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Choosing the Right Tool for the Job
Let’s face it, at one time or another, we have found ourselves overwhelmed on a project and, ultimately, falling behind schedule. When this happens, we try everything to figure out a way to get back on schedule. Sometimes we hire more people, sometimes we work longer hours, and other times we try to find a better tool to finish the job.
Cutting about 60 openings for wall-mounted HVAC units can be a time-consuming job, and one can easily fall behind if the proper tools are not used. The contractor on this job was using a chainsaw to cut through eight-inch block with a standard four-inch brick veneer surface. The chainsaw was slower than anticipated, mostly due to the fact that the chainsaw required two operators to work on an opening. Both workers were needed so they could switch when one got tired from cutting, or could help when the chain required tightening and, of course, when removing the block and brick. Another issue that slowed the chainsaw was the encountering of rebar and pipes, which were not consistent with information at hand. All these factors were leading the job to fall behind on a tight schedule.
The use of both power cutters enabled the workers to finish cutting the openings for the HVAC units faster than with the chainsaw, simply because the tools were better-suited to this type of job and the cutting technique. Two workers were still required; however, each one could work effectively toward finishing the openings. The use of two power cutters allowed each worker to cut an opening. While the K750 removed the brick veneer from one opening, the Cut-n-Break would follow and finish the opening. When the operator was finished removing the brick veneer, he could then use the breaking tool and remove the debris that was manageable for one person. This enabled the Cut-n-Break to move around to each opening and cut without stopping. Both workers were more productive, and they could work more smoothly and quickly.
|Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2009 19:53|