Product Showcase: Tile Tooling & Accessories
The Alpha® Pool Coping Kit comes with all of the components necessary for the coping application for 5-cm (2-inch) thickness. Alpha also offers a 6-cm (2 3/8-inch) Profiler V as an optional profile wheel. The Profiler will create a uniform bullnose edge with ease using the VDP-700 variable speed rotary polisher when used with wet sanding/polishing kit (WSPKIT). Most of the popular paving materials have a honed surface so that #80 Sandpaper will create a matching finish on the profiled edge.
Accurate tile setting requires perfect tile leveling to prevent lippage. Tiles that seem perfectly level during installation often show a variance in height after the thinset or adhesive cures. Now, thanks to the Raimondi Leveling Spacers available from Braxton-Bragg, the installation process is faster and it eliminates or reduces grinding to remove lippage. An added benefit is that the low-cost Raimondi system provides a huge savings over the other leading brand of lippage reduction systems.
Carpet Gear’s Ergonomic Adjustable Trowels are made for spreading material with less fatigue and strain to the wrist. The adjustability of the handle design makes it the easiest and most comfortable trowel to use. With a 10-inch offset handle, it allows for the installer to cut tight to the wall without damaging knuckles. The innovative design of the handle set at 15 inches below center line allows for maximum height of thinset material. Sizes include 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2, 1/4 x 3/8 x 1/4 and 1/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 inches.
Custom Building Products
Successfully installing tile or stone requires the right tools to apply subfloor prep products, mortars and grouts properly. SuperiorBilt® tools from Custom® are engineered to deliver unrivaled professional-quality performance. Comfortable, ergonomically balanced and made from high-quality materials for long-term durability, every tile pro should have a full assortment of SuperiorBilt® premium tools, including cut and mark tools, prep tools, set tools, and grout and finish tools.
The new Diamond Vantage TS400 Tile Saw is designed to handle bigger, harder and heavier materials. The lightweight saw, which only weighs 65 pounds, is equipped with a 2 HP motor that is suited to cut tiles up to 24 x 24 inches. The unique stainless steel horizontal rails are virtually impossible to bend, and the horizontal bearing system holds the table incredibly tight for precision cutting. An adjustable motor is available for small or large tiles. A complete package, including a blade, side extension table, rip and diagonal guide, miter wedge, wrenches and stand is available.
iQ Power Tools
iQ Power Tools introduces its Cyclonic Dust Extractor with HEPA Filtration. The iQ426HEPA utilizes cyclone technology, meaning less than 1% of the dust reaches the filter. It has four stages of filtration utilizing seven cyclones. Its Power Management System gives the unit the ability to control amp draw automatically. In addition to the auto-start feature, the system automatically balances power between the tool receptacle and the vacuum. Features include a steel cart with an accessory rack, attachments and a 14-foot anti-static hose.
The Tuscan SeamClip™, only from Pearl Abrasive, is the world’s first one-piece tile edge leveling system that virtually eliminates lippage on a variety of gauged tiles. Made in the U.S. from recyclable material, the Tuscan SeamClip’s innovative design dramatically reduces settling caused by shrinkage. It is easy to use, as it interlocks the tile creating a single slab surface, while reducing the need to re-lift and re-set the tiles to ensure alignment. No tools are required.
Prosupport Tube System from Progress Profiles is an adjustable support system of seven elements only to realize outdoor floating floors from a height of 29 to 1,000 mm. For 74 to 1,000 mm heights, it’s recommended to insert the pipe of the desired height into the base, push it all the way and insert the ring. The screws have to be screwed on the base with the hollow side upwards for self-leveling; heads up to 5% slope or upside down to have fixed heads. After this, the floor has to be laid on the heads.
The Rubi range of premium diamond blades offers professionals the latest technology in diamond blades to obtain the best possible results. Rubi VIP blades offer the latest in Turbo blades technology, with a specific design that allows the cutting of hard materials (porcelain, stone, etc.) with a 30% higher speed. The VIP Dry diamond blade is recommended for dry cutting hard materials, while the VIP Wet diamond blade is recommended for cutting hard materials. The blades are intended for straight cuts and are not suitable for mitering.
Natural tones, as well as black and white, continue to be the most frequently used and on-trend colors in tiles. Schluter-Systems’ popular Trendline textured finishes are available in the 4-inch square Kerdi-Drain-Style series of shower drain grates and Schluter®-Shelf shower shelves. The same highly durable powder coating procedure used to apply these finishes to Schluter profiles is used on the drain grates and shelves. Six different finishes are available on profiles, grates and shelves: matte black, matte white, stone gray, greige, cream and bronze.
Spider Tool Holster™
The Spider Tool Holster™ is designed to change the way you carry your power tools. No more dropping or setting your tool down. The Spider Tool Holster clips onto your belt, putting any tool right at your hip and ready to use whenever you need it. The Tool Holster set includes one tool holster and one tool grip. Equipped with a quick release lock, the holster can attach to any belt or tool belt, and accomodate tools up to eight pounds. The elastic grip can easily stretch to fit any handheld tool handle.
Tenax 4- and 5-inch dry cut blades work great on Dekton®, ultra-compact and porcelain. These thin blades will produce a fast, clean straight cut with minimal chipping during the process. Designed with a rigid,
heat-reducing core, the blades were designed for wet or dry use. They are available in 4-
(#4D-41952) and 5-inch (#4D-39794) formats.