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.’

New Metal Tile Trims From Homelux

Leading ceramic tiling accessories brand, Homelux is extending its range of metal tile trims with new sizes and new on trend colours to reflect the latest trends in the tiling market.

The new colours are champagne gold, brushed gold, brushed black and rose gold. Homelux tile trims are available in round, straight, square and quadrant profiles in a variety of sizes to ensure there is a profile for every need.  Homelux quadrant and square edge profiles are available with matching three-way corners, eliminating the need to mitre, making installation even quicker and easier.

The new finishes have been designed to match the latest trends in fashion and home improvement.  The new rose gold and champagne trims complement natural travertine tiles, while the brushed black trim is a stunning contrast to a gloss black tile.

The range extension is in response to customer demand for the latest on trend metallic colours to be represented in this popular trims collection which will deliver a neat finish to any tiling project, concealing raw edges and protecting from chips and damage.  Tile trims can be used very effectively to frame windows or external corners, edge a tiled bath or splash back and provide a smart finish when boxing in pipework.  The new colours are also perfect for matching metal borders or co-ordinating with other fittings such as taps, lighting and door handles. Homelux Metal Trims are available in eight foot lengths with an RRP from £25.  They are available in most good tiling retailers. 

Marketed by QEP, the worldwide provider of innovative, quality and value-driven flooring and industrial solutions, Homelux is the leading, global supplier of tile accessories, to the DIY and professional markets.   Products include, plastic and metal tile trims, flooring profiles, bath and shower seals, under-tile heating, crack isolation and waterproofing solutions and most recently, mosaic tiles.

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Ecotile: the flooring Hitachi Power Tools can rely on

Hitachi Power Tools have been at the forefront of product development for many years striving for continual innovation and cutting edge design. So when they decided to roll out an eye catching branded floor to their dealerships Ecotile interlocking floor tiles were the obvious choice.

Hitachi Power Tools (UK) Ltd have built their reputation on product quality and reliability backed by excellent after sales service and are trusted implicitly by their loyal customers. Always looking for ways to improve and innovate they approached Ecotile Flooring Ltd to manufacture 250m² of interlocking tiles with matching ramps and corners in the Hitachi green, many of which had the Hitachi logo water laser jet cut in to them.

The tiles have been supplied and installed free of charge in almost 30 dealerships throughout the UK and are proving an excellent marketing tool.

Simon Miller of Hitachi Power Tools comments: “This style of store branding has proved extremely successful, partly because our green is so impactful. Ecotile worked with us to get the shade exactly right as it was a colour they hadn’t made before and we are very pleased with the result. Our team also found it extremely easy to lay.”

Market-leading manufacturer of interlocking floor tiles, Ecotile, designs and produces its comprehensive range at its UK production facility – providing durable and safe flooring solutions that can be installed with minimal disruption.

James Gedye, Managing Director of Ecotile comments; “Our interlocking floor tiles are frequently chosen for flooring projects within retail premises as they offer some vital performance benefits to this busy sector and our ability to incorporate our customers’ branding is an added bonus.

As a business, we are committed to world class manufacturing standards and have invested in quality to secure our position as the only interlocking flooring tile manufacturer that holds the full complement of quality accreditations and certifications including ISO9001 / 14001, CE Mark, BFI S1 Fire Rating and the R10 anti-slip rating. Furthermore, all of our tiles are REACH compliant and come with a 10 year warranty as standard.”

To understand how Ecotile could benefit your retail facility, please call 01582 788 232 or email [email protected]

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