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Archive for the ‘Equipment Selection Process’ Category

Rejuvenate concrete surfaces with SMITH FS351 scarifier

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

scarifying concreteRejuvenate concrete surfaces with SMITH FS351 scarifier

 

 

This video showcases a professional contractor using their SMITH FS351 Electric self-propelled heavy-duty surfacer to scarify hard (7500+ PSI) concrete surfaces to achieve a CSP 8 profile with the 15″ wide flail-it cutter drum  assembly.

The contractor selected this SMITH to quickly rejuvenate the old concrete floor surface prior to finishing with a floor grinder.  The SMITH FS351 reduces the time to prepare the surface versus using a grinder alone.

See video below, and contact your SMITH representative for more details on saving time rejuvenating concrete surfaces.

 

 

 

No Shadow Stripe Removal

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

No Shadow Stripe Removal at AMS 

On August 16, 2016, SMITH demonstrated San Fransisco Airfield Maintenance Operations X3 Rotary Eraser removing paint markings on the airfield. When the markings were removed, no residual markings were present, not even discoloration or shadowing. Since no water was used, the surface was dry, clean, sound and properly profiled for new markings.

The day prior, we participated in the Airfield Marking Symposium “Speed Dating Event.” The following is the program’s transcript.

Good afternoon, Airfield Marking Professionals. Welcome to the Airfield Markings Symposium’s main event, “Speed Dating.” My name is Steven Smith. Over the next eight minutes, you will have the information to help you get the perfect prep, assuring your airfield surfaces are safer and sustainable.

In your hands is the most remarkable catalogue, containing the proven SMITH surface-prep solution. Towards the end of our time together, you will be playing the amazing SMITH & Win game.

Are you Ready to SMITH? Lets all open the book and turn to page 2, “My Story.”

I was a former striping contractor working for my father who founded the USA durable marking industry, a thermoplastic material and equipment manufacturer called Perma-Line and Pave-Mark.

I became its President after inventing a product called Hot Tape, a flame applied durable marking that never failed in heavy traffic conditions provided the surface was properly prepared.

In 1990 I took my “making-markings-last-longer experiences” to the next level when I started SMITH Manufacturing with the goal to design, build and deliver the very best tools in the USA to help make the prep-before-stripe experience faster and easier for professionals like you.

On page 5, you will find the answer to the perfect prep. In short, it’s selecting the right tools and cutters, along with the right process that can be achieved in four steps.

On pages 4, 6, and 7, you will find guides in print and also available online that break down the hard work of surface prep so it becomes more manageable.

Now turn to page 19, to the X3 No-groove Eraser, the most amazing pavement-marking remover that you will ever see. Tomorrow, you will witness this machine removing the most toughest pavement markings with a diagonal epoxy seam underneath the stripe. The machine will completely remove the stripe without damaging the seam or the underlying surface. The secret to the X-series removal is the rotation.

Using the X3, you will achieve the perfect prep for an immediate new application of any markings including Airmark which can be installed immediately. You will notice that the surface will be clean, dry, profiled, and sound. But more importantly, if markings were not to be applied in the same location, the surface would appear exactly like the outlying areas, with no ghost-lines, undulations, shadows or moisture.

The SMITH X3 Rotary Eraser equipment is owned by SFO Maintenance Operations. They purchased this machine the year prior because it was the one tool they did not own that can remove thick markings without damaging asphalt. Plus, it removes like a waterblaster, but without water and with better depth of cut precision.

If you have time, you can also read how Will Kirk, a professional contractor who selected the SMITH X3 because it was the most reliable and cost-effective tool he found to remove airfield markings on one of the most remote airfields on earth.

When you turn to page 22, you will see a list of all 7 surface-prep essentials to determine if your operations, like SFO, owns one or all 7 tools.

 

Lastly, In a foldout in the back of the catalog is the 10 surface profile inspection tool. These photos and these pads are actual representations of profiles created on asphalt or concrete with rotary and drum style prep tools listed on the flip side. Use this tool to confirm the surface profile conditions before and after your surface prep work.

If we don’t have any questions, lets review the rules for the SMITH & WIN game.

You spin and land on any profile number you win a reflective slap band ruler and a chance to be the grand prize winner announced soon. If you land on profile #9, you lose – and so does your asphalt surface by selecting water blasting for stripe removal.

Let’s now spin the profile wheel and play SMITH & WIN.

To learn more about how to successfully rotary erase pavement markings on airfields, roadways and parking decks, click here.

The grand prize winner is Mr. Edward Muna, Airport Operations Superintendent with A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority in Guam. Please click here within 2 weeks for details on claiming your prize.

Visit SMITH Stocking Dealers and Remove Faster

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Do you want to make your hard work of preparing concrete and asphalt surfaces, faster and easier?

Visit an Authorized SMITH Stocking Dealer!

SMITH partners with top pavement maintenance and concrete flooring maintenance dealers and resellers with a proven track record of delivering high-performance solutions to their customers.

Our dealer network is comprised of experienced professionals who stock, promote, sell, and service the SMITH brand to their qualified customer network with excellent showroom facilities and in-the-field product demonstration throughout their territory.

Why SMITH?

The SMITH brand is a reliable surface-prep solution consisting of a fast, easy, and cost-effective rotary and drum-style surface conditioners designed to support installation and repair of coatings, flooring and pavement marking systems. When applied with the proven SMITHing process, surfaces become safer and sustainable.

If you work on concrete or asphalt roadways, parking areas, sidewalks, floors, balconies and decks, a SMITH is the preferred choice by professionals to:

  • Remove walkway trip-hazards or uneven surfaces
  • Wipe-out flaking paints and coatings 
  • Surface-Prep overlayments for lasting surface bonds
  • Groove or grind into surfaces 
  • Erase stripes without grooves or undulations. 
  • Eliminate water pooling and edge flow lines 
  • Abrade non-skids and increase surface traction.
  • Eradicate glues, surface marks and material build-ups 
  • Mill, Plane, Reduce, Route, Scabble, Cut, Clean and more . . .

To find an authorized SMITH Dealer, please click here.

Mention code “CutterSmithy” for a special first order discount.

 
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