Concrete Cutting Tools 101

A concrete sidewalk.

The thought of using concrete cutting tools can be very intimidating. Because they are high powered tools with the sole purpose of cutting through one of the hardest materials out there, you may think that there’s no way you can use them yourself, but you can.

Size Matters

A concrete driveway.

Depending on the job, you will have a few different size options when choosing the right concrete cutter. There are manual cutters, such as a hammer and chisel; handheld concrete cutters like a jackhammer; and large industrial-sized concrete tools including large rotary concrete cutting tools. If you are breaking up small amounts of concrete, then you can use either the manual tools or something a bit larger, like a jackhammer. Both of these are easy to use yourself.

Where to Buy Concrete Cutting Tools

A man lays concrete.

If it’s a one time job requiring the use of a concrete cutter, then you’ll probably want to rent one, rather than purchase it. Most machine rental businesses will have jackhammers for rent. Many home improvement stores also have a rental department where you can rent larger machinery such as a jackhammer.

If you are anticipating a lot of work requiring a concrete cutter, you may be better off buying your own. To save some money, check with rental companies since they sometimes sell off some of their tools and machinery.