Installation: Tools that ease the task at hand

installation toolsThe 25-inch Pro Flooring Cutter from Roberts Consolidated is a guillotine-style cutter designed to cut precise, clean edges on flooring materials such as laminate, engineered wood, carpet tile, vinyl flooring, vinyl siding, VCT tiles, rubber foam and more. Its eccentric cam design allows for smooth, constant cutting pressure that results in clean, precise cuts, and its blade can be resharpened over time thereby extending the life of the blade.

Plus, its built-in, heavy-duty wheels make it easy to move around job sites, saving installers time. “It just works really great to be able to have that accessibility,” said Renee Tester, vice president of marketing, e-commerce and
digital, QEP. “It’s a more compact unit that’s easy to get in and out [of the job site].”

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Shagtools offers a full catalog of installation tools for any project.

For professional, seamless tile installations, Shagtools offers installation tools like the iQ228 Cyclone 7-inch dry cut tabletop tile saw. The Cyclone features a powerful vacuum and saw motor and collects 99.5% of the dust, which allows for minimal, easy clean-up. The 7-foot Q-Drive blade cuts 18-foot rip cuts with a rolling table or over 24 feet with a locked table and is only 36 lbs.—making it easy to carry to various job sites.

What’s more, this time-saving saw gives installers the ability to cut tile in an indoor environment while reducing trips back and forth to the cutting area. “Typically, with cutting tile, you’re forced to set up outside and make multiple trips,” said Joel Morehouse, digital and e-commerce marketing manager. “[A wet saw] makes a mess because you either use a lot of water that has to be cleaned up or you end up with dust everywhere. You’re saving time by reducing trips, and with the dustless dry saw you don’t have that issue of messes overflowing where you set it up.”

To help installers rapidly and efficiently mix subfloor material on the job site, Schönox USA offers the Graco SL340E Piston Pump and the Collomix LevMix 65 Heavy-Duty Portable Mixer. The Collomix LevMix 65 works both on its own and with the Graco SL340E Piston Pump. According to Ryan Bassett, product support specialist, Schönox USA, the pump is mobile, easy to set up and easy to clean up and is the ideal solution for jobs with varying elevations. It pumps 140 55-pound bags of Schönox self-leveling compounds per-hour at 1⁄4-inch thickness and can also pump vertically 40- 50 feet.

Despite only needing one person to operate it, the portable mixer has a large mixing capacity, vacuum connection for dust-free mixing and allows for pouring without repotting. “The Graco SL340E Piston Pump offers faster installations while saving labor costs and increasing margins,” Bassett stated.

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