New Year’s resolutions… almost all of us make them, even if we have little hope of keeping them or if we disagree with the practice entirely. It’s simply too tempting to look forward to a fresh start and want to make the most of it.
What New Year’s resolutions have you made and how are they going so far? So many of us pick the typical ones like losing weight, eating better, exercising more, or quitting some unhealthy habit. This isn’t a radical blog post. It’s just a reminder to take it easy on yourself and to be forgiving. One of the worst things that can happen when making New Year’s resolutions is that when you screw up you abandon the project entirely. One thing we’ve learned in life and work is the value of perseverance. Don’t stop just because things aren’t going your way. Don’t give up because you failed. These resolutions are about bettering yourself and you can’t do that if you don’t show yourself enough love and care. Let yourself be imperfect. It’s okay.
In many years of business we have seen our fair share of failures and setbacks, but we’ve learned to overcome them and that’s essential to both life and business. Let’s enjoy this year of bettering ourselves together!
Christmas was a time to celebrate family and friends and to remember the things that bring us together. At Rodeo we celebrated with our family and our employees and our friends. We celebrated twenty years in Business, too. This celebration started last January when 2018 marked our 20th anniversary. We gained many new customers during this year and we strengthened relationships with old customers. Now is a time to reflect on what we’ve learned over the past twenty years, what we learned over the last year, and what we hope to learn in the coming year.
At Rodeo we like to keep things simple. While it can be tempting to compete with others and it’s important to remain competitive in terms of pricing, there’s no point in trying to be something that we aren’t. We thought a lot this year about growth and about the future and we considered where we might go carefully. We considered the success of our operation in Medicine Hat and the continued, reliable success of our Calgary location. But, we are a family business at heart, and while that doesn’t mean small it does mean we want to maintain our focus. We are customer driven. We have made it to where we are by satisfying a reliable core of customers and we hope to continue to do that in the future.
So, looking forward to the New Year, to a successful 2019, we hope to expand carefully without losing focus on our customers. We’re not eager to become greedy and lose sight of the people that brought us here over the last twenty years. We’re eager to establish the relationships that will define the next twenty years.
Happy New Year to you all.
Darryl & Cindy Romaniuk
So far in our introduction series, we’ve introduced core drilling and wall sawing, now we want to take a little time to introduce the concept of slab sawing so that our customers are aware of the type of equipment being used on their projects and how it works.
A slab saw is a relatively simple piece of equipment all things being equal. What a slab saw is is essentially a self-propelled vehicle with a blade driven by a front rotor. This blade can be mounted on the left or right of the saw to fit into tight corners. In addition to powering the blade (which like a wall saw blade is segmented with diamonds and cuts by friction), the saw also uses hydraulics to lift and lower the front end of the saw which in turn raises or lowers the blade and changes its cutting depth. Slab saws can be mounted with incredibly large blades and cut to surprising depths. Like all other saws and drills, the entire process is lubricated and cooled with water.
Slab saws, unlike wall saws and core drills, cannot be mounted to a surface, so they are restricted to relatively flat surfaces with limited inclines. This makes them ideal for large demolition projects, road cutting, and green cutting of fresh concrete.
It’s been a while since our last introduction blog post. In that one, we discussed core drilling. In this one, we’re going to discuss wall sawing in enough detail that customers can feel prepared for the type of work we will be doing.
None of these introductions are intended to be complete, and they couldn’t really be. All of these types of equipment are quite complex and have a variety of uses. However, we will endeavor here to explain the use of the wall saw in plain terms that should help newer customers to understand the work.
A wall saw uses a motor (either electric or hydraulic) attached to a traditional circular blade. The motor itself is mounted to a geared track along which it travels. The blade connected to the motor is attached through an arm that can orbit the body of the motor. In this way, a wall saw has access to two primary motions. First, it can travel along the track it is mounted to. This track is attached parallel to a concrete surface and determines the available cutting dimensions for the wall saw. Second, it moves the blade position by moving its arm causing the blade to plunge into and rise out of the surface the track is mounted to.
When the saw is powered on the blade begins to spin. The blade has segmented teeth like a wood blade, except these teeth are impregnated with diamonds and work by friction, not removal. The saw can then be moved using the motor and track to the desired position where the blade arm can then plunge into the surface and begin cutting. An operator controls hows quickly it penetrates the material it’s cutting to avoid overworking the saw or over-penetrating the material. The blade is lubricated and cooled with water during this process. Newer units allow the use of remote controls to work away from the saw while it is cutting.
All of this equipment allows a wall saw to be mounted to nearly any surface and then cut openings of almost any size. This is what makes the wall saw the ideal choice for windows and doors, but there are also many other options where other pieces of equipment just can’t reliably be used.
That’s it for an introduction to wall sawing. Look forward to an article on what to expect when wall sawing is being performed on your commercial or personal property.
A lot of people don’t realize that we here at Rodeo Cutting & Coring Ltd. also offer snow removal during the Winter months. It’s perhaps not an overly complicated process, but there are still some things to know about snow removal if you’re interested in taking advantages of our services.
Many companies use plows attached to the front end of trucks, and while there are some advantages to this approach, we at Rodeo make use of our excavation equipment like skid steers and dump trucks to take care of snow removal.
Given the nature of the equipment we use were best equipped to handle business snow removal, especially large parking lots and other areas such as loading docks.
Snow removal isn’t just a matter of convenience, for you, the customer, the failure to remove snow can be a legal liability and a hindrance to the continuation of a regular work schedule.
Our prices are affordable, and our service is impeccable. If you’re interested in snow removal services this Winter, please give us a call to learn more.