Standard establishes diamond saw blade application codes

Standard establishes diamond saw blade application codes

Ron Holzhauer

Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association Standard CSDA-BC-107, “Blade Application Code for Diamond Saw Blades,” helps identify the intended use of the products. The standard, which is recognized and endorsed by the Masonry and Concrete Saw Manufacturers Institute, covers diamond saw blades 12 inches in diameter or larger.

The markings will be permanently imprinted on the blades with a stamp, laser, or similar process. The code format consists of three letters separated by dashes (X-X-X).

The first position will be a “W” or “D.” W indicates the blade is designed for wet use only, while a D blade indicates it is suitable for wet or dry applications.

The second position specifies the media type: C = cured concrete: G = green concrete: A = asphalt: O = asphalt over concrete: B = brick, block, masonries, and refractory: and T = tile, ceramic, and stone. If the blade has multiple applications, the second position indicates all the material codes it can cut.

The third position specifies the saw type: F = flat, W = wall, H = hand held, S = stationary, and M = masonry or tile.

CSDA President Ted Johnson reported that the new standard is available on the association’s Web site under the “Standards and Specs” section.

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