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Masonry equipment is an essential component of inventory for any construction crew that is building a structure that is 65% brick or more.Masonry Equipment

Masonry equipment is an essential component of inventory for any construction crew that is building a structure that is 65% brick or more. Masonry equipment is most commonly found in the residential construction market, although many small office buildings consisting of brick are also built with these tools. These tools first became popular in states like Texas, where a large number of 75-80% brick buildings are constructed annually. In many other parts of the country, masonry equipment is used extensively to construct vital portions of buildings made from brick such as school building walls, hospitals, prisons and jails, and basements. Easy Rack has a number of tools that can be procured for specific applications to help fulfill project demands for any number of similar construction projects.

Veneer Scaffolding

Veneer scaffolding is available that is much less expensive than conventional scaffolds. Designed to save you time in the construction of short partition walls and basements, they are some of the most useful tools you can purchase for this purpose. Veneer scaffolds are extremely lightweight and feature single-piece construction that requires no assembly. They stand on adjustable legs that allow them to be erected on either flat or sloping surfaces, creating a stable and safe two-level platform that keeps masonry equipment and supplies within the reach of workers at all times.

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To allow workers to maintain a constant stock of bricks without losing momentum, brick carts should be used in conjunction with veneer scaffolding.Brick Carts

To allow workers to maintain a constant stock of bricks without losing momentum, brick carts should be used in conjunction with veneer scaffolding. Brick carts are more effective than wheel barrows and brick barrows because they feature forks that grasp and lift entire stacks of brick at a time. Workers have reported that it takes less than 1/3 the amount of time to spot brick around a construction site using a cart than it does with other tools. This is a great way to eliminate overtime that can kill your profit margins in a tight economy.

Mortar Tubs & Buggies

Specialized masonry equipment for specific applications can further reduce the time it takes to complete your project. Mortar tubs, for example, can place mortar right next to the scaffold within quick and safe reach of workers, then moved away and stacked at the end of the day using forklifts. If forklifts cannot access the part of the wall your crew is working on, mortar buggies can be used as substitute transports into hard to reach places that would otherwise slow the project down. If workers are working at heights over 4.5 or 5, you might want to also consider investing in plaster and masonry stands that elevate equipment and tools so workers do not have to bend down to reach them. This helps maintain momentum and reduces the risk of slips and falls that can result when people have to fumble for supplies.

Larger projects may require more heavy duty masonry equipment than scaffolds, stands, and tubs. For these applications, you might want to consider using crane forks to move banded blocks or brick pallets. Cranes forks are designed with a steady center of gravity that will balance heavy payloads and prevent falloffs that could injure workers or result in material losses.

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