A stone saw is a type of circular saw, which is a type of power-saw that uses an abrasive or toothed blade or disc to cut different materials. A stone saw, obviously, is designed to cut through stone. They are most commonly used at construction sites to help cut through concrete or other pavement, or on residential landscaping sites to cut through patio pavers.
Bosch is one of the most popular stone saw brands on the market today. The 10 inch Wet Tile and Stone Saw is one of the best reviewed saws; it offers an expanded rear and side extension water trays to help prevent overspray and optimize water retention. For handheld stone saws, you can’t beat the Partner K950. This model offers a tremendous amount of torque, and is one of the lighter handheld saws available. Wacker is another popular brand of stone saw.
Using a stone saw to cut stone can be a tricky task if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Luckily, it is possible for almost anyone to learn to cut stone if they can adequately work a stone saw. To start, mark a line on the stone where you wish to cut, using either chalk or a pencil. Make it as precise as possible. Place the stone on a solid and even surface, such as a flat piece of wood. Having patience is essential. It can take a while to cut through a stone, so it is important not to get impatient and rush it, which could lead to a mistake or injury. Apply only light pressure on the saw as you cut, because using too much pressure may affect the quality of the cut.
Safety Features & Guidelines
Before you start using a stone saw, it is extremely important to take the necessary safety precautions. Make sure you are wearing appropriate safety goggles, or preferably, a face shield. You should also wear a dust mask, because cutting stone can cause a lot of dust to appear. Wear thick clothing and protective gloves. You may also want to wear hearing protection, because the stone saw can become extremely loud. You also want to ensure that the blade you have selected is sharp enough to do the job. Always make sure the area where you are working is clear of any potential hazards, and perhaps most importantly, clear of people. Unfortunately for southpaws, circular stone saws are designed for right-hand operation. If you are left-handed, you will need to operate the saw with even more precaution.
Pros & Cons
There are several different types of stone saw, each with its own pros and cons. Cordless circular saws are great because you do not need an outlet near your work area to use the saw.
They come with either a gas or battery-powered engine. Having a jerry can of gas or an extra battery means you should be able to use the saw all day. Using a saw with a cord, however, means you don’t need to have these extra batteries or cans of gas, which means you have unlimited power. This is especially convenient if there is an outlet relatively close to where you are working. They also tend to offer more power than cordless saws.