Step cutting entails the operator making incremental cuts in the concrete to progressively work toward the desired depth. The step cutting process starts with an initial cut at a safe, shallow depth and then cutting the same line multiple times until reaching the desired depth of cut instead of forcing the saw to make a deep cut in one pass.
With a walk-behind or self-propelled saw, cutting the desired depth in one pass can be unsafe, cause blade damage and produce incorrect cuts. Encouraging rental customers and contractors to step cut can be better for the machine, increase blade life and help get their desired results safely.
By easing the saw into the cut, the operator is less likely to damage the blade or the machine, which ultimately protects the user. The number of steps depends on application variables, such as the material being cut, saw size, and needed depth and width.