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Forward or Reversible?????

Posted by Heather Orient on Sep 11, 2018 3:50:46 PM

 When building a wall, sidewalk , or patio, compaction is involved. Now the biggest question comes into play...what kind of compactor do I want or need? This really all depends on your job site & the type of work that you do.

Reversibles obliviously give you more versatility on the job site. You can move forwards and backwards with ease and also have more compaction force. You can also do up to 12" lifts at one time with a Reversible.

  • The CF Series (Forwards) have a compaction force of 2,400-4,500lbs.
  • The CR Series (Reversible) have a compaction force of 4,500-27,000 lbs.
  • Both can come with optional pad & wheel kits (which are recommended)
  • 2 year warranty
Check out this video to learn more features & benefits of Weber Compactors!

 

 

 A neat feature on the heavier Reversibles is the COMPATROL option. It is the first continuous compaction control system where the vibration of the base plate is increased or decreased based on the soil conditions. The results are displayed on the control panel and tell you when optimal compaction is reached. This allows for less reworking of an area with no over compaction.

 

Weber has also introduced a new line of Roller Compactors-the VPR 450 and the VPR 700. These are used for large slabs and pavers or natural stone. The machine gently rolls over the material preventing it from shifting and cracking.

Purchasing any new piece of equipment is a big decision, but if you hardscape, a compactor is a MUST TOOL in your trailer. We at Hulton Tool are always here to answer your questions and make your buying decision easier.

 

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Features To Look For When Purchasing Cutting Tools for Hardscape Projects

Posted by Heather Orient on May 31, 2018 11:05:33 AM

The hardscape industry is unique. When deciding which tools to purchase, you can’t just walk into the hardware store, take one off the shelf and be on your way. There are many factors to consider. This week, we take a look at what features you should be looking for in your cutting tools.

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Dustless for Grinders

Posted by Heather Orient on May 11, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Another great product that we carry in our line of Dustless Tools is the DustBuddie XP for grinding with angle grinders. The universal mounting system fits a wide variety of grinders from major brands, such as Dewalt, Milwaukee, Makita, Ryobi, and more. The DustBuddie XP captures nearly all dust generated while grinding. Using vacuum suction, the dust and debris are caught, giving you a truly dustless work environment. This protects you and your workers from breathing harmful silica dust while keeping the area dust free, saving time and money in cleanup.

  • 5” Model fits 4”- 6” grinders and 7” Model fits 7”- 9” grinders
  • Sliding front cover can be retracted for grinding against walls
  • Patented design only requires 2-steps to mount and be ready to work
  • To be OSHA compliant: when using the 5" model, 1 wet+dry dustless vacuum is needed. When using the 7" model, 2 wet+dry dustless vacuums are needed.

The best thing about these products is that there is no need to replace your existing tools! The goal is to help you become OSHA compliant, create a better, safer working environment for you and your employees. Check out all of the Dustless Products on our website!

 

 

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Three Hardscape Projects Made Easier With the Right Tools

Posted by Heather Orient on May 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

There’s nothing worse than working a long day in the hot summer sun and then having someone tell you how a different set of tools could have cut your labor in half. Let’s prevent situations like that. This week, let’s take a look at three projects made easier with the right tools.

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DustBull or DustBuddie????

Posted by Heather Orient on May 4, 2018 2:45:13 PM

Wanting to give our clients more information about our new line of Dustless Products is important to us here at Hulton Tool. Since bringing the products on board in the fall, we've had great success, but also a lot of questions. 

The biggest reason for purchasing the product is to reduce the amount of harmful silica dust being inhaled. It's that simple. In previous blogs, I've posted the OSHA guidelines, the fines....as time goes on OSHA will only crack down on the landscape industry more.

Lets take a look at the 2 major products & the differences:

THE DUSTBULL

  • Helps control dust when cutting bricks, blocks and pavers
  • Extends saw life by keeping dust away from motor

THE DUSTBUDDIE

  • for cutting flat concrete
  • Polyurethane sliders won’t damage concrete and moves easily along surface

As you see, each product has it's own purpose, but both capture the maximum amount of dust with the proper vacuum system. Feel free to ask me any questions by commenting on this blog if you'd like further information about these products.

 

 

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These Fines aren't Cheap!

Posted by Heather Orient on Apr 24, 2018 3:30:00 PM

So for about the past year or so we've been talking about the new OSHA rules that have come into place regarding silica dust.  OSHA’s new Silica Rule mandates a dust collection system with a filter cleaning mechanism and which is able to capture 99% of the dust. But what about the fines? Well...they can be costly.

OSHA PENALTIES:

Serious Violation: $12,934 per violation

Failure to Abate: $12,934 per day

Will or repeated violations: $129, 336

OUCH!!!!! Now there is some leeway in there because that first one does say a serious violation. However, OSHA isn't playing around. 

When you look at the cost of the Dustless System compared to the cost of these fines, it's totally worth it to make the investment to become complaint. Don't risk getting caught. Also think about the health & safety of you & your employees on the job site. Stop sucking in that harmful dust!

We are proud to carry the line of Dustless products, such as the DustBull & DustBuddie to help capture the harmful dust created on the job site. Check these products out in our catalog or on our website. 

 

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Price vs. Quality: What Hardscape Contractors Should Consider when Purchasing Tools

Posted by Heather Orient on Apr 20, 2018 4:44:33 PM

Tools come in all shapes, all sizes and all different prices. In addition to price, tools also come in all different qualities. Usually, the two are related. It’s not just with hardscape tools, it’s with anything. Sure, a $50 lawn mower sounds great. How does it sound after a few months? Probably not as great as that $350 mower with the better engine that was built to last. Price and quality usually go hand in hand. Are you someone who would rather have it forever or save a few bucks and end up having it cost you more in repairs?

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What is Silicosis???

Posted by Heather Orient on Apr 17, 2018 4:25:08 PM

 Crystalline silica is a basic component of soil, sand, granite, brick, block, mortar, and concrete which is what is used in our industry. Silicosis, which often has no symptoms in its early stages, develops as a result of inhaling dust containing tiny particles of crystalline silica. Silicosis is a progressive disease and can take 20 years for the chronic form to develop. As silicosis progresses, symptoms may include severe cough, chest pains, weight loss, fever, weakness, night sweats, shortness of breath, respiratory failure and/or death.The presence of silica in the lungs can also weaken the body’s ability to fight infections, so infectious illnesses such as pulmonary tuberculosis can develop. This is why dust control is so important on our job sites!!!!!

 

RISKY  JOB TASKS:

  •  Loading, hauling and dumping rock
  • Demolishing concrete or masonry structures
  • Dry sweeping or pressurized air blowing (concrete or dust)
  • Using excavation equipment as a skid-steer loader, grader, bulldozer or truck
  • Saw cuts for pavers and walls
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:
  • Use wet methods for cutting, sawing, grinding, etc.
  • Use Dustless System for saws
  • Use respirators
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke near crystalline silica dust.
  • Wash hands and face before eating, drinking or smoking away from exposure area

We are proud to carry the line of Dustless products, such as the DustBull & DustBuddie to help capture the harmful dust created on the job site. Check these products out in our catalog or on our website. Not only is OSHA cracking down but the health and safety of you and your employees is important in the long run!

 

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The Benefits of Buying Hardscape Tools from Hardscape Professionals

Posted by Heather Orient on Apr 4, 2018 12:27:56 PM

It’s always better to buy from someone who’s walked  in your shoes before. Someone who knows the pain points of your industry. Someone who knows how important choosing the right tools for a job is. More importantly, someone who can help you do things more efficiently. At Hulton Tool, we are made up of a group of former hardscape contractors who are dedicated to making the lives of other contractors as easy as possible.

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Dustless DustBull Wins Award!

Posted by Heather Orient on Mar 23, 2018 1:13:30 PM

Each year the Pro Tool Innovation Awards are judged by a panel of industry professionals who handle and use hundreds of new tools each year. Manufacturers are invited to the Pro Tool Innovation Awards by the beginning of Q2, allowing plenty of time to enter their products and have them judged in time for the holiday buying season, and important trade shows, such as World of Concrete.

This year the DustBull won in the Concrete/Masonry Category for Dust Collection Shrouds! 

This is what Dustless Technolognies had to say about their product:

"The DustBull is designed to capture harmful silica dust without using water. It captures dust at the point-of-origin, eliminating the messy and dangerous airborne dust created when cutting concrete and stone.

This shroud has been third-party tested and verified to comply with OSHA’s Silica Rule and will keep the jobsite safe, clean, and regulation-compliant when used with a vacuum with sufficient air-flow and filtration."

This is what Pro Tool had to say about the DustBull:

"It’s all about OSHA when it comes to dust collection and the DustBull from Dustless gives you a way to start collecting when you have dry cutting to do with your power cutter. In addition to collecting more than 90% of the dust you create, it doesn’t affect your cutting depth so you can still get the job done right the first time."

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 To be OSHA silica compliant, the DustBull needs to be used with a vacuum system that has 260+CFM. To achieve this with what we currently offer, you need to hook up 2 vacuums using a Y connector and hose. If you only use 1 vacuum, the DustBull does collect 75-80% of the dust depending on how you cut and what surface you cut on. I do have to add, please don't think you can use a regular shop vac. It will get clogged before you know it!

 We are really excited about this new product & it's "relatives", the DustBuddie for cutting on flat surfaces & the DustBuddie XP for grinding. 

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