Cold Cut tools could increase site safety

Cold Cut tools could increase site safety

Makita’s lastest Cold Cut saws are designed to reduce sparks, vibration and dust – helping to increase site efficiency and safety.

When heat is generated from a metal cutting saw, or angle grinder through the use of an abrasive wheel, the operator requires a GC07 Hot-Work permit in order to operate the machine. This permit is required for any operation involving flames or when heat or sparks are generated from works such as brazing, torch cutting, grinding, soldering and welding. Using abrasive wheels to cut metal results in the generation of sparks and heat which together creates a natural hazard.

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Makita’s steel rebar cutter

Makita’s Cold Cut range of products address the issue of heat and sparks generated within the working environment. In most cases, says the company, the use of these tools will overcome the requirement of a GC07 Hot-Work permit.

The company’s range of Cold Cut saws extends from mains to battery powered tools and includes the LC1230 (305mm) mains TCT Cut-Off Saw and the (136mm) TCT 18V LXT Brushless Lithium-Ion cordless metal saws.

“Contractors today have many health and safety issues to consider not least of which is vibration which is addressed with our Anti Vibration Technology and the Super Joint System, and of course, dust. But there is a specific focus on sparks and heat and Makita has the equipment and market leading technologies and accessories to address all of these important concerns. Our machines have some of the lowest vibration levels on the market, which is recognised by the hire industry, and we have an extensive range of dust management systems that meet international standards. Additionally, our ever increasing range of cordless machines are helping to overcome the hazard of trailing leads,” commented Charles Shaw, Hire and Construction Division Manager, Makita UK.

The range also includes two cordless rebar cutters, enabling users to effectively and efficiently slice through reinforcing bars. The recently introduced rebar tying tool compliments these products, offering efficient application of rebar tying wire.

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