New product announcements: 05/19/2010 Air-powered Saw: Cuts Panels and Pipe The Esco APS-438 Air-Powered Panel Saw can be used to make cuts in stainless-steel, super-duplex stainless-steel, inconel, concrete-lined pipe and other hard construction materials. The saw comes with a standard fiberglass-reinforced blade or an optional carbide-tipped steel blade and makes a 43⁄8-in.-deep cut. The APS-438 easily can attach to boiler panels using a pair of weld tabs or a quick clamp for trimming new panels. A rigid chain-mounted clamp system allows for single-pipe work. The saw is powered by a 3-hp motor and requires only 80 cfm per minute. Esco
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.