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Contractors

March 2021

Leadership Transitions Both Domestically & Abroad

iQ  Team Updates iQ Power Tools, manufacturer of premium power tools with integrated dust collection technology, has announced major promotions within top company management. Paul Guth, most recently President of iQ, is now Chief Executive Officer. Jim Mackall, iQ’s VP of Sales has been promoted to President of the firm. In addition, the firm has appointed Feddy Souryal to General Manager/Europe. For the past two years, Paul Guth has been the President of the company, following his role as Vice President...

February 2020

HEPA Dust Extractor: Filter Cleaning

Reverse Air Flow vs iQ Quickspin What are the best cleaning methods for HEPA dust extractors? With the recent launch of the iQ426HEPA, iQ's Cyclonic HEPA Dust Extractor, the entire iQ team had to do an intense deep dive into researching the existing dust extractors on the market today, their features, benefits, and downsides. We've learned quite a bit and we'd like to share some of it with you. Here is one thing that is sure to shock many people. According to...

December 2016

challenges contractors face in construction industry

The Top 5 Challenges For Tile Contractors

We asked top tile contractors and installers across North America about the biggest challenges they deal with on a day-to-day basis. Here are their top five responses—and how they deal with them. 1. Increasing Sales and Revenue “First importance is first getting the job. It is obvious, but in these economic times, finding well paying work can be difficult.” 2. Creating Accurate Take-Offs, Estimates and BudgetsAs one contractor told us, “being able to properly estimate a job ties a lot...

January 2015

Mitigate Winter Problems With iQ Power Tools

Construction and Winter For most people with indoor jobs, winter is merely an inconvenience on the drive to work and back, but in the construction industry, winter is a major factor in running your business. It must be factored into project timelines, materials, operations, personnel efficiency and more, and if things go really bad winter can completely derail your operation. When Cutting Outside or Cutting Wet You must deal with the elements, and in more extreme weather you might not be able...

August 2014

Dust on Your Job Site

Have You Seen This Guy on Your Job Site?

You’ve probably seen one of these guys on your job site. They’re all doing standard work tasks, but they have one thing in common: they’re letting the dust fly—and exposing themselves and others to silica dust. You may have seen it a hundred times. What you might not think about is how bad that dust really is. (more…)

July 2014

5 Ways to Make More Money on Your Next Construction Job

There are two ways to increase profit: increase revenue or reduce costs. For contractors, making more money often means working harder and longer. But if you’re already putting in long hours, working more probably sounds like a stressful option. That leaves you with cutting costs. Don’t worry — we're not talking about cutting corners or paying your guys less. It’s about running a better business that leaves you with more money in your pocket at the end of the day. Here are...

April 2014

Dust is Impacting Your Contracting Business

3 Ways Dust is Killing Your Business

You let the dust fly. You know it's a problem, but you don't have a choice. The fact is you run a business and you have to get the job done. We know the problem, because we were contractors. And we've spoken with thousands of other contractors. But most of them don't realize how much silica dust is costing them. Here's how dust is killing your business. (more…)

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Silica Part III: How Much Dust is Too Much?

UPDATED FOR THE NEW OSHA PEL 2017 In our introduction to this series on understanding the OSHA PEL, we described what a PEL is and outlined the three factors which determine the PEL: Air, Dust and Time. Here in part III we're going to explain the second factor: Dust. There are a few questions we need to answer about dust: How much dust is produced from cutting materials? How much silica is in that dust? How much dust is too much? ...

February 2014

December 2013

“We Sold All Our Wet Saws”

Martz Masonry Crews finish their work in 2/3 of the time using the iQ360® Dust Control Table Saw, according to owner Steve Martz (estimated), while improving the finish quality of their work. The San Marcos, Ca. masonry contractor has been in business since 1995 doing driveways, hardscapes, exteriors, facades, fireplaces, barbecues, walls and terraces. "We pride ourselves on the quality and timeliness of our work," and iQ Power Tools have helped them establish that reputation.  (more…)

How to Sell Yourself

Earning contracts is the lifeblood of your business. You've got tools, equipment, workers, expertise and experience, but none of those matter if you don't have new work. At the same time there's a lot of competition out there, and with any number of contractors bidding on jobs, no one is going to make it easy to secure contracts. On top of that, a lot of resources go into bidding on projects. Have you ever put time and energy into bidding...

ICPI at Hardscape North America 2013

If you are a hardscape contractor and not part of the ICPI, consider joining. ICPI is the world leader in development and dissemination of technical information for design professionals and contractors. Their leadership position is due to years of commitment and energy from more than 1,100 members. ICPI engages in a broad range of technical, marketing, educational, government relations and communications activities. If you are looking to advance your business and be on top of the game become a member....

November 2013

5 Questions Successful Contractors Ask Themselves

Asking the Right Questions Running a business is tough. Whether you're the owner, GM or superintendent, you need to get the job done and you need to make money to run a successful operation. Unfortunately a lot of business owners don't have a firm grasp on the key indicators of success. With a lot happening day-to-day it can be easy to lose track of things and you end up wondering where all the money went. It looked like a great deal...

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