Tips on diamond tooling and getting the best out of your diamonds.
Diamond tooling plays a large part in getting the most out of your concrete floor grinding machine. Soft concrete floors, Hard concrete floors, Burnished concrete floors, broom finished or Steel trowelled floors, rain damaged concrete, soft flaky or damaged concrete; Each requires a different diamond to get through it the fastest, most economically and leave the best surface finish.
This doesn’t mean you need to have every type of diamond on hand, but it does often mean it pays to have 3 – 4 sets of diamonds to meet the required projects you come across onsite. All Preparation Equipment has had years of experience working with floor layers, and contractors doing concrete floor preparation, grinding and levelling projects as well as spending time with manufactures including Schwamborn from Germany to create, develop and piece together diamonds with the best shape, grit and bond matrix for each and every floor.
When it comes to floor grinding and preparation there is a few things to consider to ensure you get the right fit diamond for your project.
We’ve put our heads together from our experience and with some seasoned professionals to provide a basic overview on HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DIAMOND GRINDING SHOE OR WHEEL below;
|Floor Surface Type||Solution on what diamonds to use ,|
|1||Unknown floor conditions||Start with a medium soft (HC) or soft diamond bond (VSF).|
|2||Soft, open and porous floors||Start with a hard bond (SC) or medium hard diamond bond (GC).|
|3||Very hard and trowelled floors||Start with a medium soft, soft or very soft diamond bond (HC or VSF).|
|4||Low grinding performance = Diamond glazing||
|5||Quick diamond consumption||
|6||Machines moves hard or switches off||
|7||Coating removal||Work with 50% overlap to get a better result|
|8||Scarifying & shot blasting||Floor grinding achieves a more uniform surface compared to shot blasting and scarifying.|
|9||Hard Floors:Grinding becomes non productive||
|10||Soft Floors:Diamond tools wearing to fast||
|11||Bolts and metal object in the floor||Any objects in the floor must be cut or removed to prevent damage on machine and tools.|
|12||Cracks in the floors||Use cement based filler, for holes and close joints|