Now Shipping! New Husqvarna TS 70 and TS 90 Tile Saws

Husqvarna is proud to present two new saws to the Husqvarna tile saw lineup – the TS 70 Tile Saw and the TS 90 Tile Saw. The TS 70 Tile Saw is the new alternative to the TS 250 X3 Wet Tile Saw and the TS 90 Tile Saw is the replacement for the discontinued TS 250 XL3 Tile Saw.

As a brand built on excellence, Husqvarna’s new tile saws are designed to meet the toughest jobsite requirements. The new tile saws have many of the same great features contractors rely on but with new design features for even better performance. Robust features like exceptional cutting capacity, patented water containment system, versatile cutting abilities, and optional stands will exceed even the most demanding contractor’s expectations.

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Improved Cutting Capacity with Versatile Cutting Abilities

Compared to the TS 250 X3 and TS 250 XL3 tile saws, both the TS 70 and TS 90 feature an improved, larger cutting capacity. With the popularity of large format tile, investing in a tile saw capable of handling large format tile dimensions gives the versatility to bid on a wide range of jobs. The TS 70 can perform 28″ rip cuts and diagonally cut 20″ x 20″ tile while the TS 90 has an impressive rail saw like cutting capacity and is capable of 36″ rip cuts and diagonally cutting 24″ x 24″ tile.

No high performance tile saw is complete without plunge and miter cut abilities. The TS 70 and TS 90 both feature a rotating motor head for 22.5 and 45 degree miter cuts and can also perform plunge cuts for receptacles.

 

Jet Stream Water System

Both the TS 70 and TS 90 feature Husqvarna’s patented Jet Stream Water Containment System. The Jet Stream system helps to keep water and slurry in the cart for a cleaner work space.  In addition to keeping the workplace cleaner, the innovative water delivery system also helps minimize slurry on the tile face – less slurry on the tile face means less slurry having to wipe off after each cut. Spend more time cutting and less time wiping off slurry!

 

Optional Stands

There are two optional stands available for the TS 70 and TS 90. The first optional stand is a Fixed Leg Stand that comes with integrated wheels for convenient maneuverability.

The second optional stand is the Adjustable Rolling Stand. Both the TS 70 and TS 90 are robust tile saws – the Adjustable Rolling Stand turns into a cart so the saw can be easily maneuvered around the jobsite by one person. The Adjustable Rolling Stand also features adjustable feet for uneven surfaces and can be raised and lowered to different heights for maximum usability.

If you are in the market for a new tile saw, be sure to check out the Husqvarna TS 70 and Husqvarna TS 90 Tile Saws at StoneTooling.com today!

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StoneTooling.com now Carries Schluter Online!

We are proud to announce Schluter products are now available on StoneTooling.com.

Up until now, Schluter had a strict policy for distributors regarding the sale of Schluter products. Distributors could only sell Schluter products to their specific geographic region, and breaking this policy could result in the distributor completely losing their ability to sell Schluter products.

While some retailers side stepped this policy by purchasing from other Schluter dealers and reselling on unauthorized auction sites like ebay, this voided all warranties on those products.

Beginning in January of this year, Schluter changed their long standing policy and are now allowing authorized distributors and dealers to sell Schluter products online. For years we have carried Schluter products in-store for local customers, and now for the first time, we are excited to have Schluter products available on StoneTooling.com for our customers nationwide.

Schluter Kerdi Shower System - StoneTooling.com

Schluter Kerdi Shower System – StoneTooling.com

Schluter is a worldwide manufacturer of innovative stone and ceramic tile installation systems. Master Tile Setter, Werner Schluter, began his tile installation company in 1966 and in 1975, launched his first tile installation product, Schluter-Schiene.

From there, Schluter would become the largest supplier of leading-edge installation systems in the industry.

For many of our customers, finding a quality shower system is key for new bathroom installations and bathroom remodels. With a preformed shower system and waterproofing membrane, a watertight shower can quickly and easily be installed without need for a traditional mortar bed.

In 1987, Schluter developed Schluter-Kerdi Waterproofing Membrane to meet the quickly growing need for a bonded waterproofing solution.

From this original Kerdi waterproofing product, the Schluter Shower System evolved into a complete and seamlessly integrated system of preformed components including shower trays, benches, waterproofing corners, and both traditional and linear drains. With the Schluter Shower System, installation time is dramatically reduced and made easier than ever.

Whether it’s small, residential applications or large scale commercial jobs, Schluter products and Shower Systems give you uncompromising quality that customers across the world have come to expect and rely on for each job and installation.

Visit StoneTooling.com to shop Schluter online for the first time.

Laticrete Launches New PermaColor Select Grout

Laticrete has announced the newest addition to their comprehensive line of grout products, PermaColor Select, ready to launch on February 3, 2015. PermaColor Select sets itself apart from other traditional grouts with an innovative, two component design that features a highly engineered, neutral-colored grout “Base” with the industry’s first dispensable dye “Color Pack.” The highly pigmented Color Packs produce the most consistent and uniform colors on the cementitious grout market with the premier performance that you’ve come to expect from Laticrete.

permacolor_selectPermaColor Select can be used in both residential and commercial installations and provides optimum performance in interior and exterior applications. The 40 vibrant colors (plus 30 top colors from competitors) resist efflorescence, and with StoneTech Sealer Technology already implemented in the grout formula, no further sealing is required.

PermaColor Select is suitable for grout joints from 1/16″  to 1/2″ on both walls and floors and is reinforced with Kevlar for crack and shrink resistance. Additionally, PermaColor Select features GreenGuard certification for low VOC along with Anti-Microbial Protection, making it ideal for areas that need extra defense such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Using PermaColor Select is a simple and straightforward. The PermaColor Select Base is available in 12.5 lb and 25 lb bags and does not contain any premixed color or pigment. To add the color, use 1 PermaColor Select Color Pack per 12.5 lb bag of Base or 2 Color Packs per 25 lb bag of Base (each Color Kit contains 2 Color Packs). To mix, drop the dispersible Color Packs directly into a bucket of clean water and mix until the pigment is dispersed and the packet has dissolved (similar to how laundry or dishwater packets dissolve).

When the Color Pack is no longer visible, add the PermaColor Select Base and mix with a slow speed drill mixer for a minute. Allow the grout to slake for 5 minutes, and then mix for one additional minute. At this point, the grout is properly mixed and ready for installation.

The ingenuity of PermaColor Select is not only its top-of-the-line performance but also in the two component design that becomes an asset to a  contractor’s business. The advanced pigment technology of the Color Packs and strict manufacturing quality control virtually eliminates color variation between batches. Additionally, because the grout Base requires separate Color Packs and does not contain any pigment, leftover Base stock can be used job after job, reducing inventory and waste.

Join us in store on February 17, 2015 for a Laticrete New Product Training Seminar!

Pearl’s New Tuscan SeamClip Leveling System is Now Available

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Are you looking to level your tile installation without having to buy a removal tool or use multiple parts?

The new Tuscan SeamClip is a one-piece leveling system that requires no tools to install or remove.

Simply purchase the appropriate SeamClip for the thickness of the tile you’re working with, embed the bottom plate into the thinset between the tiles and close the wings until the snap into place.

You are left with a flush surface while the installation settles. Once everything has dried, you can knock the SeamClips off with a rubber mallet and proceed to grout.

The Tuscan SeamClips are not reuasable in any way but are inexpensive, and easy enough, for a do-it-yourselfer to use.

Leveling systems are great for large format tile and are a small investment for the ability to have a flat surface for years to come.

The Tuscan SeamClips are available in various quantities and tile thicknesses HERE.

Laticrete to Launch Hydro Ban Sheet Membrane and Board

Laticrete has announced that they would be launching 2 new products that align with their Hydro Ban category of pre waterproofed shower installation products.

Hydro Ban is an industry leader in liquid waterproofing membranes. Since the launch of the Hydro Ban Shower Pans, Benches and Niches, contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike have been able to save time and money with a complete shower installation.

The first new product is the Laticrete Hydro Ban Board:

Laticrete Hydro Ban Board

HYDRO BAN Board is made with a high-density polystyrene core and a reinforced, waterproof cementitious coating on both sides. Available in a variety of thicknesses from ¼” to 2” (6 mm to 50 mm) the HYDRO BAN Board can be used as a substrate for tile and stone on walls, ceilings or floors, as well as in many installations requiring dimensionally sound and stable substrates.

The other new product from Laticrete’s announcement is the Hydro Ban Sheet Membrane:

Laticrete Hydro Ban Sheet Membrane

HYDRO BAN Sheet Membrane is ideal for use in interior applications including showers or tub surrounds, commercial and residential kitchens, backsplashes, walls and floors, and wet areas. Its consistent thickness and best-in-class perm rating of less than 0.5 perms also make it suitable for use as a vapor barrier and waterproofing membrane for steam room and steam shower installations over green mortar beds.

The new line of products will be available at launch at StoneTooling.com.

Buying Schluter Online May Void Your Warranty

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Schluter is a great company that makes great products. The only drawback some customers may experience is that Schluter products may not always be available in certain areas.

Because of this, many customers like to take to the internet and order from an online retailer.

Typically, there is nothing wrong with that but Schluter has a strict policy that only allows distributors to service certain geographic locations. For instance, we have been a Schluter dealer for years. Since we are based in Southern California, we can only sell to customers in our local territory.

If we break that agreement, we may very well lose our ability to sell Schluter products.

What many online retailers are doing is skirting the rule by purchasing from a Schluter dealer and reselling it through their website.

This affects the customer because, according to Schluter policy, all Schluter products that are sold through on online auction site like eBay or through a company that is not recognized as a dealer or distributor, voids the warranty on the product.

If you are a contractor or home owner, you need to ask yourself “is buying it online more important that having a warranty on your shower?”

According to Schluter:

Our warranty requires proof of purchase. The purchase of our products from unauthorized distributor or non-recognized dealer voids the warranty. For a list of current dealers and distributors near you, or if you are unsure whether an internet reseller has been authorized, please call Customer Service at 1-800-472-4588 or make use of the Dealer Locator available on our website here.

Further, no warranty is available or offered on any Schluter product purchased on the internet from an unauthorized reseller or web-based auction. All warranties on such products are void by said sale.

Protect yourself and your customer and make sure you purchase from a reputable source.

New Lower Prices For Tuscan Leveling System Announced

P673As large format tiles become more popular, the need for a leveling system becomes more apparent. In order to give your clients, or yourself, the best looking installation with no lippage, leveling systems from companies like Pearl, QEP or Rubi Tools are almost a requirement.

Today we are proud to announce that we are able to bring our customers more competitive prices on The Tuscan Leveling System.

With a major decrease in pricing, working a leveling system into your job should be a no brainer. Avoid stubbed toes and complete a project that you or your clients will be happy to look at for years to come.

You can find the full line of Tuscan products HERE and be sure to check out our kits which include a FREE installation tool. All Tuscan products include FREE Ground shipping.