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How to Sharpen Diamond Saw Blades

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You need a sharp diamond saw blade if you want to have a nice, even cut. When your blade becomes dull after repeated usage, it not only makes cutting slower, it can also make your job dangerous. The saw could kick back on you, jump in material you are trying to cut or, worse, the saw could cut you instead. You can buy a new blade, or hire someone else to sharpen your blade, but why not do the job yourself?

Hook the water hose to a faucet and use a midrange level of water pressure. Have the water running over the brick or concrete block that you will cut into with the saw blade.

Turn your saw on. Carefully start cutting into the brick or concrete block. As the water runs over the material, it mixes with the ruminants produced by the saw. This turns into a paste-like slurry that is abrasive enough to sharpen the saw blade. As the blade continues to run through the material, it wears the blade down, exposing new diamonds.

  • You need a sharp diamond saw blade if you want to have a nice, even cut.
  • The saw could kick back on you, jump in material you are trying to cut or, worse, the saw could cut you instead.

Cut 2 inches into the brick or block. Be sure to wear eye protection to keep your eyes safe.

Repeat the above steps until the diamond saw blade is sharp. The number of times you will need to repeat the above steps depends the dullness of your blade and the abrasiveness of your brick, as well as how much water you use and the blade hardness.

Sharpen Gator Blades

Disconnect the spark plug of the mower. Tilt the mower body so that the air filter and carburetor remain up so that oil can't leak into them; this oil is what causes black clouds of smoke when starting the mower after working on it. This will prevent the blade from turning while you remove it. Most mowers will only have a single bolt. Once removed, slide the blade off of the mower and set the board aside. Examine the blade for cracks or other signs that it needs to be replaced. Put on gloves and eye protection, then turn on the bench grinder. Hold the blade at the angle of the cutting edge bevel, pressing it into the grinder in short intervals as you move the cutting edge to the side.

  • Cut 2 inches into the brick or block.
  • Tilt the mower body so that the air filter and carburetor remain up so that oil can't leak into them; this oil is what causes black clouds of smoke when starting the mower after working on it.
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