Construction of any type requires the proper tools. SIP Panel construction is no different. The good news is that sip tools are not complicated and the tradesmen engaged in the construction of SIP Panel manufacturing will be able to use these construction tools quite easily. The tools you find here are required to create proper edges for joining sip panels together.
SIP Tools to make SIP Panel production possible.
The hand tools presented here are selected for their ability to cut thicker panels and produce clean edges. The specialty saws shown here are not required for panels less than 2-1/4″ thick. Traditional saws used on most construction projects will be suitable. The edge routers are required if you plan on producing “finished” walls.
These saws offer deep cutting capabilities. The oversized blades on the circular saw allow for clean and straight cuts on panels up to 6-1/4″ thick. Used together the circular saw will cut most of the edges and the chainsaws will get into tight corners. Large Circular Saw ~ The circular saw is quite large with a 16-5/16-inch diameter blade and has a 6-1/4” cutting depth which will facilitate cutting through thicker panels such as the 6-1/4” panels for the roof.
This saw is specially designed to cut through thick panels. Circular saws do not cut right to an edge on interior openings like windows and doors. Using the Panel saw in conjunction with the circular saw provides the best cutting strategy. Use the circular saw to cut as close to the edge as possible and then finish the corners using the sip panel saw.
The Panel Edge Bevel tool is used to produce a beveled edge along the SIP panel skins. This is especially important on housing projects where the builder desires an interior wall surface where the seams are hidden and a smooth wall finish is achieved. Simple, run the edge beveler along the edge of the panel. Then fill the bevel and finish much like you would if you were taping the seams of a wall made of drywall.
Panel Edge Router
The Edge Router is a specialty tool developed by IADDIC and is used to cut back the structural foams between the panel skins. Cutting back the foam allows for the proper fitting of the splice which holds the panels together. Without an edge router, the foam would be impossible to remove. Edge routers come in widths and diameters to accommodate a wide range of splice materials.
Conduit Chase Drill
The conduit chase drill tool is used to drill holes in panels to accommodate plumbing and wiring. The drill is over 6 feet long and is rotates inside of a fixed outer sleeve which makes it possible to hold and direct the drill through the panel.
The following tools are needed only if you are using the Manual Panel System to make thin SIP Panels (less then or equal to one inch thick core).
Manual Mixing Tools
Blending material together is important to proper construction foam creation. Although the process is not difficult several important considerations must be made regarding the tools used. High-speed mixing is very important when mixing manually. Therefore, a mixer and a high-speed drill are essential. Along with high speed mixing several other tools are essential like a timer to manage how long the foam is being mixed and plastic containers to dispense, measure, and pour the mixed foam.
Structural Foam Mixing Tool
The Polyurethane Foam Mixing Tool is used to blend the structural foam materials together. It is essential that the mixing bladed slice through the foam materials to assure a complete blending of the foam. Used together with a high-speed drill ensures you will mix good batches of structural foam.
High-Speed Mixing Drill
An indispensable construction tool, the high-speed drill is required to ensure proper blending of the structural foam materials. Standard drills RPM drills should not be used as they do not offer the mixing capabilities of the high-speed drill.
The weigh scale is used to measure out equal parts of the foam materials. Although it is possible to measure material by placing markings on containers, the scale is needed to ensure quality.