Wall chaser buying guide
Arnold, Researcher / handyman, Birmingham10 guides
- Cutting depth
- Cutting width
Wall chasers: disc or cutting head?
Equipped with 2 to 6 discs, they can cut through any material almost effortlessly.
The discs in question are segmented diamond discs equal to pretty much any cutting task. These models are the most widespread and versatile models of wall chaser.
Similar in appearance to a router, these models are equipped with a milling cutter and can only cut relatively soft materials such as wood or plaster.
Don't try to use a milling cutter to make grooves in hard materials such as concrete or stone!
What's the right wall chaser for my purposes?
Disc and cutter wall chasers are different in terms of both ergonomics and technical characteristics.
Concrete and other hard materials require the more substantial, two-handed disc chaser to make grooves in them.
What are the important characteristics of a wall chaser?
Cutting depth can be adjusted by means of a control knob, in a range of about 5-75mm.
Adjustable from 10-40mm with a set of spacers between discs, or on a cutter model, by changing the cutter diameter.
Number of discs
The more discs you have, the easier the work and the longer your groove will last! 6-disc machines are ideal for professionals requiring regular use. For home DIY use, you models with 2 or 4 discs.
Diameter of discs
This relates directly to the machine's chasing capacity. The greater the diameter, the more powerful the machine, the faster it runs, and of course the heavier it is!
Note that wall chasers produce a lot of dust and debris. This is why some models are designed to be connected to a vacuum cleaner. Make sure the vacuum is powerful enough to absorb the flow of particles produced by the chasing machine.
How to use a wall chaser?
- What you want to embed: electric ducts, water supply or wastewater pipes
- The depth of groove: base this on the size of your pipe or duct
- The width of groove: same deal as for depth
- The route of the duct or pipe through the wall or other surface
If you trace freehand in pencil, it'll be difficult to ensure a straight groove. And with chasing, you definitely want to follow the straight and narrow path. Some high-end chasers are even equipped with a laser to help guide your cutting.
What precautions should I take when using a chaser?
There are lots, especially in renovation!
Make sure you have enough length of cable to make your groove without creating an obstruction or hazard.
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Arnold, Researcher / handyman, Birmingham 10 guides écrits
I'm a trained chemist working in the pharmaceutical industry as well as a self-taught DIY enthusiast. Oh, I'm also a new dad, but that doesn't stop me from tinkering because working with my hands is second nature to me. I'm motivated by the extra energy it gives me - and I love making things for my daughter.
The word 'tinkering' doesn't always describe what I do in my free time, though. I've already installed five kitchens, renovated a flat and built an extension for my own house. Over the last three years, I've pretty much done it all: insulation, plasterboard, electrical work, patching, painting, parquet, sanitation. That basically adds up to 60 m2 of work made entirely with my own two hands!
Lucky for me, my wife is passionate about decorating and interior design. It means I don't have to worry about things like colours and patterns.
My motto: great tools and materials are only half the battle, the rest is patience and attention to detail. So, if you need advice, look no further! We're here to help and we're passionate about what we do.
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