BRICKLAYERS AND BRICKLAYING CONTRACTORS
(Q) Is using a Stihl Brick Jigs quicker than using a trowel to cut bricks?
(A) In almost all cases using the Brick Jig will be far better than
using your trowel. It only takes a second or so to pick up a brick and
whack it with a trowel, the problem is usually the result, and that
depends on a number of things. For instance, the type of brick, the
accuracy you require and the amount of wasted bricks you can accept.
Hard bricks, engineering bricks or any bricks with holes in will be
difficult to break accurately and often get wasted because they shatter.
Accurate half-bats are often required for insulation in the cavity or
cavity closures in the reveals and even full bricks wonít reliably break
in the right place. If the bricks donít break accurately then the
wastage quickly becomes a factor.
The Stihl Brick Jigs are fast to load and once you have the size of
cut set, you donít need to keep re-measuring. As an example, you can set
up and cut 20 x Ďhalf batsí on a Large Brick Jig in less than 1 minute
40 seconds, thatís 5 seconds for each half bat. Once you have set up,
you can re-load and cut even quicker because there is no measuring
(Q) Is using a Stihl Brick Jigs quicker than using a disk-cutter with the brick under the foot?
(A) Compare using the Brick Jigs to using a disk
cutter with the brick under your foot. You need to measure and mark
every brick, pick-up and put down the disk-cutter, and cut trying to
follow a mark that either disappears in a cloud of dust or under a spray
(Q) Do you need any additional safety equipment or to take any additional precautions when I use the Brick Jigs?
(A) No more than any other time you use a disk-cutter. Cutting the
bricks wet is always preferable to cutting dry; this will avoid the
dangers of dust in the air (and make your blade last much longer). Wear a
face-mask, eye protection and the other safety equipment you would
usually wear on a site. Concentration will always help to avoid
accidents, but because you complete your cuts quicker, you spend less
time with the disk-cutter in your hands.
(Q) Having to keep finding tools including my disc cutter or
Hammer & Bolster to cut bricks is a time consuming problem on the
job every time I put them down, having to find my Brick Jig or walking
over to it every time is going to be even more of a pain?
(A) Like many things, a little planning and preparation helps on any
job and that includes bricklaying. A simple count up on windows and
doors will usually give you a good idea of the number of halves you
might need. Cut them at the beginning of the job and bump them up to
where they will be needed. If you have a 3/4 to cut, measure the first
cut and then cut them all in one go. If you have squints on a job, cut
and stick them before you start the job. All this can be done in quick
time and once your cuts are done, you can focus on the thing that makes
money, laying bricks.
(Q) Why donít you cut the bricks all the way through on the Brick Jigs?
(A) You can if you want to, by either turning the bricks over in the
Brick Jig (that will ensure you have a square face-cut on both sides) or
you can put the bricks flat on Packers like you would if you were
cutting squints. However, it is more popular for the majority of cuts to
leave the brick whole after you have cut most of the way through.
Bricklayers usually find this far more convenient when moving the cut
bricks around the site. Snapping the brick on the back of the cut gives
you a perfectly usable break and is a lot easier than bumping loads of
cut bricks around the site.
(Q) Can you cut blocks on a Brick Jig?
(A) You can cut concrete and thermalite blocks on the Large Jig. Itís
easier if you remove the front fence first. The common practice is to
make your cut and then turn the block over on the Jig to cut through.
(Q) Does the Cutting Guide wear out?
(A) The disk on the cutter only runs on the Cutting Guide for the
first couple of passes. After that, the groove you cut in the brick
becomes the guide. The result is very little wear on the Cutting Guide.
The Cutting Guide can, however, be replaced as a separate spare part if
ever you need to.
(Q) Do I need anything else to go with the Brick Jig to be able to use it?
(A) If you are only cutting house bricks and you are making face cuts
you donít need any accessories. If you want to cut bricks flat (eg. to
make squints) you will need Packers and End Stop Extensions. If you are
cutting block paving you will need Packers and End Stop Extensions and
you will also need a Spacer under the Cutting Guide. (See the
descriptions for the use of Accessories).
(Q) Can I use any make of disk-cutter with a Brick Jig or does it need to be a STIHL TS410?
(A) You can use any 12Ē (300mm) disk cutter with the Brick Jigs. The
key parts on the disk-cutter are the blade (must be 12Ē) and the collars
that hold the blade on, which are universal on all disk-cutters.
(Q) How do you justify the price of a Brick Jig if you donít do lots of cuts?
(A) Even if you just add up the small amounts of time you stop to
make cuts, it soon adds up. Planning your cuts and doing them on a Brick
Jig will save all those little stop/start moment. The wastage you
generate with inaccurate cuts also adds up on your materials bill. If
you buy specials, the pay-back by doing them yourself is very quick. At the end of the day, what price do you put on safety?
(Q) If I have a lot of cuts to do, I usually make up my own Jig, which must be cheaper than buying one?
(A) You need a hammer, nails, a board, some timber or a scaffold
pole, a tape measure and the time to find all that and make up some sort
of holding Jig. You have to line bricks up, the bricks rattle, they
move, the last one often bears no resemblance to the size of the first
one. Some end up in the skip. And at the end of the cuts, you need to
make another jig because the next cut is not the same as the last! This
is also a hazardous practice and a Health and Safety issue. The Stihl
Brick Jig can be set-up in seconds and adjusted for any cut as you need
it. All cutting would then be done safely.
(Q) I can go out and hire a bench saw and get a labourer to cut the bricks. Why would a Brick Jig be better than that?
(A) If you have enough cuts to hire a bench saw, you can use a Large
Brick Jig. On a bench saw you can only cut a few at a time, you have to
cut them all the way through, its slow and you have the problem of a
power supply. A Brick Jig is much faster, more accurate, you can leave
the bricks whole for much easier handling and you can either buy or hire
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