And I promised a follow-up post highlighting my top 5 power tools. Here you go.
Every single hardscape job we do includes a base layer compacted with our handy plate compactor. I once described this to a client as a lead weight with a lawnmower engine attached. It’s a little more than that, but run a plate compactor over loose gravel, add a little moisture, and you’ll see exactly how much gravel can compact. And if you still think your hand tamper is doing the job, try running the plate compactor over your handtamped gravel. What do you know, it still had some more settling to go. A valuable tool indeed.
So there you have it -- 5 must-have power tools if you're working in the hardscaping trades. And like last week's hand tools, there are certainly some omissions on this list; Reciprocating saw (sawzall) and cut-off saw come to mind quickly off the top of my head.
What tools could you not get by without?