to get the job done right.
Whether you have a one-time application that calls for a heavy cutting solution or need concrete saws to supplement your fleet during a busy season, we carry a range of walk-behind and hand-held models ranging from 12- to 36-inch blade diameter.
Walk-Behind Saws for Rent
We offer an assortment of powerful and productive flat saws in the mid-size segment to meet your specific cutting needs. Saws feature blades up to 36 inches in diameter and are powered by fuel-efficient diesel engines. Power transmissions deliver the strength and torque for cutting through concrete at airports, highways, service areas and other environments.
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We offer the service, selection and availability you’re searching for in a local rental store, backed by customer service dedicated to your total satisfaction. From flexible daily, weekly and monthly rates to around-the-clock service and support, renting a dozer is a cost-effective way to maximize productivity. Eliminate the costs relating to purchasing, storing and maintaining a large fleet of heavy equipment by partnering with Cleveland Brothers for all of your temporary equipment needs.
Contact us online, in the store or over the phone for more information. Our knowledgeable team will be happy to provide a free quote on the rental Cat dozers matched to your needs.
Renting Saws From Cleveland Brothers
We’re home to a complete selection of construction equipment and concrete saws in Central and Western PA and areas beyond. In addition to our extensive variety of hand-held and walk-behind saws manufactured by leading allied brands, we also rent most of the concrete saws in our used inventory.
By renting from us, you benefit from reduced owning and operating costs as well as:
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Contact our rental department directly for additional information and to place your order for concrete saws for rent today.
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In our online inventory, you can find our listings of currently available new CAT equipment and heavy machinery, as well as further details about each product. Our inventory is frequently updated as Cleveland Brothers stocks new CAT equipment, crushers and screeners, power systems and rental vehicles.
CAT equipment is a substantial investment for any company, and Cleveland Brothers recognizes the importance of providing full support before and after your purchase in order to ensure your equipment is always working at peak performance. Repair and maintenance services from Cleveland Brothers are available to help customers make sure they’re getting the most out of their new CAT equipment.
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Cleveland Brothers carries an extensive inventory of high-performance, robust used machinery and attachments. In addition to Caterpillar used equipment, we offer brand names such as Deere, Komatsu, Godwin, Sullair and more. Used compact equipment and power system components are available as well.
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Cleveland Brothers has online information about each piece of used machinery in our inventory, from detailed usage histories to serial numbers and price estimates for the products we currently have available. Contact Cleveland Brothers directly to inquire about a specific piece of equipment or for assistance with finding the perfect match for your job site.
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The Best Concrete Saw, According to 6,000 Customer Reviews
Welcome to the Thomas guide to the best concrete saw 2023. Thomas has been connecting North American industrial buyers and suppliers for more than 120 years. When you purchase products through our independent recommendations, we may earn an affiliate commission.
A good concrete saw isn’t just for construction workers; these handy tools are convenient for many home and DIY projects too. When you need to reshape an existing piece of concrete with precision, such as a patio, paving stones, sidewalk, countertop, or flooring, the only tool that will do the job is a concrete saw.
There are many different types of these saws available so finding the best one for your needs might seem daunting. We’ve gone ahead and done the research and found some of the best concrete saws, from brands such as DeWALT, PORTER-CABLE, Makita, and SKIL, for you to choose from.
Here is a list of the best concrete saws, followed by a buying guide to help you select the best concrete saw for your needs.
Thomas’ Top Picks for the Best Concrete Saws 2023
Whether you’re looking for the best saw to cut concrete pavers, or a high-powered heavy-duty concrete saw for cutting solid materials on larger construction jobs, we’ve found some great products to help guide your selection, including wet and dry cutting saws, saws with active air filtration, and petrol powered disc cutters.
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Scroll down to read more about our top picks for the best concrete saws on Amazon according to Hyper-enthusiastic reviewers, for all needs and budgets.
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Best-Rated Concrete Saw—Evolution R300DCT 12-Inch Concrete Saw
Around 2,000 5-star reviewers feel that the Evolution R300DCT 12-inch disc cutter concrete saw is the best electric concrete saw Amazon has to offer. Gliding through reinforced concrete, stone, brick, and paving, with a maximum cutting depth of four inches, this electric saw with instant start button and trigger has ergonomic, front and rear support, soft grips for easily cutting in both horizontal and vertical directions.
The Evolution R300DCT also comes with a 12-inch diamond blade and an adjustable safety guard. “This thing is a beast,” wrote one happy buyer who used it to make a 16-foot long cut in a 4-inch slab and recommended using this in conjunction with an electric jackhammer. Another customer added, “I am ripping through a tough job, solid rock. I’ve used it for about 90-minutes running and finding no faults.”
Motor: 15-Amp electric motor
Speed: 6,000 RPM (revolutions per minute)
Blade diameter: 9 inches
Cutting depth: 4 inches
Best Affordable Concrete Saw—PORTER-CABLE Electric Concrete Saw
There’s no need to go all out on a top concrete saw if you only need it for smaller concrete jobs, such as cutting concrete pavers or rebar, etc., which the economical PORTER-CABLE chop saw is perfect for. There’s a built-in vise for creating simple straight line cuts as well as various degree angle cuts too.
With features like a spindle lock for easy blade changes, spark deflector for increased safety, cutting fence with miter adjustment for angled cuts, a quick-release material clamp, and a 15-AMP motor for high power and durability, this chop saw is an affordable choice for less demanding concrete jobs and many reviewers felt that it is a good saw for the money.
Motor: 15-AMP electric
Speed: 3,800 RPM
Blade length: 14 inches
Cutting depth: 7 inches
Best Electric Concrete Saws—Makita EK7651H 14-Inch 4-Stroke Engine Saw
With top power and performance, the Makita EK7651H 14-inch 4-stroke engine power cutter can cut through just about anything. Just some of the perks this tool has over other similar models or those with two-stroke engines are that this saw requires no separate fuel or oil mixing, and less chance of engine failure. It also has a vented choke plate for the best fuel delivery and less chance of flooding.
Users describe this saw as “a real workhorse,” with “excellent” performance and “plenty of power,” and one reviewer noted that even though these saws have four-stroke engines, they have all the power of the popular Stihls and Husqvarnas which have two-stroke engines, but are “so much quieter and cleaner.”
Motor: 4.1 HP electric
Speed: 9,100 RPM
Blade length: 14 inches
Cutting depth: 4.8 inches
Best Granite Concrete Saw—DeWALT Wet Concrete Saw
For a cleaner concrete cutting experience, the DeWALT DWC860W wet or dry saw’s 13-foot water line ensures minimal dust and debris whilst cutting, and enough power to cut through cement, ceramics, stone, porcelain, marble, glass, and granite.
The water also helps keep the blade cool ensuring longer life. This lightweight saw can be used for wet or dry cutting and weighs only 9 pounds, making it easily transportable too. “Cutting a 1/2-inch Hardie Board was—no kidding—like cutting butter with a very hot knife,” raved one happy Amazon buyer.
Motor: 10.8-AMP motor
Speed: 13,000 RPM
Blade length: 4-3/8-inch diamond blade (approx. 1-5/16 inch)
Cutting depth: Adjustable depth-of-cut
Best Worm Drive Concrete Saw—SKIL Concrete Saw
Designed specifically for concrete cutting and scoring, the SKILSAW SPT79-00 Medusaw power cutter is a fully integrated worm drive saw that can be used wet or dry with minimal mess—use a standard hose for wet cuts, and the vacuum attachment for dry. With rust-resistant brackets and fasteners, this saw—which works like a charm on the hardest surfaces, including cement, asphalt, granite, bluestone, and limestone—is durable and sure to last.
“I can’t tell you how much I love this saw,” wrote a happy customer. “I have never cut a concrete board and not smelt the dust. This thing was unreal. I never smelt any dust, and could hardly see any either.”
Motor: 15-AMP Dual-Field motor
Speed: 5,100 RPM
Blade length: 7 inches
Cutting depth: maximum depth of cut at 90° is 2 inches
Best Concrete Cutting Circular Saw—XtremepowerUS Disc Cutter Saw
Its 2,600-watt power and 4,300 RPM motor make the XtremepowerUS electric disc cutter circular saw a popular choice for cutting concrete. The 15-amp motor helps it get through granite, concrete, porcelain, and stone with ease, and the dual integrated dust management wet or dry system ensures minimal dust.
There are handy wheels on the bottom of this disc cutter to help with user fatigue and ease-of-use. One buyer expressed, “Price is excellent. I used it to cut an opening in a solid brick wall in order to fit a double French door; [it] cut the brick easily and deep.” Another buyer helpfully wrote, “Take your time cutting; multiple passes are better rather than one deep pass. 2-inch cuts seemed to work best. Take frequent breaks.”
Speed: 4,300 RPM
Blade length: 14 inches
Cutting depth: 5 inches
Best Gas-powered Concrete Saws—Husqvarna Gas-Powered Concrete Saw
Electric saws are great for many reasons—not least of which is their lower price range—but you can’t beat a good gas-powered concrete saw for taking on the big jobs. Our choice for the best gas-powered saw for concrete is this Husqvarna 967682101 gas saw and here are a few reasons why: it has semi-automatic Smart tension for maximum power and belt life, a maintenance-free dura-starter, a superior active air filtration system, a five-inch cutting depth, and, at only 22.4 pounds, is much lighter than other gas concrete saws on the market.
Though its predecessor, the popular Husqvarna 967181002 K760 II, has been discontinued, many in the know believe that this newer model comfortably takes its place. “Cut a new door wall opening in existing old brick,” described one happy shopper. “Ran like a champ.” Another particularly helpful customer review reads, “This saw is a beast. It takes a little while to get the hang of it but once you learn how it’s easy. Make sure to read the instructions if you’ve never used a saw like this. Stand to the side of the saw, not directly behind it in case of kickback.”
Motor: 5 HP power output
Speed: 18,000 RPM (feet per minute)
Blade length: 5 inches
Cutting depth: 5 inches maximum depth
Best Walk-Behind Concrete Saw—Husqvarna Walk-Behind Concrete Saw
Walk-behind saws, though heavy, are the easiest tools for cutting through concrete flooring or paving, and the Husqvarna big walk-behind saw is a stellar choice. It features a retractable handwheel, a handle that offers low vibration, a depth indicator, and a large water tank that you can directly connect to a garden hose.
Its engine is by Honda and it has a recoil start. Customers report that pushing this is almost effortless and that the blade helps propel the machine forward so minimal elbow grease is required. Users have described it as “heavy-duty,” “strong,” “reliable,” and that it runs great and is easy to handle.
Engine: 11 HP, 4-stroke
Speed: 2,800 RPM
Blade diameter: 17.7 inches
Cutting depth: 7.36 inches
Best Handheld Concrete Saws—WORX WX427L 6A 4-1/2″ Compact Circular Saw
For a smaller concrete saw that is easy to operate and won’t take up too much space in your tool shed, the WORX compact circular saw is incredibly economical and can help you finalize those smaller projects like cutting tile, drywall, backer board, and thinner layers or cement easily.
It has an ergonomic design and features a self-locking safety switch, precise cutting, and it even has an adjustable blade. “Wonderful smaller saw and a nice package of several blades included in the packaging,” wrote one satisfied shopper, and another added, “It’s not a professional-grade product and won’t last as long as one but if you need a trim saw for a home improvement project and don’t plan to abuse it, it will get the job done. It’s nice that it came with 6 blades. Good value for the money.”
Motor: 6 AMP
Blade length: 4.7 inches
Cutting depth: 1-11/16″ (90°) 1-1/8″ (45°)
Best Concrete Saw 2023—Summary
The Makita EK7651H 14-inch 4-stroke engine power cutter (US1,499.99, Amazon) is a great professional-grade concrete saw, whereas, for anyone looking for the best concrete saw for those lighter-duty tasks, the small yet hard-working DeWALT DWC860W wet tile saw (from US149.99, Amazon) comes in highly recommended.
Choosing the Best Concrete Saw—Buying Guide
A concrete saw or concrete power cutter (also often referred to as masonry saws, abrasive saws, or cut-off saws) is a power tool used to cut concrete and other hard materials such as brick, asphalt, or tile. These saws generally use a diamond blade in order to be able to take on the task of cutting such harder surfaces.
What is the Best Concrete Saw?
Before deciding on the best power cutter for your needs, it’s good to know what types of saws are available for concrete (more on the various types of concrete saw below), and also look into specifications such as motor type (whether you want a gas concrete saw, electric motor, corded-electric, or battery-powered option), motor speed, blade type and blade material (a diamond blade, carbide-tipped blades, etc.), and what, if any, blades come with the machine. Maximum cutting depth, dual blade function, dual blade control, or adjustable depth control might also be options you wish to consider. If you feel a power cord will just get in your way, perhaps a cordless option would be best for your needs.
In addition, look at what extra features you would like your cement saw to have, such as wet cutting or dry cutting functions (some saws have the capability to cut both wet or dry), a wet dust management system, or a dry dust management system to alleviate flying dust and debris, lessen aggravation or allergies, and offer easier clean-up. A saw with improved air filtration could help produce fewer fumes and dust particles floating in the air, especially when dry cutting.
As always when handling power tools, protective gear, including face dust masks or shields, ear protection, eyewear, and gloves, are imperative. For walk-behind versions, steel-toed boots are a must. Another feature to look out for in a concrete saw is a safety guard and a spindle lock mechanism so you can safely remove the blade.
Types of Concrete Saws
There are several different types of concrete saws available on the market, and they differ both in size and the way they are handled, to the way they are powered.
Small hand-held concrete saws
These are the preferred option for smaller projects and are easy to carry around and straightforward to operate.
Walk-behind concrete saws
These saws resemble walk-behind lawnmowers and are operated much in the same way, cutting concrete as they go along.
Gas-powered concrete saws
Gas-powered models use gasoline to operate and are many contractors’ saw of choice thanks to the high power that they offer. Gas concrete saws, just like most gas-powered tools, require more maintenance than electric tools and produce more fumes.
Electric concrete saws
Though they are generally less powerful than the gas-powered variety, electric saws are lighter, quieter, and the best concrete saw type for indoor concrete saw cutting projects.
Battery-powered concrete saws
Again, although these are also less powerful than gas saws, battery-operated concrete saws are easily portable and offer ease of use without having to be near an electrical socket or with a power cord getting in the way.
Worm drive concrete saws
These saws have their motors attached at the rear and a longer distance between the handle and the blade to extend cutting reach.
Wet-cutting concrete saws
Wet-cutting saws produce water whilst cutting in order to minimize and control the amount of dust produced during operation. Some models are capable of wet and dry cutting too.
Using a Concrete Saw—How-to Video
When it comes to operating a concrete saw, we found the below video extremely useful. It includes preparation, safety, and best practices when using a concrete saw.
We’ve covered most of the types of concrete saws above, however, for more industrial use, concrete saws that are powered by pneumatic or hydraulic pressure are also available.
We hope our review of the best concrete saws has been helpful and you managed to find the best concrete saw for your needs. For more saw suppliers, including wood cut-off saws, electric portable hand saws, circular saws, metal cutting saws, table saws, and—if you prefer to leave the task to professionals—concrete cutting services, consult our additional guides or visit the Thomas Supplier Discovery Platform
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Cut cleanly through concrete, stone, brick, and more with the power and precision of a new concrete saw.
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With any project, it’s important to use the right saw. Otherwise, you can cause premature damage to the blade and wear out the motor if the tool isn’t capable of producing enough force to cut through the material. A concrete saw is specifically made to provide enough energy and torque to cleanly cut through concrete, brick, paving stones, and other hard materials.
Concrete saws are typically corded, though there are portable options that are battery- or gas-powered. The size and cutting depth of concrete saws can also range significantly, so it’s important to know what type of saw you need and what projects are on the upcoming schedule. Take a look at the top products below and read on to learn about important product features to help you find the best concrete saw for your next project.
- BEST OVERALL:SKILSAW SPT79-00 15-Amp Medusaw Worm Drive Saw
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Rockwell 4-1/2” Compact Circular Saw, 5 amps
- BEST WALK-BEHIND:SKIL 7″ Walk Behind Worm Drive Skilsaw for Concrete
- BEST MULTIPURPOSE:Mini Circular Saw, Ginour 6.2A Small Power Saw
- ALSO CONSIDER:DeWALT FLEXVOLT 60V MAX Cut-Off Saw Kit
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Concrete Saw
Finding a concrete saw to cut through brick, tile, concrete, and other materials doesn’t need to be hard. Consider whether a walk-behind or handheld concrete saw is best, then move on to more detailed features, like the cutting method, depth of cut, and overall performance, as well as a few other important considerations detailed below.
Concrete saws fall into two main categories: walk-behind concrete saws and handheld concrete saws.
- Walk-behind concrete saws sit on a wheeled base that attaches to a long handle. The user can direct the saw’s motion and control the power output to the blade through controls on the handle instead of crawling along the ground for an accurate cut. However, walk-behind concrete saws are typically more expensive and aren’t suitable for small, precise cuts.
- Handheld concrete saws are most commonly used for DIY projects and precision cuts. They can range from small one-handed saws that weigh between 5 to 10 pounds to larger two-handed concrete saws that need a wheeled base to be used properly. In many cases, these saws can also be used for other materials, depending on the type of blade with which they are equipped.
A concrete saw is typically used for dry cutting, but some have built-in water feeds for wet cutting to pump water to the area where the saw is working.
- Dry cutting refers to cuts made in concrete, cement, stone, or other material without using a lubricant like water. This method creates a lot of dust, which can be harmful if it’s inhaled or if it gets in the user’s eyes. Dry cutting also wears out the blade at a faster pace, so it’s advised to use water while cutting concrete whenever possible.
- Wet cutting is a great way to extend the life of the saw and the saw blades. By adding water to the area where the saw is cutting, the dust produced is trapped, reducing the potential inhalation hazard. The water also acts as a lubricant, cooling the blade and allowing it to move more freely through the concrete.
Depth of Cut
Consider how deep the concrete saw and the blade it comes with can cut. Some hard materials, like paving stones and tile, aren’t very thick, so a saw with a deep cut isn’t necessary. However, if the saw will be used for working on paved driveways, roadways, or sidewalks, it would be better to invest in a heavy-duty walk-behind concrete saw with a deep cut.
Depending on the project, the best option for speed, accuracy, and precision is likely a combination between a large concrete saw that can make broad cuts quickly, and a compact saw for corner cuts and angled cuts. Look for a concrete saw with an adjustable depth setting for better precision and control while working.
Most concrete saws are made with one purpose in mind: cut through concrete and other hard materials. However, some products take it a step further by including features that make the saw much more convenient. Ergonomic handles with rubberized or textured grips are easier to hold and control; they can also reduce sound and vibration through the tool.
Look for features that help with clean-up, like a built-in vacuum port for dust collection or a wet cutting system that traps dust. Heavy concrete saws may come with a wheeled base that lets them move freely just off the ground while the blade cuts through the concrete. For precise cuts, however, a lightweight and compact saw that can be held in just one hand is the best option because it’s easier to grip and manipulate.
Many concrete saw models are powered through a long electrical cord or attached with an extension cord. This gives constant power to the saw so cuts aren’t interrupted, but it can be a hassle to constantly worry about the tripping hazard posed by the cable.
For a more portable tool, look for gas or battery-powered concrete saws. Gas concrete saws are known for their outstanding power, but they can take time to start up and will produce fumes while in use. Battery-powered tools don’t have the same level of power output as gas saws. Still, they start instantly at the push of a button, and they are typically more comfortable to carry, manipulate, and control for better precision.
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The Trick to Cutting Concrete is Choosing the Right Saw
When it comes to concrete construction jobs, choosing the right concrete cutting saw is key to getting the job done right. Whether that job calls for cutting out Windows and doorways, cutting through floor slabs and walls, cleaning out or replacing control joints, drilling perfectly round holes or even cutting straight lines and decorative designs into concrete, there’s a concrete cutting tool specifically designed to get the job done.
Walk-Behind Concrete Saws
Operated much like a lawnmower, walk-behind concrete saws are generally used for sidewalks, driveways, basement and warehouse flooring and even asphalt. They offer much higher horsepower and faster cutting than their handheld counterparts, with blade sizes ranging anywhere between 14 to 32 inches, like this heavy-duty walk-behind air saw featuring 20 inches of blade capacity.
You’ll also find a few different types of walk-behind concrete saws, including early-entry, joint clean-out and crack-chasing saws. Early-entry concrete saws are designed to be much lighter than conventional sawing equipment so they can be used on younger concrete, often as early as the concrete has set.
For jobs that call for cleaning out control joints or routing out cracks, opt for a joint clean-out or a crack-chasing saw. Join clean-out saws are designed for cleaning out existing joints, preparing new joints or removing deteriorating joint material, and can also be used for removing epoxy, polyurea and polyurethane joint filling material. Crack-chasing saws, like the CC-100 model from U.S.SAWS, are ideal for jobs that require routing out random cracks in concrete or asphalt surfaces prior to filling with sealant.
Handheld Concrete Saws
As the name suggests, handheld saws are operated by hand, making them more lightweight and portable than walk-behind saws. They are often best used for smaller jobs, like cutting wall openings, or for quick cuts that don’t require a certain level of accuracy. Handheld concrete saws are further categorized into two different types: chainsaws and hand saws.
When it comes to making plunge-cuts for creating joints, cutting out Windows and doorways and cutting through floor slabs and walls, the concrete chainsaw is a major contender. Designed to be used just like a wood-cutting chainsaw, these handheld saws use specially designed chains for cutting through concrete, including standard concrete chains used for dry-sawing, like the TwinMAX-32 Plus from U.S.Saws, and diamond chains used for wet-sawing, like the 20″ ProForce Concrete Diamond Chain. In terms of power options, you’ll find plenty to choose from, including heavy-duty gas-powered models like this beauty or like this beauty and air-powered chainsaws like this model by U.S.SAWS.
Concrete Hand Saws
Also known as cut-off saws, concrete hand saws are often the go-to tool for most concrete cutting jobs. Available in gas, hydraulic, electric and air-powered models, concrete hand saws are preferred for their speed, portability and accessibility. Air-powered hand saws, like this model from U.S.SAWS, serve as an environmentally-friendly and safe alternative to their gas-powered counterparts but also deliver less power. For jobs that require exceptional power, a gas-powered concrete hand saw is the way to go, like this Husqvarna K1260-14 7.8hp Saw featuring an impressive 7.8 HP output and 14-inch blade guard.
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Types of Concrete Saw Blades
In addition to choosing the right saw for the job, another trick to concrete cutting is choosing the right blade for the job. Just chainsaws, concrete hand saws can be used for both dry-sawing and wet-sawing, and each method requires a specific type of blade.
Designed to prevent overheating during dry-cutting. abrasive blades are commonly used for jobs requiring shallow, intermittent cutting and are the preferred choice for indoor jobs due to easy cleanup. However, they also reduce in size with continued use, making them better suited for smaller jobs.
Unlike abrasive blades, diamond blades do not reduce in size with continuous usage, making them ideal for bigger jobs but prone to overheating and unsuitable for dry-sawing. Best used for wet-sawing, diamond blades feature layered segments of diamond particles that drop off with each use to reveal a fresh row of particles until the blade is ready to be replaced. They’re often preferred for their precise cutting abilities, durability and minimal dust production with the wet-sawing technique, but also require more clean-up due to the sludge-like mixture accumulated by dust and water.
Concrete Cutting Tools
Some concrete cutting jobs require a tool with a specific set of skills. For example, a concrete hand saw could be an option for cutting straight lines or etching designs into concrete, but would also require extremely steady hands and a high level of accuracy. And when it comes to cutting perfectly round holes into concrete, none of the aforementioned concrete saws are fit for the job. This is where core drillers and decorative concrete saws come in.
Concrete Core Drillers
When the job calls for running cable lines, HVAC ducting and sprinkler systems through concrete structures, a concrete core driller is the best tool for the job. Specifically designed to cleanly drill holes into concrete, these handy tools come in a few different options, including electric-powered models like this high precision drilling machine from U.S.SAWS, and cordless models like the Cordless Core EZ Kit, complete with batteries, a battery charger, a gearbox and wheeled case for easy portability.
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Concrete cutting saws aren’t the only tools to consider when planning a construction job. When it comes to grinding down uneven concrete slabs, leveling out joints, removing stubborn glue, smoothing and polishing surfaces, or even cleaning industrial contaminants, a concrete grinder is another solid investment. Learn more in our guide to choosing the right concrete grinder.