Fall Product Review
Saws, Saw Blades, Hammers and Grinders
By Karen Hickey
Mason contractors need tools they can rely on. Masonry Magazine has put together this article on the latest in saws, saw blades, hammer drills and grinders — so you can know what tool to choose for the job.
12- and 14-In. Premium Segmented Rim Diamond BladesBosch Power Tools of North America
Mt. Prospect, Ill.
These general-purpose, segmented rim blades offer a diamond formulation that cuts most masonry and concrete materials. The 10-mm segment height provides up to 3X life versus standard diamond blades.
Each segment is laser welded to the steel core, offering the blade high mechanical strength and rigidity and ensuring greater stability during the cut.
Bosch 12- and 14-in. Premium Segmented Rim Diamond Blade reduction rings are 1 in. to 20 mm, which allows the blade to be used on application-specific concrete-cutting saws. The drive pin ensures the blade can be used on a walk-behind saw. These blades provide long life and smooth, fast cuts in concrete and masonry.
18V EC Brushless Compact Tough 1/2-In. Drill/Driver and Hammer Drill/DriverBosch Power Tools of North America
Mt. Prospect, Ill.
The drill/driver and hammer drill/driver are engineered with an upgraded, heavy-duty, all-metal chuck that offers increased robustness and great gripping power for better torque transfer. The single-sleeve, keyless, 1/2-in. auto-lock chuck delivers quick bit changes.
Both tools deliver 531 in.-lbs. of torque and two drilling speeds (0–1,900 rpm high speed; 0–600 rpm for torque). In addition, the drill/driver offers 20+1 clutch settings to reduce fastener damage and cam out. A motor brake on the tool provides an immediate stop for fast repetitive driving jobs. In addition, the hammer drill features 28,500 bpm.
60V MAX* 4.5- to 6-In. GrinderDEWALT
The grinder includes a two-stage trigger that reduces the chance for accidental start-up. Included with the grinder kit is a 4.5-in. Type 27 and a 6-in. Type 27 grinding guard. With the grinder’s One-Touch Guard Compatibility, the user has the option to utilize a one- or two-touch guard option with a simple lever adjustment.
881 Cut-Off Saw SeriesSOLO Inc.
Newport News, Va.
Available in both 12 in./300 mm and 14 in./350 mm, the 881 models are powered by an 81-cc SOLO two-stroke high-performance engine. The utilization of the latest technology helps the environment by keeping emissions clean without significant loss of power. Thanks to an automatic choke system, which eliminates the need for a manual choke, the saw can be easily started on every use. The One-Push-Stop System allows the operator to safely stop the saw with the push of a button.
Equidist Cutting BladesHilti
Engineered with the highest-quality industrial-grade diamonds available and quality-controlled bonded matrixes, the Equidist diamond blades provide superior cutting performance. The Equidist arranged diamond technology optimizes cutting in the most demanding applications. The SPX masonry blades are designed for cutting masonry materials (brick, block, stone, etc.), while the SPX universal blades excel in a variety of base materials, including cured concrete, reinforced concrete and concrete block.
In addition, the Equidist diamond blades outperform standard impregnated segments with up to 50 percent faster cutting speed, while offering the best life of any handheld blade on the market.
Swiflex Cobra Cutting DiscsKGS DIAMOND USA Inc.
The Cobra cutting discs are the latest development in cutting marble with high speed and high lifetime. They are superior in comparison to normal cutting blades, showing a clear and clean cut — perfect for marble workers who are looking for high quality.
18V LXT Brushless Paddle Switch GrinderMakita
La Mirada, Calif.
Automatic Speed Change technology adjusts speed and torque during grinding or cutting applications for optimum performance, even under heavy load. In addition, the efficient BL Brushless motor delivers 8,500 RPM for faster grinding, with soft start to suppress start-up reaction for smooth start-ups and longer gear life. For increased durability, the grinder is equipped with Extreme Protection Technology, a protective seal inside the tool engineered for improved dust and moisture resistance by channeling debris away from the tool’s key internal components. The grinder is also equipped with wire mesh intake covers to help prevent debris from entering the motor.
The XAG10M weighs only 5.6 lbs. with battery.
D-Handle Rotary Hammer SolutionMilwaukee Tool
By design, the new M18 FUEL 1-inch D-Handle Rotary Hammer provides a more ergonomic experience for users who frequently drill overhead or downward. These hammers drill faster than their corded counterparts, are built with corded durability, and can exceed runtime expectations. Milwaukee is able to accomplish this level of performance by combining three exclusive innovations: the POWERSTATE brushless motor, REDLITHIUM battery pack, and REDLINK PLUS intelligence.
MK-2002-16 Wet/Dry Brick and Block Electric SawMK Diamond Products Inc.
The MK-2002-16’s open-back design allows cutting of material up to 16 inches long. The recoil spring return cutting head makes plunge cutting and step cutting quick and easy. The cutting head can be locked in the down position when cutting smaller pieces. Jig-welded, reinforced steel construction, combined with sturdy die cast aluminum uprights, and provides positive alignment. The blade shaft assembly is built with sealed, permanently lubricated, heavy-duty bearings for long, maintenance-free life. The cast aluminum blade guard, with stainless steel water tubes, will not bend or rust, and provides water to both sides of the blade. Specially located forklift brackets under the frame provide lifting control points for ease of transportation. All saws include a diamond blade, rip guide and water pump.
Vari-Cut Masonry BladeHusqvarna Construction Products North America
iQPC912v Power CutteriQ Power Tools
Moreno Valley, Calif.
Originally published in Masonry magazine.
About the Author
Karen Hickey is the Editor of Masonry magazine.