If you decide to start repairing and approach the issue of recessed pipes and wiring in the walls to give a finished look to the rooms, then you will probably need a tool such as a wall chaser. On the one hand, it cannot be called too common, since, due to its functional characteristics, it is acquired extremely rarely, and it can be used even less often if it is not useful for you at work. Therefore, before you still buy it, you should understand what this tool is and pay attention to the main aspects that should be considered when choosing. This is what we want to talk to you about today.
What it is?
Also known as a groove cutter, a chasing cutter is a highly practical power tool under the conditions described above. Its main function is to create grooves (grooves) of appropriate sizes in walls made of brick or concrete, where wires and pipes are hidden during the repair process. Working with it may not be the easiest due to various circumstances, and therefore, when choosing, it is important to take into account a lot, from its design features (dimensions and ergonomics) to basic and additional features such as power or a dust collection system.
The principle of its operation is not much different from the same angle grinder, which, by the way, can replace the wall chaser in some cases. True, the latter option is fraught with the fact that you risk spending much more time on the process of creating a furrow, and there is a high probability that it may not turn out to be the most even. Therefore, from the point of view of saving such important resources in repair and construction work as effort and time, it is recommended to use exclusively the furrow-maker. In addition, it will provide much more opportunities, such as adjusting the parameters of the strobe, which we will definitely talk about later.
1. Power of the wall chaser
Naturally, as is the case with many other power tools, first of all you just need to pay attention to the power indicators of the channeler. The power range of current models on the market can range from 1000 to 2600 W, everything that is more commonly classified as wall saws. It is logical that the understanding of the area in which you are going to use the furrower will help you to decide on the choice of the model with the optimal power. That is, for a little work at home or in an apartment, a simpler version with a power of up to 1500 W is enough. On the other hand, if you need this tool as a professional in the field of overhaul, then the best solution would be to take a more productive model.
The next parameter emerges from the previous parameter – the dimensions and weight of the tool. It is clear that the higher the power of the wall chaser, the larger and heavier it can be. And this is no less important in working with him as a whole. In the modern market for construction power tools, you can easily find both compact models, weighing only a couple of kilograms, and more professional ones, up to 10 kilos. So here, as with the previous aspect, the fact where and how you are going to use it will play an important role. Surely you will experience a little pleasant, making furrows in the ceiling of a cramped room, holding a 10-kilogram apparatus above you.
Simply put, for periodic housework, occasionally lending it to a neighbor, a compact furrower up to 5 kilograms would be an ideal option. In addition, such a tool is more convenient to store, especially in an apartment, where there may not be too much free space. Conversely, if you need a powerful model, then you should look towards the heavier ones. In addition to all this, do not forget about the ergonomics of the model you are looking after, because if it is simply inconvenient to hold, problems can only increase. Especially if you work with him on an ongoing basis.
3. Number of chasing cutter discs
Last but not least, you will also need to decide on the number of working disks at the chaser, since this also has a certain importance for the workflow. Considering the fact that it is intended primarily for making grooves in the wall for wiring and pipes, then it should not surprise anyone that models with two discs are more common. This configuration allows you to make even furrows quickly and efficiently. But there are also models with one disc on the market, which allow, on the one hand, to slightly expand their areas of application. Despite the fact that the process of curling itself may take a little more time with them, the absence of a second disc will allow you to use the furrower for cutting work. Moreover, you can cut metal, stone and concrete.
It is imperative not to remove the second disc in order to cut something, as this may be unsafe. The disks themselves are, as you know, a consumable, and their diameter will be an important feature in their work. It has a direct impact on the width and depth of the strobes, so keep this in mind.
4. Dimensions of the strobe
These aspects, namely the depth of cut and the width of the groove, partly derive from the disc diameter indicated above. If we talk, for example, about depth, then it depends on this most of all. In general, for adjusting the depth of cut in the construction of the chaser, special skids are provided. However, if you take discs with a large diameter, then you simply will not be able to reach the minimum depth. Whereas smaller discs provide the ability to adjust the depth from zero, which in certain situations will be extremely useful.
As for the groove width, it is primarily regulated by the washers between the discs and depends on their distance from each other (in the case of models with two discs). This parameter is less dependent on the disks themselves. However, again, the minimum available width for installation can vary. Usually it is about 3-10 mm minimum and 45-65 mm maximum. Nevertheless, the first indicators may change due to the thickness of the disc. Logically, the thinner the latter is, the smaller the minimum available distance will be. True, in work, more often than not, it is better when the distance is as large as possible.
5. Noise level
It will come as no surprise to anyone that all construction power tools generate a fair amount of noise during operation. It couldn’t be otherwise. However, you can always try to minimize this indicator by paying attention to it before buying. There is probably no point in explaining why wall chasers make a lot of noise. You are still going to cut the stone. But, if you want it to be as small as possible, then look towards less powerful models. True, only if you can afford it. Since it is not prudent to prefer low noise to the high power you may eventually need. In this case, if necessary, it will be easier to additionally purchase protective headphones.
It will not be superfluous to work with a power tool if it has certain protective mechanisms. Fortunately, most wall chasers have one. Among the most common are disc jam protection. From a security point of view, this option should be present on the model you are looking for, especially if it is to be powerful. You never know what can go wrong, and if the disc jams during the chasing process, models with this protection either turn off completely or go into idle mode.
There is also more commonplace, but no less practical in terms of safety, protection against accidental activation. Although, in terms of safety and the tool itself, it is important to have protection against overheating, because the furrower has to work not in the easiest conditions, constantly experiencing a certain load. The presence of such protection will allow you to avoid troubles and very expensive repairs, allowing the wall chaser to serve you reliably and for a long time.
When choosing any product, and especially a power tool, it is important to pay attention to the manufacturer. Of course, the products of a popular brand may cost a little more, but there will be no questions about quality. And even if they do, it is much easier to find answers to them on the net for a model with a recognizable name than for some “nameless” analogue. Today, some of the most popular manufacturers of wall chasers in the domestic market are: Hitachi, Bosch, Makita, AEG and several others. True, in the budget segment there are worthy products of such companies as ZUBR, Interskol and Prorab. The latter are especially well suited for home use.
8. Additional aspects
So, after all the main features worth your attention when choosing a wall chaser, we tried to touch on the most informative, you can also briefly go over other features. They are not that they can play a significant role, but for someone they can be just as important. Such as the length of the network cable. Well, yes, this is of course important, especially in facilities where power supplies can be located quite far from the required place. But you can always use an extension cord, even if it is not always convenient.
It would not be superfluous to get a good guarantee with reasonable terms and quality service. Since you are unlikely to want to buy a construction tool that will immediately fail, and you will not be able to do anything about it. Well, do not forget to pay attention to the cost of the furrower. On average, a high-quality and powerful model can cost you a couple of tens of thousands of rubles, but you can always find a more affordable, and no less good alternative if your budget is limited.