All concrete cutting contractors know they need essential worksite tools and equipment. From high-quality saws to a supply of extra blades and a truck for transporting tools, gear, and concrete debris, most concrete cutters have the basics. However, there are some additional tools every concrete cutter should have. Here’s what you should never be without:
Basic Safety Equipment
The first thing you should always make sure you have on hand and in excess is safety equipment. Keep extra heavy duty gloves with good grip, face masks, safety glasses and earplugs on hand. Day in and day out you’re exposed to dust, noise and rough materials and machinery that could harm you. Put safety first by making sure you have what you and your team need to stay safe, even if someone forgets their gloves at home.
A Wet and Dry Vacuum
When working with concrete, you’ll do a lot of site preparation and clean up. Don’t rely on shovels, brooms, and wheelbarrows. While this may work in a pinch, you should invest in a wet and dry vacuum that can efficiently clean up your workspace. This will speed up your clean up and also improve your customer service.
This tool will also come in handy during site preparation, which is also a safety issue. The cleaner the space is where you’ll start cutting, the better.
When you come across uneven surfaces on the job, you’ll have to even them out using a concrete grinder. Make sure you have a high-quality concrete grinder on hand ready to even out the surface so you can make cuts more easily.
Dust Control Shrouds
Even if you mostly do wet cutting, you never know when you’ll run into a situation where you have to make a dry cut. In these cases, you’ll create a considerable amount of dust. Anyone in the concrete industry knows that silica dust is carcinogenic. You’ll want to avoid spreading it as much as possible. Dust shrouds can be attached to your saws and grinders for dust-free concrete work.
You never know when you’ll be working on a site that doesn’t have power. In construction, this is not too uncommon. In these situations, having a generator on hand can keep the project going and make your client very happy. In addition, generators are also useful during power outages.
A Watering or Dewatering Pump
You’ll need plenty of water on site for clean up. Using a heavy duty pump, you can pump in water for irrigation and cleaning purposes, and then pump it out if there’s not be a suitable outlet to drain it. This piece of equipment can make things much easier for you, avoiding potential troubles with a water source or removing excess water.
With these tools in addition to the obvious saws and blades you’ll need as a concrete cutter, you’re sure to be prepared for any job you encounter.
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