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Unread 02-03-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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Videos

We've now got the videos available online of the new grout, mortars, SLU and tools.

Go to this page, scroll down and choose which bandwidth you have to view the video covering the lightweight products:

http://custombuildingproducts.com/Pr...er=pro&lang=en

Go to this page, scroll down and choose which bandwidth you have to view the video covering the new tools.

http://custombuildingproducts.com/Pr...er=pro&lang=en

As always, I'm interested in your feedback.
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Unread 02-03-2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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Hi Mark

Very cool!

A couple of questions.

The new grout can be used on polished natural stone? Without scratching? What about surface restoration issues?

The platinum drill ressembles the Collomix model. Is this made by the same company for Customs?

Is this all going to be available at local Custom distributors after March 1st?
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Unread 02-03-2005, 04:55 PM   #3
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Ill be buying the trowels and knee pads for sure when they comeout. i use
the blue pads shown in the video and my knees are about to fire me. Im left
handed so the trowels look good. cant wait to get my set of customs tools
an gettem dirty i hope the grout does what its supposed to do. will give
it a test when the time comes. thanx for the links mark. I hope the temecula
Dal will be selling this stuff i hate ordering from the internet.
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Any idea what the MSRP will be on the trowels and biters? Yep, too many nails.
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Mark,

Money well spent on the product development and marketing...just one question though. The mixer looks identical to one manufactured by Perles(with the exception that Custom's is red while Perles' is blue). Did you use that as a basis for your design, or was there a buyout of some type? BTW, the Perles mixer comes with a hard plastic case in lieu of a bag....For me, bags don't last too long in work trailers and job site conditions. I love that mixer by Perles though....strong as an ox, and relatively low speed. I've heard that you could potentially mix dry-pack with that type of mixer. Any truth to that statement? I never did, but there have been times when I tire because of mixing by hand.

Excellent improvement on the entire new line though...I'm anxious to use the MegaFlex, and would like to see how it performs over Laticrete's 254 Platinum. The anti-sag would be a definite improvement since the majority of my work is installing on a vertical plane.

Change is good...I like change.

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Here's the mixer I was referring to: http://www.mixinginnovations.com/products.php
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Here's the link to my mixer...they all seem the same!!!

http://www.outlineproducts.com/perles_index.asp
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Unread 02-03-2005, 08:13 PM   #8
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The Collomix sure has a variety of mixers.

Roberts has new one that looks just like it as well. Walcro has it in an upcoming flyer for $239 with the paddle. #10-21610 in their catalog. Not sure what the size is on it but it looks just like the Perles.
Which one are you using Micheal?

Great lineup of improvements by Custom though. I know I'll be trying the stuff out!
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I use a makita variable speed drill to control speed. these mixers look
interesting. My drill is a 1/2" drive and has plenty of power and even with
a side handle on it ive had other setters tell me using it is like wrestling
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Unread 02-04-2005, 12:06 AM   #10
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ive had other setters tell me using it is like wrestling
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Perhaps there's a reason why Milwaukee drills have been the prefered tile drill since forever
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I've owned and used a Milwaukee since forever.

I'm down to a forward gear (bad switch) only. The replacement part is obsolete. I tried the Collomix in a bucket of dry sand. The drill was very light, and the paddle mixed the sand like it was styrofoam. I'm giving serious consideration to trying one of those bad boys out.
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Thanks for the nice words. We certainly have been working hard to get this right. To answer your questions......

The new grout can be used on natural stone. Any joint from 1/16" - 1/2". But just like any current non-sanded grout, if you try hard enough, you can scratch some very soft polished stones. We suggest trying it out on a sample piece before grouting the whole floor, but we've found it has very similar characteristics to current non-sanded grout.

The Platinum mixer does resemble some other drills, but it is unique to us. I understand the comment about the some other "bags" that don't hold up, but we wouldn't put out such a high end line with a cheap bag. This is high durability material like balistic nylon that will last. I didn't try dry pack, but I tried every thickness of thinset from dry to very thick to runny. Mixes with ease. The mixer will come with a paddle for thinset, a paddle for grout, and the carrying bag.

All of the lightweights and the tools will be available after 3/1/05 at any Custom distributor. Not all of them will choose to carry the lines, so I would suggest that you are very direct to your distributor about how you'd like to use these products. This does as much or more than our salespeople saying the same thing. Remember that our salespeople only learned about this entire line this past weekend, so some of our distributors still don't know the whole story yet. They'll be learning this month.

The MSRP on the trowels will be about $30 and the nippers about $55.
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My drill is lightweight and wont tip a water bucket while connected to
my mixing paddle. Its also useful for driving screws or general drilling with
core bits. makita drill I only need the one drill to perform different jobs. Besides its
blue it matches my target Todd you should be using a Dewalt or
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I have a Dewalt Drill.I use it for SLC(its my second one,toasted the first one in just under 2 years.I will not buy a third mixer from them but i do like my 3/8 and my screwshooter which are both Dewalts)
My Milwaukee is only a few years old.Its only mixed a few pallets of thinset and another few pallets of grout si its just gettin broke in.

A buddy of mine has had one for 18 years.its on its 4th cord and has had bearings replaced 2 times.Its been doing union commercial work its entire life.
He will die before that drill quits mixing Mud!!!

If your milwaukee is tipping over buckets, get a bigger bucket...Duh!!!
Keralastic bucket filled just over 3/4 works well.

Dont get me wrong, I'm not trying to steal Marks thunder here on this new drill they have developed.How can i when i havent seen 1 right??
I do know what has been a proven unit in the field for years though.
I expect its a damn fine Drill or they wouldnt be marketing it.I'll wait to see how it performs in the field for some of you before i get excited.
Now, of course if it were yellow and had a Felker decal,i would already own it!! But thats just me
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Todd, you're certainly not stealing my thunder. Obviously I'm aware people have personal preferences. We're just presenting the most revolutionary, feature driven, comfortable tools on the market. It's up to the market to decide.
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