Large Fans for Dusty Job Sites? Shade structures for job sites

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by rawtoxic, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. rawtoxic

    rawtoxic LawnSite Member
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    I have been doing a huge 4800sf flagstone job.

    I was wondering if anyone has industrial fans they use for when cutting dry stone to blow away the dust from the work area? Can you recommend a correct size/model. My foreman hates the wet saw but one of the employees is asthmatic so I'm trying to improve conditions.

    Also I'm thinking about a nice portable shade structure for doing masonry flatwork in the sun all day, right now I have my football tailgating one about destroyed. Is there any designed for job sites more so?
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    WTF No wet saw on a job that big?
     
  3. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have one of those ez up shade canopies. They are a life saver on those 100+ degree days and they are easy to move around.

    As far as dust management, We typically use a wet table saw for cutting but sometimes I cut stone in place and if I do that I will either set up so the wind is blowing the dust away from me or get someone to use a backpack blower to blow the dust away. On sensitive job sights I have a chimney sweeping industrial vacuum that could suck the paint off a car.
     
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    x2 on the ez up, maybe get a few of them so you dont have to keep moving them but i doubt there is something more easily mobile and fast to set up.

    I also use a box fan on some jobs, but you could maybe get one of those massive fans on wheels mechanics sometimes have in their shops
     
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    We just did a flagstone walk and a paver area and used fans and a quick shade at the site.
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  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    A store up here had EZ-up shades on sale in the spring. I picked up four 8'*8', and two 10'*10' ones. I came up with an ingenious way to control the dust when dry cutting. I have a 4' handle mounted on an extension for my wetdry vac. A second guy simply walks beside the saw and can comfortably keep the hose near the blade while keeping his hands away.
     
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    not that ingenious since you're paying someone to hold a vacuum hose every time something needs to be cut
     
  8. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ok so what is your option when doing a walkway in a small yard, when you want to poly immediately after so the wet saw is out of the question and you do not want to cover everything in the area with dust. It's more cost effective to have a guy walking with the vac while cutting for 15 minutes than to have a guy cleaning the dust off every surface for 30-60 minutes.
     
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    your option is get a saw with a dust hookup, rig one up with duct tape, or have a guy hold the hose.... not saying its stupid. its just not ingenious. i think vacuuming up dust is a conventional and normal way of controlling it.
     
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    easiet thing to do is buy an EDCO saw with an optional dust collection system.

    Do a search on my user name, you'll see a good looking guy running one.


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