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Don't be Left in the Dust

Posted by Heather Orient on Sep 15, 2017 5:51:31 PM

We all know that we create a huge dust cloud on a job site cutting pavers, wall block, or concrete. It's not good for the environment, it gets all over everything, but most importantly, it's not healthy to you as workers to be breathing in harmful silica dust.

Hulton Tool is excited to be carrying a new product called the DustBull. It attaches to Sthil, Mikata, & Husqvarna cut off saws. The extra wide mouth captures maximum dust collection at the point of origin. It's lightweight construction won't add weight to your saw as well. The DustBull works as a system with a vacuum. OSHA is cracking down more & regulations are going into effect at the end of this month & this tool meets OSHA's silica guidelines.

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!

Check it out in action!

 

 

 We are really excited about this new product & it's "relatives", the DustBuddie for cutting on flat surfaces & the DustBuddie XP for grinding. More info to come on these products & the OSHA guidelines!

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The Kracker Wall Splitter

Posted by Heather Orient on Jul 24, 2017 5:28:47 PM

Still using a hammer & a chisel to cut your wall block to create your ends & corners? That can take 5- 10 minutes instead of 5-10 seconds! Another way to cut block is with a masonry saw, but those can be dusty & time consuming as well.

If you don't have a Kracker Wall Splitter for your wall jobs, I highly suggest purchasing one. It will save you time & money.  WORK SMARTER.....NOT HARDER! 

It works on wall block or pavers 4"-8" thick. The Kracker works with an easily pumped hydraulic foot pedal. The blades then apply constant, even pressure to make your cuts accurate. It has rubber tires that make it easy to get around any job site. Plus it's a quiet, dust free operation.

Here's a quick video of a contractor using one for the very first time to see how easy it is to use!

 

Kracker Video from Heather Orient on Vimeo.

 

The heat of the summer is coming upon us & it's a great time to work on hardscaping jobs when nobody wants to plant. Work efficiently & get the right tools for the job!

 

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Weber Compactors

Posted by Heather Orient on Jun 19, 2017 2:56:37 PM

 When you see the bright blue of a compactor, you probably recognize that it's a Weber. The name is pretty well known in the US but actually the products are made in Germany. They make Rammers, Forward & Reversible Compactors. 

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.

  • 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.

If after you've done a little research & you're still undecided, we have a great opportunity for you! Try one out for a DEMO if you're serious about buying.  Feel free to reach out to us & let us know! 

 

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Estimating for Spring

Posted by Heather Orient on Apr 10, 2017 5:06:02 PM

Many of you are out there doing Spring Clean Ups on existing or new jobs at this time, but it's also the time of year when the phones start ringing off the hook for new work. The most important part of any job is estimating. Many companies don't get the job due to over bidding or lose money because they under bid. By taking the time to estimate your jobs correctly you can affordably price jobs for your clients and still make money.

  • Take accurate measurements of any and all areas.
  • Get a landscape design if necessary for the job. This keeps everyone on the same page & makes it a lot easier to estimate your job correctly.
  • Figure out all the materials & equipment needed for the job.
  • Add on your labor costs & any overhead.

Using a landscape estimate template can keep you on track so you don't miss anything on your job. There are lots available like the one shown online for free or for a minimal fee that you can edit to your own needs.

Landscape Templates

Be sure you're using the right tools too! Make your estimating easier. Pick up a good measuring wheel & a Ziplevel! They are both fantastic for quick & easy measurements on job sites.  Whether you have a small business or a large organization, the purpose of of a landscape estimate is to ensure a better sale of your work & a bigger profit.

Have a great start to Spring of 2017!

 

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Winterize Your Equipment

Posted by Heather Orient on Jan 20, 2017 3:09:05 PM

The Winter Season is upon us & even though some or all of your equipment may not being used right now, it still needs to be maintained. Here are some helpful steps to winterize your equipment.

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Estimating & Designing in the Winter

Posted by Heather Orient on Dec 16, 2016 12:26:39 PM

Just because the weather is colder doesn't mean you have to pack up shop & stop working! This is still a good time to get out there & look at jobs for next spring! As Landscape Contractors & Designers we need to educate our customers that this is still a good time to look at their job site & get a design done. That way they have a little time to look at their budget, think about what phase of the job they may want done & get back to you to get on your schedule in a timely manner. We all have had the clients that call at the beginning of May that want a design & the work done by Memorial Day. It's just getting your clients to think a little differently. Everybody will be happier in the end!

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Hardscape North America 2016

Posted by Heather Orient on Nov 4, 2016 1:23:36 PM

It was great to see some of you at Hardscape North America this year! As usual, it was a successful show with pretty decent weather, except for some rain on one day. If you have never been to been to this event, here are some reasons why I highly suggest you plan to make a trip to Louisville, KY next October.

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Cleaning & Sealing Hardscapes

Posted by Heather Orient on Jul 5, 2016 4:03:40 PM

Hardscape installations are typically larger investments for homeowners. Just like anything else     (cars, flooring, paint etc.) Hardscapes need proper maintenance.  More times than not, contractors miss out on a great opportunity to upsell Hardscape Maintenance to their new and existing clientele.  By adding this service of cleaning & sealing, the homeowner can maintain the value of their hardscapes, which in turn increases the overall appearance of their home and property.

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The ZipLevel...The Must Have Estimating Tool

Posted by Heather Orient on May 31, 2016 2:30:47 PM

Don't you hate going out to a job site and having to deal with setting up your laser and making sure you have another person to hold the stick? Not anymore! Make things easy on yourself and get a ZipLevel.

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50% OFF HNA Registration Courtesy of Hulton Tool

Posted by Heather Orient on Aug 27, 2015 3:09:41 PM

Hardscape North America is just around the corner.  Hulton Tool is having a larger booth this year with more tools & new equipment on hand to show you!  We will also have an outdoor demo booth so you have some hands on time with some of our equipment to test it out.  Be sure to register for HNA & we look forward to seeing you October 21-23!  Click below to receive 50% off HNA event registration.

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