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Multi-purpose segmented blades cut wet and dry
The SUPG Series blades are designed to cut wet or dry concrete, brick, stone, asphalt, and block. The 13-mm tall segments are laser-welded to the core for optimum performance under the most extreme cutting conditions. The blades are available in 12-in. to 24-in. sizes.
KHK Diamond Products Inc., 888-448-9898, www.khkdiamond.com
Fasteners snap rebar into proper place
Rebar quickly snaps into the proper place using the labor-saving Hercules Chair polypropylene fasteners. The devices are strong enough that workers can walk on the grid during pours, and the smooth edges prevent damage to vapor barriers. The system includes a footer stand, with 3-in. clearance and 5-in. bar separation.
T.J. Harris Co., 865-633-9955, www.herculeschair.com
Masonry coating provides better aesthetics
Loxon XP, a direct-to-concrete, high-build masonry coating that requires no primer and provides exceptional coverage, is now available in a fine texture version. It covers surface imperfections better for more aesthetically pleasing results. The coating can be applied to tilt-up, pre-cast, or poured-in-place concrete, as well as CMUs, cement block, and stucco.
Sherwin-Williams, 800-524-5979, www.sherwin-williams.com
Rotary hammer operates in two modes
The HR4510C rotary hammer has a 13.5-amp motor that provides 1250 - 2750 bpm for a range of applications. It is equipped with anti-vibration technology and operates in two modes – hammering with rotation and hammering only. A built-in torque limiter ensures stable control, and an LED lights the work area. It weighs 18.5 lbs.
Makita USA, 800-462-5482, www.makitatools.com
Work boots available in several styles
The Rocky line has been totally revamped with a fresh look and updated technical features. The work boots include waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex construction. The line is offered in six new styles for men and one for women, with both protective and non-protective toes. Prices range from $139 to $164.
Rocky Boots, 877-795-2410, www.rockyboots.com
Buggy travels over tough terrain
This rubber track buggy travels up to 6 mph over rough, uneven terrain and on muddy ground. Powered by a 22-hp Subaru Robin gas engine, the vehicle offers 16-cu-ft capacity, hydrostatic drive, electric start, and 90-deg dump angle.
IHI Compact Excavator Sales, 800-538-1447, www.ihices.com
Software program controls several management functions
American Contractor software is used to streamline workflow, record keeping, payroll, and equipment maintenance. It includes a management tool to help organize and reduce the flow of paper by attaching scanned documents to any record. Other applications include estimating, project management, equipment management, and accounting.
Maxwell Systems, 800-688-8226, www.maxwellsystems.com
Work platforms available in single- or twin-mast versions
All-electric E-Series mast climbing work platforms work well in light-to-medium duty jobs and climb up to 21 fpm. Top single-mast capacity is 5700 lbs, and maximum length is 39 ft. Several work platforms can be linked together, with no special bridge required. In twin-mast configurations, the work platforms extend up to 98 ft.
Hydro Mobile, 888-484-9376, www.hydro-mobile.com
Masonry coating seals and brightens
WetLook high gloss sealer is a water-based acrylic coating for use on interior or exterior masonry surfaces. It seals the surface and brightens the natural colors of masonry. The sealer is environmentally friendly and dries to the touch in one hour.
United Gilsonite Laboratories, 800-845-5227, www.ugl.com