If you want to start a concrete grinding and polishing job, the most important thing that will determine the success of your work is the choice of equipment. Selecting the right equipment to grind, polish or hone a concrete surface is not an easy task. However, there are several things you should always consider before selecting any concrete grinding or polishing equipment. The most important factors to consider include the power requirements of the equipment, motor size, weight, working dimensions, general dimensional size and the direction the abrasives on the equipment rotates.
Power requirements, motor size and working dimension of Concrete grinding tools
Concrete grinding tools are either powered by battery, electric, propane or cord electric. In some cases, engineers also use hydraulic driven motors. If you decide to choose, propane powered concrete grinding tool, understand that there are no electric or cords requirements for this tool other than a battery that will start the machine. You should also keep in mind that if you choose tools with higher voltage, this will equal to lower requirements as far as amperage is concerned.
It is also important to consider the motor size of the equipment. Basically, motor range from one hp on single-head, small rotary machines to 40 hp on machines that require operators to walk behind them and have multi-rotary heads. In this case, also understand that there are three main variables that mostly affect the power needed to efficiently operate machines. These include:
- The practical constant area available between concrete surface and abrasives
- The designation of the grit being used
- Weight of the concrete grinding machine
These variables must be understood before going for any Concrete cutters because they contribute to the friction between the concrete surface and the abrasive. Therefore, the higher the friction required, the more power needed to drive those abrasives.
Even if you decide to choose Concrete grinding wheel, it is also important to first determine the general working dimensions of the machine before you choose the grinding wheel. Working dimensions is defined as the area the machine’s abrasives effect when in operation. The working dimensions of concrete grinding materials can range in terms of the number of inches and planetary heads. Moreover, some machines are only designed to be pulled, moved side to side, or pushed. Others are propelled with wheels driven by motors or purchased as ride-on units.
Selecting Concrete grinding supplies based on location
To be able to select the best Concrete grinding supplies, it is also important to determine the location you are going to use the supplies. In other words, are you going to use the tools in a commercial or residential location? If you want to service a residential area for example, the choice of tool you select will depend on the availability of power. It will be very difficult for you to use an electric powered concrete grinding tool because residential areas rarely have three-phase power.
Basically, there are many factors to consider when selecting grinding, polishing or honing equipment. Therefore, if you are not experienced in this field, educate yourself on the available options and consider the characteristics of the machines to help you complete your job.