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Cut Off Saw (chop saw) vs Table Saw

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    So there has been some discussion over the years on this forum as to what to use to cut pavers.

    Here is a walkway we just did with 4x8 pavers. I'm sorry, but ain't no cut off saw even with a super duper looper saw operator gonna have lines this clean and flowing! We even have pavers sliced as narrow as a quarter of an inch!


    PS: Hmmmm.....I just noticed that it looks like 2 pavers are turned the wrong way! LOL! On the side I was working on! How did I not catch that?! Well, regardless - that walk has some perfect cuts :)

  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    How can you sleep at night with that herringboner going on?

    P.s. table saw all day
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  3. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    The one bad thing about doing 4x8 pavers in that pattern is the 1/4" paver. Thats why I prefer to use a random patterned brick then those slivers can be eliminated totally.

    Perfect cutting is great but the flow of the walkway must be perfect or the beautiful cuts don't mean a darn! (no reference to your walkway dvs.)
  4. Red Shed Landscaping

    Red Shed Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    I see you have the snap edge laying there. Do you use it to mark your lines like we do? I figured that out last year and has saved many hours rather than lining up the each border paver on top spending so much time making them just right and then marking. As you can see our perfect cuts as well with a table saw. We also have our saws on wheel barrows to be able to move where the cutting is and to put the scrap pieces in.

  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    In a perfect would I agree random pattern is nice, quick, and easy.

    But....reality is - some pavers are better suited for different applications.

    I love the old look of a 4x8 clay paver (as used in my pic). It has so much character. Charm. And no 2 pavers are identical!

    The walk in my picture took 3 of us 12 hrs to cut (36 man hours).
  6. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,602

    Now if you would follow my posts, you would have known to use SnapEdge for marking pavers :)

    Yes, we use the restraint for marking the pavers.

    As far as paver saws:

    Buy yourself a saw that has a dedicated stand available, such as EDCO.

    Our saws have stands with wheels. (we dont always use them though)

    And we have placed the saw on a wheel burrow as in your picture. Not the safest. if the weight shifts while someone is cutting - injury can occur.

    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  7. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    How many linear feet was that walkway to take 36 hrs?!
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  8. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    i plan on adding a second saw for jobs like this with tons of cutting. looking into one of the newer lighter saws.
    already have a 20 year old Target version of this bad boy
    and a stihl ts400 for the quick and dirty.

    interested in feedback on one of these... it has to be good, its called the brickie
    its light and sells for around $900/1000 around here.
    downside I see is its dry, does this kill blades? i sometimes cut dry on my wet saw but I try not to. I cut dry probably 50 on the ts400

    The other option would be a gas portasaw since I do pop a good amount of breakers but I have heard tales of blade vibration

    i know, BUY AN EDCO but they are $3k. look like a beautiful machine :checks craigslist:
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,602

    That's the reality of well crafted walkways. Less square footage than a patio. But way more cutting.
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  10. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    Andrew, anwser the question!

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