Stow Construction Equipment
Stow's new DFG Series floor grinders are designed to quickly and effectively remove grease, dirt and rubber carpet bagging with minimal operator effort. Three dual-head floor grinders are offered for grinding and polishing concrete, asphalt, terrazzo and marble floors. Powered by Honda gasoline or electric motors, the floor grinders are designed for concrete repair contractors, industrial building maintenance specialists and surface preparation contractors.
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The Blastrac BMS-220BX ride-on scraper now has an extended battery life, lasting hours longer than similar ride-on scrapers available in the surface preparation industry. It is designed to run two to three hours on one charge, allowing higher productivity and longer run times between charges. It removes a variety of materials from concrete surfaces, including thick coatings such as epoxies and urethanes, adhesives, thin-set mortar and roofing material. It also successfully removes floor coverings such as VCT, carpet, marble, ceramic tile, vinyl, wood flooring, rubber and other materials.
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Mi-T-M Corp. manufactures 13- and 18-gallon wet/dry vacuums, which are recommended for the quick-lube industry. Featuring 120V two-stage bypass blower motor for long life and with a self-cooling design and quiet operation, exhaust air ducting reduces the possibility of motor contamination by dirt or moisture.
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Essex Silver-Line Corp.
The SL8V2 1.5-hp floor sander uses hook and loop technology for paper attachment without any tools required. It is designed so that users can install even the heaviest grits of 12 and 16 with ease. In addition, the capacitor motor on the SL8V2 runs on low amps.
According to Gordon McLean, a tool technician with T.P. Rental Services in New York City, not one customer has reported a problem or complaint with the SL8V2. “On the contrary, our existing customers are now requesting the SL8V2 sander if it is available.”
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The ProGrind floor grinders from Husqvarna don't require a main service — bearings/belt change — until around 1,000 to 1,500 hours; service to the planetary drive sprocket around 500 hours; and service to the planetary chain ring between 500 to 1,000 hours.
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Bosch introduces the new Power Broker system to its Airsweep 13-gallon wet/dry vacuum. Now users can utilize the Power Broker system to avoid blown circuits and optimize overall performance by allocating the available power between the vacuum and a connected power tool, as necessary. To set the Power Broker system, the user simply subtracts the tool's amp rating (found on the tool data plate) from the supplying circuit's amp rating, 15 or 20 amps. The Power Broker dial is then turned to the difference and the tool and vacuum cleaner are ready to work.
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General Equipment Co.
Designed for smaller scale surface preparation projects, General Equipment Co.'s SG12/E single-head surface grinder is powered by a totally enclosed, fan-cooled 1.5-hp electric motor. It features a single rotating disc with a 12-inch-wide working width. It offers a top disc rotation speed of 250 rpm for applications including concrete surface grinding, removing mastics, adhesives, epoxies and urethanes.
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The U-Sand is a four-pad sander that uses a patented random orbit technology that enables it to sand without the risks of damaging a floor. The U-Sand is designed to take the place of three machines — a drum sander, edger and buffer. Applications include hard-to-reach areas such as closets and hallways.
Kyle Eastland, a homeowner customer who needed to rent a machine to refinish his hardwood floors, was pleased with the dust-free operation of the U-Sand. “It wasn't until at least a half hour into the sanding that I realized I wasn't even wearing the dust mask,” Eastland said.
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