Concrete grinders are essential for any custom residential concrete company. It is a very necessary part of many procedures that are used to create a beautifully finished product.
The product might be a concrete floor, wall, pillar, or even a beam. Then again it might be soil wall or something else, but one fact remains: every single one of these might need a finish that needs grinding before it’s possible.
The out-of-mold product can suffice sometimes, but if it needs to be painted, plastered, or has too many small air pockets on the surface the cement glue must be ground off before it can be done.
When searching for the perfect grinder for a job, project, or just for your own business, look for the following features. They can distinguish between an excellent grinder and a very poor one.
Concrete grinder purchasing tips
These are some things to look out for when purchasing a grinder. Usually, concrete is ground with a diamond disc or metal discs of various grades. There are handheld tools and wide floor area tools like in the picture of this post.
Some companies own them, some rent them out. For regular people, it’s smarter to rent them as these are professional-level tools that cost a lot.
Well, even handheld tools can cost a lot, but some are in the regular consumer price range.
First: Be sure to look for a grinder that has a dust shroud and vacuum place
In addition to keeping the air safer and easier for you to breathe, such a bag will also make cleaning up much easier. It should catch all the powder and dust created while the grinder grinding your concrete surface.
A good grinder has an outlet for an industrial vacuum cleaner that has proper filters in place for concrete dust. It will break a regular vacuum cleaner in no time so don’t use one.
Without the vacuum on your grinder, the dust will be everywhere from floor to roof. I’ve done my share of grinding and I can tell that concrete dust is one of the most unpleasant things as it gets everywhere, makes a paste when you sweat, and dries your skin.
Second: Look for a grinder that has more than one applications
A quality grinder worth the price tag should come with various attachments to be used in multiple applications. It should come with several different grit pads.
Getting a grinder with these options will enable you to use the grinder more frequently and thus help you save money in the long run.
Your grinder should come complete with a handheld extension of the grinder. Using this part of the machine can make the difference between a high-gloss, smooth job and a job in which the machine marks and abrasive markings are visible. If at all possible, get a good grinder that has this feature.
Third: Grinding head properties
Here is another feature to search for when looking for that perfect grinder. You want one that has the grinding head and the cup wheel spring-loaded. Such a feature keeps the machine itself level and flat, allowing for even polishing and grinding of the floor beneath it.
If you don’t need a fancy finish, and just want to remove the cement glue, simpler tools can also work out. Still, a good finish is always easier to process onwards.
Fourth: Safety measures
A built-in circuit breaker is the last feature you should look for when searching for a concrete grinder. A grinder with one of these will ensure that you do not blow a circuit in the house or in your workshop while using the machine.
For ease of mind and ease of use, be sure to get a machine with a circuit breaker already in place.
Now when you shop for a grinder, you should be aware of a few other tips.
First, understand that the grinders come in different styles. While some grinding machines have handheld accessories, other grinders are specifically handheld.
These are for smaller projects; the larger, walking machines are for large projects that could be tedious on the back of a handheld machine were used.
Secondly, know the area that you will be working in. For example, if you grind a floor with lots of nooks and crannies, you will probably want a smaller grinder. On the other hand, polishing a basement would probably require a large grinder that would get large areas of concrete polished faster.
Accessories and the size of the machine can make a huge difference in the value of your investment in a grinding machine. Do your research. Do not give up the search until you have sniffed out the best concrete grinder for the best deal possible.