Diamond wire cutting and diamond wire sawing is a flexible tool for masonry, reinforced concrete and steel, iron, aluminium and various forms of metal cutting. It allows almost any large concrete or masonry structure to be cut where other methods are not feasible. It is an ideal tool for cutting and removing reinforced concrete, such as bridge sections, jetties, columns or beams. Diamond wire cutting and diamond wire sawing is particularly useful when extremely thick and/or awkward shapes need cutting. The diamond beaded wire is wrapped around the structure and effectively cuts through the aforementioned material via the wire sawing assembly and pack which would be powered by electricity, petrol or diesel.
An experienced engineer sets up the diamond wire saw by feeding the wire through a series of pulleys, once fed they would take up the tension in the wire to suit the operating engineers requirements. Once positioned, the diamond wire is pulled and rotated around the object at 25 linear meters per second. This enables the diamond beads attached to the diamond wire to cut the material as it is pulled through. The wire is cooled and flushed by free flowing water at all times, this helps to ensure ease of cutting to minimize overheating whilst in operation. As the wire is pulled through the object, any excess wire is stored on to a series of pulleys and stacked within the looping system.
There are several key uses for wire sawing and cutting making it a very desirable tool in the deconstruction sector.