Which Grinder Is Right for You?

Concrete is one of the most versatile mediums with which to create your idyll floor. It can be left matte or buffed to a high sheen. It can be sealed with its original color or painted to match any chic interior. That perfect floor comes with some strict installation and finishing instructions, including locating and using the right grinder for your concrete flooring project.

Why Is a Grinder Necessary?

Construction contractors are keenly aware of what it takes to perfect concrete flooring. From cutting control joints to sealing concrete after it has cured to grinding away imperfections and polishing to a desired sheen concrete flooring installation is hard, precise work that needs to be fully completed to appreciate its beauty.  One key component to achieving that perfection is through the use of a concrete grinder.

The concrete grinder is important to contractors because it grinds away any unevenness in the flooring and levels out control joints. Concrete grinders also aid in repurposing old concrete flooring. If the client is on a tight budget, perhaps refinishing an already existing concrete floor makes the most sense.  In this instance, a concrete grinder is a construction worker’s best friend. They can be used to remove paint and adhesive to existing flooring and polish worn surfaces.

Which Grinder Should I Use?

In order to determine which grinder is the best to use for your project, there are tips to help determine which grinder best serves your needs.  First is understanding the location of the project.  Concrete grinding can take place in either a wet or dry fashion.  Wet grinding it’s typically the safest choice as it limits the amount of debris and particulates emitted during the grinding process.  The issue with wet grinding is that it is very messy.  Ensuring that your space can handle wet grinding should be your first consideration.  Should wet grinding not be an option, it is imperative that when using a dry grinder, a dust shroud is in place to collect particulates released during the grinding process. Second is understanding how large of an undertaking this particular job is going to be.  For small spaces, handheld grinders make sense.  They are easy to use and provide efficient grinding action to get the job done. For larger spaces, like store floors or warehouses, a walk-behind grinder is the better option. Walk-behind grinders, while much larger than handheld grinders, can still be handled by one person who can manage the speed and direction of the grinder alone.  Companies like U.S. Saws manufacture walk-behind grinders that are easy to use for any contractor, including the VSG-10 Stand Up Variable Speed Grinder.

Power Source Options

Not only do grinders come and different sizes with different kinds of grinding, but they also have multiple options for power sources.  Some power source options include gas-powered, electrically run, and battery operated.  The proper power source for your grinder should be determined by the location of the job.  For smaller jobs in tight spaces or areas without access to an external power supply, a battery-operated grinder makes the most sense.  If a heavy job is on your plate that requires a lot of grinding, if the job location is well-ventilated, a gas-powered grinder would be the optimal choice, especially if there is no external electrical access.  Electrically powered grinders are the most common and are used in most standard projects.

U.S. Saws is a leader in the concrete tool business, and their inventory of concrete surface prep tools is versatile and extensive. Contact U.S. Saws today to determine what tools you need to achieve that high gloss concrete finish. Also, don’t forget your protective gear!  Concrete grinding can be hazardous to your health!


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