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When You Should Cut Dry vs. When To Cut Wet Concrete

Cutting concrete is a complex task that requires precision and accuracy to ensure the best outcome. Whether you’re looking to cut indoors or outdoors, there are two main methods: dry cutting and wet cutting. Not sure which one you should use? In this blog post, we’ll explore when you should cut concrete dry versus cut it wet.

Dry Cutting Concrete

Dry cutting is a method of cutting concrete that doesn’t rely on using water to cool the tool down. Most use this technique when there is limited access to a consistent water system, such as when working indoors or performing intermittent tasks that only require short work periods.

Pros and Cons of Dry Cutting

Dry cutting blades tend to last longer than wet cutting blades since there is no liquid to corrode or wear down the blade’s edges. Instead, dry cutting uses air to cool itself down, and as a result, the blades usually last longer.

One of the biggest cons of dry cutting is that it produces dust, which can be hazardous if inhaled, making it necessary to use a dust extractor during these kinds of cuts.

Wet Cutting Concrete

Wet cutting concrete is often preferable when working with thicker materials or for heavier-duty tasks. Most use this cutting method when dealing with concrete that’s more than four inches thick. The combination of water and diamond-tipped blades helps to provide cleaner and smoother cuts.

This cutting method also helps to reduce dust particles from becoming airborne, which is hazardous to workers. Additionally, wet cutting provides a higher degree of accuracy since the diamond blade and water make it easier to control the cut even on curved or irregularly shaped surfaces.

Pros and Cons of Wet Cutting

One major advantage of wet cutting is its increased accuracy. When using a dry cut saw, friction between the blade and material can cause heat buildup, resulting in inaccurate results due to warping or burning of the material you cut.

On the other hand, one disadvantage to wet cutting is that it requires access to a reliable water source throughout the project’s duration. This means that wet cutting may not be an option if you are working in a place without plumbing or running water. 

Deciding Which Method To Use

Deciding when to cut concrete dry versus wet depends on the project. If you’re working in a place without plumbing, then dry cutting is often the best option, as there are no water sources available for wet cutting. However, wet cutting is ideal for working with thicker materials. Consult the manufacturer you buy or rent your machine from when in doubt about which method to use.


At EDCO, we provide top-quality hardscape saws for dry or wet cutting. We firmly believe that all our customers should understand how to use these machines. For this reason, we have in-depth videos and tutorials explaining how to use all our products. Contact our team if you have additional questions about these tools or how to grind concrete.