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Selecting the best chain for your job
The purpose of this information is to allow you to make informed decisions based on the science behind cutting rocks and concrete. By providing this information, CESSCO Inc. is not endorsing or recommending solutions to your specific job.

The Science of rock and concrete cutting.

  • Know your equipment: Diamond cutting tools are designed for the equipment they are meant to support. ICS utilizes different bond formula's and diamond mixtures for each line of chains sold.
  • What is being cut: Rocks and concrete consists of various minerals with specific properties. Understanding the Mohs Scale of Hardness allows you to more accurately select the best chain for your job and what to expect when cutting. The more you research this scale the more accurate your chain selection should be, a good place to start is About.com Additional information can be found in their Identification Key for Rock-Forming Minerals.

TwinMAX Series Chains for Gas Saws

TwinMAX Series Diamond Chain
The TwinMAX series chains are most noted for their "Double Bumper" design. The metal triangles between each diamond segment act as bumpers and minimize any snagging that may occur when the diamond segments contact cutting materials. This makes these chains "user-friendly" by making it impossible to put the chain on backwards.
Chain Type
Soft Stone and Abrasive Brick
Natural Stone
Medium Concrete with Light Rebar
Hard Concrete with Heavy Reinforcement
TwinMAX
Yes
Best
TwinMAX Plus
Yes
Yes
Best
TwinMAX Abrasive
Best

TwinMAX Series Chain Definitions:

  • TwinMAX - A general purpose chain designed for everyday use. Used in 90% of cutting gobs. This chain is designed to be affordable and user freindly.
  • TwinMAX Plus - Built to tackle harder materials and more steel, is the best chain for Hard Reinforced Concrete and other hard materials.
  • TwinMAX Abrasive - A special diamond concentration and harder bond make this diamond chain perfect for cutting through highly abrasive aggregate like brick and sandstone. Note: Harder bonds like those in Abrasive chains do not expose diamonds quickly enough to be efficient in concrete or other hard materials.

TwinPRO Series Chain for the 814PRO Hydrualic Saw

Chain Type
Soft Stone and Abrasive Brick
Natural Stone
Medium Concrete with Light Rebar
Hard Concrete with Heavy Reinforcement
TwinPRO
Yes
Best
The chains shown below were designed for Gas Saws. However, the 25 segment versions will fit your 814PRO Hydraulic Saw and may provide better value in some cutting siguations.
TwinMAX
Yes
Yes
TwinMAX Plus
Yes
Yes
Yes
TwinMAX Abrasive
Best

TwinPRO Series Chain Definitions:

  • TwinPRO - A great general purpose chain that offers the same easy installationas the TwinMAX Series, but upgraded for professional cutting.
  • MAX Series - Although not designed for this saw the TwinMAX Series chains with 25 segments may be used on this saw for select applications.

ProFORCE Series Chain for the 695F4 & 880F4 Saws

Chain Type
Soft Stone and Abrasive Brick
Natural Stone
Medium Concrete with Light Rebar
Hard Concrete with Heavy Reinforcement
ProFORCE
Yes
Best
ProFORCE L
Yes
yes
yes
ProFORCE S
Yes
Yes
yes
ProFORECE Abrasive
Best

ProFORCE Series Chain Definitions:

  • ProFORCE - All purpose chain that excels in everyday use.
  • ProFORCE L - A premium chain designed for Longer Life
  • ProFORCE S - A premium chain designed for Speed. Faster cutting.
  • ProFORCE Abrasive - A specific bond designed to hold up against soft abrasive material.

Chain Life - Tips and reasonable expectations

ICS has published these factors that affect chain life:

  • Aggregate hardness
  • Concrete age
  • Amount of Reinforcement
  • Operator experience
  • Direction of cut

The primary factor that you can influence is operator experience. The best thing you can do to gain experience is research. To the right is the ICS Cutting Tip Sheet. Awareness of these factors and following the ICS recommended tips will help keep your overall costs down.

Factors that affect chain life
Plunge Cut Diagragm
  • Always start with a Plunge Cut (insert the saw "nose" first into a wall)
  • Cutting downward is the most efficient way to cut. Insert the "Wall Walker" into the cut and use as a pivot to create force by pulling up on the handle.
  • Never start a cut from the top of a wall.
  • Listen for a reduction in RPM's - A 20% to 30% reduction in RPM's is the most efficient for cutting speed and chain life.
  • Keep steady firm pressure on the saw as the chain is cutting. This will prevent chain bounce and chattering and help extend the diamond life. Minimize arm motions.

Cutting Distance Expectations

Cutting distance is measured in Inch Feet. To calculate the inch feet of a given job first measure the distance to be cut in feet and then multiply by the depth of cut in inches:

Depth of cut in inches multiplied by length of cut.

  • Total Distance to be cut: 20 Feet
    • The top cut is 3 Feet
    • The bottom cut is 3 Feet
    • The Left side cut is 7 Feet
    • The Right side cut is 7 Feet
  • Total Depth on all sides: 8 Inches

8 Inch depth multiplied by 20 foot distance = 160 in-ft.

Inch Feet Concept Illustration
Chain Life Estimates

This information is for comparative purposes only. Not to be used to bid jobs.