28 August 18
"This is our new prototype Guarda stone cutting saw. This saw was conceptualised and built in less than 3 weeks and was inspired by the recent silicosis TV spot on Channel 10's, The Project. This story focussed on the growing number of cases of silicosis amongst stonemasons in Australia when cutting engineered stone using equipment with inadequate silica dust controls.
The saw in this video uses our own proven technology, from our larger saws, to manage silica dust risks. A combination of water and vacuum control mitigates the silica dust whilst also removing most of the slurry and all of the exhaust fumes. It weighs less than 6kg's. Independent testing on our larger concrete cutting saws indicates that using this method is significantly more effective at dust suppression than using water or vacuum alone. In the video, there is no visible dust during cutting.
The next step will be to take some silica dust measurements on this saw. We are confident the results will speak for themselves. We will share these soon."
Craig Penty, Managing Director, Guarda Group Holdings Pty Ltd, 28 August 2018.
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