Best DEKTON® Diamond Blades
When it comes to cutting ultracompact surfaces, fabricators seek diamond tooling that designed specifically for cutting these types of surfaces. Even very dense materials like porcelain and ceramic can require special cutting equipment. It stand to reason then that DEKTON® would need a very tailored tool set. In this post, we are going to analyze some of the features of DEKTON® surfaces and consider some blades that have been specifically designed for use on this material that seems to be taking the stone industry by storm.
What is DEKTON®?
That question is among the top questions that people want to get an answer to when it comes to this new, high-end material. DEKTON® is a material produced by Cosentino (the same company that produces Silestone), but DEKTON® is different from Silestone. In fact, this material is different from virtually all other materials.
To see what DEKTON® is, why not go right to the source? Here is a quote from the Dekton website:
DEKTON is a sophisticated blend of the raw materials used to produce the very latest in glass and porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz work surfaces.
Using an exclusive process dubbed TSP, DEKTON® is produced. This technology accelerates the natural process that causes metamorphic change in materials to produce natural stone. The result is an extremely durable surface that is ultra-compact and which is known as DEKTON®. So that’s what DEKTON® is, now what do you cut it with?
Diamond Blades Made for Cutting DEKTON®
Since the material is so hard, it requires tools designed for working with it. When you look for tools approved for DEKTON® you will find a selection of blades that will work for cutting it and they will range in price. Let’s take a look at some blades though, that have been approved by Cosentino to cut DEKTON®
Tenax DEKTON® Bridge Saw Blade
One of the primary features you will be concerned with getting in a DEKTON® blade is an excellent quality rating. However, you also want a blade that offers a a high feed speed. This is because your production rate has a direct impact on your shop’s profitability. Additionally, there are other profit reducers like the ones mentioned in this article, but slow cut times can add up. The 14″ and 16″ DEKTON® Bridge Saw Blades from Tenax offer a high feed speed to go along with the quality.
Tenax DEKTON® Blade Specs
Here are the specifications for the these Tenax diamond bridge saw blades for DEKTON®:
|Feed Speed FT/Minute
In fact, the top rated blades in the list of bridge saw blades approved by Cosentino to use on DEKTON® include these.
Weha’s DEKTON® Blade
Perhaps best known for its White Lion Quartzite bridge saw blades, Weha also offers an array of DEKTON® bridge saw blades and other blades too. The bridge saw blades are available in the following sizes:
- 14″ Dekton Blade
- 16″ Dekton Blade
- 18″ Dekton Blade
Weha focused on performance rather than price when designing these bridge saw blades. The website makes the following statement at the time of this post:
There are a wide variety of prices out there for Dekton Bridge Saw Blades. Weha set aside a price target. We didn’t build a blade with the idea of being the cheapest. Instead, we focused on quality, longevity, and the best cut that can be made on Dekton, Neolith, and other materials. Weha felt that focusing on creating the best cutting and longest lasting Dekton Blade was by far the most important job we needed to do for fabricators cutting these materials.
The website also goe on to say that these DEKTON® blades will yield 10%-20% more life than other blades you will find in about the same price range. So, these too, might be blades that you want to consider if you are looking for a good all around performing bridge saw blade for DEKTON®
Small DEKTON® Diamond Blades
Along with the bridge saw blades, fabrication professionals make use of good quality turbo blades geared toward cutting DEKTON® materials. And, as we mentioned before Weha offers many diamond blades. Furthermore, included in the selection are the smaller R-Mesh Turbo Blades for DEKTON® and other hard materials. These blades are available in the following sizes:
So whether you are in need of a bridge saw blade, or a smaller turbo blade, there are plenty of options out there from which to choose. There are also a variety of resources available to help you get information about fabricating Dekton. One such resource is the DEKTON® Mastidek website.
The main thing to keep in mind is that in order to excel at any craft, you need: 1) Good tooling, 2) Accurate knowledge, and 3) Great skills. All of these are available with a little bit of research and reading.