Working with NY Unilock Authorized Contractor, Adams Landscaping, to Cut the Perfect Curves
It’s no secret that curves add a sense of flow and a more natural appearance to a design. For contractors, adding these embellishments will often require additional cutting of the pavers to achieve the right shape and size for a snug fit. Fortunately, with the right tools and know-how, cutting pavers for a curvilinear design is a relatively simple process. Here Unilock Authorized Contractor, Adams Landscaping from New York, demonstrates how to make the necessary measurements, transfer the measurements, and make the required cut.
Pavers can be cut or split in a number of ways, either manually or mechanically. For manual splitting, a hammer and wide-edge chisel is needed. The paver is first scored all the way around using light blows starting with the narrow sides. Once scoring is completed, a heavier blow will split the paver. Remember to clear the area beneath the paver of pebbles and debris before scoring. This method can come in handy when heavy equipment is not available or is otherwise in use.
The Guillotine Method
For a dust-free split, Unilock recommends a guillotine paver cutter. The paver is simply placed between the blades and the blades are adjusted to lightly touch the paver. The paver is then easily split by pulling down on the handle. This method is more accurate than manual splitting and can save time on the job.
A power saw equipped with a diamond blade or abrasive can also be used. However, dry cutting equipment produces dust and is not necessarily quicker than the guillotine method. Concrete dust can be damaging to vehicles and the surrounding landscape, so this should be avoided. To reduce the amount of dust produced, a water attachment can be used. The advantage of portable power tools is the amount of mobility they allow, particularly if they are gas powered.
A wet-run table saw fitted with a diamond blade offers precision cutting of pavers and produces very little dust. However, it will produce residue filled water that should be removed from any paved surfaces regularly to avoid staining. Because of its size and attachment to a faucet, a table saw lacks mobility so can be time consuming.
Most contractors will quickly develop their preferred method for cutting and splitting pavers, but being able to adopt a different method in the field to adapt to the challenges of a specific site can be a huge advantage.
For more information refer to the Unilock Advanced Tech Guide.