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April 2020

Combination Saw Blade

16.5″ Q-Drive Blades and the Materials They Cut

We wanted to spend a little bit of time and talk about the different 16.5" Q-Drive blades we have for the IQMS362. The iQMS362 comes with this black blade as the standard; we call it our combo blade. This blade was designed to really to cut just what it sounds like, a combination of material. This is the blade we first developed. Cutting lots of different types of material - primarily concrete products, cinder block type products, pavers. We did...

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...

June 2019

Safety and Efficiency, Can They Coexist?

We’re all looking to be more efficient in our daily tasks, but safety is just as paramount. Every business owner wants their company to run efficiently to maximize profits, while every employee wants to work in a safe environment to ensure their wellbeing. Too often, the safety aspect becomes compromised when there is a push for more efficiency. Consequently, operations often blame safety for slowing down production. The push and pull between safety and efficiency is something that many...

May 2017

The Connection Between The History Of Wet & Dry Diamond Blades And The Increased Exposure To Silica Dust

About 20 years ago we began to understand the silica dust problem and recognized how big the problem was for our business. It makes a huge mess, it costs a great deal of money, and is a threat to the health and safety of our industry as a whole. Through all our years of industry research, our own observation, and our own testing we’ve learned a lot about dust. One question we asked ourselves was, how did we get where we...

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...

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

60mm paver

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

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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