Learning About Heavy Construction Equipment

Understanding The Water Needs Of Your Rented Masonry Saw

A construction equipment rental is a wonderful way to complete do-it-yourself home repair and remodeling projects without having to invest a lot of money in specialty tools that you may never use again. However, every piece of construction equipment that you rent will have its own operating requirements and quirks that you need to be aware of. When it comes to rented wet masonry saws, many of their biggest quirks are issues related to the water needs of the saw. A continuous stream of water is required to cool their diamond blades, and this means that you need to understand how to keep this water clean and flowing well.

Here is the information that you need to know about the water needs of your rented masonry saw and how you can position it for the least amount of hassles possible:

Frequent Refills of Water Required

While your rented masonry saw claims to recirculate water, in reality, much of the water is ejected out of the back of the saw as the blade spins around. For this reason, wet saws use a lot of water and require access to a place to refill their water trays. Locating your rented saw near a tap or within reach of your garden hose will greatly reduce the amount of work necessary for you to keep enough water inside of the saw. Otherwise, you will be lugging a bucket of water to your saw on a regular basis to keep it full of water.

Water Kicks Out Behind the Saw

Wet saws cool their diamond blades by running a steady stream of water down over their blades while they are cutting. As the blade spins, it naturally kicks water out of the back of the saw, and occasionally when you are cutting it may spray out of the sides of the saw. Included in this spraying water are clay particles from the cut masonry products. The combination of water and clay particles will create a slippery, clay-like mess around the area where you operate the saw.

For a quicker clean up and to protect your belongings from damage, use the wet saw outdoors over a bare patch of land. If you do not have this type of work area available, then you need to liberally tarp the area where you will be working. Placing a towel on the tarp will help to absorb some of the water and make your clean up process a bit easier.

Clean the Saw Well Before Returning It

Finally, when you are finished using the wet masonry saw, you need to remove the water tray, water pump filter, and cutting plate. Each of these pieces needs to be hosed off and scrubbed clean with a soft brush to remove any clay stuck to them. Allow the pieces to completely air dry and wipe them clean before returning the saw to the construction equipment rental store.