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Cutting paver bricks?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Jackman, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. Jackman

    Jackman LawnSite Member
    from Zone
    Posts: 231

    I am trying to get into Unilok pavers bought a plate tamper but not sure what to use to cut the bricks, I suppose a Demosaw would work but have also heard of a Geateen (sp) cutter and a diamond blade wet saw. What do you guys use. I appreciate your comments. Thanks Jack
     
  2. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 488

    definately saw, don't split your bricks. The diamond blade is the only way to go. Wet is ok but not essential.

    When we first started, we used a DeWalt chop saw with a diamond blade for several years, before we got a better saw.

    Doug
    Austreim landscaping
     
  3. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 927

    Makita chop with a 8" diamond blade is all I have used for 2 years, same blade too.
     
  4. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    You guys are using electric motor chop saws?

    You talking about the kind that will take an abrasive disc for cutting metal?

    I've always used a handheld gas with diamond blade. Kind of overkill, and a pain for bricks.
     
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,628

    Since you are not doing this full time yet, you will be best off with a 14" quick cut, such as a stihl or partner, or echo. There are many types. Put a diamond blade on it and your good for a couple of months with daily use. When you get a bit more serious about stone, you will be wise to purchase a target or other wet saw also with a 14" diamond blade. Forget the chop off saws they are way too slow, and there not really meant for this type of work.
     
  6. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    u can rent a wet saw when needed
    i use a mk wet saw a huskvarna cut off saw with a wet diamond blade and a worm drive saw when needed
     
  7. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    gas powered saw, best what to cut. Its fast and easy. I have used other things to cut pavers and blocks but nothing cuts as smoothly as a saw.
     
  8. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    stihl chop saw don't forget ear plugs and dust mask
     
  9. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    I forgot to tell you always cut your brick on a angel it makes it easier to nibble if you have to.
     
  10. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 488

    It is very difficult to make a neat cut on a small paver with a gas hand held saw, as well as being unsafe. The electric chop saw with a diamond blade installed instead of the crabide will work very well for a starter setup. You can pay for a chop saw with just a few rentals of the wet saw.

    Doug
    Austreim landscaping
     

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