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Archive for the ‘Surface Preparation Equipment’ Category

SMITH X-Series Erasers for Bridges, Roadways, Parking Decks and Airfields

Friday, November 17th, 2017

SMITH X-Series Erasers for Bridges, Roadways, Parking Decks & Airfields

Removing markings from asphalt and concrete is much more than just taking up the stripe. Preserving the surface that’s left behind is equally important! So if you want to remove the stripe, and leave the road behind, consider the SMITH X-Series rotary erasers.   

The SMITH X1 being operated without the use of  a recommended HEPA Vacuum

When it comes to removing markings or preparing the surface for new overlays on bridge decks, parking lots, airfields and  roadway surfaces, look at the benefits of the SMITH X1SMITH X3, or SMITH LNX8 Erasers.

The easy-rolling, scraping and smoothing action of the SMITH X-Series erasers are designed to remove all markings without grooves or ghost lines that traditional scarification, planing and waterblasting equipment leaves behind.

Unlike waterblasting, the X-Series Erasers will NOT undermine porous road surfaces, because the X-Series controls cut depth penetration with precision. Owners of both machines also know that it costs less to own an X1, X3, or LNX8 Eraser. Not only can anyone operate it after an hour of training, but the acquisition and maintenance costs are less than 1/10th that of ultra-high-pressure waterblasting.

The SMITH X3 being operated without the use of  a recommended HEPA Vacuum

Want to “Be Kind” to the surface by removing the stripe and not the surface? Want to Be Kind to the environment and the operator using a HEPA vacuum with all dust producing equipment? Contact your SMITH representative to learn how you and your customers can benefit with the SMITH X-Series Erasers. Don’t forget to ask about about these seven essential surface prep tools that belong in every striper’s toolbox.


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.

 
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