“This article will help you understand the different features of various concrete grinding and polishing equipment available in the market and will help you select the right equipment.”
Finding the right equipment to grind, hone and polish concrete is a challenging job. There are plenty of factors to take into account; we’ll see some of the most important factors including the equipment’s power requirements, motor size, weight, dimensions, working dimensions and abrasive rotate here in this article.
Well, are you thinking that what’s so challenging in it, while it seems quite simple to you? In reality, ‘the more you learn in this industry, the more you will realize how little you know about it’.
While reading this article bear in mind that it is in context with common machines, as specific characteristics of such equipment change from one manufacturer to another. Now, let’s check out the selection factors one by one:
Power Requirements – Concrete floor polishing equipment is typically powered using a battery, cord electric, propane or sometimes using hydraulic driven motors. If power is supplied through propane, there are no other electrical requirements than a battery. However, electrical specifications for cord electrical power supply are usually 110 volt single-phase, 220 volt single-phase or three-phase, and 460 volt three-phase.
Amperage requirements may vary between 20 amps to 60 amps. Remember, the higher the voltage, lower the amperage requirements and smaller the gauge power cord. Sometimes, electrical panels are about 220 volts and their actual outcome is only 208 volts. Before plugging your grinding and polishing equipment to such power source, you must ensure that the equipment can run efficiently on lower voltage as well; or else you need to purchase a transformer, often called a buck booster, to increase the voltage.
Tip: Never hook up your equipment with power supply on your own, it is recommended that you call a licensed electrician or hire professionals from a good polished concrete services provider firm to handle the entire project for you.
Motor Size – It ranges from 1 horsepower on a single-head, tiny size rotary equipment to 40 horsepower on walk-behind equipment with multi-rotary head.
Weight – These equipment’s weight ranges from 110 pounds to more than 2000 pounds provided any additional weight has not been applied yet. But these values are for walk-behind equipment. For ride-on equipment, weight may range go beyond 13000 pounds. The weight of the equipment is a crucial factor from shipping perspective, but more significant is the actual weight on the abrasives.
Equipment Size – You will find equipment so small to get easily fit in the back of your small car and one so large that it will require a flatbed tractor trailer to get moved. They come in a great variety of sizes and shapes. Some tech-savvy manufacturers have come up with equipment that can be easily broken down into individual pieces for convenient shipping.
Overall Working Space – It is all about how much area will be affected while the equipment is ON. Its working dimension may range from square and 14 inches to 98 inches with several planetary heads. In the marketplace, some equipment are designed to be pulled, pushed or moved while many has motor-driven wheels.
These are the five most basic factors to keep in mind while looking for concrete floor grinding and polishing equipment. However, there are plenty of other things to consider including Abrasives drive, Belt/chain, gear or direct drive, and cost.
Kathy has been in the concrete polishing industry since 2004. From fundamentals to latest technology and tools used, she knows every nook and cranny of this industry. She has immense knowledge about a great variety of concrete floor polishing equipment available out there.