A floor scabbler, also known as floor planers and scarifiers, is a walk-behind device that is mainly used on concrete surfaces. These machines are most suitable for reducing the height of a concrete slab, thick adhesive or to provide a textured finish.

Here’s an explanation as to how they work, why they’re useful, how to prepare to use them and who might benefit from hiring one!

How Do They Work?

Scabblers come in a variety of sizes and types that work along the same basic principle. They pound tungsten-tipped cutters into the concrete surface which breaks this layer down, allowing for it to be removed. This reveals a much rougher section of the concrete than the top layer as aggregate will now be exposed. This can be done to specific ‘grades’ which relates to how strong the concrete is. Plus, each machine has a height adjustment handle, depending on your requirements.

Why Are They Useful?

This is a useful tool as it allows for quick and effective removal. Rather than using a larger machine which may be cumbersome, the scabbler can be used to address specific imbalances quickly and efficiently. They are also suitable for bitumen removal in demolition projects as they don’t require smooth finishes.

It’s also useful as it exposes a rougher top surface of an aggregate which, depending on your purpose for the concrete floor, may be more ideal for bonding and adhesives. Along these lines, they may be used to create more grip on roads by giving them a rougher surface where they may have been worn down over the years.

Preparation for Use

It’s a good idea to adequately prepare your machine and surroundings before beginning to use your scabbler. For instance, you’ll want a tile-specific blade rather than a  carpet stripper if you’re using it on a swimming pool or tiled flooring. These steps will boost the efficiency of your operation, reducing the amount of time the equipment needs to be rented out.

Who Would Need Them?

Because they’re used to both remove materials and roughen surfaces, scabblers have a broad range of applications which make them a great choice for a number of sectors including:

  • Pools that need to reapply grout for tiles
  • Supermarkets and shopping malls
  • Most new build houses now use concrete flooring
  • Councils working on roads
  • Car parks
  • Construction and industrial sites

Here at Concept Flooring Technology, we aim to help our clients complete their projects to the highest of standards. We have a broad range of floor machines to hire, including scabblers, and we’d be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you and give you some recommendations. If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01494 485952 today!

At Concept Flooring Technology, we offer a range of machines for hire including preparation grinders, planers and floor scabblers. But to keep your flooring looking clean and tidy, it’s important to maintain the upkeep of your floor which requires the use of scrubber dryer machines. The scrubber dryers we have available for hire are great machines and are ideal for a range of uses.

They work by rotating brushes on the floor’s surface in a scrubbing motion to remove dirt and residue from the floor, which is then collected by a vacuum to leave the floor clean and dry. Rather than purchasing a scrubber dryer, which can be somewhat costly, Concept Flooring Technology provides them for rental at a reasonable fee.

But why might you need to hire a scrubber dryer? Here are a few reasons it would be beneficial for your business.

Who needs scrubber dryer hire?

Many industrial and commercial premises would benefit from hiring a scrubber dryer to clean their flooring. If you have large areas of flooring that experience a high amount of footfall, you may consider hiring a scrubber dryer to stay on top of the hygiene and to maintain clean premises.

Some of these include:

  • Factories
  • Warehouses
  • Healthcare sites
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Schools

The benefits of hiring a scrubber dryer

There are many reasons why it would be beneficial to hire a scrubber dryer. Read on to discover how to make your business safer, more hygienic and more economical.

Safer

Cleaning large premises can be a long and laborious process, leading to large areas of wet and slippery flooring. This creates a potentially hazardous area for a while after the cleaning has been completed. Many workplace accidents are caused by wet or contaminated floors, leading to personal injury claims against the business or organisation. This could be easily avoided by regular and efficient cleaning with a scrubber dryer.

Because a scrubber dryer vacuums up any water from the surface as it cleans, once the scrubber dryer has been over a section, it is already left dry and safe to walk on. This also allows you to clean more regularly without having to wait until customers or colleagues have left the premises. Regular cleaning will also reduce the risk of slipping on spills, as the hazardous area will be cleaned up quickly.

Hygienic

As businesses continue to adapt and evolve in tackling the changes to working life since COVID-19, workplaces must be kept as hygienic as possible, this certainly includes clean floors and surfaces. By doing so, this will help to maintain high standards of hygiene in the workplace. By ensuring a safe and clean workplace, you will be able to reduce the number of sick days and time off work that needs to be taken by employees. A scrubber dryer is an imperative machine to help keep the flooring clean throughout your building.

Not only this, but environments such as healthcare facilities have an utmost responsibility to keep their premises clean. If there is regular contamination of flooring with hazardous fluids, the floors must be cleaned thoroughly and regularly. The same also goes for the food and drink industry as it’s vital that you maintain a clean environment where people consume food and beverages. Essentially, it is important to keep a clean and safe work environment and this can be done with scrubber dryer hire.

More effective

If you need to clean large spaces with just a mop and bucket, you’ll be spending valuable time on a task that can be completed much faster with a scrubber dryer. By using a mop and bucket you may simply be spreading dirt across the floor rather than actually cleaning it, or even just diluting it with water. A mop and bucket will get dirty very quickly, and after several uses, will not be that effective at cleaning. You will end up spending more money on time and resources and whoever is in charge of cleaning large areas of flooring will probably tire much quicker than they would if they were using a scrubber dryer.

On the other hand, a scrubber dryer uses cleaning chemicals to break down and loosen dirt, grease and grime, dislodge the debris and shine the floor. After cleaning it then vacuums all the residue up so that nothing is left on the floor. As a result, you have expertly clean floors, while the machine does all the work.

Restore exceptionally dirty floors

It’s vital that you have a good hygiene procedure in place if your business or workplace is prone to high amounts of dirt, spills or heavy foot traffic. Regular cleaning can be time-consuming, especially if you need to deep clean your flooring every day. One of the key selling points of a scrubber dryer is how deeply it can clean floors as opposed to other cleaning equipment. It can thoroughly clean and remove any dirt and debris from flooring and grooves and vacuum any remaining dirt, leaving the floor clean and dry.

If your workplace, such as a warehouse or factory, gets exceptionally dirty, it’s worthwhile hiring a scrubber dryer to feel confident that the floors will be as clean as possible. This ensures high hygiene levels, a safe work environment and makes your business look desirable to any customers or clients that may come in.

Eco-friendly

There are many instances within a business where you can choose more sustainable options. Considering your water usage is something we can all be more aware of. A scrubber dryer has a more controlled usage of water and cleaning solution, making sure you only use as much as you need to get a great clean on your floor. By using a scrubber dryer you can clean a floor using a controlled amount of detergent and water, therefore being much kinder to the environment. For areas that may be more soiled than others, you’ll need to use more water and detergent than an area that only has light usage. A scrubber dryer will allow you to control how much water and detergent to use depending on how deep a clean you’ll need for a particular area.

Why use Concept Flooring Technology for your scrubber dryer rental?

If you’ve decided you would benefit from using a scrubber dryer in your premises, you may be wondering what the benefits are of hiring a machine as opposed to buying one outright. Besides the obvious financial benefits, hiring a scrubber dryer from Concept Flooring Technology offers you an efficient, hygienic and safe solution to cleaning your floors.

Here’s why you should hire from Concept Flooring Technology:

Access to industry-leading expertise and knowledge on floor grinders

Concept Flooring Technology has a wide range of machines available for hire and are experts in the industry. Any questions you may have, they will be able to answer and help you get the most out of the machines you hire. Whether you’re hiring stripping machines, planers, floor scabblers or scrubber dryers, they will be able to advise you on how to properly use them. Furthermore, they’ll be able to provide you with all the machines you’ll need to create great finished floors, including maintenance after the floor grinding is complete.

Exceptionally well-maintained machines

Concept Flooring Technology only hires out machines that have been very well-maintained, meaning you’ll be able to get your hands on great machinery to grind, scrabble, polish and clean your flooring. You can feel confident that the machine you hire will be of great quality and the best of its kind. This ensures your scrubber dryer will efficiently and effectively deep clean your floors.

Excellent customer service

The team at Concept Flooring Technology will do all they can to ensure your machine hire goes smoothly and the job is completed to a high standard. They can provide over the phone advice and on-site set-up and demonstrations to ensure you can competently use the machine. What’s more,  general wear and tear maintenance and PAT Testing is included in the service to ensure you only get the best products and value for money.

To find out more information, visit our website or call 01494 485952 to see how we can help you.

Here at Concept Flooring Technology, we have a fleet of flooring machines that we hire out. Seeing as they can look fairly similar and do fairly similar things, it can be difficult to understand the differences between these different options. This blog outlines these differences and exactly what use each machine is most optimal for.

1. Handheld Grinder

An angle grinder is essentially a motor that spins a disc around at a high speed. Depending on what type of blade is attached, this machine abrades different materials and wears them down. They’re not great for polishing as they have just one head but they’d be handy for accessing tricky spots like nooks, crannies and crevices.

2. Preparation Grinders

These work similarly to handheld grinders, just that they’re a larger walk-behind option. Whereas handheld options are better for smaller, more awkward areas, preparation grinders are better for covering large surfaces at a quick pace. Some models, like the HTC 400, use a number of diamond tool segments inside a single head rather than having multiple heads.

3. Polishing Finishing Grinders

Polishing finishing grinders are different because they’re always ‘planetary grinders’ which means that they have multiple rotating heads. This makes them capable of polishing surfaces and materials to a much finer degree than more aggressive abrasion techniques.

4. Planers and Scabblers

Planers and scabblers are also great options for removing materials quickly from a surface. Where they’re particularly unique is that they leave the new surface layer textured which prepares them much better for the installation of grout, glues and adhesives.

5. Stripping Machines

These machines are ideal for removing carpet, vinyl, ceramic tiles, and other floor coverings from your floor. A stripping blade thrusts under the material being removed, separating it from the floor it was attached to. However, it’s important that the appropriate attachment is used for the material being removed.

6. Cleaning Machines

Also known as scrubber driers, cleaning machines are used to ensure that the flooring you lay down is clean and presentable. Water is fed a brush and after getting any dirt, grime or debris off the floor, the machine vacuums up the remaining solution. Here at Concept Flooring Technology, we have both walk-behind and rideable options depending on your requirements.

If you have any further questions about these key flooring machines, or if you’d like to enquire about the different models we have and which might be most suitable for your project, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01494 485952 today!

Handheld grinders are versatile machines as they allow you to work in numerous areas and on different materials that otherwise wouldn’t be possible with larger planetary grinders. Given their usefulness in the construction field, it’s important that you understand how they work, what sort of blades are required, what sizes they come in and how to know when you’ll need replacements.

Here are all the answers you’ll need!

What Are Handheld Grinders?

Invented in 1954 in Germany, handheld grinders are handheld power tools used for grinding and abrasive cutting. They’re powered via an electric motor that drives a geared head, positioned at a right angle, which turns a disc at high speeds. This disk has a diamond blade attached to it which does the grinding.

Handheld grinders are used for areas that are particularly difficult to access. It could be that the floor of the room you wish to grind has a particularly tricky layout in one corner or that there’s a support structure in the middle of the space, around which it’s difficult to manoeuvre a larger machine. These scenarios are where handheld grinders are especially useful.

What Are Diamond Blades and How Are They Made?

Diamond blades are essential for the construction industry because of the durability of diamonds as a material, allowing for innovative applications like drilling and polishing. Diamond blades consist of a steel core along with diamond segments around the circumference of the disc. Synthetic diamond grit is combined with metal powder which is then sintered, meaning that these components are transformed into a solid coherent mass via heat and/or pressure.

What Sizes Are Available?

Diamond blades come in a range of sizes. Larger ones closer to 180mm are more suitable for stonemasons and flooring contractors. Alternatively, sizes closer to 100mm are better for detailed work and recesses. Here at Concept Flooring Technology, we stock 125mm and 180mm options so that we have all bases covered for our customers.

How Do I Know When My Diamond Blade is Dull?

You’ll know when the blade is getting dull because it’ll glaze over, indicating that the metal bond that holds the diamonds in place has melted over the diamonds. The blade will also appear to be smooth, showing that the diamonds have completely worn away.

How long they last is a difficult question to answer as it completely depends on the quality of the diamond blade as well as what type of material it’s used against. Generally, a 12 hour lifetime is considered ideal.

If you have any further questions about handheld grinders and their diamond blades, or if you’d like to know about some of our other services like hiring stripping, cleaning or preparation machines, then don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 01494 485952 today!

Once you have achieved your desired flooring through scabbling, grinding, stripping and polishing, you’ll need to maintain it by using quality cleaning machines. If your flooring is subject to heavy footfall or spillages, hiring floor cleaning machines such as scrubber dryers or grout cleaning machines are an excellent solution to keep your flooring looking clean and shiny.

If you’re considering floor cleaner hire from Concept Flooring Technology, you may have some questions about how these machines work and how to use them. Here we’ll answer these questions so you can prepare yourself to hire a great floor cleaning machine such as a scrubber dryer or grout cleaning machine.

Frequently asked questions

Which types of machines are available?

At Concept Flooring Technology, we have two types of scrubber dryers available, these are ride-on or walk-behind machines. We stock Numatic scrubber dryers as they are some of the best floor cleaning machines on the market.

  • Numatic TT4045 Scrubber Dryer

This scrubber dryer is a heavy-duty walk-behind machine with a 40L capacity. It plugs into your mains power to offer a continuous and powerful clean, without interruption. You can choose how much solution is fed down through the heavy-duty scrubbing brush on the front of the machine. The curved vaccinated squeegee collects the slurry and deposits it into the 40L waste tank which can be emptied at a drain once you’ve finished cleaning.

  • Numatic TR0650 Scrubber Dryer

This machine is a ride-on scrubber dryer ideal for large areas. It’s battery-powered and holds 120L with 3.5 hours of running time so you can get large jobs done before it will need to be charged again. The advantage of battery-powered floor cleaning machines is that you don’t have a cable that could get caught on furniture or create a tripping hazard. This also means you are able to cover large spaces without needing to think about access to power cords or dealing with extension cords.

To determine which machine is best for you, consider what it will be used for. If you need to clean large areas with little access to power sources, the ride-on scrubber dryer may be beneficial. However, if you only need to clean smaller areas, the stand-behind will work well as you will have a constant power source.

How do scrubber dryers work?

A scrubber dryer is designed to perform two types of cleaning functions simultaneously – scrubbing from a rotary cleaning machine and drying from a vacuum-like suction operation. As the scrubber dryer passes across the floor, it cleans and vacuums, leaving a previously dirty floor clean and bone dry, allowing people to walk over it straight away. This makes them ideal for public and commercial facilities because they provide a safe, quick and hygienic solution to cleaning your flooring as opposed to a standard bucket and mop.

A scrubber dryer is made up of a clean water tank, a vacuum unit, a squeegee, a collection tank and a control panel. The clean water tank ranges in size depending on the size of the model. Also, a ride-on scrubber dryer will hold more water than a walk-behind machine. Water is fed from the tank directly through the brush heads and is used to clean through rotary scrubbing.

The vacuum unit is located within the collection tank. It’s protected from water thanks to a float valve which cuts off the vacuum operation in the event the wastewater level becomes too high. This is teamed up with a squeegee that sits on the back of the machine and follows behind it when the machine is moving. It is wider than the machine itself to help collect water when the machine turns. The water collected can be emptied through a drainage outlet below its base.

How do grout cleaning machines work?

Grout cleaning machines are ideal for cleaning grouts on granite setts, pavers, external pavements and pedestrian areas. They are able to deep clean the grout without pulling it up from the joints. The continuous sponge is fed through a water bucket and rollers, the excess sludge and water is squeezed out leaving the sponge to repeat the cycle. The roller can be easily replaced with a new sponge belt once it has become too dirty. As grout is liable to pick up dirt over time, it requires a bit more attention than your typical cleaning methods, particularly when covering a large area.

What consumables will I need?

Consumables are a part of a machine that needs to be replaced at a certain interval of time, based on the amount of wear and tear it has experienced. When hiring floor cleaning machines you may need to replace the consumables regularly as they can become worn and dirty. However, you won’t need to replace them nearly as often as standard cleaning materials such as sponges or mops.

For your scrubber dryer machine, scrubbing brushes are fitted to the machine. For the Numatic TT0650 scrubber dryer, you’ll need two 330mm brushes and for the TT4045, you’ll need one 450mm brush. The grout cleaning machines use sponge belts to clean.

What are the advantages of hiring a floor cleaning machine?

At Concept Flooring Technology, we hire out floor cleaning machines alongside other machines such as floor scabblers and grinding machines. If you’re on the fence about hiring or buying, there are many advantages to hiring a floor cleaning machine.

Hiring machinery from Concept Flooring Technology is more cost-effective because the machines we offer are of the most exceptional in the industry. Therefore making them a brilliant investment that a lot of businesses may not be able to otherwise afford. Hiring these machines is a much more affordable solution and you can get a higher quality machine for a lower cost.

When you hire a machine, the maintenance costs are not down to you. You won’t be expected to cover the costs of the typical degradation of a machine and at the end of your rental period, you can return the machine back to Concept Flooring Technology. This means you don’t need to worry about disposing of an old machine when you no longer need it. If you do choose to hire a machine through Concept Flooring Technology, the team will ensure that each piece of machinery is delivered with all the relevant paperwork including P.A.T certification, electrical or fuel safety sheets and hand-arm vibration information.  We will also provide nationwide delivery and collection with on-site set-up and demonstration.

Whether you intend to use floor cleaner hire machines on a short-term or long-term basis, hiring is a great option. You can choose how long you would like to hire the machine for, finding a contract that works for you. By hiring from Concept Flooring Technology, you can rest assured that the service you receive is first-rate. Concept Flooring Technology is a member of the Hire Association Europe, the industry-leading trade association for the plant and tool hire sector, within which we are SafeHire Accredited. This certification was developed as guidance of safety and quality agencies and is endorsed by the British Standards Institute.

Concept Flooring Technology: From scrubber dryers to concrete floor polishers

Whatever flooring machines you’re looking for, Concept Flooring Technology has a fantastic range of high-quality machines to help you get the job done. Whether you’re grinding concrete or keeping it looking spotless, we have the machine for you. We supply planers and floor scabblers, scrubber dryers, stripping machines, handheld grinders and preparation grinders as well as a number of consumables. We are happy to help advise you on the right machines to hire as well as how to properly use them. For more information, get in touch with our friendly team or call us on 01494 485952.

Have you found yourself feeling a little uncertain of what type of concrete floor grinder would be best suited to your specific needs? There are certainly a couple of things to consider prior to deciding which type you want to use. A concrete floor grinder can be utilised for lots of different applications varying from cleaning concrete floors to getting rid of concrete coatings to polishing concrete floors.

With this in mind, our mini-guide will talk you through three of the most popular and widely used varieties of concrete floor grinders and give you a breakdown of each one.

Handheld Floor Grinders

Handheld concrete grinders are the most widely used for edgework and hard to reach areas. Often utilised for floor grinding applications and polishing concrete countertops. Two of the most popular sizes tend to come between 4 – 5 inches and 7 – 9 inches. These are frequently used for the purpose of smoothing out rough patches on a concrete floor, surface preparation for coatings like epoxy, and for polishing concrete countertops.

Walk-behind Concrete Floor Grinder

These vary in size and you can get much smaller ones but also utilize a much larger model for a more substantial project. Walk-behind floor grinders also can be used for the purpose of covering a wider surface area. These particular floor grinding machines are ideal for quickly getting rid of coatings such as epoxy, paint, tile glue, mastic, and thin-set.

These can also be used to polish concrete floors in locations such as residential homes, commercial buildings and warehouses. Walk-behind floor grinders can come equipped with anything from 1 disc on the bottom up to 5 or 6 discs. Quite often this particular model proves to be very popular.

Ride-On Floor Grinder

This variety of floor grinder is often used to grind and polish commercial flooring so this could classify as anything from shopping centres, showrooms, distribution centres and warehouse floors. A ride-on floor grinder is able to grind and polish up to 5 feet wide in one pass, this is a key factor that enables this type of machine to produce a finished, smooth and glossy floor.

Do you need a concrete floor grinder? At Concept Flooring Technology, we provide a range of machines that deliver amazing results. Our concrete grinders and polishers are available in 110v, Three Phase and petrol which are all perfect options for all common diamond grinding and polishing tasks. To find out more about the varied flooring machinery we provide, please contact us today. We’d be happy to help with any enquiries.

Carpet strippers are complicated-looking machines when, in reality, they just strip flooring materials. If you were to try this by hand, you’d soon realise why machines are used. This guide explains exactly how to set up an area for a floor stripper, how to use one safely and other additional things to think about like safety and maintenance.

 

With this guide, you’ll be tile stripping in no time!

Preparing the Surrounding Area

You’ll want to consider what route you’re going to take because it’ll have a big impact on the efficiency of the machine and how long it takes you to complete the job. Completing the area in a series of strips or sections will allow for a more efficient process from beginning to end and will also result in a smoother finish.

Depending on the task and type of carpet stripper you’re using, you may want to prepare some form of vacuum. If a lot of debris will be created then some form of a dry or wet vacuum will help to clean up after you. This is important as it will allow you to use the machine more efficiently and safely.

Ensuring that debris is cleaned up is an important but often overlooked step. Debris can cause a bumpy ride as well as alter where the blade sits on the surface, making it less effective in some situations. Make sure you pause regularly to sweep up and clear the floor for the next section which is as important from a health and safety point of view as it is from an efficiency point of view.

How to Use the Carpet Stripper

Heavy-duty floor strippers use an oscillating blade system to remove materials like vinyl, carpet, linoleum and other soft materials from concrete and wood floors. There are multiple blades available for floor strippers so it’s important that you consider your specific requirements and pick the most suitable one for the job.

To install a blade, tip the machine back and use a wrench to loosen the bolts on the reverse side of the striker plate. Slide the blade in between the striker blade and the retainer blade, then tighten the bolts to keep it in place and tip the machine forwards.

The pitch of the blade alters what angle it oscillates at. Check your manual to understand what pitch your machine uses along with any recommendations the manufacturer has in relation to this.

On concrete floors, the bevelled side of the blade needs to be facing upwards at a fairly harsh angle. If the blade ‘jumps’ from the cut then the blade is probably too shallow. On wooden floors, this angle will want to be more shallow to avoid damage to the wood. You’ll want to follow the wood grain to minimise gouging.

Plug the machine into the correct socket and switch the switch on. As you push the machine forwards, the oscillating blade will remove the respective flooring. Don’t force the carpet stripper. If you need extra leverage then approach strips from the corner of the blade.

What to Avoid

Avoid Expansion Joints: Expansion joints hold parts together whilst absorbing their expansion, contraction and vibration. The blades of heavy-duty floor strippers get stuck on these unless they’re manoeuvred over them at an angle. They’re difficult to detect before removing the surface but if they’re spotted then make sure you cross them at an angle as this avoids damaging your blades. Failing to do this will lead to unnecessary costs and time wasted.

Avoid Anything Sticking Up: Anything sticking out the ground offers a very similar problem but they’re more detectable so you can address them before removing any flooring. You’ll want to circle anything sticking out and, depending on the sensitivity of your carpet stripper, you may be able to strip close to it. If your controls aren’t strong enough then you can remove the parts around it later.

Avoid Bolts: Similar to anything sticking out the ground, bolts can get in the way and snap your blade because they’re usually made of metal. To avoid this happening, which would cost you money to repair, assess the area you’d like to strip very carefully beforehand and proceed with caution.

Carpet Stripper Safety

You’ll want to make sure that you’re wearing all the correct safety gear when you’re using a floor stripper. Firstly, you’ll want to wear some metal cap shoes because you’ll be moving around a working blade. You may also want to wear some goggles in case any debris comes up at speed. It’s also never a bad idea to wear a helmet and gloves when working in these kinds of settings.

Make sure you don’t attempt to maintain our carpet strippers because, if necessary, we can send a fitter to you or exchange the model you have. It’s against our conditions of hire for our clients to tamper with the machinery in this way as it poses a serious health and safety risk.

Concept Flooring Technology’s Floor Stripper Rental Options

Wolff Turbo Stripper: This is a great self-propelled, walk-behind stripping option if you’re looking to remove any bonded flooring such as studded rubber and sports flooring. With a 2.6kW motor, detachable weights, and 150kg overall weight, it’s a very manoeuvrable option.

Blastrac BMS220: This is a ride-on heavy duty floor stripper option that is ideal for larger areas with a reduced amount of ventilation. With 110v of power and weighing 960kg/1080kg, it’s a great tile stripper that can also be used to remove carpet, vinyl and other materials.

Innovatech Terminator T2200: This is another ride-on carpet stripper option and it’s designed to work economically. It can fit through a doorway and it’s particularly good at stripping vinyl, wood, ceramic tiles and carpet with a propane power source and 1048kg of weight. We also have an Innovatech Terminator Infinity which is battery powered making it even more convenient and efficient.

Other Machines and Accessories

Blades: You’ll want to make sure that you have the necessary blades for the job. There are a few different types to choose from and each does better at taking up certain types of materials. If you have any questions about blades then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Concept Flooring Technology.

Preparation Grinder: Depending on the type of job you’re doing, you may wish to return the concrete beneath to an even finish. You may wish to use a preparation polisher machine to achieve this. You can choose from single-headed hand-held grinders to planetary polishers with 8 heads. Just make sure you take the time to research the different models available so you get the one that’s most appropriate based on your specific requirements.

Heavy-duty floor strippers are simple to use once you understand how they work, how to prepare the area before stripping and if you follow the step-by-step instructions carefully. It’s also important to remember to maintain your machine and to have safety at the forefront of your mind at all times because carpet strippers can be dangerous.

If you have any further questions about carpet strippers, or if you’d like to hear about our other services and products to hire, then don’t hesitate to contact us at Concept Flooring Technology by calling 01494 485952 today!

Handheld grinding systems are undoubtedly ideal for carrying out jobs in smaller and inaccessible areas due to their lightweight nature and the fact that they are so easy to carry around.

They’re ideal for reaching corners and smaller areas that the walk-behind machine cannot get to, another key factor that makes them so popular.

With this in mind, we are going to talk you through what you need to know about using a concrete handheld grinder in terms of safety, what purposes we’d recommend them being used for and why it may well be the ideal piece of flooring equipment for you.

Handheld concrete grinders, if not used safely, can be incredibly dangerous. When they are being used, some precautions that need to be taken include wearing safety clothing, checking the condition of the hand grinder before using it, choosing the proper tool attachments, and handling the grinder as instructed.

Purposes

For small areas such as a garage floor or a piece of concrete furniture then a handheld concrete grinder is a brilliant solution. A few other common uses for this type of grinder include:

  • Cutting and grinding iron, steel and other metals, bricks and stones and rusted bolts
  • Cutting up stuff for disposal in the trash
  • Sharpening blades
  • Metalworking and construction
  • Emergency rescues
  • Metal cleaning
  • Stripping, cleaning and deburring tasks
  • Restoring edges on rough tools like hoes

Handheld Concrete Grinders are often workshops, service garages as well as auto body repair shops. Construction workers and contractors frequently use them for preparation and maintenance tasks. These are also easy to store pretty much anywhere in your home, garage, storage closet, workshops or businesses for any given purpose, including DIY or even crafts.

At Concept Flooring Technology, we have a range of high-quality flooring machinery for hire including

handheld grinders including the 180MM Hitachi G23SC3, ideal for reaching smaller, enclosed areas. Or the 125MM Makita Planer PC5000, which comes with a variable speed, along with an anti-restart function.

To find out more about our products and services, please feel free to contact us today. You can reach us on 01494 485952 or email us at enquiries@conceptft.com. We’d be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

Getting rid of dust appropriately and safely is crucial when preparing commercial flooring for any kind of project. Although dust may not seem particularly dangerous, this isn’t exactly the case. Even a tiny amount of dust that is inhaled can cause a great deal of harm. This is why using Extraction equipment will lower the amount of dust in the atmosphere and in turn, the amount you could potentially inhale.

With this in mind, we are going to run through necessary safety precautions relating to dust, when using scabbling or grinding equipment. Let’s get started.

Assessing Your Environment

Scabbling and grinding concrete or other construction materials is a process that is undoubtedly going to produce high levels of dust. If you were to inhale any of this dust, your respiratory system is going to be harmed. The individual using the grinder will be at the highest risk.

Controlling Risk Hazards

Prevention is the greatest cure in terms of safety and this is very much the case in terms of limiting the risk hazards involved with concrete grinding.

You can go about limiting the risks involved in this process for even beginning. For example, this would consist of:

  • Identifying architectural finishes that do not need scabbling
  • Using high-pressure water jetting
  • Using chemical retarders and pressure washing
  • casting in proprietary joint formers, for example, mesh formwork

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)

By the nature of the work you’ll be carrying out, you’re going to need respiratory protective equipment. You’ll need to have RPE with an assigned protection factor of 20. For example, an FFP3 disposable mask or half mask with a P3 filter.

You need to ensure that your RPE is also compatible with other items of personal protective equipment you will be using. For more extensive work that is likely to take over an hour,

You may wish to use powered RPE, this works by utilizing powered respirators – using a motor to pass air through the filter to provide a supply of clean air to the wearer.

Supervision

Ensure controls are properly used and RPE is worn in the correct manner. Ideally, anyone using tight-fitting masks will be clean-shaven and face-fit tested.

Monitoring

You may be required to have a health surveillance programme carried out. Health surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks required by law for employees who are exposed to noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dust, biological agents and any kind of substances that are hazardous to health.

At Concept Flooring Technology, we provide a wide range of flooring machinery available for hire as well as dust extractors. Safety is paramount when operating flooring machinery, this is why our knowledgeable team will help you find the right equipment to get the job done. Get in touch with us today for further information about how we can help you.

Flooring is subject to a lot of wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas like hallways or the floors of commercial buildings. Flooring is built to last, but sometimes what’s laid down, must come up. Flooring can be removed for many reasons; from changing the aesthetic look of a building, to an issue with the adhesive or sub layer.

If you’re looking to remove flooring, you’ll need the right machinery for the job. A floor stripping machine can be used to remove several different flooring materials, so if you want to know more about this machinery, how it works and the benefits, read on.

What is a floor stripper used for?

A floor stripper is a rotary driven floor machine that’s powerful enough to remove the top layer from a floor’s surface. Floor strippers can be used on a range of different flooring materials, including carpet, vinyl, rubber, wood and ceramic tiles. Floor stripping can be a one or two step process, starting with the removal of soft flooring.

The machinery can also be used to remove adhesive or a sub layer; for example, you can use a floor stripper to remove old shellac or varnish from wooden floors, or paint from cement floors. The flooring is then ready to be treated with a new adhesive, varnish or paint.

When should I hire a floor stripper?

If you need to remove a layer of soft flooring or adhesive, a floor stripping machine is for you! As mentioned, a floor stripper can be used to remove a range of different materials or to prepare a surface for a new coating. There are many different reasons to use a floor stripper; you might want to improve the aesthetic appearance of a floor, remove build ups of adhesive or varnish, or address a sub layer failure.

Floor strippers come in different sizes and you can choose between a walk behind machine or a ride on model. The type you choose will depend on the size of the area you want to remove, the type of flooring and the power you have access to. It’s best to choose a ride on machine for larger areas and a smaller, walk behind model for smaller areas in offices or schools.

How they work

Floor strippers use rotary blades to gently remove the top layer of flooring material, without damaging the floor underneath. Blades are available in different configurations and thicknesses, depending on the type of flooring you want to remove. If you’re removing flooring like vinyl or carpet, it’s important to slice the material into strips first. This makes the flooring much easier to remove and it ensures that the blades can reach underneath the material.

Some floor stripper machines use chemicals to help remove the top layer of flooring. However, a process known as ‘dry stripping’ is generally considered easier and less time consuming. Dry stripping works by using friction from rotating blades to remove the top surface of a floor, effectively sanding it away.

If you do use a chemical floor stripper, it’s essential to make sure that each floor substrate is compatible with the stripping product, to avoid damaging the floor. The chemicals must also be properly diluted, as too much can damage floors or permanently bleach them.

The benefits of floor stripper machines

There are many benefits to using a floor stripping machine and they’re a highly effective way to transform the look of your flooring. See below to find out more about the benefits of this machinery.

Versatile

Floor stripping machines are very versatile and they can be used on a wide range of different flooring materials. These machines are suitable for stripping carpet, rubber, vinyl, ceramic tiles and more. There’s no need to use a different machine for every surface, the only thing that might need changing is the size or thickness of the blades. Most machines can accommodate a lot of different blade sizes so you can switch things up, depending on the job.

Improves the look of flooring

Flooring can become dull and discoloured over time, either because of general wear or tear, or layers of varnish or another finish that have built up and trapped dust and dirt. A floor stripper will remove the dirty or discoloured top layer of your flooring to reveal the fresh flooring underneath. This is a great way to improve the look of your flooring, remove dirt and prepare the flooring for a new coat of varnish, adhesive or paint.

Save time and money

Floor stripping machines are a much easier way to remove finishes from floors than using stripping compounds. Often, the compounds can be quite expensive, and may require multiple applications. Removal of the compound can also get quite messy in some cases, but a floor stripping machine is effective and mess-free. It’s also much quicker in comparison to manually applying a compound, saving you time and money on your next project.

How to safely use a floor stripper

It’s essential to make sure that anyone operating the machinery is fully trained and aware of how to safely use a floor stripper. Always read the user manual thoroughly before you begin and provide additional training for staff if necessary. If you’re not confident using a floor stripping machine, it’s better to hire a professional company who can operate the machinery for you. See below for some more tips to ensure you stay safe when using a floor stripper.

Regular maintenance

Regular maintenance will help your machine last longer and ensure that it’s safe to use. Maintenance should always be carried out by qualified personnel, but if you choose to hire a floor stripping machine, you can be confident that the equipment will be maintained to a high standard.

Maintenance might include lubricating the swing bolts from time to time and changing the blades to make sure they’re always sharp.

Wear the right PPE

It’s important to wear the right PPE when operating a floor stripping machine. Anyone using a floor stripper should wear ear protection, safety gloves, eye goggles and a safety mask to protect the user from airborne contaminants. All personnel in the work area (including the operator) should also wear a hard hat to protect them from flying debris.

Always ensure proper ventilation

Some floor stripping machines are powered by propane engines, which generate carbon monoxide while in use. Ventilators must be used when operating the machine in an enclosed space, as well as carbon monoxide monitoring.

Transporting the machine

Always remove the blade before transporting the machine, to avoid causing harm or danger. Floor stripping machines should also never be transported unless the wheels have been blocked, to prevent the machine from moving on its own. You’ll also need to disconnect the power supply and the plug of the clutch before removing the handle. This helps to avoid damage to the hydraulics.

Floor stripping machines for hire from Concept Flooring Technology

If you’re looking to hire a floor stripper for your next project, get in touch with the experts at Concept Flooring Technology. Our machines can be used for tile stripping, carpet, vinyl and many other flooring materials. All models are powerful for rapid floor removal, while still being compact enough to fit through a standard doorway. We offer both ride on and walk behind models, as well as a range of other machinery for all your flooring needs. Whether you need a floor grinder, sanding machine hire, cleaning machines, polishers and more, we can help.

Unsure which machinery you need? Our team is happy to help, so give us a call today. We can offer advice on all machines to hire, as well as which consumables will be best to achieve your required finish. For more information, call us on 01494 485952 or contact us online.