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Archive for the ‘Groove Inlay’ Category

The Power of Surface-Preparation Work

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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The Power of Surface Preparation Work

Surface preparation doesn’t start with a broom, air blower or power washer. Surface-prep work starts with a drum or rotary-style wet or dry impact device.
 
Impact equipment of scarifiers, grinders, blasters planers, erasers, or shavers are tools used to alter the surface condition, whereas a broom, air, or power washer simply cleans the surface of accumulated dust, dirt and debris.
 
Changing the surface condition to an acceptable state for whatever is planned “next” is the objective of proper surface-preparation work. Next can be the applied coatings, markings, overlay, or repair materials. Next can also be just improving the conditions of the existing surface conditions, then leaving it alone.
 
The use of an impact tool outfitted with the right tools operating in the “impact zone” will get the surface prepared to the right surface profile (SP) condition without causing the surface to micro-crack or bruise. When the surface is properly prepared at the highest level, a condition we call SMITHing, anything applied to that prepared surface will last longer.
 
 
Surface-preparation work requires specialized equipment, manpower, and time to complete the work properly. Allowing coatings, overlay, or repair materials to be applied to a surface that is too porous or too smooth results in premature bond failures and unsafe surfaces.
 
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Always remember that an impact device will NOT be used on the job, if
(1) the job doesn’t clearly specify its use, or 
(2) it’s not a final surface condition requirement.
 
When the surface-prep work is clearly specified, it details what the final surface profile conditions will look like and follow a process like this 4-step.  After the profiling work ends, the final step before application is surface cleaning with a brush, blower, or power washer. 
 
To assure surface-prep work starts with profiling and ends with clean-up, all parties should agree:
  • The work will be clearly defined in contracts
  • The work will be given a pay consideration
  • The work requires agreement as to what the final SP surface conditions will look like

 

Proper preparation work can be a rewarding experience for the applicator, the client, and anyone who walks, bikes, rides or uses the surface. When we shine a light on the value of specifying, performing, inspecting, and paying for proper surface-prep work, everyone benefits.
 
That’s the power of surface preparation work.
 
 

Barn Grooving Done Right

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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Barn Grooving Done Right

Barn grooving is an important and cost-effective way of preventing cows from slipping, falling, getting stressed, and hurt. The objective of barn grooving is to create a non-slip concrete surface so cattle have the proper traction in alleys, yards, feed, and holding pens. The grooves catch hooves before they slip, and the channels are ideal for moving standing water.

There are many ways to pattern a groove profile on existing concrete surfaces. The fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective way is through the use of an upright self-propelled concrete scarifier or diamond shaver like the SMITH FS351 Self-Propelled Surfacer.

When selecting a machine for concrete grooving, contractors want the most cost-effective and reliable tool to finish the job on time and on budget.  They want a machine with enough weight, power and balance for easy handling. They also want a reliable drive system to produce the widest and deepest groove cut pattern required for each job.   Additionally they want to use just one machine and change only the cutter tooling to accomplish the variety of cutter drum assemblies to work on soft to hard concrete surfaces.  This comparison sheet lists the critical variables that contractors consider in their selection process.

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Diamond Grooving Drum can be spaced in any pattern on the FS351 up to 16.1″ wide

No matter what type of grooving patterns your job requires – straight, cross-cut, scarified or diamond groove pattern – select a machine that can be outfitted with a variety of cutter drums and groove spacing patterns to get the job grooved right, the first time.

Don’t let livestock costs slip away because of an ungrooved floor, contact your SMITH representative for the grooving solutions you need, at the “no-bull” price you’ll like.


Perfect Surface-Prep Conversation Starter

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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Why Display this Banner?

It’s sometimes hard to break the ice with customers that walk into your store. That’s the reason we created the SMITH “Perfect Prep” Banner to serve as a conversation starter. When a customer walks into your business and notices the SMITH banner, amazing things happen that can lead to new business opportunities!

Let’s break the banner down to 5 easy conversation starters:


#1 – Perfect Prep in 4 steps


Many users of scarifiers, shavers, grinders, planers, or line removers use their equipment just to remove what’s in its path without taking the proper care to correctly prepare the underlying surface.

By starting the conversation with, “we can help you get the Perfect Prep in 4 steps for your concrete flooring or pavement surfaces.” Then reveal how the SMITHing process gets the right surface profile for safer and sustainable surfaces. You can be certain to have a lively exchange with your customer.


#2 – SMITH Lineup

When customers see the complete SMITH equipment lineup in your stock, they’ll be impressed! Of course, if you don’t have all machines on hand, the SMITH banner and website will bring out their inquiring minds.  

You may hear a flooring contractor say “I bet this drum-style SMITH with shavers will give us the perfect prep for concrete”.  A pavement striper may remark, “the rotary-style SMITH with erasers will meet my removal needs on pavements.”  There will be no end to the conversation once you engage your customer on prep.


#3 – The Profile Chart

The profile chart is the change agent to new opportunities. Getting the right surface profile is is an important value-added service and critical “first step” when installing any new marking, coating, repair material, or overlay. But not everyone knows how to get the right profile, so you this banner to guide them through the process.

Point to the 10 profiles on the banner then invite your customer to visit online the selection guide, prep equipment, cutter tools, and finally the 4-step surface-prep process. When these steps are shared, good things happen.

Starting with a contract change order to include a specified surface-profile number so the work can be performed then paid for to everyone’s satisfaction. And when the prep work is completed, everyone benefits with the installed materials lasting longer for safer, sustainable surfaces.


#4- SMITH Cutters

Notice the array of cutters in the center of the banner? These are just a few of the essential prep tools that agencies and contractors will specify and purchase.

Now it’s your turn to ask, “what drum or rotary style machine do you own?” Followed by, “let me show you the ultra-premium-life cutters, shafts and drums that will help you remove faster leaving the perfect prep finish.” Take them to the SMITH website to show the supplies they need prior to starting their next job.


#5- Surface-Prep Challenges

One of the reasons a customer walks into your store is because they believe you have what they need. Specifically they have a prep challenge and are looking to you for a solution!

On the bottom of the banner lists the 20 common surface-prep challenges that can be accomplish with a SMITH. Identify their challenge and discuss how the solution can be as easy as the right rotary or drum-style SMITH machine, cutter tool and SMITHing process. Your customer will judge for themselves how an investment in a SMITH will help them meet the challenge on-time and on-budget!

If you would like to get your conversation started with your own SMITH banner, contact your SMITH Representative for details today!

 
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