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Anchor products?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Inspira, May 22, 2009.

  1. Inspira

    Inspira LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    So I was all set to use Versa-Lok for a 4-ft high, 35ft. long retaining wall - then had some contractors telling me Anchor puts out a superior product.

    The thing is, HD and LWS sell Anchor stuff - and I automatically assume anything the big-box stores carry are crap.

    I'm not about price with this one - it's for my own home, and I'm doing this once, not again in ten years. What's the absolute top-of-the line SRW out there, in your opinion?
  2. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 585

    I like versa-lok a lot, very good system, although lately I have noticed too much height variation and a few mold marks that have to be chiseled off the top.
    One of my suppliers carries anchor products, and as far as I know they are a good block (haven't used them).
    The best to work with imo is techo-bloc, hardly any variation in the block height.
  3. soopa

    soopa LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 135

    Versa-lok (like Anchor and most others) license their molds to regional manufacturers so quality issues like those you point out can vary wildly from town to town and supplier to supplier.

    We have a local Versa-lok manufacturer here, yet we have 3 other distributors that carry different colors from different out of state manufacturers. PITA.

    Does techo manufacture an "engineered" retaining wall system? I've used Creta but I can't imagine using it for engineered or reinforced walls. Pins or lips please.
  4. soopa

    soopa LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 135

    Home depot and lowes don't sell the Anchor stuff you've been recommended to use. Totally different product lines.

    You should be looking at Anchor Highland Stone (sold as Belgard, Eagle Bay, etc)
  5. Inspira

    Inspira LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I read some real horror stories on this board about Belgard, with all the color fade/efflorescence problems.

    I'm thinking of going with techo-bloc, seems to be what most people here recommend.
  6. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 585

    Thats what I suspected. I think my supplier changed sources at some point because I used to never have these problems with versa-lok.
    Techo walls can be engineered, I have been told that they have an in-house engineer who will design your wall. You would need to then take the plans to an in state engineer for approval.
  7. BOEpavers

    BOEpavers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I've used Anchor Highland manufactured by EP Henry with good results - both the single sided and the double sided.. As was mentioned with Versa - Anchor licenses its manufacturing to local producers, so it is also available in our area manufactured by New Holland Concrete with different colors.

    Here are some pics of an Highland Wall - EP Henry Pewter Blend.


  8. burnthecouch

    burnthecouch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    BOE what part of central pa are you from? I'm in York.
  9. Inspira

    Inspira LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Really nice work, BOE.
  10. B.O.S.man

    B.O.S.man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I too have layed a lot of anchor, its the fastest stacking block that I've used. No pins, no clips, no holes to fill, just stack and go.

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