A New Contractor's Guide To Starting A Concrete Sawing Business

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If you are a newly licensed contractor who is thinking about starting a concrete sawing business of your own, then there are many things you will need to consider.

For example, you need to have a plan for the:

  • services your business will offer
  • equipment your business needs
  • residential or commercial services your business will perform

In addition, you will need to decide if your business is willing to haul away the cut concrete from demolition jobs. This extra step can cost you time, labor, and gas for hauling the material to the local recycling center. However, offering this service might be the difference between getting a lot of jobs or being passed over for another company willing to go this extra mile for their clients. Think long and hard before rejecting the idea of hauling off the concrete you have cut.

Your Concrete Sawing Business Services Offered

The most common services offered by concrete sawing businesses are:

  • safety grooving
  • concrete polishing
  • angle cutting
  • wall cutting
  • concrete slab cutting
  • dry sawing
  • wet sawing

In addition, some concrete sawing contractors take jobs which involve cutting concrete for:

  • plumbing replacement
  • sewer installation
  • parking lot changes
  • curb cutting
  • demolition

Also, many concrete cutters offer specialized cutting for overhangs and walls that need to be cut with specialized hydraulic wet saws.

Equipment Needed for Your New Business

For your new concrete cutting business, you will need to purchase concrete saws of each of the following types:

  • electrical
  • air powered
  • hydraulic

For each saw, you will need a wide variety of different blade sizes. Commercial concrete cutting jobs can use blades up to 64 inches.

Offering Residential and/or Commercial Cutting Services

Another decision that you will have to make is whether or not you will offer residential and commercial cutting services. Commercial jobs will be the higher paying options, but residential work can be very rewarding for other reasons. Even though residential cutting isn't going to make you wealthy, there is a wonderful sense of accomplishment and community that you will feel when you are able to help out the members of your community with their concrete needs.


By understanding which services to offer, what tools your new business needs, and who your customers will be, you are well on your way to having a successful concrete sawing business. If you have additional questions about starting your own sawing business, then you should speak with a business adviser or other concrete sawing business owner.


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