Dry cutting pavers

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Woodland, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
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    I would really like to switch to a less dusty method of cutting pavers for next season. I generally use a worm drive saw with diamond blade for all of my cuts, whether in place or not. I love using this saw because it is so mobile. It is light, easy to maneuver and the blades are cheap and durable. I have used a gas powered demo saw, both wet and dry, and can't say it's something I enjoy or want to do on a regular basis. A splitter seems out of the question for the most part since it doesn't give the clean cut that I want most of the time. I could conceivably use a wet table saw, but I like cutting in place a lot so I'd rather not invest in one now (I rent if I really need it on a job). Do any of you use and/or know of a dry cutting saw system that reduces dust, i.e. a vac system perhaps?? Or other methods you utilize.
     
  2. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree about the wormdrive. Very nice radius are possible with them. You could just get a kit that bolts onto your wormdrive that feeds it water and has a gfic plug with it also. We just wear masks. I also use a 14" cutoff saw to cut in place as well. It is so much faster than picking the pavers up, cutting them and putting them back down.
     
  3. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
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    I was perusing the net and came across this saw from Hilti. Has anyone used or seen one of these?? Seems like it would be an interesting choice. It looks like it can take a vacuum and its electric so it would be considerably lighter than a gas saw, which may be the solution I'm looking for. The pricetag is about $1000 which seems reasonable.

    http://www.us.hilti.com/holus/modules/prcat/prca_navigation.jsp?OID=-21979
     
  4. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 2 electric 14" saws I've used were twice as heavy as a gas saw. You also might need a certain extension cord that might be additional money.
     
  5. seascapes

    seascapes LawnSite Member
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    Wet saw is the only way to go! We have all of the above but its a PITA to have to wash the entire area down to remove concrete dust. If we use a demo saw we run water at the same time to control dust. We only use worm drive in a very extreme circumstance. You can go to home cheapo or lowes and get a tile saw for like $250.00.
     
  6. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 207

    For the work we do, a wet saw really wouldn't be a good replacement. They are way to bulky in my opinion. I really like the ease of use with the worm drive, I just need a way to control the dust.
     
  7. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
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    Woodland, why don't you follow Grazerz suggestion and get the kit that allows you to run water with your worm drive. I have used them in the past and they work great. No dust, great control, and tight turns.
     
  8. Woodland

    Woodland LawnSite Member
    from Maine
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    Isn't there a risk of electric shock introducing water to a unit that wasn't designed for it??
     
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, but you can always buy a GFI plug that goes directly into the plug socket and then plug your cord into it.

    I've got one in my truck to use whenever I use electric tools. I've actually had it trip once when I was using an angle grinder and it started to rain, so I know it works. It's definitively not as good as a true GFI outlet, but it is added protection.
     
  10. coolluv

    coolluv LawnSite Gold Member
    from Atlanta
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