Mark Bruddy over at National Diamond Enterprises‘ blog has an excellent list of diamond blade safety tips. You might want to add them to the safety checklist that you run before working with any diamond blade. Bruddy’s tips, from his article Safety Tips for Using Diamond Tools, are reproduced below:
- Before using any diamond tool, you must ensure that the blades do not have any cracks or other damage. Damaged, mounted incorrectly or misused blades are extremely dangerous to use.
- Use safety equipment while you are working. For example, use safety boots, goggles, head protection helmets and proper respiratory equipment.
- Ensure that all the parts of the diamond tools are properly assembled. You must not use a blade that rattles on the equipment.
- Maintain a firm grip on the equipment while working on it. This would allow it to be in place while you are cutting stones or any other hard substance.
- Examine the blades properly beforehand to check that proper alignment is there. Checking it in advance would also ensure that it is free from any damage.
- Comply with the safety regulations provided by the manufacturer
- Always purchase diamond tools from a reputed manufacturer.
- Purchase a tool according to your cutting requirement. If you want the tool to perform bigger jobs, look for a tool that is mainly designed for bigger heavy duty tasks.