Our Philippine house project – equipment shopping

Our Philippine residence task – gear searching

Setting up our home in the Philippines. Buying our construction tools in Iloilo.  Delivered, premixed concrete is almost never employed in household building in the Philippine provinces. In simple fact, many properties are created with no even a cement mixer.  The concrete is mixed on the floor by personnel with shovels. When we ended up looking at a two story property, we have been certain a gas powered mixer would be a fantastic financial commitment in the quality of the concrete and the basic safety of our dwelling and ourselves.  This is earthquake nation and current functions in Haiti cannot enable but concentration the thoughts on structural style and design and design good quality.  Although we ultimately decided to develop a just one story property, we resolved to obtain a gas run mixer for the job.  After all, we’re building a dwelling which is practically totally concrete — not to point out driveways and carport.  The mixer will enable us to regulate and thoroughly mix the concrete we use.  The cost of the mixer is a incredibly modest share of complete construction value and it will be sold at the time the venture is accomplished.

We appeared at mixers at numerous areas.  The ideal we noticed was at “New Alright Marketing” on Ledesma Street in Iloilo Town.  New Ok impresses as 1 of those people frantically active businesses which move a significant volume of merchandise out of a small storefront. They appear to be to know their solution, have a good stock of spare parts and can service what they promote.  So considerably, we are amazed with “New OK”.  They promote and restore all types of gas and diesel equipment such as generators, brush cutters, chain saws, agricultural and development equipment.

Concrete mixer in entrance of New Alright in Iloilo

We also acquired a more unique bit of machines, a gasoline driven internal concrete vibrator. Just one of the challenges of making with reinforced concrete columns, is finding the concrete to move all-around all the rebar in the relatively small column kinds and totally fill all the voids without having creating the concrete so soupy that it is weak.

Concrete Vibrator engine


Vibrator wand

We determined to purchase a Chinese-produced gasoline driven inner concrete vibrator to assure the high-quality of the columns.  This is made up of a Robin 5 HP fuel motor with a coupling for a six meter extended flexible shaft.  At the stop of the shaft is the vibrator system. It bears a frightening resemblance to the equipment used in a colonoscopy! The vibrator is inserted into the soaked concrete filled column to make certain that the concrete fills just about every void.

A word of warning.  The appropriate use of a concrete vibrator can definitely produce far better concrete.  However, it’s probably that your crew will not know how to use the vibrator and might produce even worse concrete.  Unless you teach on your own beforehand so that you can correctly educate and supervise your crew, you may be greater off devoid of the vibrator.  There are some guidelines on vibration and plenty of other details in this PDF from the Australian Concrete Affiliation.

The value of the mixer was P48,000 with a 6.5 HP Briggs and Stratton motor.  A Robin or Honda engine would have extra P7,000.  Once very pleased Briggs and Stratton is now the overall economy option. We experienced a choice of a gentle duty mixer with a Robin or Honda motor or a heavy responsibility mixer with a Briggs and Stratton engine.   The significant responsibility mixer seemed 100% far better than the more cost-effective product so we opted for it.  The value of the vibrator was P17,000.   As it turns out, both equally the mixer and the vibrator needed repair.  The Robin engine experienced a defective ignition and had to be returned for fix.  Both occasions a problem getting repairs would have been brought on vexing delays in the project, but ended up delighted to report that New Alright has truly stood powering the products they sold us.  The Robin motor on the concrete vibrator was fixed while we waited below warranty, at no demand.  We ran the cement mixer for one particular day and our foreman sensed that all was not perfectly.  He taken out the mixer bucket and identified that  the principal bearing roller bearing was frozen.  He hopped on a jeepney to Iloilo Metropolis and afterwards the identical day a technician from New Alright appeared at our work internet site in a New Okay truck with all the equipment and replacement parts necessary to change the faulty roller bearing — and the new bearing was a United states of america-built Timken.  The entire repair was completed so instantly and at no demand, so we fortunately suggest New Okay if you will need power gear such as generators, brush cutters, pumps, compressors, welders and similar products.  New Okay, 29 Ledesma Avenue, Iloilo Metropolis.  033-337-1023, 335-0509, 337-6931.

Concrete vibrator in action

Concrete vibrator in action

Small business finish of the vibrator

Dependent on the first two weeks on the challenge, we just can’t picture not owning the mixer.  It would make better concrete a great deal, much faster.

Rebar cutter in motion

This is a reinforcing bar “rebar” cutter.  Cutting and forming rebar is a huge aspect of building in the Philippines.  On our fence task all rebar was lower with hacksaws.  For the house we invested in this rebar cutter.  It speeds up the perform at minimal incremental charge.  I simply cannot say the amount of “Lenox” hacksaw blades we purchased on the fence job but it was dozens.  This cutter price tag P4,300 and will be bought at the close of the project.  We acquired our at Far Jap components in Iloilo City.  Far Jap is nirvana for the builder with just about every sort of software you can visualize on show.

Update.  At the stop of the task we had no trouble offering the equipment.  We marketed the mixer for P38,000 and the vibrator for P13,000.

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