"Choosing the right cutting blade is just as important as choosing the right saw," writes Tools of the Trade senior editor Chris Ermides, and that universal advice proves especially true for cutting concrete, masonry and stone. But because diamond blades are less familiar to many residential contractors, and come in such a wide variety of sizes and performance levels, selecting the right blade might be difficult.

In this article, Ermides walks us through what makes a quality diamond blade work, and helps us match diamond blade choices to the materials we need to cut.

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