Concrete saws are power tools used for cutting grooves into concrete, as well as masonry, brick, asphalt, and other hard materials, in order to prevent cracking. Concrete saws are also used in cases where pipes or wires need to pass through the floor, or to access pipes and sewage systems beneath floors.
Concrete saws come in various sizes. Smaller, hand-held models are often used by DIY home improvement enthusiasts, and are also used by professionals to create decorative cuts and to access hard to reach places. Larger concrete saws, like self-propelled, push walk-behind, wall, and diamond wire saws are more appropriate for use in industrial applications like roadwork and demolitions. Traditional concrete saws utilize circular diamond saw blades. Concrete chainsaws, on the other hand, are similar to wood-cutting chainsaws but have diamond segments incorporated into the chain, making them suitable for cutting concrete. Concrete chainsaws can create square edges, which concrete saws with circular blades cannot do, and are useful for creating uncommon cuts.
Dewalt, MK Diamond, Makita, and Bosch are some of the better-known brands of concrete saws. Business.com has a list of manufacturers and distributors of concrete saws and diamond saw blades, as well as other types of construction equipment.