AS170 Set to Increase Safety & Reduce Silica Exposure on Work Sites

silicosis lung damage

 

“Silicosis is a growing concern in the building and construction industry, because symptoms aren’t imminent and can take many years to develop there is a tendency to forget that dust is deadly and Silicosis is irreversible. By simply investing in the right tools and equipment up front, work sites and contractors are taking the right steps towards preventing themselves and their work mates from developing Silicosis.”

 

 

What is Crystalline Silica?

Silica, also known as Quartz is found in many construction materials including brick, mortar, masonry, rock, landscaping material, granite and more. Silica dust is commonly produced during building and construction activities such as cutting and grinding. These small dust particles of silica are microscopic and easily inhaled, even the smallest amounts inhaled can lead to lung damage.

What is Silicosis?

Silicosis is a disease caused by the inhalation of Crystalline Silica. It is an irreversible and potentially life threatening disease. Silica particles that make their way into the lungs of contractors, workers and even bystanders develop hard nodules, inflammation and scarring in their lungs. Should these nodules increase in size they can make it very difficult to breathe and can lead to death. Whilst there is no cure for Silicosis, it is 100% preventable.

Why is it dangerous?

Crystalline Silica inhalation can lead to the development of a number of lung diseases including, Silicosis, Lung Cancer, Tuberculosis and more. Crystalline Silica has been recognized by the World Health Organisation – International Agency on Cancer Research (IARC) as a “known human carcinogen”.

The AS170 Masonry Solution

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The AS170 is an innovative masonry restoration saw. It has a unique cutting technology which reduces the amount of airborne dust when cutting as well as the risk of crystalline silica inhalation for operators and bystanders.

Silicosis is a growing concern in the building and construction industry, because symptoms aren’t imminent and can take many years to develop there is a tendency to forget that dust is deadly and Silicosis is irreversible. By simply investing in the right tools and equipment up front, work sites and contractors are taking the right steps towards preventing themselves and their work mates from developing Silicosis.” – Alicia Ellen, Marketing Coordinator.

The AS170 can contribute up to a 77% reduction in respirable silica dust (Alan, E., Chaolong. Q., (2016) In-Depth Survey Report: Removing mortar with a powered saw. Ohio: NIOSH) when carrying out tasks such as heritage restoration, tuck pointing, toothing of brickwork and chasing. Unlike other masonry saws and grinders, the AS170 does not require the use of heavy duty and sometimes expensive face masks and suits to be compliant. The innovative motion of the blades produces mostly larger dust particles that don’t become airborne and spread like that of angle grinders. This coupled with the Dust Boot makes it ideal for Heritage  & General Restoration Professionals and other Masonry Contractors looking to improve on-site safety and compliance.

More Safety Features of the AS170

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Aside from its superior dust control, the AS170 has been engineered to prevent dangerous and sometime deadly kickbacks while allowing operators good visibility of the cutting blades for better control and precision cutting.

Arbortech is all about creating some of the most innovative products in the industry that will make any professional contractor’s job safer, easier and more productive. OSHA’s Silica Rule is playing a big part in the further development of Arbortech’s Allsaw technology.” – David Pellegrine, Sales Manager.

 

For more information on Silica Exposure or OSHA rulings, please visit www.silica-safe.org 

Arbortech 2017 Show Schedule

Arbortech 2017 Show Schedule

We will be attending a number of shows around the USA in 2017!

Below are details of the shows and product ranges we will be showcasing – all the shows we attend include exclusive pricing, demonstrations and access to technical support from us – the manufacturer.

If there is a show you would like to see us at that is not listed below – please leave us a comment at the bottom of this page 🙂

 

 Arbortech at USA Woodworking Show 2017

 

 

ShowsDatesLocation
May Fair Home Garden Flower Show19th May – 21st MayFryeburg Fairgrounds, Maine
The Wooden Boat Show30th June – 2nd JulMystic, CT
AWFS19th Jul – 22nd JulLas Vegas, NV (89109)
Alaska State Fair24th Aug – 28th AugPalmer, AK (99645)

Arbortech at the Home and Garden Show Fryeburg Fair

 

 

 

 

The Home & Garden Show May Fair 2017 is just around the corner!

If you are in New England, the show is being held at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds. We will be showcasing both our AS170 and Woodworking ranges.

 

AS170 mortar removalAS170 – Masonry Restoration Saw

Perfect for patrons looking to DIY renovate.

 Do you need to cut into masonry walls and are looking for a safer and cleaner alternative to a grinder with a diamond blade?”

SAVE money, REDUCE mess and INCREASE your safety with the AS170.

It is easy to use with no kick back, and minimal airborne dust. You can cut up to 6 3/4 inch deep with the light weight and easy to handle AS170.

If you need to cut brick and mortar, The AS170 is ideal for Trade Professionals and DIY Enthusiasts alike.

AS170 Applications include:

  • A wide range of masonry restoration tasks such as mortar removal, replacing of single bricks, cutting small openings
  • Re-point, restore or remove old fire places
  • Repair chimney brickwork
  • Cut electrical switch boxes, chasing
  • Remove small to medium tree stumps
  • And so much more

 

Mini TURBO Bread BasketWOODWORKING

Looking for a creative, fun hobby that lets you put your inner DIYist to work?

With Arbortech woodworking power tools and attachments you can easily and safely create unique, bespoke and one of a kind timber pieces for your home, friends or family.

From unique sculpted benches to detail carved signs – whatever you can imagine can be free form crafted with the Arbortech range tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To find out more visit us at the Home and Garden Show where we will be conducting live demonstrations and answering your questions!

Purchase tickets online here.

 

CAUTION: Always use the metal mounting flange of the grinder. The TURBO Plane or the plastic washers supplied with the TURBO Plane have to center on the ridge of the metal mounting flange. Do not put the TURBO Plane or the plastic washers on the spindle shaft without using the metal mounting flange.

Turbo Plane fitting instructions

Depending on the size of the spindle of your grinder, you may have to use the white plastic reduction washer in order to correctly center the TURBO Plane on the metal mounting flange.

M10 SPINDLE GRINDERS
STEP 1.  The plastic white washer has to centre on the ridge of the metal mounting flange. Push the washer down and make sure it centres on the ridge.

STEP 2. If you wish to raise the blade you can use the black spacer washers on top of the white reduction washer.

STEP 3. Use the lock nut with the ridge facing down. Ensure that the lock nut is engaging sufficient thread of the spindle and is level or below the top of the spindle shaft thread when tightened.

M14 or 5/8 SPINDLE GRINDERS

STEP 1.  The black plastic spacer washer has to center on the ridge of the metal mounting flange. (If no spacer washers are being used the TURBO Plane has to center on the ridge of the mounting flange)

STEP 2. If you wish to raise the blade you can use the black spacer washers.

STEP 3. If you have used the black spacer washers use the Lock Nut with the ridge facing up. Ensure that the lock nut is engaging sufficient thread of the spindle and is level or below the top of the spindle shaft thread when tightened.

 


No.10 – Touch Wood Sculptures

This funky chair is hand carved from a single piece of Oak. Sculpted by Touch Wood Sculptures, it is retailing for approximately $7000 AUD! Taken from a 250 year old Oak tree that was felled for safety reasons, the Oak’s new form is minimalist, modern and somewhat rustic. The Industrial Woodcarver would be ideal for the initial removal of stock, followed by the TURBO Plane for the planing and medium sculpting components. The Mini Grinder would be the perfect option for getting into those tight spots around the arms and legs.

No.9 – Puzzle Stools

Wooden Puzzle Chair / Table (artist/ date unknown). This would be a great project to let the kids get involved with. Each piece is an individual stool or when combined it becomes a coffee table, talk about versatility and creativity in the home. Make the base of each piece out of solid timber for a more artistic or sculpted look with the TURBO Plane. Use the TURBO Shaft to create the puzzle shapes around the edges. You could also carve your family members names on each piece for a personalized touch – each piece belonging to a different family member but when put together it is symbolic of the family unit.

No.8 – Hugo Franca

 
Cocoon like piece carved from trunks by Brazilian designer, Hugo Franca. Very cool piece of functional art.
 

No.7 – Leaf Chair

For Art Nouveau fans, this sculptural chair is from the Mountain Region of France, c1900. The carved detail in the leaf veins along with the narrow hard to reach places in the back legs can be accomplished quickly and easily with the Mini Grinder.

No.6 – Hand Stools

 

We could barely handle ourselves when we came across these two hand inspired bar stools. Created in the 1960’s by Pedro Friedeberg these eclectic stools would add a touch of creativity and fun to any home.

No.5 – Anthropomorphic

This funky chair was made from Birch Plywood; it is called “Anthropomorphic” and was designed by Sergio Gill. 
 

No.4 – David Delthony

 
 A carved, laminated plywood chair created by David Delthony, c1985.

To sculpt a chair like this, (obviously adding a bit of your own style and flair!) you’ll need to stack laminate timber and bind them together with a strong wood adhesive such as Gorilla Wood Glue. Allow to set for a day or two and start sketching the design with a carpenter’s pencil. Sculpt away excess plywood with the TURBO Plane in line with the design. You will need to alternate angling the TURBO Plane – flat to achieve a planning effect and on a slight angle to achieve the varying curves of this flowing design. You may need to consider the Mini TURBO or Mini Grinder to reach into the smaller concave areas such as the back rest.  Plane the right side a bit more than this version to achieve a flat surface for your tea or coffee!
 

No.3 – Glemham

Sophisticated and intricate – The “Glemham” by Alex Johnson took 6 months to complete with the help of tools such as Chisels and Gauges. Alex believes that people will admire his effort and decorate their home with this special chair.
 

No.2 – Dragon Throne

 
This Dragon throne made it to No.2 because of it’s size and intricate design / detail (artist/ date unknown). Game of Thrones fans would appreciate this throne in their home, perhaps a smaller version though…?
 

No.1 Scorpion Seat

This cool and crazy Scorpion chair made it to No.1! It was made by Russian artist  Vyacheslav Pakhomov. This handcrafted scorpion chair measures in at six and a half feet and is available with leather upholstery and a variety of wood finishes.
If the translation on his website is correct, it does seem to be available for purchase for the relatively modest sum of approximately $3,636. 
Which one is your favorite?
 
 
 
 
Arbortech Woodworking Competition 2016!

On the 20th of August, the Arbortech courtyard in Perth Western Australia was once again transformed into an outdoor art gallery, with staff members showcasing their talent and pieces of work in the 2016 Arbortech Woodworking Competition. Family members, friends and colleagues gathered to view the wood creations that were all crafted using the Arbortech Woodworking range of products. To say “woodworking revolution” is an understatement, as the pieces in this year’s competition were nothing short of stellar. So much so, that a number of pieces have already been sold to the public.

 

Among the experienced staff woodworkers, there were a few new and nervous additions to the Arbortech family this year Max, Ramesh, Jana, Ade, Patricia and Alicia –“The Novices”. Although new to woodworking, they all gave the tools a go and where all equally shocked by how easy the Arbortech woodworking tools were to use and even more shocked at what they could do with the tools.

 

Plywood serving tray - Arbortech Tools

 

“We aren’t kidding when we say the Arbortech tools give their users the “Freedom to create the Impossible” says Patricia, our talented Graphic Designer and creator of the “Lagoa”, a beautiful, layered plywood tray.

 

Surf Board - Arbortech Tools

 

Max, another Novice and the company Management Accountant goes on to say “I was a little nervous before using TURBO Plane, I have not had any practice using it. I was afraid I would take too much wood off and there would be no way to fix it. But I was very surprised at how fast I got the hang of it – it was actually the most enjoyable part of the project: using the TURBO Plane.  I also used the Power Chisel to carve the design and TURBO Shaft to carve the holes to install the fin – they were also fun to use – surprisingly, it all went as I envisioned (it is a true testament to how user friendly the tools are – I have never made anything out of wood before).”

 

wooden Manta Ray - Arbortech Tools

 

On another note, the more experience staff woodworkers did not fail surprise either, showcasing their perfected techniques, talent and creativity.  A testament to this is Matt Cormack, our Product Designer who has been with Arbortech for over 20 years. He carefully sculpted his piece out of Plywood. The challenges lay in the fact that the project was small and the wood was fairly unstable which resulted in small pieces breaking off. Despite these challenges Matt managed to pull off a beautiful piece of woodwork called “Manta”.

 

Now take a look at for the rest of the pieces…

 

Flame by Sven - Arbortech Tools

Cheese Board - Arbortech Tools

Gadget Tray - Arbortech

Wood carved wine holder - Arbortech Tools

Wooden clock - Arbortech tools

Wooden Book Ends - Arbortech Tools

Wood desk organiser - Arbortech Tools

wooden shark sculpture - Arbortech Tools

wood peanut bowl - Arbortech Tools

wood vessel sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Wooden Sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Organic Wooden Bowl - Arbortech Tools

Walnut Wood Tray - Arbortech Tools

Wood chisel fish picture - Arbortech Tools

Wood Beer Carrier - Arbortech Tools

Plywood Sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Pine Totem Pole - Arbortech Tools

Cat Tree - Arbortech Tools

Chiseled Name Sign - Arbortech Tools

Koala Sculpture - Arbortech Tools

Wooden Emblem carving - Arbortech Tools

Candle Holder - Arbortech Tools

Paella Tray - Arbortech Tools

 

Saving the best for last – obviously this piece won 1st place, but I bet you wouldn’t believe this won first place in the NOVICE category!  Jana was initially inspired by the Arbortech creation of the Twist Candle.

 

Wooden Side Table - Arbortech Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

A chat with Australian wood sculptor Ian Bell
We talk to professional woodcarver and sculptor, Ian Bell about his passion for woodwork, Arbortech and his new found adventure with Sculptures at Killalea.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into wood carving and sculpture?

Years ago I lived in Tasmania and worked as a ship builder and gained lots of experience using every type of hand/power tool available .I was looking for something creative to do in my spare time and in 1995-96 completed an associate diploma in art craft and design and have been hooked on wood carving ever since.
How does your life of woodcarving compare to your life before? Do you ever miss you previous career’/s?I have much more freedom now and can structure my days around creating artwork. As far as my previous career goes, it was a means to an end and has now allowed me the opportunity to pursue my passion.
What is the inspiration behind your work? Can you tell us a bit about your artistic style or technique?I love nature and particularly the ocean and try to echo the shapes and patterns I see into my work. I would describe my style as free-form and try to always incorporate texture, form and contrast.

 

 

 

You have your own gallery now, how did that start?

I supply quite a few galleries with my work and have a gallery section on the website. It takes hard work and lots of time.

 

How have our (Arbortech) tools played a role in your sculpting process? Do you have a favourite tool?

I have been using the Arbortech woodcarving attachments on my grinders for many years and find that they allow me to move lots of material very quickly which means I have more time and energy to produce even more work. All the tools serve a purpose but if I had to choose a favourite…it would have to be the Industrial Woodcarver.

 

What is your favourite piece and why?
Hard question to answer…they are all my favourite pieces while I’m working on them because that’s when I’m learning the most as every piece has it’s challenges and no one piece is the same.

 

You are a co-founder of the Sculptures at Killalea festival that’s making its debut later this year in NSW. Has your passion for wood carving played a part in creating the Festival? Tell us what sparked this idea and what you hope to achieve with this event?
Definitely, and the idea to create this type of event stems from one thought, which was “How good would sculptures look in this beautiful area.” My hope is that people and particularly kids get that light bulb moment that starts them on their own journey with sculpture or any other creative pursuit.

 

To visit Ian’s gallery online: http://www.ianbellcreations.com.au/

To find out more about Sculptures at Killalea please visit http://www.sculpturesatkillalea.com.au/
Arbortech Staff Woodworking Competition Entries 2015

Mahi Mahi

by Matthew Cormack

I used leftover 12mm marine ply from the floor of my boat.  I traced the fish off a photo by eye onto one of the pieces and roughly band sawed it out.  I used that as a template to draw it onto three more pieces and band sawed them all out.

The four fish shaped pieces of ply were laminated using Aquadhere, a wood glue.  I used the TURBO Plane to rough out the form of the fish, using the layering in the wood to help with the contours (see unfinished picture showing the contours).  It was finished with the Mini TURBO and Contour Sander prior to using diluted food colouring to add the colour.

 

Winners of the Arbortech Staff Woodworking competition 2015

Winner of the judging Panel Prize was won by Junior Linke (Blade supervisor) for his lamp which he  called “Natural Light”.  Junior was inspired to make this after seeing a guy carve a cowboy hat  in the States while working at a Wood Show.  He used a lovely Mallee Burl piece for the shade which is a very hard West Australian wood and a piece of Olive wood for the base and centre pole.
 

1) Junior’s first step was to rough out the centre of the burl with the TURBO Plane checking the depth regularly so as not to go through.  Then sand the outside and Junior used the Contour Random Sander.  He then started planning down the piece of Olive wood to eventually make a cylinder for the stand which he then sanded.

 2) Once he was happy with the thickness of the burl shade he used the TURBO Plane to start taking the thickness down.  The best outcome would be to end up with a very thin layer of wood which will allow enough light to penetrate when illuminated.
 
3) After sanding the inside of the shade, Junior then started work on the base of Olive wood.    He basically followed the shape of the wood using the TURBO Plane and TURBO Shaft before sanding off with the Contour Sander. You might also notice his very inventive way of holding the shade in place which was scraps of high density foam glued together with the basic shape left hollow and a great “clamp” for the shade.
4) He then used the TURBO Shaft for drilling a hole suitable for slotting in the stand.   Once he had done this, he glued the stand into the hole.  Before gluing he drilled a centre hole in the stand for the wiring and fitted the electrical fitting to the end.