View Full Version : Tools? What do I need?

Petey's Landscaping
09-14-2008, 09:41 PM
I was looking for some new tools to buy that would help make life easier and faster. I have the basics, 753 bobcat, gas powered plate tamper, wet saw, rakes, shovels, etc. I am looking for the next big tool that every hardscaper should have.

09-14-2008, 10:21 PM
I have a Topcon laser with the adjustable slope feature. I find it very helpful for patio and wall bases.

Petey's Landscaping
09-14-2008, 10:38 PM
I have a craftsman laser level, what is a Topcon laser? Is it like a transit?

09-15-2008, 08:32 PM
Topcon is a rotating 360 degree laser level. It does the same function as a transit, but can be operated with only one person. Once the height of the laser is set, the target on the grade rod can be moved up/down to determine the plus/minus of the grade. Topcon is the brand name. I know CST Berger and David White are great laser as well. The topcon fit my budget and needs best.

09-15-2008, 09:12 PM
I bought an off brand on craigslist for $300... it is a cool tool to have... for drainage, grading, and patios.

09-15-2008, 09:16 PM
I have the topcon also..I would like to get a block splitter, we do alot of versa lock walls and always need a nice clean split face. Rental is cheap enough, it's the driving to go get it that gets old.

Petey's Landscaping
09-15-2008, 10:23 PM
What do you all do about screening rake? Thinking about buying one of those adjustable rakes from pavetech. We are using just a straight 2x4 or just a grade rake that is 36' wide in combo with some 1/2' screening rode.

09-16-2008, 01:04 AM
Pave Tech offers good "Screeding" boards, also called screed boards. Their stuff is pricey, but good. The "1/2' screening rode" your asking about would actually be a 1 inch dia. screeding/screed pipe.