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Two Common Compaction Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

Using a compactor may see like a simple task, but the professionals who use them consistently will tell you that there is a certain kind of skill and understanding required for efficiency and quality.

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3 All-Day Battery Ride-On Floor Scraper Buying Tips

If you’re in the floor demolition industry and have used a Ride-On Floor Scraper before, you know that an all-day battery can be helpful because it allows for extended working time so you can get the job done faster. Not every All-Day Battery...

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Calculating Transformer & Generator Sizing

You may have noticed that there are quite a few different voltage levels in different countries- even on the same continent. For example, in the US, high voltage in commercial buildings use 480V, yet in Canada it is 600V- even though both...

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Terminator Talk: New Ride-On Floor Scraper Feature

Bartell Global is comprised of people with different skills and experience that help to build a great team. Randy is one of those incredibly valuable team members who has over 30 years of experience in commercial flooring and surface preparation...

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Terminator Ride-On Floor Scraper Comparison: T3000EI Vs. Infinity

The Terminator Ride-On Floor Scraper line has been around since the early 90’s. The original scraper was invented and created by Innovatech to find a more efficient form of flooring removal for a contractor’s very large removal job. The creation...

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Ride on Floor Scrapers: 2 Things You Could Be Doing Wrong

Ride on Floor Scrapers are built for tough flooring removal. Our Terminators can easily rip through the hardest floor coverings in one pass but like anything else, there are things some people do that will decrease the efficiency of flooring...

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How to Compare Floor Scrapers

If you’re in the floor demolition industry, I am sure you know what a floor scraper is. Floor Scrapers are extremely valuable and using the right one can drastically increase your capacity to remove many types of flooring quickly and efficiently....

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How to Use a Concrete Scarifier like a Pro

Concrete Scarifying is a fairly basic operation for those who know how to it effectively, but like most construction related operations, you can run into some difficulties if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are some basic things that the...

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Reading and Understanding Connectors and Nameplates

There are many things that are important to know when going to a new job site with industrial equipment. Because of the power restrictions and requirements for different pieces of equipment and job sites, it is important to know what to look for. 

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When To Use A Concrete Scarifier

 

A Concrete Scarifier is one of the most productive pieces of surface prep equipment for heavy removal jobs and to prep for overlay. Some people find it difficult to identify when using a scarifier is a better option over another piece of...

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Concrete

This blog is a little different than what we’d usually write, but after doing some recent reading on the history of concrete we thought we’d switch it up a bit. You may think the history behind concrete would be pretty boring… but it’s actually...

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Single Phase VS. Three Phase Power: North American Edition

The concrete and construction industry is very obviously dependent on heavy duty equipment. Most people are experts at using the equipment effectively, but not everyone has training in the electrical engineering aspect that goes into creating...

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3 Email Marketing Tips - Growing Your Business in the Construction Industry

Email marketing is one of the best, and easiest ways to stay connected to your customers on a regular basis. Because email marketing is simple enough for anyone to learn pretty quickly, it’s a great tool to include in your business marketing...

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Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy For Your Construction Business

Social Media is one of the best tools available to help grow your business. You can easily get important and valuable information out to current or potential customers at no cost. The struggle with social media is this; How to utilize it...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Concrete Grinder Tooling

When grinding concrete, one of the most important things to pay attention to is the type of tooling you are using. If you choose the wrong tooling, it will affect your productivity as well as the finish you are trying to achieve. It can...

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Grinder Rentals Checklist- What You Need To Get

If you are going to rent a concrete grinder, there are some key things that you need to remember before making your decision. In this blog, we will give you a short checklist to use, to help you through your decision-making process, to make sure...

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AGM vs. Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

Batteries are one of those topics that seem pretty straight forward at first glance, but are anything but simple once you take a deeper look. There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions and information on the internet, which can make things...

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Beginners Tips to Starting Your DIY Concrete Makeover With Small Grinders

This blog is written for all you Do-It-Yourselfers looking to refurbish concrete. Whether it’s a garage floor, or patio, there are many DIY opportunities to add a fresh new look to your old concrete with a small grinder. In this blog, we’re going...

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Terminator Tooling 101

Our Terminator Ride-On Floor Scrapers are some of our most innovative and impressive pieces of machinery. It’s highly versatile and can be used to remove a multitude of floor coverings, on various surfaces. To ensure that you get the maximum...

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Small Concrete Grinders: Which One Do You Need?

If you’re working in the Surface Preparation industry, I’m sure you’ve used a small concrete grinder before. They are essential to many big and small jobs. Whether you’re into placing epoxy floors, doing general surface prep, or polishing...

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3 Ride-On Power Trowel Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your concrete equipment is incredibly important. It will ensure that your equipment is in working order, so you’re always ready to be out on site. Ride on Trowels are used on wet concrete, so they need more care than some other types...

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4 Sales Challenges in the Construction and Surface Prep Industry, and How to Overcome Them

The construction Industry is booming and with this massive industry growth, there are more and more pieces of quality construction and surface prep equipment on the market to choose from. Although working in a booming industry is a good thing, it...

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Understanding Diamond Blade Applications

Diamond blades are a very common tool that you may already be using everyday. Whether you are in a cutting/drilling profession, or just use them occasionally, understanding the difference between the various types of blade applications available,...

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Terminator Comparison: Which Model is Right for You?

Our Terminator line is one that Bartell Global is very proud of. A lot of time and hard work went in to making the very best possible ride-on floor scraper for our customers and that hardwork has paid off. Our Terminators outperform any other...

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The Benefits of Vertical Shot Blasting in the Petrochemical Industry

In continuation of our previous Vertical Shot Blasting blog we wanted to talk a bit about a specific industry that currently uses mostly open blasting but would benefit greatly from Vertical Shot Blasting; the Petrochemical industry in North...

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How To Create Better Email Marketing Campaigns

Email marketing can be one of the most cost-effective and impactful marketing tactics out there, if used correctly. Obviously, you want your email marketing to generate interest and ultimately more sales for your brand. Whether you are a...

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Quick Tips to Help You Be More Effective In Sales

Sales can be a tricky, especially in an industry like construction and surface preparation where the equipment or services you’re selling, are often quite expensive, and the competition is aggressive. Some people think selling is easy, and...

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What Kind of Concrete Buggy is Best For Your Business?

Concrete Buggies are an asset to any company that is doing a lot of transportation of concrete or general construction material. There are so many different brands and models of buggies out there, it can be hard to figure out which one is best...

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What is a Vertical Shot Blaster?

Vertical Shot Blasters are a very unique piece of equipment that not everyone has had the opportunity to see in action.

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3 Products to Have at Your Counter to Increase Sales

As we have talked about in the past, your sales counter is one of the best places to increase your sales. I’m sure you have a number of products at your counter already, but we wanted to highlight a few categories that are key to increasing your...

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Section 179: Your Time Is Running Out

It’s that time of year again where everyone is tying up loose ends before the New Year rolls in; and with 2016 coming to a close, we want to remind businesses about Section 179 of the IRS tax code.

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4 Reasons You Need a Concrete Buggy

 Concrete Buggies are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a job site. They are used to transport mainly concrete from one point to another, saving you tons of time and money over the life of the unit.

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Know When to Take Advantage of the Benefits of Scarifying

Scarifying is a form of surface preparation with many benefits.  Scarifiers are a faster, more aggressive form of removal, and because of its ability to tear through concrete with ease, it is important to understand when to use it appropriately.

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Equipment Buying 101: What Are Your Buying Priorities?

How many times have you made a decision to purchase or invest in something over another, because of price? We've all done it, and we’ve all had those moments of regret when the inciting initial cost savings turns out be a long term headache....

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How To Enhance Your Counter Sales

Counters sales is one key to increasing revenue for your business. Whether you’re a distributor or a rental or hire shop, these simple tips can help you increase your profits. Many businesses could move more “desk items” than they currently are,...

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3 Beginner Concrete Sawing Tips

Concrete sawing is one of the things that seems easy to the unseasoned DIY’er, but there is more to this than you realize. The difference between a great cut and a bad one are easy to tell even to the untrained eye.

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What is a Scarifier?

Scarifiers are incredibly beneficial when used appropriately for the purpose they were created for. Because of their power, it is important to know how and when to use them effectively. Some claim that Grinders or Shot Blaster are a better, more...

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Tips to help build a great team for your business

When running or owning a business there are many variables that can be unpredictable and out of your control, like the market or the actions of your customers to name a few. Because of the unpredictability that comes along with running or owning...

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Diamond Blade

When buying Diamond Blades, it is crucial to understand how long each type will last. You can waste a lot of money on blades if you don’t properly understand your job needs and what type of blade you need to be using.

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Guide to Cutting Relief Joints in Concrete

 When placing a new slab, making relief cuts in the concrete is crucial to make sure that you don’t have unwanted cracks. If you are newer to concrete placement, this is a key area to understand to make sure that you avoid issues down the road.

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How to Polish Concrete: iShine Floor System

The iShine Floor System is a multi- variation, step by step procedure that was developed by a team of product specialists and engineers to ensure the maximum quality shine and finish for your job, if followed accordingly.

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HOW TO MAKE A WEBSITE THAT HELPS GROW YOUR BUSINESS

I’m sure your company has a website.

If not, you need to make sure that you get one as soon as possible. Websites are not an optional marketing tool anymore. If you don’t have one, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to gain customers and...

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Wet VS. Dry Grinding and Polishing

When it comes to grinding and polishing concrete, many of you may know that it can be done wet, or dry. But why the option? Is one better than the other?

It is obvious that different circumstances require different actions and decisions, and...

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Small Grinders: Best Options for Dealers and Rental Houses

Generally, we don’t like to do too many product focused blogs because we like offer objective educational information for our readers, and customers. However, with the recent addition of CONTEC North America to the Bartell Global Family, we...

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Quick Guide to Bartell Global’s Grinding and Polishing Tooling

 

Tooling can make or break a job. Whether you’re a Rental House, Dealer, a Contractor, or a DIY user, you’ll want to make sure you understand a few basic things about the tooling required for polishing concrete to ensure the right finish.

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Walk Behind Trowel vs. Ride on Trowel - Which is Right for you?

Power Trowels are one of the key pieces of equipment for many businesses in concrete finishing. There are two main kinds of trowels in the market. Walk Behind or Ride on Trowels. Depending on the type of jobs that you are working on, or the...

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5 Things Pros Do Before Polishing Concrete

If you’re new to polishing or want better results, we’ve put together 5 things the Pros do that will ensure efficiency and desired finish if followed accordingly.

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Walk Behind Floor Removal Machine Purchase Check List

When looking to purchase a walk behind floor scraper there are a few key areas that you should pay attention to in order to make sure you are buying a unit that is going to help your business succeed. While some of these points may seem simple,...

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Two Marketing Tips That Will Build Trust With Your Customers

When marketing your business, one of the biggest aspects you need to communicate is trust. If your branding, information or communication style has anything opposing this it can be hard to develop a solid relationship with your target market.

 

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Comparing Walk Behind Floor Removal Machines

In the flooring removal industry, there are many options out there. Everything from manual scrapers to large Ride on units. When thinking about which one would suit your business it is important that you know what the key factors to consider are....

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The Importance of Choosing the Right Dust Extraction Equipment

Choosing the right Dust Extraction Equipment for whatever machine you’re using, or having the appropriate ones available when renting out various pieces of surface preparation equipment is incredibly important. Other than the fact that you need...

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What is the Best Walk Behind Floor Removal Machine For Your Rental Fleet?

 I know your main interest is ROI. Sometimes, we think that the equation to achieve this comes from buying the cheapest product, but the reality is that this is not the main thing to base your purchase on. If you really want to make ROI quickly,...

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CFM vs. Water Lift - Dust Extraction Equipment

In the construction and demolition industries Vacuums or Dust Extraction Equipment are used as a more efficient way of cleaning up the workplace, as well as the first line of defense in protecting workers from breathing in hazardous particles...

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Walk Behind Floor Removal Machines Vs. Ride-Ons: Which is Right For You

In the industry of floor demolition, there are many different tools available at your disposal with the advancement of floor scraping technology. You are able to have battery, propane, or electric versions to accommodate all types of job sites....

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How a Tamping Rammer Can Benefit Your Business

Compactors.  They’re a necessity on the job site for most concrete workers out there today.  But can a tamping rammer be a big asset to your business?

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Rammer Vs. Compactor: Which is Right For Me?

In order to create a strong foundation on a construction site, the process begins with having a solid base to build upon. When soil or dirt have been added or removed, it’s imperative to compact the area in order to have groundwork that will hold...

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Why You Want Jet Pulse Filter Cleaning

Jet Pulse filter cleaning, is an important feature for dust extractor systems with certified HEPA filters to ensure your HEPA filter and Dust Extraction Equipment are working efficiently

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HEPA Filters: Know When You're Being Scammed

With the new OSHA Regulation change and a greater understanding of the side-effects from silica exposure, the importance of properly certified dust extractor systems is becoming more evident. Many businesses, and workers still aren’t using...

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Bartell Global Acquires Contec NA

Bartell Global Equipment Expansion in the North American Surface Preparation Market

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The Concrete Grinder Purchase Check List for Rental Companies

If you are a rental company purchasing equipment, then you know the value of getting a good return on your investment. For everything you spend on equipment, you want to make sure you are getting more in return, and you want to do that for as...

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Silica Dust is Not Just Dust: Are you Protected?

 

We’ve recently been investing some time trying to build awareness regarding the new Silica Regulations set by The Occupational Safety & Health Administration. It is an incredibly important, and long overdue regulation change, that ensures a...

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3 Things to Remember When Buying a Tamping Rammer

Compared to a lot of other concrete construction equipment out there, a tamping rammer (or jumping jack) is a simple piece of machinery to use and understand.

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How to Create a Diamond Blade Display Stand That Sells

We know that selling diamond blades is hard enough as it is. (Looking for a little help? Check out our blog How to Sell Diamond Blades in an Over-Saturated Market). With so many other dealers to compete against in a race to the bottom, you’ve got...

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Enclosed Shot Blasting Vs. Open Blasting: What Would You Choose?

Shot Blasting is a form of surface preparation that utilizes a couple different execution options. If you are sure what Shot Blasting is, we suggest you check out our Ultimate Guide to Shot Blasting E-Book.

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Construction Marketing 101 - How to Grow Your Business

Whether you’re a concrete contractor, rental house or dealer, the ultimate goal is to get more customers or contracts. This can be difficult to do when there is so much competition in the market. As the construction industry continues to expand,...

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3 Tips for Selling Diamond Blades in an Over-saturated Market

One of the best things about diamond blades is that there are so many variations, you’re guaranteed to find something suited for you in every circumstance. One of the worst things about diamond blades is that there are so many variations, you’re...

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Enclosed Shot Blasting VS. Grinding: Common Misconception

 

If you have spent any time in the surface preparation industry, I’m sure you have heard many big equipment companies claim that Grinding is a better form of surface preparation than (Enclosed) Shot Blasting in all situations.

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Important Things to Know about OSHA's New Silica Regulation

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OSHA'S NEW SILICA REGULATIONS

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Shot Blasting Profile Basics: What You Need to Know

 

Shot Blasting is a type of surface preparation that is a bit underrated. Over the past few years in certain industries, there has been a push towards the misconception that Grinding is better than Shot Blasting.

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3 Customer Ideas for Terminators Made Reality

If you’ve ever had to phone in a complaint to a big name brand company, you can likely relate to the frustration that comes with being one small customer in relation to a massive corporation.

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Floor Demolition Without Vacating the Building

Any opportunity a contractor has to make their client happier is something they should pursue. If an opportunity comes with the ability to save your client money by continuing their operations during construction (notably if it involves using a...

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Earn More Customers with Ride-On Floor Scraping

If you’re a carpet or floor installer and have heard of ride-on floor scrapers but never tried one, you might be surprised how easy it is to expand your business in a way that is going to please your existing customers and earn you new ones.

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2 Factors That Make a Solid Ride-On Floor Scraper

When you’re making an investment on a brand new piece of equipment like a ride-on floor scraper, you want to have peace-of-mind that your new machine is exactly what you’re looking for.

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When Are You Ready to Buy a Ride-On Floor Scraper?

Contractors who only occasionally need to pull up a floor using a ride-on floor scraper tend to stick to renting machines for the obvious cost savings. …But is there really a cost savings?

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Amp Hours for Ride-On Floor Scrapers: The Secrets Revealed

Production rates in a ride-on floor scraper are important. We’ve written about that before. But rather than talking more about the philosophy of these rates, let’s take a closer look at the technical side of things.

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When is Shot Blasting More Desirable Than Using a Floor Grinder? [Video]

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Hi, I’m Mike Huggins. I’m with SPE North America. I’m in charge of North American sales for Shoblasters and Scarifiers.

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Metal Bond Diamonds - How to Choose the Correct Bond

When buying metal bond diamonds, one of the questions you need to answer is what bond do you need?

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3 Metal Bond Buying Tips

When grinding or polishing concrete, good diamond tooling is an essential part of the process. With bad tooling you can have different types of problems arise:

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A Bartell Compactor Goes Head-to-Head with 2 Big Competitors [Case Study]

When comparing products, very rarely is the cheaper product the better choice. This can’t be said about all plate compactors.

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Compacting a Base for Pavers

The basics of how a plate compactor works is pretty easy to understand: the plate vibrates below the machine causing smaller particles to settle in the voids of the material underneath so forming a compact base.

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Buying a Plate Compactor: 2 Lesser-Known Features to Consider

 

While it's important to understand that your mileage may vary when it comes to the importance of these overlooked buying points, the overall message of them should still apply.

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Cutting Green Concrete

There are a few things that are important to know before you begin cutting green concrete.

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1 Key to Keep in Mind When Buying a Forward Plate Compactor

There are so many features to look out for and compare when purchasing or renting a plate compactor; sometimes though, what may at first appear to be a small insignificant difference in design can make a tremendous difference to the operator. 

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Plate Compactors: How to Get More From Them

PLATE COMPACTORS: HOW TO GET MORE FROM THEM

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Buying a Power Trowel: 2 Questions to Ask

There is nothing worse than buying a piece of equipment to quickly realize that you should have gone with another option. It can be especially frustrating (and detrimental) as it regards buying a power trowel.  With so many different brands,...

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A Beginner's Guide to Troweling - Part 2: All About the Finish

Concrete finishing is done after floating to produce a dense, smooth, hard surface. Two or more successive passes may be necessary to produce the desired floor surface. Take the necessary time between successive passes to permit the concrete to...

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5 Concrete Polishing Tips to Increase Profits

 Polished Concrete is a flooring option that is becoming more and more popular every day. With the lifetime cost and different looks you can achieve, it’s no wonder that people are using this option in many different settings.

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Quick Tips to Improve Your Concrete Floor Grinding

 Regardless of whether you’ve been grinding concrete for years or it’s your first day on the job, there’s always room to learn more.

We’ve compiled a quick list of 6 tips and tricks as they pertain to concrete floor grinding. Give them a try the...

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How Many Heads Does A Great Grinder Polisher Need?

As it pertains to concrete Floor Grinders, contractors today have a ton of options when making a purchase. Of the three key features to consider when buying a floor grinder, the number of heads on the machine will be an important place to start.

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3 Concrete Reasons It's Better to Use a Floor System

What is a Floor System and/or why does it matter?

Well, what if we told you that using a floor system could not only make your life easier, but make your customer happier?

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Benefits of a One Man Vibratory Screed - Screed Education Month

Why are we doing Screed Education Month?  After the success of our Shotblasting Education Month in April, we've decided to continue the series and teach about another one of our signature products, our vibratory screed line.  With many years of...

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Comparing Laser Screed to a Truss Screed & One-Man Vibratory Screed

Why are we doing Screed Education Month?  After the success of our Shotblasting Education Month in April, we’ve decided to continue the series and teach about another one of our signature products, our vibratory screed line.  With many years of...

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Introducing the iShine Floor System

The term ‘floor system’ is often used when referring to a developed procedure that contains a certain set of steps with correct equipment and tooling to achieve a specific finish. These systems are often designed with multiple variations to give...

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Metal on Metal - 6 Tips on Cutting Ductile Pipe Safely

With more than 30 years in the diamond blade industry, I have been aware of two major injuries associated with diamond tool use; both of them while cutting ductile iron pipe with a hand held gas cutoff saw and diamond blades.  In both instances...

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Beginners Guide to Surface Prep

Surface Preparation.  What's it about?  Even if you're a pro in the industry, there may be some things about surface prep you might not know.  Here, we take the opportunity to explore the four primary areas of surface prep in a clear,...

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What Really Makes a Great Diamond Blade?

I first got involved with diamond blades in 1981 at my Father’s Rental Store. Norton had just introduced laser welding technology which allowed a blade to be run dry. Prior to that, most diamond blades were silver soldered (brazed) and abrasive...

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Professional & Commercial Power Trowel Series Comparison

There was a time when buying a power trowel was a yes or no question. Manufacturers offered one type in different sizes and that was it. Over time there were different engine options, but not much else to cater to the contractors using them.

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What makes a great Ride-on Floor Scraper?

 

FASTER JOB COMPLETION WITH LESS MAN HOUR COSTS

If you are in the floor removal business, you will probably know what a Ride-on Floor Scraper is.

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What is Shotblasting? - Shotblast Education Month

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Shot Blasting” before in the surface preparation industry. It refers to the blasting category in general, for all machines where shot is used.

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Applications & Uses Of Shotblasting - Shotblasting Education Month

Why Shotblasting Education month? Over the past 6 months, we have heard an increasing interest in shotblasting from customers who were very unfamiliar with it. Because shot blasting is so effective in surface prep, we saw this as a opportunity to...

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