How to Start a Machine-cut stone manufacturing business.

How to Start a Machine-cut stone manufacturing business.

Demand for machine-cut building and construction stone is very high in Nairobi and Kenya in general.

Currently, one has to wait for an average of 2 days to get an order as the queue is usually very long. The Lorries in the video below are all waiting to get a chance to load. Most of them will get their chance the next day.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp_Tk4ALYsA

In Nairobi, the best machine-cut stones are found in Juja near Thika area.

The most prudent method of acquiring land is to approach a land owner and lease a few acres of land.

You then acquire the stone cutting machine.

The machine has diamond cutting teeth which can easily cut through stone. See the video below.

The machine is laid on a rail track. The rail track sets the size of the stone. The most common stone sizes are 200mm thick, 150mm thick and 100mm thick. All stone size prices are the same.

Price

The stone price varies with the quality of stone. When the quarry is new, i.e. the stones on the top layer of the quarry are soft; these can go for as low as 15 shillings each.

A Caterpillar Dozer is used to level the ground for the stone –cutting machine to move on. See the video below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2jeW0qx1Dw

The stones on the lower section of the quarry are hard and sell for 27 shillings per piece.

A piece is of dimensions 200mm by 400mm by 200mm.

Structural tests

The soft stones can not be used on external walls or where the building structural design is made such that the masonry walling carries the load.

If used for structural walls, this can lead to the building collapsing. If used on external walls, they sip water into the house when it rains.

How to check the stone quality.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS-0_B6V4sE

In the many years of experience in the course of my constructions, I have deduced an easy way to recognize a strong stone form a weak stone. A strong stone contains specs of glittering sand.

A weak stone contains specs of white spots.

Another easier way is to lift the stone till shoulder height and drop it against another stone. If it crushes, then its weak. The disadvantage of this method is that some porous stones will not break when dropped against other stones but when rained on, they sip in water into the house and get weak over time when exposed to rain. These kinds of stone should be used internally or when used externally, should be plastered.

Frank Gichuhi

Architect.

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Architect Francis Gichuhi . B.Arch. University of Nairobi. Registered Architect, Kenya. Member, Architectural Association of Kenya. Contacts. email info@a4architect.com. Telephone +254721410684


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  3 comments for “How to Start a Machine-cut stone manufacturing business.

  1. paige
    November 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Hello,i would like to know the estimate cost of purchasing and installing equipment required to start a quarry

    • Dan
      November 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Hi. It depends on several factors e.g. Land; u can hire or buy ( Hiring is less expensive but in the long run u pay more than if u bought the land)
      , Stone cutting machine; u can use electric driven (less expensive) or diesel engine driven( more expensive), Shovel (wheel loader); some models e.g Caterpillar are twice as expensive as Chinese ones but on the other hand more durable.

  2. Dan
    November 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hi. It depends on several factors e.g. Land; u can hire or buy ( Hiring is less expensive but in the long run u pay more than if u bought the land)
    , Stone cutting machine; u can use electric driven (less expensive) or diesel engine driven( more expensive), Shovel (wheel loader); some models e.g Caterpillar are twice as expensive as Chinese ones but on the other hand more durable.

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