The guide to selecting equipment & tools

The Preparation Group, a leading expert in preparing, polishing and cleaning floors and surfaces, has produced a poster to show the best equipment and dust extraction choices for a range of common tasks including; preparing concrete, removing adhesive, carpet & vinyl and polishing floors.

Covering its range of 110v machines, the poster details everyday issues and asks in simple terms questions like, the properties of the substrate to be removed or the degree of polishing required, to select the exact equipment needed. It also includes information on edgework and suitable dust extraction for the method used.

There are 14 main projects covered from floor paint removal and surface reduction to cleaning.

The Preparation Group offers flexible solutions with a large fleet of Planers, Grinders, Multi-strippers, STGs, Shotblasters, Vacuums and Hand Tools available for Hire anywhere in the UK. It is the only surface preparation company to be SafeHire accredited, providing quality, easy to use equipment with guidance for safe operation. Hire customers can also benefit from complete fleet management; repairs, servicing and PAT tests, to ensure legal compliance, long life and continued performance.

Says Kate Walshaw, Hire Group Manager, ‘With over 25 years’ experience in the surface preparation industry, we provide the highest quality equipment complete with dust extraction. Huge stocks of machines, tools and accessories are available to ship next day, or the same day within two hours of our Lincoln depot. Our range is designed to last, with little or no maintenance and minimal operating costs, to maximise hire rental opportunities.’

‘What sets us apart is our technical support, knowledge and expertise. The Guide is a handy reference, but we can advise on the exact equipment to select in different circumstances and importantly how to effectively use it to get the job done. ‘

For a copy of the poster call 01522 561460 or email: [email protected].

Compact grinder removes old adhesive and more

For removing problematic materials from concrete, stone and ceramic tiles, The Preparation Group, a leading expert in environmentally friendly solutions for surface preparation, polishing, cleaning and dust containment, recommends the 180 Grinder. Ideal for professional and domestic use, its steel construction and powerful 2.5kw motor (6,600rpm) offers optimum grinding performance combined with simplicity and greater user comfort. 

The 180 Grinder’s compact design might not look as big and impressive as other 110v/240v models on the market but it packs a punch, efficiently cleaning and keying all types of surfaces, removing concrete laitance, smoothing and levelling, de-scaling and removing glue, bitumous adhesives and paint, including thermoplastic lines.

Interchangeable accessories include turbo grinding discs for hard and soft floors and PCD’s (Polycrystalline Diamond discs) for removal of adhesive and other sticky substances. 

Its condensed design enables the 180 Grinder to prepare confined spaces, tight areas and edges inaccessible to larger plant and means no more kneeling or stretching. Anti-vibration features remove the risk of hand/arm vibration meaning that there is no restriction on the length of usage. Weighing only 22.7kg and featuring a simple fold-down handle, it is quickly assembled and disassembled and easily stored and transported in a standard car boot. The unique steel floating dust shroud provides airflow, preventing restriction of movement for ease of use and is designed to be connected to a vacuum for complete dust control.

Says Tracey Glew, Group Managing Director; ‘The 180 Grinder, at up to half the price of competing grinders and operating six times faster, eats through adhesives, bitumen, sticky residue, asbestos and tar. Pairing it with one of our vacuum models creates a formidable team with no handling of dust. Robust for daily use, the 180 Grinder is a cost-effective solution, offering high productivity with low operating costs and no maintenance, for an impressive ROI and hire potential.’

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