What type of saw???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Gilla Gorilla, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    For all you guys that do alot of stone work ie; patios and walkways.

    What type of cut off saws are you all using. I did my first flagstone walkway last week and had to rent one for over $100.00 for 4 hours.

    It was a Partner 700 active III saw and man was it nice having the rite tool for the job. Especially on this job.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
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    We run TS 400 by Sthil. They have been like gold
    to us.

    Peace,

    Rex

    our web site
     
  3. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Partner 950's ... use to think i would never change from Sthils but at the time we switched the partners filtration system was superior IMO.
     
  4. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replies. I have not tried the stihl cut off saws yet
    but just having used my stihl chain saw so far this season I cant see where I will go wrong if I do buy the stihl over the partner saw.

    Have a good season
     
  5. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
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    I looked at the Partner and Stihl. Had no idea they were that expensive. Then I settled and bought a diamond blade for my circular saw. It's not as fast as the the big boys, but still does the job quite well. Works great for pavers. On the bigger wall blocks it takes a little longer. If you have the means and the work I would without a doubt get the a Partner or the Stihl.
     
  6. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    $100 for 4 hours????

    Man, I need to get into the rental business where you are.......

    Cut-off saws rent for about $50-60 per DAY around here, without blade charges...

    At the rate you paid, once you rent it for about 7-8 days, you might as well of bought a brand new one.


    Dan
     
  7. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    D Felix,

    I was looking at the reciept this morning and the saw was around $50.00 for four hours, the blade was around $35 or $38.00. Insurance which I think is pretty much a must when you rent through Capital Rentals was $10.00 plus tax. All in all it came to $100. and change.

    I have only done one patio install so far this year but am working on an estamite for my neighbor and then am doing a flagstone walkway from my deck to my pool. So I figure I might not be able to pay off the $495.00 Partner Active III saw that I just bought used and in great shape this year.

    Since I have the saw I can start getting into a little more stone work now and not have to worry about renting it four a couple of hours each time.

    But you are right, There is alot of money to be made in the tool rental and heavy equipment rental business.
     
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Gilla- Not sure about yours, but my contractor's insurance covers damage to rented equipment. I'd look into it, might save you a few bucks.
     
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Diamond blade charges can be a PITA!:)

    I think the local rental yard charges about $3 per thousandth which is just unreal. If you are renting a saw somewhat frequently, you'd be better off buying a blade.

    Sounds like you got a good deal on a saw though.


    Dan
     
  10. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    I found some diamond blades on ebay for $79.00 that are supposidly the same quality as a $200.00 plus dollar blade.

    I bought one last night so when it comes in I can let you know how it cuts and how well it lasts.

    The saw was delivered today and all packed up tightly in a two ft. by two ft. box. I opened it up tonight and pull all of the paper and cardboard out of the big box, then pull the saw out and to my surprise it felt a little lose on the top handle. I looked down and saw that the bottom handle was broken clean through on the bottom side. The box had a big gash in it also, so I assume that it happened during shipment.

    Anyways I emailed the shop that I bought it from and asked them to call my tomorrow to see what I have to do to get it fixed through the shipping insurance with UPS.

    Wish me luck with getting this resolved. LOL
     

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