As long as safety procedures are followed and blades are properly selected, power saws can make cutting masonry units much easier. Masonry table saws can be used to cut brick, block, or stone. SIMPLE TO OPERATE Typical table saws are equipped with a 14- or 20-inch-diameter blade, blade guard, 1 1/2- to 10-hp motor, water pan and pump, and a conveyor cart. They are relatively simple to operate: Turn on the motor. Place a masonry unit on the conveyor cart. Grab the handle and lower the saw blade into and through the material. Motors can be electric or gasoline powered. Bench-top and freestanding masonry saws are available. CHOOSING A BLADE Before buying a blade, check three things: Be sure the blade is designed for masonry saws (not all saw blades are). Make certain it's designed to cut the masonry materials you'll be cutting. And match the blade to the application; will it be used to cut dry or wet or both? SAFETY REQUIREMENTS The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) place several safety requirements on saws and saw operators. Following these requirements and paying close attention to safety can save fingers and increase productivity.