Heavy-duty construction requires the best equipment. With traffic backing up on the roads, the pressure to get the job done on time, and budget discussions, it is easy to see why project managers might just opt for the cheapest saw with the quickest delivery time. However, selecting the right equipment during the early stages can often reduce the long-term hold ups on your project, meaning you do not have to send it off for repairs mid-project or spend more on replacing broken tools.
However, with so many options on the market, how do you know what you should be buying? Identifying quality can be tricky, but looking out for the three top tips below can help you get the best tools for your project.
Chose the most efficient
Different saws have different engine powers and different levels of torque. Selecting a saw which has the most efficient balance of these will help you get the job done in the most efficient manner. For example, a high power engine is useless without the torque to match, so make sure you chose a saw which offers both. Another part of efficiency is how it is powered — make sure that the battery life is long-lasting so that you reduce the need for constant charging breaks, or for plug-in saws ensure that you have adequate sockets on the site.
Chose the easiest to transport
You would be amazed at how much time it can take to move road saws around a construction site. This can waste valuable time as you try to maneuver a heavy saw with poor steering onto the back of a truck in order to move it down the road. Think about choosing a saw which is on the lighter side, and do not be afraid to test it out before committing to it — your team will thank you later when you have made their jobs much easier.
Chose the one that creates the least mess
Road construction workers are known for working long, tiring shifts often late into the night or early morning. With this in mind, you want to reduce the amount of time your team spend on annoying chores and admin tasks such as cleaning up after the project has done. Look for a saw which does everything possible to reduce the amount of mess created on the job. For example, this could take the form of wing-like extensions which sit over the side of the saw to capture dust and other bits of the road which would otherwise fly off to the side.