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Airfield Markings Are No Match For The SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser

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The SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser Removes Airfield Markings Without Water or Grooves

We just completed a demonstration of the SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for the Sightline Airport Symposium.

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The SMITH X3 Rotary Eraser equipment outperformed water blasting when removing airfield markings on concrete surfaces.


The surface profile after removing the painted markings with the SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser was a desired CSP 4-5.

The water-blasting method, however, left the surface in a rougher CSP 7-8 condition, as well as caused cracks in the concrete.


The reason the X3 performed so well was due to to improvements in technologies and cutter selections during the removal process.

It was common knowledge that the X Series leaves a more consistent surface finish removing striping on asphalt than high-pressure water-blast processes. Now we see the X Series leaves a more consistent, no-groove surface profile on both concrete and asphalt surfaces.

Review this article on the benefits of the rotary vs. drum and water-style systems.

As a result of this and many other demonstrations, the X Series Rotary Erasing-style of equipment should be specified as the only mechanical eradication equipment allowed on airfield and roadway surfaces.

If you are looking for the same result using a contractor, please use these specifications. If you would like to purchase a SMITH X Series to compliment your stripe-removal program, please speak to your SMITH Representative for details.

And make sure to get your copy of the SMITH catalog!

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