Which Walk Behind Concrete Saws is Right for You?

Core Cut Concrete Saws

When it comes to selecting the right walk behind concrete cutting saw there are a lot of important considerations including: costs (upfront, operating, repair), capacities/speed, reliability, features, maneuverability just to name a few. Below we’ve highlight a couple of what we think are very good options from a Small to X-Large size Walk Behind Saws for cutting concrete or asphalt.

TOP PICK – SMALL WALK BEHIND SAW

Cut Core CC1211

The Core Cut CC1200 series small concrete saw, from Diamond Products is an extremely portable, robust, small concrete push saw that gives medium saw performance and output at a price that makes it pretty easy to get into a walk behind saw.

It can be taken out of a trailer or a pick-up truck with a ramp by just a single person. Two people can lift it out of a truck and carry it up or down stairs as required for your job. It has a lifting bale for easy lifting using a backhoe, fork truck overhead crane. The CC1211H-18 (configured with an 18” Blade) at $2298 dollars, it is a great choice for the contractor who is just getting started, has light to medium duty applications or a government agency with a small budget. There’s not a saw out there with so many features and such high quality with a Honda engine that is priced so low.

The CC1211H saw has a Honda GX390 gasoline engine, rated at 11.7 horse power or 19.5 foot pounds of torque. It’s very powerful yet extremely fuel efficient. The engine is protected by an advanced cyclone air filter for maximum engine protection. There just isn’t an engine in this class that compares for value, power or dependability.

This Core Cut saw features maximum versatility. It will saw up to 4-5/8” deep with a 14” blade, 5-5/8” deep with a 16” blade and 6-5/8” with an 18” blade. This saw is sold standard with an 18” slip on blade guard and is available with an optional 14” slip on guard. The screw feed allows for infinitely variable depth and has an easy to read built in depth indicator as well. The blade guard and blade can be mounted on either the right or left side for sawing in tight or difficult to reach areas. The heavy duty handles are bolted down for reduced vibration but are adjustable to meet any operator’s needs. The saw can be used dry, or wet using a garden hose, and has a 7.5 optional water tank for dust control.

This saw can be used in cured concrete tear out and repairs or next day green concrete sawing. The saw is ideal for parking lot and light to medium duty asphalt roadway repairs as well. When you need an economical concrete or asphalt saw that has maximum versatility and is extremely portable, choose the Core Cut CC1211H-18 concrete saw. It is the best value for power and dependability in its class.

TOP PICK – MEDIUM WALK BEHIND SAW

Cut Core CC2522

The Core Cut CC2500 series medium concrete saw, from Diamond Products is a powerful, medium sized self-propelled concrete saw that gives medium to large saw performance and output at a mid-range price. It is loaded with features including the highly reliable Honda engine which is very powerful yet has moderate fuel consumption, and can be used in a wide range of contractor and industrial applications.

At 685 pounds, it can be taken out of a trailer or a pick-up truck with a ramp by just a single person while leaving room and weight capacity for a water tank. It has a lifting bale for easy lifting using an overhead crane, fork lift or loader. The CC2522H-26 (26” Blade Configuration) with a price starting at $9450 is an optimal pick for industrial and road contractors as well as municipal and utility agencies looking to do their own work. There’s not a saw out there that meets the needs of so many different types of contractors yet is equipped with a Honda engine that delivers such value.

The Honda GX690 gasoline engine is rated at 22.1 horse power or 35.6 foot pounds of torque. It’s quite powerful yet very fuel efficient. The engine is protected by an advanced cyclone air filter system for maximum engine life. There just isn’t an engine in this class that competes for price, horse power or reliability.

This Core Cut mid-range saw is loaded with features and is extremely versatile. It will saw up to 4-5/8” deep with a 14” blade, 7-5/8” deep with a 20” blade and an incredible 10-5/8” deep with a 26” blade. This saw is sold standard with a 26” slip on blade guard and is available with optional 14” and 20” slip on guards. This saw includes a screw feed raise and lower system for precise depth control and a dash mounted depth indicator for improved operator control. The saw features self-propelled operation with an Eaton transmission and two position handle bars for increased operator comfort. The blade guard and blade can be mounted on either the right or left side for sawing in difficult to reach or tight areas. The rigid high strength 3/16” steel box frame results in better saw tracking and reduced vibration. The saw is generally used with water, but may be used in dry applications with the correct type of blade.

This saw can be used for cured concrete tear out and repairs or next day green concrete sawing. It’s great for high steel industrial applications with depths of up to 10-5/8”. The saw is great for higher production parking lot and roadway patch work. Handle demanding medium to large duty sawing applications with the Core Cut CC2522H concrete saw.  It delivers the highest productivity, value and dependability in its class.

TOP PICK – LARGE WALK BEHIND SAW

Cut Core CC3540

The Core Cut CC3500 series large concrete saw from Diamond Products is a powerful, large sized self-propelled concrete saw that gives large saw performance and output at a mid-range price. It is loaded with features including the powerful Kohler Command engine which is extremely powerful yet has moderate fuel consumption, and can be used in a wide range of contractor and industrial applications.

At 1,040 pounds, it can be taken out of a trailer or a pick-up truck with a ramp by just a single person while leaving room and weight capacity for a water tank. It has a lifting bale for easy lifting using an overhead crane, fork lift or loader. The CC3540JK-30 (setup with 30” Blade) priced out at $13,998 is an outstanding pick for industrial and road contractors as well as municipal and utility agencies looking to do their own work. There’s not a large saw out there that meets the needs of so many different types of contractors but has the power of Kohler and the reliability of Core Cut.

The CC3540JK concrete saw has a Kohler Command CH1000 gasoline engine.  It is rated at 40 horse power. It is fuel efficient and very powerful. The saw has 30% more torque with its jackshaft design. The engine is protected by an advanced cyclone air filter system for maximum engine life. Choose the 40 horse power Kohler Command for the best choice for price, horse power and dependability.

This Core Cut large class saw is loaded with features and is extremely versatile. It will saw up to 4-5/8” deep with a 14” blade, 7-5/8” deep with a 20” blade, 10-5/8” deep with a 26” blade and 12-3/8” deep with a 30” blade. This saw is sold standard with a 30” slip on blade guard and is available with optional 14”, 20” and 26” slip on guards. This saw includes a hydraulic raise and lower system for precise depth control and a dash mounted depth indicator for improved operator control. The saw features self-propelled operation with an Eaton transmission and two position handle bars for increased operator comfort and safety. The blade guard and blade can be mounted on either the right or left side for sawing in difficult to reach or tight areas. The rigid high strength steel box frame is the strongest on the market and results in better saw tracking and reduced vibration. This saw has a rear pointer and a telescoping front pointer for accurate straight line sawing. Includes slip away blade flanges to make blade removal easy when blades get stuck. The saw is generally used with water, but may be used in dry applications with the correct type of blade.

This saw can be used for cured concrete tear out and repairs, traffic loop installations or next day green concrete sawing. It’s great for high steel industrial applications with depths of up to 10-5/8”.  Saw fits through a 30” door in spite of its large saw capabilities. This saw is great for high production parking lot and roadway patch work. Tackle demanding large duty sawing applications with the Core Cut CC3540JK-30 concrete saw.  It delivers the highest dependability, value and productivity in its class.

TOP PICK – X-LARGE WALK BEHIND SAW

Cut Core CC6566

A little over a year ago Diamond Products launched their latest full size saw the CC6566 series which has been a huge success. We won’t go into a lot of detail on this unit here because we also have a full post from the launch which covers most of the specifics, see here Diamond Products CC6566 Concrete Saw. This powerful 66HP unit features up to a 42” blade and in our discussion with folks that have now been running the saws for a year or more the single speed versions have pretty much been bulletproof. The three speed units have also performed very well however while the ability to dramatically changing the size of the blades has its advantages it also comes with a bit of a learning curve. Just something to keep in mind if you want to go that route.

When it comes to selecting the right concrete cutting saw the folks at Ohio Power Tool have several extremely knowledgeable people on staff with a lot of experience selling/using concrete saws and diamond blades. Give them a call with any questions 800-242-4424 about saw/ blade configurations, comparing models or any application specific questions, they will be more than helpful. They also will have most of these specific concrete saw options in stock and ready to ship out.

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  1. It’s nice to know that there are options to pick from when you need a concrete cutting machine. Though, I’m having a hard time imagining what you’d need to use that extra large machine for. Regardless of the situation, it seems like it’d be quite a beast to try to use.

  2. Jake White says:

    We are going to be tearing up some cement in my grandmother’s back yard this next weekend. The Core Cut CC1200 series seems like a good fit for us, as we will need some equipment that is both portable and robust. Thanks for sharing this information, as it seems like a good investment for our upcoming project.

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