Understanding the differences between concrete stain and dye

By Randy Wheelis March 9, 2023

Colored concrete floors have become wildly popular in recent years because of their very..

Residential Polished Concrete Questions & Answers, and the Pros & Cons

By Randy Wheelis December 15, 2021

Polished concrete floors in residential applications are becoming really popular, especially in..

Grinding & Polishing Concrete: 3 Reasons It's Better to Use a Floor System

By Josh Locke September 15, 2021

Grinding and Polishing floor system are developed procedures with a series of steps, that when..

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

By Josh Locke September 2, 2021

In the industry of floor demolition, thanks to advancements in floor scraping technology, there are..

An Introduction to Screed

By Brian Fortner August 2, 2021

With many years of experience in manufacturing and using screed, we want to challenge..

Compacting a Base for Pavers

By Brian Fortner July 7, 2021

The concept of a base paver is fairly basic; the plate vibrates below the machine causing smaller..

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

By Josh Locke June 23, 2021

I know your main priority is ROI.... and I know it's tempting think that buying the cheapest..

How to Use a Concrete Scarifier like a Pro

By Josh Locke June 9, 2021

Concrete Scarifying is a fairly basic operation, but like most construction-related operations, you..

Buying a Power Trowel: 2 Questions to Ask

By Brian Fortner May 12, 2021

There is nothing worse than buying a piece of equipment to quickly realize that you should have..

5 Concrete Polishing Tips to Increase Profits

By Josh Locke May 3, 2021

 Polished Concrete is a flooring option that is becoming more and more popular every day. With the..

9 Common Grinding and Polishing Mistakes You Could be Making

By Randy Wheelis April 20, 2021

Surface Preparation and concrete polishing is a competitive industry and the ability to achieve..

9 Reasons Why You're Grinding So Slow!

By Randy Wheelis April 20, 2021

Polished and dyed concrete can be a beautiful and durable surface that lasts for many, many years...

What 35 Years in the Flooring Industry has Taught Me - Part 2 - DA MONEY

By Randy Wheelis May 11, 2020

In my first blog on "What 35 years in the flooring industry has taught me" focused on mainly..

What 35 Years in the Flooring Industry Has Taught Me – Part One

By Randy Wheelis April 27, 2020

Like most kids, I grew up with friends who wanted to grow up to be astronauts, firefighters, and..

"I wish I knew that before I signed the contract!"

By Randy Wheelis April 13, 2020

Things to keep in mind when bidding on projects so you don’t “work for free!”

I really enjoyed my..

"I got the machine, now where do I get the work?"

By Randy Wheelis March 30, 2020

So you finally “bit the bullet”, spent the money, and got the machine. Maybe it a ride-on floor..

Concrete polishing reality check

By Randy Wheelis March 9, 2020

7 unexpected results of polished concrete.

How to avoid losing money on floor removal jobs – 8 things to know

By Randy Wheelis February 19, 2020

Guys ask me all the time if floor-removal jobs are profitable and worth doing? My response?..

Is the time right to buy a ride-on floor-scraper? – Let's do the math!

By Randy Wheelis January 16, 2020

Purchasing a ride on floor scraper is a really big investment, and if you are a small flooring..

Ride-on Floor Scraper Rental - To Rent or Not to Rent

By Mike Huggins July 30, 2018

Ride on Floor Scrapers are one of the most productive ways to remove flooring materials such as..

2 key compaction tips

By Mike Huggins July 20, 2018

In any type of construction, it’s often your base or foundation that determines the long-lasting..

How to Properly Use a Power Trowel

By Mike Huggins June 14, 2018

If you place concrete, or work around construction sites that do, then you are likely familiar with..

Terminator Tooling Set up and Usage (Video)

By Mike Huggins May 25, 2018

This video discusses the various types of tooling available for our Terminator Ride-On Floor..

3 Features You Need to Have on Your Forward Plate Compactor

By Chris Windsor April 18, 2018

Forward Plate Compactors are used for compacting many different kinds of base materials when..

Walk Behind Trowel Set-Up & Basic Operation (Video)

By Mike Huggins April 6, 2018

This video blog is a quick overview on the set-up and basic operation of Bartell Walk Behind..

BEF 200N- Set-Up & Basic Operation (Video)

By Mike Huggins March 16, 2018

This video blog is a quick overview on the set-up and basic operation of the BEF 200N Scarifier. It..

Which Plate Compactor Should You Use?

By Chris Windsor December 1, 2017

Compaction is one of the most important processes in many applications. Whether you are laying..

Is Your ShotBlaster Dropping Too Much Shot?

By Randy Wheelis November 17, 2017

A good quality Shot Blaster can power through tough jobs, fast. Typically, you shouldn’t have..

3 Things to Look Out for When Buying A Used Walk-Behind Power Trowel

By Chris Windsor October 27, 2017

Buying a used piece of equipment can be a great way to save money if you know what to look out for...

How to Best Remove Tile from a Concrete Floor

By Josh Locke October 6, 2017

Removing tile from a concrete floor can be a huge task for any flooring contractor. Often retail or..

4 Power Buggy Features You Don’t Want to Pass Up

By Brian Fortner September 25, 2017

Power Buggies have been around for many years now, and regardless of the make or brand, they all do..

Quick Beginner Tips to Improve Your Concrete Floor Grinding

By Josh Locke September 18, 2017

If you're new to concrete grinding, I'm sure you've realized that it can be a lot more complicated..

3 Construction Items To Increase Landscaping Productivity

By Brian Fortner September 5, 2017

Landscaping is an industry that is continue to grow around the world. With new products and designs..

Electrical Specification Sheet for Construction and Surface Prep Equipment [Download Your Free Copy]

By Josh Locke August 28, 2017

In the construction and surface prep industry, there are various situations where an electrician is..

5 Things I Learned When Grinding Concrete for the First Time

By Chris Windsor August 21, 2017

Using a concrete grinder is something that I always wanted to do when I started working at Bartell..

Concrete Equipment Consumer Checklist: Know Which Questions to Ask

By Josh Locke August 14, 2017

If you’re a contractor or dealer working in, or serving the site and surface preparation, and..

How to Use a Walk Behind Power Trowel - For Beginners [With Video]

By Brian Fortner August 4, 2017

Walk Behind Power Trowel are a very common piece of equipment used for finishing concrete slabs...

3 Reasons You'll Want to Rent OR Buy This Walk Behind Floor Scraper

By Josh Locke July 28, 2017

Having the right equipment for the job is must if you want to succeed in the surface preparation..

Track Buggies Vs. Wheeled Buggies

By Brian Fortner July 13, 2017

When looking to move material around your jobsites, powered buggies are extremely helpful. These..

Understanding How Metal Bond Diamond Tooling Actually Works

By Randy Wheelis June 30, 2017

Without understanding how each metal bond tooling option works or does its job, it’s easy to select..

4 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Diamond Blades

By Brian Fortner June 23, 2017

When it comes time to buy diamond blades there are a few things you should take in to account..

2 Ways The BR1570 Reversible Compactor Can Increase Your Profits

By Brian Fortner June 16, 2017

The BR1570 is the smallest reversible compactor in our line-up. The small size makes it one of the..

4 Things I Learned When Using a Floor Scraper for the First Time

By Chris Windsor June 2, 2017

It's not often that office dwellers get out and actually do the work we talk about all day long. I..

Two Common Compaction Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

By Brian Fortner May 23, 2017

Using a compactor may seem like a simple task, but the professionals who use them consistently will..

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

By Mike Huggins May 12, 2017

If you’re in the floor demolition industry and have used a Ride-On Floor Scraper before, you know..

Calculating Transformer & Generator Sizing

By Brian Fortner May 5, 2017

You may have noticed that there are quite a few different voltage levels in different countries-..

Terminator Talk: New Ride-On Floor Scraper Feature

By Mike Huggins April 28, 2017

Bartell Global is comprised of people with different skills and experience that help to build a..

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

By Josh Locke April 21, 2017

The Terminator Ride-On Floor Scraper line has been around since the early 90’s. The original..

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

By Josh Locke April 13, 2017

Ride on Floor Scrapers are built for tough flooring removal. Our Terminators can easily rip through..

How to Compare Floor Scrapers

By Mike Huggins April 7, 2017

If you’re in the floor demolition industry, I am sure you know what a floor scraper is. Floor..

Reading and Understanding Connectors and Nameplates

By Josh Locke March 10, 2017

There are many things that are important to know when going to a new job site with industrial..

When To Use A Concrete Scarifier

By Josh Locke March 8, 2017

A Concrete Scarifier is one of the most productive pieces of surface prep equipment for heavy..

Single Phase VS. Three Phase Power: North American Edition

By Josh Locke February 23, 2017

The concrete and construction industry is very obviously dependent on heavy duty equipment. Most..

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

By Mike Huggins February 22, 2017

Email marketing is one of the best, and easiest ways to stay connected to your customers on a..

Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy For Your Construction Business

By Chris Windsor February 17, 2017

Social Media is one of the best tools available to help grow your business. You can easily get..

How to Get the Most Out of Your Concrete Grinder Tooling

By Mike Huggins February 14, 2017

When grinding concrete, one of the most important things to pay attention to is the type of tooling..

Grinder Rentals Checklist- What You Need To Get

By Brian Fortner February 9, 2017

If you are going to rent a concrete grinder, there are some key things that you need to remember..

AGM vs. Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

By Brian Fortner February 7, 2017

Batteries are one of those topics that seem pretty straight forward at first glance, but are..

Beginner Tips to Starting Your DIY Concrete Makeover With Small Grinders

By Josh Locke February 3, 2017

This blog is written for all you Do-It-Yourselfers looking to refurbish concrete. Whether it’s a..

Terminator Tooling 101

By Josh Locke January 26, 2017

Our Terminator Ride-On Floor Scrapers are some of our most innovative and impressive pieces of..

Small Concrete Grinders: Which One Do You Need?

By Josh Locke January 25, 2017

If you’re working in the Surface Preparation industry, I’m sure you’ve used a small concrete..

3 Ride-On Power Trowel Maintenance Tips

By Josh Locke January 17, 2017

Maintaining your concrete equipment is incredibly important. It will ensure that your equipment is..

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

By Josh Locke January 13, 2017

The construction Industry is booming and with this massive industry growth, there are more and more..

Understanding Diamond Blade Applications

By Brian Fortner January 10, 2017

Diamond blades are a very common tool that you may already be using everyday. Whether you are in a..

Terminator Comparison: Which Model is Right for You?

By Josh Locke January 6, 2017

Our Terminator line is one that Bartell Global is very proud of. A lot of time and hard work went..

How To Create Better Email Marketing Campaigns

By Chris Windsor December 21, 2016

Email marketing can be one of the most cost-effective and impactful marketing tactics out there, if..

Quick Tips to Help You Be More Effective In Sales

By Josh Locke December 16, 2016

Sales can be a tricky, especially in an industry like construction and surface preparation where..

What Kind of Concrete Buggy is Best For Your Business?

By Brian Fortner December 14, 2016

Concrete Buggies are an asset to any company that is doing a lot of transportation of concrete or..

What is a Vertical Shot Blaster?

By John Hill December 9, 2016

Vertical Shot Blasters are a very unique piece of equipment that not everyone has had the..

3 Products to Have at Your Counter to Increase Sales

By Chris Windsor December 6, 2016

As we have talked about in the past, your sales counter is one of the best places to increase your..

4 Reasons You Need a Concrete Buggy

By Brian Fortner November 29, 2016

Concrete Buggies are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a job site. They are used to..

Know When to Take Advantage of the Benefits of Scarifying

By Brian Fortner November 25, 2016

Scarifying is a form of surface preparation with many benefits. Scarifiers are a faster, more..

Equipment Buying 101: What Are Your Buying Priorities?

By Josh Locke November 23, 2016

How many times have you made a decision to purchase or invest in something over another, because of..

How To Enhance Your Counter Sales

By Chris Windsor November 22, 2016

Counters sales is one key to increasing revenue for your business. Whether you’re a distributor or..

3 Beginner Concrete Sawing Tips

By Chris Windsor November 15, 2016

Concrete sawing is one of the things that seems easy to the unseasoned DIY’er, but there is more to..

What is a Scarifier?

By John Hill November 11, 2016

Scarifiers are incredibly beneficial when used appropriately for the purpose they were created for...

Tips to help build a great team for your business

By Josh Locke November 9, 2016

When running or owning a business there are many variables that can be unpredictable and out of..

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Diamond Blade

By Brian Fortner November 8, 2016

When buying Diamond Blades, it is crucial to understand how long each type will last. You can waste..

Guide to Cutting Relief Joints in Concrete

By Brian Fortner November 2, 2016

When placing a new slab, making relief cuts in the concrete is crucial to make sure that you don’t..

How to Polish Concrete: iShine Floor System

By Brian Fortner October 28, 2016

The iShine Floor System is a multi- variation, step by step procedure that was developed by a team..


By Chris Windsor October 21, 2016

I’m sure your company has a website.

If not, you need to make sure that you get one as soon as..

Wet VS. Dry Grinding and Polishing

By Josh Locke October 20, 2016

When it comes to grinding and polishing concrete, many of you may know that it can be done wet, or..

Small Grinders: Best Options for Dealers and Rental Houses

By Josh Locke October 14, 2016

Generally, we don’t like to do too many product focused blogs because we like offer objective..

Quick Guide to Bartell Global’s Grinding and Polishing Tooling

By Brian Fortner October 7, 2016

Tooling can make or break a job. Whether you’re a Rental House, Dealer, a Contractor, or a DIY..

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

By Brian Fortner October 4, 2016

Power Trowels are one of the key pieces of equipment for many businesses in concrete finishing...

5 Things Pros Do Before Polishing Concrete

By Josh Locke September 29, 2016

If you’re new to polishing or want better results, we’ve put together 5 things the Pros do that..

Walk Behind Floor Removal Machine Purchase Check List

By Josh Locke September 27, 2016

When looking to purchase a walk behind floor scraper there are a few key areas that you should pay..

Two Marketing Tips That Will Build Trust With Your Customers

By Chris Windsor September 23, 2016

When marketing your business, one of the biggest aspects you need to communicate is trust. If your..

Comparing Walk Behind Floor Removal Machines

By Josh Locke September 20, 2016

In the flooring removal industry, there are many options out there. Everything from manual scrapers..

The Importance of Choosing the Right Dust Extraction Equipment

By Josh Locke September 16, 2016

Choosing the right Dust Extraction Equipment for whatever machine you’re using, or having the..

CFM vs. Water Lift - Dust Extraction Equipment

By Josh Locke September 8, 2016

In the construction and demolition industries Vacuums or Dust Extraction Equipment are used as a..

How a Tamping Rammer Can Benefit Your Business

By Brian Fortner August 26, 2016

Compactors. They’re a necessity on the job site for most concrete workers out there today. But can..

Rammer Vs. Compactor: Which is Right For Me?

By Brian Fortner August 24, 2016

Compaction is one of the most important steps for many construction projects. A properly compacted..

Why You Want Jet Pulse Filter Cleaning

By Josh Locke August 18, 2016

Jet Pulse filter cleaning, is an important feature for dust extractor systems with certified..

HEPA Filters: Know When You're Being Scammed

By Josh Locke August 11, 2016

With the new OSHA Regulation change and a greater understanding of the side-effects from..

Bartell Global Acquires Contec NA

By Josh Locke August 8, 2016

Bartell Global Equipment Expansion in the North American Surface Preparation Market

The Concrete Grinder Purchase Check List for Rental Companies

By Mike Huggins August 5, 2016

If you are a rental company purchasing equipment, then you know the value of getting a good return..

Silica Dust is Not Just Dust: Are you Protected?

By Brian Fortner August 3, 2016

We’ve recently been investing some time trying to build awareness regarding the new Silica..

3 Things to Remember When Buying a Tamping Rammer

By Brian Fortner August 1, 2016

Compared to a lot of other concrete construction equipment out there, a tamping rammer (or jumping..

How to Create a Diamond Blade Display Stand That Sells

By Brian Fortner July 25, 2016

We know that selling diamond blades is hard enough as it is. (Looking for a little help? Check out..

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

By John Hill July 21, 2016

Shot Blasting is a form of surface preparation that utilizes a couple different execution options...

Construction Marketing 101 - How to Grow Your Business

By Chris Windsor July 20, 2016

Whether you’re a concrete contractor, rental house or dealer, the ultimate goal is to get more..

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

By Brian Fortner July 13, 2016

One of the best things about diamond blades is that there are so many variations, you’re guaranteed..

Enclosed Shot Blasting VS. Grinding: Common Misconception

By John Hill July 8, 2016

If you have spent any time in the surface preparation industry, I’m sure you have heard many big..

Important Things to Know about OSHA's New Silica Regulation

By Chris Windsor July 6, 2016


Shot Blasting Profile Basics: What You Need to Know

By John Hill July 4, 2016

Shot Blasting is a type of surface preparation that is a bit underrated. Over the past few years..

3 Customer Ideas for Terminators Made Reality

By Josh Locke June 27, 2016

If you’ve ever had to phone in a complaint to a big name brand company, you can likely relate to..

Floor Demolition Without Vacating the Building

By Josh Locke June 24, 2016

Any opportunity a contractor has to make their client happier is something they should pursue. If..

Ride-On Floor Scrapers: Battery VS Propane

By Josh Locke June 8, 2016


Earn More Customers with Ride-On Floor Scraping

By Josh Locke June 8, 2016

If you’re a carpet or floor installer and have heard of ride-on floor scrapers but never tried one,..

2 Factors That Make a Solid Ride-On Floor Scraper

By Josh Locke June 2, 2016

When you’re making an investment on a brand new piece of equipment like a ride-on floor scraper,..

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

By Josh Locke May 30, 2016

Contractors who only occasionally need to pull up a floor using a ride-on floor scraper tend to..

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

By Josh Locke May 20, 2016

Production rates in a ride-on floor scraper are important. We’ve written about that before. But..

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

By Mike Huggins May 2, 2016

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Mike Huggins. I’m with SPE North America. I’m in charge of North American..

Metal Bond Diamonds - How to Choose the Correct Bond

By Chris Windsor April 13, 2016

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

3 Metal Bond Buying Tips

By Chris Windsor April 8, 2016

When grinding or polishing concrete, good diamond tooling is an essential part of the process. With..

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

By Brian Fortner March 28, 2016

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

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

By Brian Fortner March 18, 2016

While it's important to understand that your mileage may vary when it comes to the importance of..

Cutting Green Concrete

By Brian Fortner March 9, 2016

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

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

By Brian Fortner March 7, 2016

There are so many features to look out for and compare when purchasing or renting a plate..

Plate Compactors: How to Get More From Them

By Brian Fortner March 1, 2016


How Many Heads Does A Great Grinder Polisher Need?

By Josh Locke November 20, 2015

As it pertains to concrete Floor Grinders, contractors today have a ton of options when making a..

The Top Mistake Made When Buying a Ride-On Floor Scraper

By Chris Windsor August 31, 2015


Benefits of a One Man Vibratory Screed - Screed Education Month

By Brian Fortner August 25, 2015

Why are we doing Screed Education Month?  After the success of our Shotblasting Education Month in..

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

By Brian Fortner August 3, 2015

Why are we doing Screed Education Month?  After the success of our Shotblasting Education Month in..

Introducing the iShine Floor System

By Josh Locke July 25, 2015

The term ‘floor system’ is often used when referring to a developed procedure that contains a..

Metal on Metal - 6 Tips on Cutting Ductile Pipe Safely

By Brian Fortner July 22, 2015

With more than 30 years in the diamond blade industry, I have been aware of two major injuries..

Beginners Guide to Surface Prep

By Josh Locke June 16, 2015

Surface Preparation. What's it about? Even if you're a pro in the industry, there may be some..

What Really Makes a Great Diamond Blade?

By Brian Fortner June 5, 2015

I first got involved with diamond blades in 1981 at my Father’s Rental Store. Norton had just..

A New Class in Compaction

By Chris Windsor May 27, 2015

A New Class in Compaction

Professional & Commercial Power Trowel Series Comparison

By Brian Fortner May 19, 2015

There was a time when buying a power trowel was a yes or no question. Manufacturers offered one..

What makes a great Ride-on Floor Scraper?

By Tony Do May 11, 2015


If you are in the floor removal business, you..

What is Shotblasting? - Shotblast Education Month

By Josh Locke April 10, 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Shot Blasting” before in the surface preparation industry. It..

Applications & Uses Of Shot blasting - Shot blasting Education Month

By Josh Locke April 1, 2015

Why Shotblasting Education month? Over the past 6 months, we have heard an increasing interest in..


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