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Saws, Blades Offer Hardscaping Opportunities
Whether it’s a renovation or new construction on a residential or commercial project, the impact of creatively designed, professionally installed hardscaping cannot be overestimated. Today’s concrete pavers offer versatile, durable surface applications with the added bonus of little or no maintenance cost. The use of large concrete pavers, or paving stones, as well as segmental retaining wall systems is a trend that continues to gain popularity on commercial and residential construction projects. Each presents a unique set of challenges for the mason contractor charged with delivering the hardscape designer’s vision.
Torrance, Calif.-based MK Diamond Products Inc. provides mason contractors with saws and diamond blades to meet their cutting needs for large pavers, bricks and other popular masonry materials required for hardscapes of all types.
“We’ve built our reputation by listening to the users: the masonry contractors who rely on our saws and blades to get the job done,” says Robert Delahaut, president of MK Diamond. “We make sure our products meet all safety requirements. We give users what they need, at a price they can afford, made with the quality they have come to expect.”
Products meet demand
The MK-5000 Series Block Saws provide powerhouse options that maximize jobsite performance. The Electric Series is available with five-, 7.5-, nine- or 10-horsepower Baldor motors. Blade guard options are from 14 to 24 inches. The MK-5000 Gas Series is powered by the Honda GX270 Cyclone engine or the GX390 Cyclone engine, and both are available with 20- or 24-inch blade guards.
Common features include the precision screw feed mechanism, which allows the cutting head to be easily raised or lowered to the precise cutting depth required. The self-leveling blade guard provides optimum blade coverage for operator safety. The open-back design accommodates material up to 20 inches long and allows an eight-inch-high block to be cut in a single pass. For easier and safer transport, the saws include fork-lift feet and built-in tie-downs. The MK-5000 conveyor cart is built from heavy-duty cast aluminum, and a skid-resistant rubber top is permanently bonded to the table top for wear resistance. Water-flow control vents channel water during cutting operations to the water pan, and the nylon conveyor cartwheels have permanently sealed bearings.
An adjustable water supply ensures maximum blade protection. The gas saws come with belt driven, self-priming, centrifugal water pumps that can be disengaged for dry cutting, and the MK-5000 electric series comes with an electric water pump.
Concrete pavers and clay bricks come in a variety of shapes and colors, but hardscape designers depend on the skill of mason contractors to execute the circular patterns and sweeping curves that so appeal to consumers. Additionally, popular outdoor kitchens, spas and swimming pools often require detailed custom cutting to properly house appliances and/or showcase water features and surface designs.
“Permeable paver systems are a growing trend in line with today’s green direction in construction,” says John Chrysler, PE, executive director of Masonry Institute of America. “A great many pavers and concrete bricks are manufactured to size, but the final execution of the design depends on the skill of masonry contractors to cut and fit the masonry units to curves.”
For these challenges and to augment the designs possible with Segmental Concrete Retaining Wall units, mason contractors need dependable, versatile blades that can accurately cut the pavers, bricks and interlocking concrete masonry units. MK Diamond’s blades meet the mason contractors’ needs for implementing intricate hardscape designs with exceptional performance and durability. The new, re-engineered 414PB (Penter Brick Blade) offers superior cutting speed and long life. It produces consistently clean cuts on difficult materials, especially hard/dense bricks. The turbo segment design provides additional cooling and cutting performance. The TPX-40 Supreme Grade wet/dry diamond blades are multi-application blades designed for maximum performance and speed. The laser-welded TPX-40 cuts bricks, granite, block pavers, concrete, bluestone and asphalt. The new segment over the gullet design helps reduce noise by as much as 10 decibels, while providing efficient removal of cutting debris. The additional core cutouts of the design provide improved cooling during deep cutting, which helps keep the core from warping.
As concrete and clay brick pavers grow in variety, hardscape architects will expand the design and style options for residential and commercial structures, challenging mason contractors to provide even more intricate cutting and placement with manufacturers like MK Diamond supplying the saws and blades that help them do the job. The investment in the right saw(s) and blades repays the mason contractor with jobsite accuracy, efficiency and safety.
|Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 14:35|