Earth Block Construction

What is Compressed Earth Block?

Compressed Earth Block is a type of manufactured construction material that is formed in a mechanical press that forms an appropriate mix of dirt, non-expansive clay and aggregate into a compressed block.

AECT Block Cutter

Advanced Earthen Construction Technolologies, Inc. manufacturers the AECT Earth Block Cutter at the AECT Factory in San Antonio, Texas. AECT is the only company in the world to make this Earth Block Cutter for cutting compressed earth block used in full load bearing, masonry constructed structures. This AECT Earth Block Cutter quickly produces straight cuts on compressed earth blocks produced by the AECT compressed earth block machines even when the rock content in the soil is high. The AECT Earth Block Cutter will easily cut soil-only block, cement-stabilized earth block and fly-ash stabilized earth blocks at any needed angle in seconds when the blocks are freshly made. Cement stabilized earth blocks and Fly Ash stabilized earth blocks may have to be cut with a carbide tipped power saw after the cement sets up for a day or two. Soil-only compressed earth blocks can be cut using the AECT Earth Block Cutter at the time of manufacture, months or years after the initial time of production of the blocks. Typically, soil-only compressed earth blocks cut by the AECT Earth Block Cutter are used for decorative arches, decorative door effects, decorative window effects, and curved wall effects.

General Description: The AECT Earth Block Cutter is sold to AECT customers in one assembly. It measures less than 30 inches by 24 inches and it weighs less than 60 pounds. The assembly can be easily carried and placed by 1 or 2 persons at the construction site. It has a steel reinforced handle assembly, a steel floating base assembly to hold the block during cutting, and a steel cutting assembly made up of a bottom steel cutting edge and top steel cutting edge. The block is placed between the two cutting edges at the angle desired and then the handle is depressed causing the two cutting edges to cut the block. The whole cutting operation for a block can take place in less than 10 seconds.

The AECT Earth Block Cutter is simple to use and provides the user with a fast, repeatable, and effective way to cut blocks used in the construction of structures. The constructor usually needs odd shaped blocks to complete the structure. Training in its use and maintenance typically takes less than 15 minutes.