Scoop Dolly At Home Depot

Home Depot loves the Scoop Dolly for their Window & Door departments.  They’ve learned that it keeps their employees safer when moving these large and heavy products, while at the same making it possible for one employee to do the work, rather than two or more. And that helps productivity.  Another plus:  the employees really like it, too!  Scoop Dolly is win/win for employers and employees.

In order to provide the in-store training that their employees will need, Mike (owner) and Christopher (GM) went to a nearby Home Depot yesterday to create a training video, featuring two Home Depot employees.

Setting up to video at Home Depot
Setting up to video the tutorial
Setting up the video camera
Setting up the video camera
Mike explaining how to use the Scoop Dolly
Mike explaining how to use the Scoop Dolly
Mike at Home Depot explaining the Scoop Dolly
Mike explaining the Scoop Dolly use
Mike explaining the directional wheel accessory
Mike explaining the directional wheel accessory

Here’s a different Scoop Dolly video if you want to learn more.  If you’ve got windows and doors to move and load, the Scoop Dolly will make your life much easier!

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Another Great Show-IBS 2019

Saw Trax owner, Mike Della Polla, and Saw Trax General Manager, Christopher Main were manning our booth at IBS 2019.

It was another great show!

Our featured product, the Scoop Dolly, was a big hit.  It’s perfect for moving windows and doors, and also for moving our very own Christopher in a Box!  It’s also great for moving large appliances.  Mike invented it out of his own need to move and load our vertical panel saws.  It solved his problem — maybe it could solve one of yours!

Leverage is the reason the Scoop Dolly is so safe and easy for one person handle large and heavy items such as windows and doors.

 

 

Scoop Dolly at a window warehouse
Scoop Dolly At Work at a window manufacturer
Scoop dolly with pre-hung door loaded
Pre-hung door, loaded all by herself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to talk to us about the Scoop Dolly, send us an email or give us a call at 770-924-0021!

 

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Saw Trax at IBS 2019

Yesterday kicked off this year’s International Builders Show in Las Vegas.  It’s going great so far!  If you’re in the neighborhood, come see us at Booth SU4007.

IBS 2019 Video Team
IBS 2019 Video Team
Christopher in a Box
Christopher in a Box – IBS 2019
Chistopher in a Box
Christopher Still in the Box
Chistopher hanging on tight!
Christopher hanging on tight!
Lowering Christopher to vertical
Putting Christopher back down!
Introducing the Scoop Dolly IBS 2019
IBS 2019 video team introducing Saw Trax and our Scoop Dolly
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When Inspiration Strikes

When Inspiration Strikes!

It happened when demonstrating the Panel Express during the 2012 IWF Show.  The Panel Express is an all-terrain, self-adjusting sheet carrier designed for carrying sheet goods in a crowded shop; over air hoses, extension cords, debris, and other obstacles.  A visitor to our booth liked the product, but he had other needs.

“I want it to carry my sheet goods, but I also want it to carry my finished cabinets.”

the Saw Trax panel express
The Panel Express

Clearly, the Panel Express wasn’t going to be the answer this gentleman needed!  But those words did inspire the birth of the Dolly Max all-terrain utility dolly.  

Dolly Max_001
Dolly Max

The development started with a flat top version of the Panel Express.  It then morphed into a box type structure that enclosed the large tires used on the Panel Express and still used the 5” locking casters of the Panel Express.   To make the box carry sheet goods, vertical posts were used in different post positions on top and horizontally in different post positions on the sides. E-track openings were added to all sides to allow straps, including E Track straps, for use on the dolly. 

By putting the posts through the sides, the carrying capacity almost tripled, allowing it to carry cabinets.  By using the posts in vertical and horizontal positions, many different items besides cabinets can be carried – like mattresses, bales of straw etc. 

The box was later altered to allow the posts to be used as wheelbarrow handles.  Finally, the dolly was again altered, putting the wheelbarrow handles inside the box to allow easier movement through doorways.  When inspiration strikes, sometimes it comes one bit at a time!

Testing is being done now to introduce a powered version of the dolly to make it self-propelled by an electric motor.

Maybe we can solve your material handling challenge; send us an email letting us know what your challenge is and let’s chat!

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Dollies Made To Meet Your Needs

Carts & Dollies Made To Meet Your Needs

Customizing Scoop Dolly to meet your needs
Conversation at the supply vending machine company.

My goal is to design and build the carts and dollies that solve material handling problems.  The original Scoop Dolly was the result of my own need to move our vertical panel saws in the safest and simplest way.

Last week, I met with someone who wants to use our Scoop Dolly to drop a vending machine door onto a pin attached to the frame.

He already likes how the Scoop Dolly makes it easier to move his vending machines and their components.  But he also needed a product that would help him in other ways.

Some of his machines have two doors, an upper and a lower, and he was thinking that if the scoop dolly could help him drop on the top door, like he drops on the lower door onto the pin that holds it, it would add value to just moving the pieces around.

By learning his product and his problem, over the next two days I designed and built the prototype.

The door is positioned tilted back and then when tilted upright, the hole in the bottom of the door lines up over the pin and the door is positioned. It allows one person to attach the door instead of two, and makes it easier on the one person because the door is always supported. This version has a three position shelf.

The resulting prototype allowed him to drop on the top door like he drops on the lower door onto the pin that holds it.  Problem solved!

If you have a material handling challenge, send us an email!  Maybe Saw Trax can help you solve it with a cart or dolly made to meet your needs.

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Superior Value In All Of Our Products

Here at Saw Trax, we have a simple philosophy.

Make A Superior Product
Our products are made with a critical eye for detail, the best materials, and a craftman’s heart.

It’s why we use sealed steel bearings; they will last for the life of the machine and always roll smoothly.

It’s why we have a patented alignment system, called Accu-Square.  That means that once it’s set, your cuts will always be square and you don’t have to think twice about it.

Respect Our Customers
It’s why we won’t sell you anything you don’t need.

When you call us, our customer service representatives will ask a lot of questions, and listen very closely to your answers! Most likely, they’ll ask you a question about something you hadn’t even considered – all because we want you to purchase the right machine for your needs!

Yes, we have lots of accessories that are very useful but if, for example, you don’t need a laser guide … we’re not selling you one! We know our panel saws and carts are going to last a long time (like “family heirloom” long!) – and we want you happy every time you use them.

Offer A Whole Lot Of Value For Your Money

It’s simple. Our goal is to have sustainable, profitable growth by providing a superior value in each product we produce, through innovation, customer service and superior workmanship.

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Cutting 7 Gauge Sheet Steel – No Kidding

Our Saw Trax vertical panel saws are probably the most versatile panel saws on the market!

With our Universal Plate, it takes just seconds to switch from a wood cutting saw to a metal cutting saw. The sealed steel bearings ensure that the carriage moves smoothly, every time.

And check out the dust collection system. It really sucks (in a good way).

Whatever you need in a panel saw, Saw Trax has you covered.
saw trax panel saw cutting steel sheet

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Cute And Creative Ideas With Coroplast®

It’s not just for yard signs!  You might never have heard of Coroplast®, but you’ve definitely seen it (corrugated + plastic = coroplast)!  Last year’s midterm elections brought yard signs out in force, and those sturdy visuals are made of Coroplast®.

It comes in sheets, in a variety of sizes and colors, is very affordable, and is extremely durable. And because it’s inexpensive and sturdy, it’s not just for signage anymore!

If you’re helping decorate a school, church, or local theater production, consider Coroplast® for your set design. Check out some of these ideas.

Because Coroplast® is weather-proof, it is great for outdoor holiday decorating! Spice up your Halloween with some yard ghosts, your Christmas decorations with some gifts on the lawn.  Pinterest is LOADED with ideas (of course… that’s why it exists!).

You will need to be able to CUT the Coroplast®, however, and for that you will need a special cutter.  Not surprisingly, we are partial to ours!  You’ll also want to pick up coro-pins to hold your corners together.  Learn what you need to know about cutting your Coroplast® from our video below.  Happy creating!

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Before You Shop: 10 Tips For Purchasing A Panel Saw

10 Tips to Choosing the Best Panel Saw for You

All panel saws seem the same, so how do you know which one to purchase? Since the devil is in the details, we came up with 10 tips to help you choose the best panel saw for your needs!

1. Does it use an “Off the Shelf” saw, or is it a proprietary saw?

  • If you’re looking at a panel saw that uses a proprietary manufacturer’s saw, plan on long downtimes when you have a saw problem. Being proprietary, you will have to buy it from the manufacturer and wait for it to ship. Our saws use a standard Makita 5007F or a Makita Hypoid that you can buy at the local store.

2. When your blade needs replacing, how easy is it to find your saw blade size?

  • Does the saw use a standard 7.25″ saw blade, or is it a non-standard size used in a proprietary saw? Big name stores carry almost two dozen different 7.25” blades. If you choose a proprietary saw using an 8″ job site table saw blade, be prepared to special order it and pay a higher price.

3. Consider the bearing mechanism.

  • The bearing mechanism should be designed to make the carriage move smoothly and with no play. Saw Trax uses sealed steel bearings, which provide friction-free movement. Our competitors use a U-bolt with black rings as bearings. With these, when the play is taken out, the carriage becomes harder to move.

4. Material support

  • Material support is an important consideration, especially if you’ll be cutting full size sheets. A Saw Trax full size machine uses 18 material rollers, as well as a center step for support, vs. 14 rollers of other panel saws. Keep this in mind when comparing brands.

5. Square Cut Alignment

  • For square cuts, guide tube alignment with the material rollers and roller alignment is critical. Saw Trax has a patented “set it and forget it” alignment system called Accu-Square, which ensures square cuts for the life of the panel saw. The rollers are not adjustable so there is only one adjustment for squaring vs. 13 on other panel saws. Make sure to keep this in mind as you compare panel saw systems.

6. How easy is it to replace key components?

  • Unfortunately, as hardy as panel saws can be, they are subject to damage in transit, or in store, or in your own shop (can’t tell you the number of times we’ve heard of rampaging forklifts killing saws … Yikes!).
    At Saw Trax, we know “accidents happen” and so on our saws, two key components are bolted onto the frame:  the guide tubes and the fences. Both can be changed out in minutes.
    When welded components like the material fence or guide tube become damaged, you will need to replace the entire saw. Also, the heat from welding often distorts the material and can leave unseen faults that will affect the structural integrity of the metal, but it is a less expensive way to manufacture.
    Because structural integrity is so important, bridges and buildings are riveted/bolted, never welded.

7. Take your function and materials into consideration!

  • There are many different materials people use, from OSB to plywood, from acrylic to PVC, from hardwood to solid surface, and more. If you will be using several different materials, you want a machine that is flexible for your needs. Saw Trax uses a quick release carriage (change it in 8 seconds!) that allows for different tool inserts to be used. Different cutting tools are available, such as a router insert that accepts many standard routers, a pivoting knife insert for dry wall or foam materials, a glass cutter or a rolling shear. These options are not available in competitors’ standard machines. Some Saw Trax customers buy a second saw instead of changing saw blades for different materials (aluminum and acrylic) or a steel cutting saw turning the panel saw into a steel sheer.

8. How long does the machine take to set up?

  • It varies among brands, so take time to compare. Saw Trax provides many components factory-attached like a stand, wheels or optional mid fence, which means you’re nearly ready to go as soon as the machine arrives. You’ll be cutting in no time.

9. Flexibility of feed

  • For some operations, it is faster having your measuring system on both sides of the cut when cutting pieces from a full sheet. This is why Saw Trax provides one vertical and two horizontal measuring tapes.

10. Dust Collection

  • With so many different materials, such as cement board, and the chemicals in some substrates, air-borne particulates become an important concern. At Saw Trax, we have the dust brush surrounding the saw blade under the insert with a 2.5″ hose attached to the dust bonnet, which can be attached to a standard Shop Vac for extraction of the suspended particulate. Our design also keeps the hose away from the saw, which sounds obvious, but not everybody does it!
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Scoop Dolly Shows Off!

Yesterday, we visited Atlanta Specialty Millwork to show them our Scoop Dolly in action. The demonstration went great!

Because there was no dock transition plate, they needed two loaders to hand-carry a door unit into the truck. When the scoop dolly with the dock transition wheels rolled over the gap and into the truck, these guys were sold!

Their current dolly also needed two guys for unloading – to keep the door or window unit from slamming into the wall and breaking.

Not anymore! With our Scoop Dolly, the user can stand on the dolly when unloading. This means that the unit can be let down slowly without slamming into the wall.

Thanks for letting us visit, ASM! We’re happy our Scoop Dolly can make your loaders’ work lives easier, faster, and more productive!

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