When most people think about diamonds, the first thing that comes to mind is the expensive jewellery they see in stores near them. However, did you know that this material is great for the tools you need when you take on a construction project? Diamond is one of the hardest materials, and that attribute makes it handy in building projects. Tools made from diamond are effective at smoothening, cutting, drilling and abrading and various surfaces. Here is the information you need to learn about the diamond tools you can use for your construction projects:
Categories of Diamond Tools
Choosing the right diamond tools for your project requires a good understanding of the methods used to manufacture or bond them into what they are. Categorizing the tools in this manner classifies them as the following:
Resin-bonded tools — The manufacturer uses special bonding powder to bind these tools together. Concrete polishing pads used for polishing cement surfaces are an example of the resin-bonded diamond tools.
Ceramic-bonded tools — Ceramic tools bonded using ceramic materials such as glass or ceramic powder. The ceramic bonds give the tools excellent chemical stability, high brittleness and minimal elastic deformation. These kinds of tools are ideal when you are working with mixtures of materials that can damage tools through chemical abrasions.
High-temperature brazed tools — Making brazed diamond tools involves amalgamating packs of polycrystalline diamonds under high temperatures. The tools made using this method have robust solder bonds. They are suitable for heavy-duty applications such as removal of tiles and demolishing a concrete floor.
The Tools and What They Can Do
Polycrystalline cutting tool (PCD tools) — PCD tools are made through high-temperature applications. The process precedes polishing to a mirror finish and cutting the edges using electrical discharge machines. PCD tools are ideal for abrading your metal finishes such as aluminium rails.
Concave diamond blades — When you want unique shapes and finishes to your surfaces, concave blades should top the list of tools to use. They are effective for creating curves into countertops or installing sinks and decorative sculptures.
Tuck pointers — Tuck pointers are thick diamond blades that can cut through layers of concrete. You need them for grinding concrete surfaces and replacing mortar in damaged sections of your structure.
Crack chasers — These are a set of thick V-shaped blades that you can use to repair cracked concrete and stone surfaces. You need to make the incision large enough before replacing the old concrete with a new mixture.