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Choosing Between a Floor Grinder and a Scarifier

When you’re planning your next surface preparation project, it’s important to choose the right equipment for the task at hand. If your goal is to remove a light urethane coating from a floor you’ll use a different machine than if you need to remove a thick layer of mastic coating. To help you determine which […]

What Should I Charge for Polished Concrete

At Buy Manufacturers Direct, we are often asked what a good rate to charge for polished concrete is. While there’s no set answer (wouldn’t that make things easier?), I want to use my own experiences as an example of what NOT to do when it comes to setting your prices. Factor in Overhead This is […]

Does Shot Size Matter in a Shot Blaster

If you are using a shot blaster to remove a coating, create a deeper surface profile or create a non-slip texture, there are three key factors that affect your performance: Travel speed: how fast or slowly you’re moving forward with the blaster; How much shot is released: If you have the valve wide open to […]

Does Cord Length Affect Machine Power

If you’re shopping for an electric floor grinder, electric floor scraper or other piece of surface preparation equipment, you need something powerful to do the job right. Similarly, if you are already using these machines, you depend on them to improve productivity, get great results, and allow you to move on to the next step […]

Is Propane Equipment Better Than Electric?

At Buy Manufacturers Direct, our we sell shot blasters, floor scrapers, and floor grinders in both propane models and electric models. So, one question we’re asked frequently: “Is propane better than electric to run surface preparation equipment?” The short answer is, “It depends.” We’re not just going to leave it at that, though. Keep reading […]

Know the Differences Between Walk-Behind Floor Scrapers

Just like how the differences in ride-on floor scrapers affect performance, the same goes for walk-behind floor scrapers. To help you choose the right scraper for your business, we’re breaking down the factors that affect performance and the pros and cons of each. Heavy Floor Scrapers Tackle Heavy Tasks While no walk-behind floor scraper is […]

Know the Differences Between Ride-On Floor Scrapers

Investing in a ride-on floor scraper allows you to save time on floor removal projects while still providing an excellent end result. Like any piece of surface preparation or construction equipment, not all scrapers are created equal. Weight, power sources, and other factors all affect performance, so to help you select the right ride-on floor […]

What Is Concrete Densifier?

One of the steps we frequently mention when talking about polishing concrete is applying a concrete densifier. While we have talked about how many coats of concrete densifier to use or how to tell if you need densifier, we wanted to take a closer look at what this commonly used chemical is, how it works, […]