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Archive for the ‘Surface Preparation Equipment’ Category

Surface-Prep Innovations

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
From automatic depth controllers for consistent surface-prep profiles and HEPA Dust collectors, to front-wheel jacks for easy FS351 loading, SMITH surface-prep innovations help to make your hard removal work faster and easier. 

 Sidewalk Trip Abatement Innovation

 
Grinding down trip hazards on sidewalks is hard work. The new AES depth control actuator assures accurate cut depths for whatever you are grinding. Adding this accessory will produce consistent finishes and increase cutter life. When you attach the SMITH Sulky driver to your SPS10 with AES, the chore of removal is now easier. Of course, unlike this municipality that elected not to use a dust collector, SMITH always recommends using a HEPA vacuum to contain all airborne dust during removal.

 

Pavement Preservation Innovation

 
Getting consistent surface finishes use to be an art. Now anyone can achieve the right SP finish with the AES depth controller. With a simple push of the button, you will automatically remove in the “cutter impact zone” for perfect finishes and longer cutter life. Ask your SMITH Representative about pre-ordering an AES with your new SMITH LNX8. Don’t forget to attach a SMITH Sulky Power Driver to your walk-behinds for fast, easy, and effective removal.

Transport Innovation

Moving the FS351 on and off your work trucks used to be a chore. We developed a handy front wheel jack to make the transport of your SMITH FS351 faster and easier.
 
If you own an FS351 self-propelled scarifier, planer or shaver, consider ordering this transport innovation.
 
If you have an idea for an innovation or need assistance with your operation, please share them with us here.

Surface-Prep Briefing – News to Help You Remove Faster

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Remove Faster News Briefing

Remove Faster News Surface-Prep Briefing


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Get in the Groove

What does it take to get pavement markings to last in snow country? A lot more than you may think!


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A Blaster or a Grinder?

Which machine removes markings best? The Marking Removal 101 program held at the ATSSA How-To Conference has some answers for you.


OSHA Ruling Impacts Grinders

The new OSHA rule for silica-dust exposure goes into effect on June 23, 2017, and impacts everyone working with dust-producing equipment. However, there is a low-cost way to assure that you’re in compliance.


 

Why the Surface Profile Matters!

What if your surface-prep specs only gave you the final profile number, and not a set of instructions to achieve it? Would completing the job be easier, or more difficult?


One Cutter Doesn’t Fit All

If you believe one size fits all, and have been using the same cutter on your grinders…

It is a best practice to find the right cutter, drum set-up pattern, and removal processes that will work best for the surface you are working on.

Complete this selection guide then speak to your SMITH Representative for the best cutter solution for your removal needs.

Concrete prep:

 Pavement Work:

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Surface Preservation by SMITHing

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
surface preservation, SMITH LNX8 Eraser, Thermoplastic marking removal
 
Surface-preservation by SMITHing is a safe, easy and cost effective solution to assure road and floor surfaces are protected during repair and maintenance activities.
 
There are nearly 3.95 million miles of public roads in the United States, valued at more than $1.75 trillion. When pavements have to be re-striped or repaired, specifiers should recommend processes that extend pavement life and improve motorist safety and satisfaction, while saving tax dollars.
 
The SMITH X-Series rotary erasing process is just one example of a system that will properly prepare surfaces prior to striping and remove markings without micro-cracking or bruising the surface.
 
Recently, SMITH demonstrated their LNX8 Rotary Eraser removing thermoplastic stopbars in the City of Margate for a micro surfacing project. The removal method had to properly remove the existing thermoplastic materials without gouging the surface or dislodging aggregate loose pre-application of the slurry. It was important that the removal operation preserved the integrity of the underlying asphalt base so the micro-surfacing can be applied cost-effectively. This video shows the results of the trial:
 
Traditionally, planers or scarifiers (aka grinders) are used to remove pavement markings prior to resurfacing. This vertical cutting method destabilizes the surface, causing inconsistent cut depths and pavement scarring while loosening the rock, causing surface micro-cracking and pavement bruising. Water blasters are also used to remove markings, but due to the different density and tensile strength of pavement surfaces and marking materials, the water cut depths are inconsistent, allowing the sand and binder in the asphalt to wash out of the surface, causing undermining and rutting from the high pressure water blasting operations.
 
The SMITHing method is a true surface-preservation solution for anyone looking to protect their surfaces prior to paving operations. The right equipment, cutter tools and “4-step prep process ” as depicted in the video is all it takes. Please contact a SMITH Representative for more information on getting the right pavement or floor-prep equipment, specifications and processes to meet your  surface preservation requirements.
 
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