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Who uses the Rocko Chisel?

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Thinking of picking up the Rocko from Trow and Holden, since I apparently can't get through one single job without buying new tools.

I am thinking the 2" to use for rock facing. Do you use it more or less than your hand set?
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What he said. I haven't used one but form looking at it it looks like a cross between a set and a chipper. I think if you have bot a set and a chipper that would be better, but if you had neither it may be able to sort of do the job of both
I would say my carbide set is used the most of all my stone tools.
x2. I use the handset all day, the point and tracer just when needed, but the set gets used on every stone
Mostly all we get around here is the limestone and sandstone. Some of the sandstone is fairly hard but it has striations in it unlike granite, it likes to chip off when trying to cut it against the grain. Watching the videos, and the stone they are using, they just don't look like they would be that great of an improvement for my environment/material.

I work 90% with either sandstone or limestone. The carbide is a huge improvement over regular cold chisels, particularly with the sandstone. While sandstone itself isn't always very hard (although some that is almost quartzite can be very hard if it's been out of the ground for a while) it's because the binder isn't that hard, but the matrix is (sand is very sharp and hard). Cold chisels going through tons of sandstone need to be sharpened daily (sometimes twice daily if the one chisel is getting used a lot) carbide maybe once a month. Even limestone requires weekly sharpening at least, but I sharpen my carbides once a year if they need it or not.

Personally i think all you really need to do is invest in a handset and familiarise yourself with how to use it. A brickset/bolster is a poor tool to use for cutting stone in any other application beside layering it. When you want to face the material or square it up a set is the best all around tool for the job. You can buy a cold steel one for $15 or so for a 2.5". If you find it improves your perfromance (and I'm sure it will) you can buy a carbide one on-line for $80 plus S&H, not a huge output to save time and increase quality.
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