Wire saw applications - what can be cut with diamond wire?

Wire cutting is a historic way of separating materials by using abrasive (nowadays diamond-fitted) saw wires. Originally used in the natural stone sector, wire cutting has found its way into many areas due to its flexibility and large amount of possible uses, for example working on concrete, steel, brickstone, etc. Together with our partners, we are creating customized products made for standard or special applications. Due to our expertise our products are developed from an initial idea to a final technical solution according to the needs of our customers.


concete and reinforced concrete

Standards are high when it comes to using efficient cutting processes of massive materials.

We are producing machines, that, in combination with a high-quality diamond wire, ensure a precise and effective cutting result in concrete materials. Application range is high, for example to cut out simple things like a window opening, but also  difficult jobs in closed areas like the deconstruction of nuclear power plants or underwater cuts. This is where you need the most reliable devices available!

We have a special expertise in applications such as circular, horizontal or plunge cutting. In many cases, it is only possible to get the highest precision by using a wire saw.


Recently, diamond wires have proven well for working on steel cuts, for example for the cutting and recycling of massive steel pipes or steel storage cylinders.

When it comes to steel application, it is most important that both machine and diamond wire are interacting perfectly with one another.

Our wire saws are most efficient and flexible in steel cutting. We also provide a range of wire cooling facilities supported by temperature sensors, for a substantial increase in the lifetime and cutting speed of diamond wires.

There are also special application devices such as our chain pipe saw, making it possible to cut a massive steel pipe in one go.



For cutting bricks, saw blades are the initial choice, but diamond wire has proven its worth for special applications such as circular cutouts, special angles (conical shapes) and the applications in melting pots (cutting out the interior of fireclay using circular saws).

As an other example, we have recently created a fully automatic unit for contour cutting of precast brick walls, which has been patented. 

natural stone

Initially wire was used for cutting natural stone. Stone blocks were probably separated in ancient Egypt by using  ropes and abrasive powder.

Today, wire sawing is status quo in quarry sites, for cutting blocks off massive materials and then slicing them. Generally stationary machines and devices would be used.

The big advantage of Plattner wire saws is that they can be used both stationary and mobile! Plattner wire saws are available with a power of 30 to 45 kW.


Wall drying

We have also designed a wire saw, the TSS1005 for the renovation business when needed for wall drying and drainage of buildings. By using a special suction system, emissions of the cutting process can be removed efficiently and silently. 

Compound Materials

New compound materials which are used for aircraft, wind turbines etc. are challenging when needed to be dismantled. Due to the high flexibility of wire saws, this technology can be used when other methods reach their limits. 

Sludge and dust can be extracted efficiently with accessories we designed specially for the safety of the operator and of the environment. At this point, Plattner is proud to be able to set new standards. 



In recent years, we have been asked to cut out big paintings or mosaics from back walls in order to preserve the piece of art and to be brought to a new destination. 

Wire sawing is used successfully for this delicate task as big parts can be cut off by using this technology. For example a huge painting of 120 m2 by Max Weiler, a famous Tyrolian artist, was cut out of wooden supports for relocation to a new building.

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