The aesthetic most requested in today’s rural housing market is a natural-looking exterior. Homeowners want cozy, inviting spaces for their guests to hang out, but they don’t want things to look improper when compared to the surrounding landscape.
For this reason, many homebuilders and landscapers are now offering natural stone as an option for not only exterior treatments but also for interior structures such as low walls, fireplaces, and bathroom flooring. Kitchen applications include flooring and backsplash areas, as well as bar tops and islands.
Exterior Home Structures
Fieldstone patios and outdoor fireplaces create upscale outdoor living spaces that blend in with the natural surroundings. There is something rustic, yet elegant, about natural stone used on the exterior of a home. A stone facade gives a home an upscale value compared to vinyl siding and, not only does it look nicer, but it creates a feeling of strength and safety.
Many landscapers are also incorporating larger numbers of natural stones, rather than preformed pavers and red brick walkways. Natural slabs in unique shapes and a variety of colors create a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing entryway to any home and blend with the surrounding better than man-made pavers. Pool contractors are also getting in on the natural stone craze. The days of poured white concrete and ceramic tile seem to be over, as designers are opting for flagstone decking and large stone landscaping with natural plants incorporated.
Problems with Using Natural Stone
Handling stone can be a pain, literally. The weight of large stones and their awkward shape make it hard to get a good grip without causing physical injury. Even with a lift or claw, there is so much potential for injury when working with natural stone. One moderately sized boulder can easily break bones if dropped unexpectedly.
Even smaller, flat stone pieces can have sharp edges that cause deep, painful cuts. Not to mention the smashed fingers when laying the stones in place. Plus, all that continually lifting and bending. Ouch! It can really do a number on your body.
Another problem to consider is how the natural stone will travel from the mountain or field where it naturally occurs to your job site. Hiring a crane truck to traverse a rocky mountain trail is not the ideal situation, especially if you are hiking up some steep cliffs to find the perfect piece of stone for your project. Thankfully, there is a tool that makes the job so much easier and safer.
Introducing the GRABO
The GRABO is made by Nemo Powertools for contractors, craftsmen, and professionals.
The body of the device is made from a high-end, durable plastic composite called PA6. This high tensile nylon polymer is specially designed and approved for power tools. The GRABO handheld lifting device weighs just 3.3 pounds, with the battery in place, and has an ergonomic molded handle to fit comfortably in the hand. The small size of the tool makes it easy to clip onto a belt hook for carrying to the site.
The vacuum provides 11.6 psi of suction for even the toughest lifting jobs. Interchangeable suction pads safely adhere to glass, ceramic, tile, and natural stone. The uneven, rough surface of stone makes it almost impossible for most vacuum lifters, but the GRABO was designed for multiple types of surfaces. Not only does it form a tight seal on natural stone, but the vacuum pressure remains in place for hours.
The GRABO operates on a rechargeable battery, making it ideal for going out into the natural surroundings and selecting the best stones for your job application. It also makes worksite application great. You don’t have to ask to plug into electricity or run a noisy generator all day. The 14.8V Lithium-Ion battery recharges in just two hours and holds a charge for 1.5 hours on non-stop running. The battery will last through 900 Off/On cycles. Another outstanding feature is the failsafe on the vacuum that allows it to hold its seal even if the battery goes dead in the middle of a job.
The GRABO has great lifting power and is rated to lift stones up to 375 pounds. Imagine how easy your job will become if you attach a couple of GRABO devices to that huge boulder and just pick it up and move it. No heavy equipment is needed, and you can place the stone exactly where you want it, the first time. If you do decide to use a crane or a lift, it’s no problem with the GRABO. Just attach the hook to the handle of the device, just as you would attach a claw arm to the cable. The GRABO’s push button, stay in place vacuum system means the device won’t let go, no matter how high you lift that rock. The secret to GRABO’s exceptional holding power is the self-enclosed vacuum suction motor and the specially designed, lipped suction pads. The extra lip creates a degree of flexibility that most rigid suction pads don’t have. It is this added flexibility that allows the pad to adhere to uneven surfaces without problems.
The GRABO sells at an unbelievable low cost, under $300 USD. How is that possible? The GRABO is 100% assembled in the same factory by an assembly line of skilled and trained workers. Each worker does only one job to insure the highest degree of quality. Each step of the process goes through multiple fail-safe tests and safety checks. If a product part doesn’t do what it is supposed to, they won’t use it. Nemo Powertools offers a one-year inclusive warranty and provides exchange or service in the case of a faulty product. The US facility is located in Las Vegas, Nevada for your convenience.
The GRABO is a professional contractor’s tool and only sold through authorized flooring and building supplies retailers across the world. Be sure to ask your retailer if they have the GRABO in stock. For more information, visit GRABO