I have about six tons of "Windsor Wall" blocks, plus a few tons of pavers I
have to set. The "Windsor Wall" blocks are about 12" wide, 6" deep and 6"
tall. There is a lip on one edge so one can stack them, and they form a
receedin taperedg wall. The pavers are about 6" x 8" x 2".
I need to cut a lot of them, either to make them fit, or cut into halves.
I cut a couple with a diamond blade on a Skil M77 saw, and they did good,
just a ton of dust, and a lot of time. Plus, blades are $20 per.
I can make a hydraulic press (I'm a welder) that will chomp these between
two blades, but first I would score a line on each side about 1/8" deep. I
have seen blocks and bricks cut with a wide mason's chisel, and done a few
myself. It works good if you have a line scored, and make a good solid hit
with a large hammer.
Has anyone had any experience with "chomping" these blocks/pavers between
two sharpened steel edges using massive hydraulic pressure to achieve
"Steve B" wrote in
Here's an existing design for ideas
I think I'd just lay all the full blocks and then rent one for a half day
to do all the cuts at once. Unless you intend to use the tool again in the
future there seems to be litte point in making one. Except if you just want
to build it for the sake of building it, been there, done that.
That is pretty much the simplest and diamond blades sure are cheaper than
they used to be for those diameters. Be easy on that saw as I either
overused it in a rural area with low power or it just had an armature go bad
and they changed the design and mailed it back instead of repaired it.
A real mason saw has the blade perhaps twelve inch diameter on an arm which
goes down with pressure on a foot pedal and the table you put the block on
goes forth and back over a pan to direct the water to a drain. If you want
a welding project you could re design a junk table saw to copy that. I am
not sure if the larger blades have had the price drop of the small seven and
eight ones had.
Are you in Mass? I forget where folks are, I bought a real mason saw like
I mentioned at auction once and have the motor and blade holder under cover
and the rest outside, no blade. I don't want to sell it but I wouldn't mind
loaning it out if it came back with a blade.