I would do this the same way I'd do it for an added door or window in brick. I wouldn't attempt to saw anything. I chip out and salvage brick so that I can have proper finished edges in the brickwork and any necessary lintels. If you cut the brick, you're likely to cut through a hole in some and have that exposed. I have seen it done where the opening was finished out with wood and had wood trim on the surface of the brick. That looks tacky and doesn't match the other openings.
In my opinion one of the best must haves. The blades are costly, but the first time you use one and the brick
is intact and reusable the end justifies the means.
Dust much less than grinders and much safer / user friendly. I'd take it over a crack chaser blade on a re-p
oint job also. When we first used them they were perfect for cutting missed weeps.
They will cut head joints all the way out without disturbing the bricks above and below. Very professional result, as with every hand tool there is a small learning curve.
Never heard any cons in reference to them? We have about 5 now.
I heard that they weren't up to the job they claimed they could do, bog down in harder mortar, blade gets dull quick etc.... Maybe there are different models. They've certainly come down in price from when I first saw them, I might get one if I get an addition that will require 50' of toothing in
Arbortech use to let you try before you buy. We used a demistration model for 30 days. That was back when they were new on the scene I guess 10 years ago or so. They were very pricey in those days and the blades were the hardest pill to swallow. Never had a bogg down. We cut type S the entire time. We are held to unusual tolerances with chips we push the envelope as to cut down on waste / culls. Every now and then the ACOE will make us change a chipped brick out and a shiner here and there. So out comes the Arbortech and a few minutes later we cross item off punch list.
I like my aborteck but don't love it, have had it for 4 years now, great for restoration work, anything with soft joints, hard mortar no chance, Despite what the ad says, the teeth chip of the blades quick and they ain't cheap to replace.
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