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What quantity of diamond blades are on the SMITH shavers? My customer wants to know if he has the right set-up pattern.

Here's how you can determine if you have the right set-up pattern for removing coatings, concrete or both on the jobsite with this general rule of thumb for diamond set-up patterns:

  • For shaving applications on exposed concrete (without coatings), use the full diamond set-up without spacing
  • For cutting applications when removing thin brittle coatings, use the .11 spacers between each diamond segment
  • For cutting applications when removing thick soft coatings, use .25" spacers between each diamond segment

Test to determine if the pattern set-up fits the application,

With the cutter drum off of the surface, turn the equipment on and set the hydrostatic speed lever so the machine is slowly creeping. Lower the cutter drum so it just touches the surface, and look at the cut pattern on the other end. If you are achieving the consistent profile required, continue operating at minimal cut depths to not to exceed its ability to consistently cut per pass.

If the blades are not penetrating:

  1. Work at a slower shallower depth range
  2. Set the drum up with a wider spacing pattern, or
  3. Re-dress the blades in an asphalt surface until the diamond grit is exposed.

If the diamonds still are not cutting, check the hardness of the surface since it may require the use of a different cutter (Finish-it, Flail-it, Shave-it, Mill-it) to pre-condition the surface before the final diamond blade shaving application.

The benefit of the SMITH shavers is the ability to space the diamonds on the arbor or use alternative cutting drums, depending upon the application of exposed concrete, brittle coatings or soft thin or thick coatings. When in doubt, always contact your SMITH Representative.

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