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JohnMarko
Masonry/Concrete Saw
JohnMarko

I am in the midst of setting brick pavers in the yard.

I am seeking a small, handheld, 4 inch diameter circular masonry/concrete saw that I see used on various home remodeling shows, especially those used when setting brick pavers.

Does anyone know of a model of this type of saw or what is the technical/proper name for these saws, or of any particular manufacturers of such saws?

These saws can cut thru brick, lath & stucco, etc. to make accurate cuts and joints.

Thanks in advance.

dj1
Re: Masonry/Concrete Saw
dj1

It's known as angle saw or grinder.

Every saw mfg out there has a few models to choose from.

I had a Makita grinder ($75), it did wonders, but then it was stolen on a job.

Now I have one from Harbor Freight ($12 after coupon and other discounts), it does wonders and nobody wants to steal it.

A. Spruce
Re: Masonry/Concrete Saw
A. Spruce
dj1 wrote:

Now I have one from Harbor Freight ($12 after coupon and other discounts), it does wonders and nobody wants to steal it.

Why would somebody steal something they wouldn't want to use?!?!? :eek::p:cool:

A. Spruce
Re: Masonry/Concrete Saw
A. Spruce
JohnMarko wrote:

I am seeking a small, handheld, 4 inch diameter circular masonry/concrete saw that I see used on various home remodeling shows, especially those used when setting brick pavers.

Does anyone know of a model of this type of saw or what is the technical/proper name for these saws, or of any particular manufacturers of such saws?

As was DJ said, it is an angle grinder. There are many different types of discs you can put on one, so have a solid idea of the kinds of things you'll likely tackle with it, then get a model that will suit those needs. Case in point, the other day someone was asking about a model that could accommodate cutoff wheels, the difference being that their grinder could only handle the cup style attachments, it couldn't utilized flat wheels. To this end, choosing a model that can do both will solve virtually all your future problems. I've got a Dewalt, it can handle both styles of blade, as well as wire wheels, etc.

I'm not a proponent of cheap tools, for many reasons, quality and safety are two of the biggest. Buying a good quality tool does NOT necessarily mean expensive, simply choosing a good brand name, with the features you need will suffice. Dewalt and B&D are essentially the same tool, Dewalt is the "better" grade, B&D is the DIY grade. Makita is also a good brand, though there are others. Personally I'd stay away from Ryobi, Rigid, and Harbor Freight power tools, at least if you value a tool that will last, be accurate, and serviceable.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Masonry/Concrete Saw
Sombreuil_mongrel

A 4" angle grinder will not cut through pavers, it will not even cut through 1 1/4' flagstone. You need at least a 6" blade for flagstone, but realistically, a 14" gas-powered saw. The small grinder can be used to "detail" other cuts.

A. Spruce
Re: Masonry/Concrete Saw
A. Spruce
Sombreuil_mongrel wrote:

A 4" angle grinder will not cut through pavers, it will not even cut through 1 1/4' flagstone. You need at least a 6" blade for flagstone, but realistically, a 14" gas-powered saw. The small grinder can be used to "detail" other cuts.

For the most part, you don't need to cut through, just a good and deep score line for the paver to break along. If the cut is to be a finished end, then, yes, it needs to be cut through, otherwise no. If the OP does need a cut of up to 3", then a regular power saw with a diamond blade will do the trick. Ideally, a wet saw would be used, which would both cut through the stone and minimize dust. A wet saw can be rented.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Masonry/Concrete Saw
Mastercarpentry

I use a 'junker' skilsaw with a 7" diamond blade for things like this. The dust will eat up saw bearings which is why I use a junker. Blades are cheap enough at the big-box stores, and Harbor Freight may have them. They do make a hand-held tile saw for this but a setup like mine is a lot more versatile and useful for other jobs.

Phil

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