Why Is Propane More Environmentally Friendly Than Gas?

The use of concrete for flooring in buildings ranging from warehouses to high end penthouses is on the rise.  Not only is the material long lasting when installed properly, it can be polished to a high gloss and comes in a wide variety of colors.  Even better, compared to other forms of flooring, home and business owners may use this material without breaking the bank.  For the environmentally conscious contractor, costs can be further reduced by using propane to fuel those specialized concrete finishing tools and accessories, like grinders, saws, and polishers.

Propane Is Better!

Gasoline and diesel fueled tools are commonplace in many contractors’ toolboxes.  These tools are popular with workers due to their location flexibility.  Their reliance on fuel as opposed to electricity enables the tools to be used in spaces that may be without access to electricity.  These fuels, however, are not the best solution for the environment.  Diesel is known for its excessive emissions.  These emissions have been known to aid the production of acid rain as well poisoning the human food chain through the poisoning of rivers and soil.  Gasoline engines are known for their emission of air pollutants like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides.  Thankfully, propane exists to solve these pollution problems.  Now contractors can have the best of both worlds:  tools that allow freedom of movement and tools that utilize clean energy!

Propane comes in gas and liquid states but is typically stored as a liquid in a pressurized container.  This fuel has been shown to emit fewer greenhouse gases and lower levels of carbon monoxide.  Using this cleaner energy not only benefits the general environment, but also the facility owners and the workers using the tools.  Workers will no longer be inhaling toxic fumes from dirty gasoline and diesel engines.  Also, accidents and spills happen.  However, when using propane as your fuel, when the liquid propane is released from its pressurized container, it turns to a vapor and is released into the air, removing any potential environmental damage to the soil surrounding the worksite due to the spill.  This will appeal to environmentally conscious customers who will also be pleased when they see how much cheaper it is to use propane.

Using Propane Powered Tools for Concrete Surface Prep

Concrete surface prep is made easier with propane fueled tools.  U.S. SAWS is a champion of state of the art concrete finishing tools, and they have turned their focus to maximizing the benefits of propane’s clean energy.  For instance, U.S. SAWS has released its JS-160 Propane Joint Clean-Out Saw.   The joint clean-out saw is a key tool in the creation of a beautifully finished concrete floor.  The insertion of concrete joints is an imperative step of the concrete finishing process.  The joints ensure natural concrete cracking is controlled, and the cracks form where the contractor wants them.  Many times, the concrete floors are inserted in areas that may not already have access to electricity, and an alternatively powered tool is required.  This tool is equipped with a powerful certified propane engine, the 479cc, 16 horsepower Briggs and Stratton Vanguard V-Twin, offering a 3 to 4 hour run time.  This saw is also equipped with a carbon monoxide monitor and utilizes technology to reduce vibration.

U.S. SAWS is proud to offer cost effective concrete surface solutions from initial prep to polishing and finishing.  Contact U.S. SAWS today to learn more about their wide array of tools and accessories for every contractor.

Cup Wheels: Top Benefits When Finishing Concrete

There are different methods to finishing concrete, and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages. Some techniques are preferred due to their speed, or expense, or an existing level of comfort with them. Sometimes you use a certain method because that’s what you learned years ago. In other cases you might not be familiar enough with other options to make a fair comparison.

But businesses and individuals often turn to cup wheels for their concrete finishing as opposed to other methods. Why? What advantages do cup wheels offer in their own right? If you don’t use them currently, consider these reasons for implementing cup wheels into your finishing method.

Clean finish. Obviously, a finishing method has to actually work properly, and cup wheels provide a smooth surface that gives off a reflective quality in the right lighting. For professional-looking concrete, cup wheels are an effective option.

Safety. You might think that a mirror-like concrete finish would make the surface slippery and prone to safety hazards. In reality, the opposite is true. Using a cup wheel increases friction to the finished product, providing slip resistance and another element of safety to high-traffic areas. Finishing concrete with cup wheels produces a less-slippery product than other finishing methods.

Resistant. Finishing concrete with cup wheels helps the completed project remain durable in varying weather environments or high-traffic situations. The smooth surface is resistant to materials that could erode or stain the concrete, meaning it remains in good working order for a longer period of time. Concrete that doesn’t need frequent repair or refinishing saves money in the long run, and looks better during its life cycle.

Variety. Just as all concrete isn’t the same, and all jobs aren’t the same, cup wheels can vary a great deal as well. Different types of work will require different tools, and cup wheels come in enough variations to accommodate all those jobs. Size and diamond content are just a couple of specifications that will determine which cup wheel will be right for your job.

Affordable. Featuring high diamond content and a variety of grits, U.S.SAWS has a collection of cup wheels that can tackle any job, whether it’s implementation, repair or decoration. And all of them fit into a cost-conscious budget, providing long-lasting value as a trusted solution for creative or industrial projects.

U.S.SAWS: Another Advantage. As a leader in construction solutions, U.S.SAWS is an advantage for anyone with complicated jobs or precise work requirements. Our team is led by principals with decades of experience, so no job is foreign and no task is out of their area of expertise.

Knowing what type of tool to use in any given situation is one thing, but finding the right version of that tool can present its own challenges. U.S.SAWS can not only offer whichever cup wheel best suits your needs, but can assist in finding that tool and answer any questions you might have along the way. We’re happy to help you at every stage of the decision-making process. Use our contact page for prompt answers to your important questions.

Diamond Blades and the Benefits of Wet Cutting

When precision cutting, diamond blades can be your best friend. They’re versatile, dependable, and able to handle a variety of tasks. They’re your go-to piece of equipment for many jobs, so you’ll want to take care of them.

With that in mind, what’s the truth about wet cutting? What are the benefits over dry cutting? Does it really matter, or can you really extend the life of your diamond blades by utilizing that method? What other advantages does wet cutting offer?

Let’s go over the wet cutting method and reveal the benefits associated with using it whenever possible.

Cleaner Air

When dry cutting, your work area will often become littered with dust and debris. It’s a natural part of the cutting process, so what can you do about it?

If you switch to wet cutting, when possible, you’ll reduce the amount of dust and particles that result from your work. The water traps the particles, leaving the air cleaner and your work environment clearer. Less debris means you can see better, and focus on your work instead of trying to navigate around dust and other particles. The end result is a cleaner and safer work environment for everyone working on the project.

Cooler Blades

Wet cutting helps cool the blade while you’re working. And the more you work, the more obvious those benefits become. The blade doesn’t overheat as quickly, so breaks are less frequent and each cut can go deeper.

The blades are less likely to warp in the heat so the cuts themselves are reliable and can be created more efficiently. Fewer breaks for maintenance means better workflow, and a project can be completed faster. And, as the saying goes, “time is money.” Wet cutting can create a faster work process, which affects the timeline and the budget in a positive way.

Other Considerations

Wet cutting also lends itself to better work conditions based on what kind of work you’re doing. If the job requires constant deep cutting, as opposed to shallow cuts at various intervals, wet cutting can be even more beneficial. Cooler blades, deeper cuts and fewer breaks will all be beneficial in those situations.

What you’re cutting and where you’re cutting it also matters. Masonry, metals, tile, and concrete will often yield better results from wet cutting for the reasons mentioned above. And since wet cutting requires an active water source, a simple, indoor project is often a candidate for dry cutting because it can be less messy. But with a water source and the right environment, wet cutting offers a number of benefits for your projects, especially if they require deep, constant cutting and would benefit from a cooler blade as the work is being done. Wet cutting can improve the quality of your work process and lengthen the life of the blades you depend on to get that work done.

Trust U.S. SAWS

U.S. SAWS has been optimizing the workplace for surface preparation and related jobs for more than 15 years. If you’re looking for the best tools to integrate wet cutting into your work product, we can help. Our specialty diamond blades will help you meet and exceed your project goals, and our team is ready to assist you if you have any questions or need further assistance. Simply use our contact page to get started.

4 Tips for Concrete Drill Safety

As the use of concrete expands in both building construction for the residential and business world, as well as for municipal structure, the use of concrete drills rises as well.  Concrete drills are fantastic tools, but, as with any power tool, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure your safety and to come away from the job or project with all of your digits intact.

Below are four key recommended safety measures to protect you when preparing to use a concrete drill.

Know Your Surroundings

The first piece of the concrete drill safety puzzle is to make sure you know what you are getting into.  Before starting a job, fully inspect the worksite.  Ensuring that the area is free of debris and is not slippery will help you keep your balanced with feet flat on the ground for a solid stance.  Make sure the area is properly lit so that you can see what it is you are drilling into and to keep an eye on the debris released during the drilling process.  When setting up your worksite, take extra care to confirm the area has proper ventilation.  Gas powered drills release carbon monoxide which can be lethal.

It is also important to properly inspect your concrete drill prior to use.  Check that the machine guards are in working order and that all parts are properly mounted and aligned.  If a part is not functioning optimally, make the necessary repairs prior to use.  Failure to inspect your tool’s grip, mounts and other parts can lead to a tool’s malfunction which can in turn lead to injury on the part of the user.

Set Yourself Up for Success

The second key safety measure for concrete drill safety is the use of protective gear.  Besides OSHA regulations requiring the use of certain protective gear, it is always a good idea to take simple precautions to protect yourself.  Concrete drills are power tools, and as with other power tools, concrete drills require certain safety gear to ensure you emerge from the job in one piece.  First and foremost, are safety glasses.  Protective eye wear should protect not just the front of the eye, but also the sides.  Fast moving debris is a risk when drilling, which could become lodged in your eyes without the proper eye wear.  A face covering is also vital to protect your nose, mouth, throat and lungs from concrete dust.

Other simple precautions will help reduce your risk of injury too.  Pulling back long hair to ensure it does not get caught in the motor and avoiding loose fitting clothing that also could risk getting caught in the motor are important to remember.  Gloves and non-skid foot wear will also protect your hands and feet from injury.

Go In with a Game Plan

Third, as with most jobs, it makes the most sense to attack the task with a game plan.  Knowing the premises, ensuring you have the proper number of workers on site to complete the task at hand, and understanding what the expected outcome of the work is will put you on the path to success.  Having a plan and executing that plan precisely will help you perform your concrete drilling task with the least amount of danger, in the optimal amount of time, with the best possible outcome.

When preparing your game plan, make sure to know the size of the drill and drill bit that the task requires.  Be aware of the required depth of the cut.   This will aid you in deciding whether or not a drill stand is necessary for the job.  Using tools that are too small for the job may cause overheating of motors which can then cause injury.  Using incorrect drill bits for the depth of the cut or surface being drilled can cause bits to bounce out of holes, which is also a safety issue. Being prepared with all of the right accessories to complete your cutting job is a key component to pulling off a safe and successful plan.

Watch for Waste

Finally, the besides potentially losing a digit to a dropped drill or passing out from carbon monoxide poisoning, concrete dust is the most dangerous hazard faced in concrete drilling.  Working cleanly and efficiently will help reduce the amount of concrete dust to which you are exposed.  The dust particles that are released into the air are respirable crystalline silica.  These particles are much finer than grains of sand and may be inhaled on the job without the right protective gear.  It takes some time for the light silica particles to settle, so they may remain a hazard even after the job is complete.  Wet drilling, dust shrouds and vacuums are efficient ways to handle the large amount of concrete dust released during the drilling process.

Knowing and understanding the risks of concrete drills will help reduce the hazards you face while using it.  Keeping in mind the four above concrete drill safety elements when preparing to use a concrete drill will ensure a job well done by an uninjured worker.

Learning how to use a concrete drill and maintaining proper concrete drill safety precautions may seem overwhelming, but it does not have to be.  Contact U.S. SAWS today to determine the best drill and protective gear to use for your project.

Making Life Easier with Magnetic Manhole Lifters

Manholes are essential to municipal infrastructure.  They provide swift, easy access to storm drains, sewers, and a wide variety of underground pipes.  Ensuring there is proper access for utility workers to these areas is crucial to maintaining this important part of the area’s framework.  While utility workers need swift, easy access, the public should not be able to enter these areas.  Because of this the manhole cover was created.

Manhole covers are beneficial for a few reasons.  First, in order to help keep the public out of municipal water systems, storm drains and sewers, manhole covers have been developed to be exceptionally heavy, causing the average person to not be able to lift it on their own.  Second, manhole many covers have vents, allowing the manhole to be protected from any public shenanigans but also allowing dangerous gases to escape before building up to dangerous levels.

Many times you hear utility work is back-breaking work.  This is one of those specific instances where it can literally be back-breaking work, but it does not have to be anymore.  With the advent of magnetic manhole cover lifters, the utility worker can maximize safety, time management and convenience all with one tool.

Benefit Your Body

Lifting manhole covers by hand is a terrible idea.  Don’t try it!  You risk a multitude of injuries by doing it. Manhole covers are made a few different ways, be it cast iron, steel, or concrete, and come in varying sizes, but all of them are heavy.  Manual lifting can result in serious back injury, especially If you’ve misjudged the weight.  Back injuries are debilitating and painful, and can require surgery to fix.  Manhole covers can be slippery too, risking a crushed finger or hand.  Toes and feet are also susceptible to injury, especially if they proper shoes are not being worn, as heavy manhole covers may be dropped suddenly, crushing toes or feet under the weight of the cover.

By including U.S. SAWS’ diverse variety of magnetic lifters in your toolbox, you can be sure to save energy and protect your back and limbs from painful injuries.  The Megatron 2 Magnet Break N’ Take is the right tool for jobs with a 350 pound lifting capacity.  For even heavier jobs, up to 900 pounds, the Supreme Duty Collapsible Dolly is your answer.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Time is money, and moving heavy manhole covers can be time consuming work due to the heavy load of the cover.  Magnetic lifters not only make the work easier on your body, but also save you significant time and effort.  U.S. SAWS has developed smoother and more efficient ways to handle complex jobs.  The Twin Magnetic Spreader Bar provides a beam that allows two magnets to be utilized at once, instead of only using one, making the job completion quicker and providing a safer lift, with the added bonus of greater stability during the lifting process.

Convenient Carry

Not only are magnetic lifters better for your body and more efficient, but they are even space saving and convenient to pack and store.  Portability is important when you are working in an area far from where you had to park.  Carrying a several pieces of heavy equipment is never convenient.  U.S. SAWS magnetic lifters have dolly handles that break down for easy shipping and storage.  Lifters like the Supreme Duty Collapsible Dolly also eliminate the use of pry bars, reducing the amount of equipment being hauled to and from the site.  U.S. SAWS has the right durable tools that are portable and quickly and easily stored allowing you to get the job done safer and more efficiently, sparing your valuable time and protecting your body from injury.

Contact U.S. SAWS today to discuss the beat magnetic manhole cover lifters for your team and to see what new products they have waiting in their wings.


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