Granite countertops for your kitchen

Written by Q8
January 5th, 2018 at 6:15 am

So you have countertops that are twenty years old and your New Year’s resolution is a partial kitchen remodel and you would like to change your existing laminate countertops with gorgeous granite countertops.

So you get on the internet and search for the nearest granite installer near me.  Or perhaps you start by searching for a granite supplier near me.  In either case you will end up with a granite installer purchasing the granite for you from his favorite granite supplier and install in your home after he cuts, fabricates, and polishes the granite.

Have you thought of the tools of the trade as to what a granite installer requires to take a granite slab that could have come from Brazil, Spain, or China to name a few.   The first thing needed would be a 20 horsepower bridge saw.  The slab is lifted from the truck that transports the granite slabs to the shop and then a small crane places the slab onto the bridge saw.

The bridge saw will probably have a programmable automatic repeat cut setting as well as a pneumatic 45 degree tilting head with plunge cut capabilities as well as a hydraulic tilting table for easy loading.  Additionally a laser is mounted to the saw head instead of the bridge.  The laser projects accurate cut lines in both 90 degree and 45 degree positions and thus making cutting the granite slab as easy as cutting your peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Some fancier and more expensive bridge saws have CAD/Cam software included as well as a 360 degree rotating head.  Other neat features include a laser pointer for manual copying of 2D shapes as well as about 5 numerically controlled axes for superior cutting with complete control.

The crème de la crème dream machine of a granite fabricator and installer that installs granite countertops would be a CNC sink machine.  CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and just like what it sounds like, it actually is compute that changes the design produced by CAD software into number.  The numbers in turn are what control the movement of the cutter so in essence the CNC machine controls the cutting and shaping of the material.   Advantages that granite fabricators love is the machines ability for automated sink cutouts and the capability to profile edges.

The cost of this CNC machine is not cheap.  They come in large part from Italy and can cost upwards of $100,000 with a few months lead time.  Other equipment and material required an a granite fabricators shop include a water recycling system and supplies and it is important to have tables to allow the installers to use polishing pads to produce that nice granite finish;  be it polished, honed, or leathered.

Enjoy your new granite countertops and I hope this article helped you appreciate the tools and equipment required to have that beautiful new kitchen countertop!

This means a computer converts the design produced by Computer Aided Design software (CAD), into numbers. The numbers can be considered to be the coordinates of a graph and they control the movement of the cutter. In this way the computer controls the cutting and shaping of the material.