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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 […]

Can You Polish a Soft Concrete Floor

When faced with a softer concrete, you may be at a loss for what you can do to improve its appearance. Can it withstand grinding and polishing, or will it just look worse? It’s our experience that every concrete slab can be polished to a mirror-like shine, if that’s the look you’re after. Polishing soft […]

Do I Need to Densify Concrete Twice?

Applying a concrete densifier is a key step in grinding and polishing a concrete floor. One question we’re asked frequently is “Do I need to densify concrete twice or is once enough?” And our answer to that is, “It depends!” We know that’s vague, so to help you determine your best course of action, we’re […]

Partnering with Inland Diamonds

Since 1976, Michigan-based manufacturing company Inland Diamonds has been producing diamond abrasive products used across multiple industries. We are proud to partner with Inland because we know they create and distribute high-quality, long lasting diamond abrasives used in surface preparation, but it goes beyond that. We sat down with Kevin Emery, Inland Divisional Vice President, […]

What Is the Difference Between Shot Blasting and Sand Blasting?

At the surface, sand blasting and shot blasting are fairly similar. After all, they’re both using speed and force to propel an abrasive material. However, those are very loose similarities, which is why neither the term or the action can be used interchangeably. This means that some projects require a shot, some require sand, but […]

What Are Shot Blasters Used For?

One of the questions we get asked pretty frequently here at BMD is “Do I need a shot blaster?” or something similar like “What are shot blasters used for?” To those questions we answer, “Yes,” and “Everything.” Shot blasters are one of the more effective and useful pieces of equipment you should invest in if […]

How to Replace Commercial Floor Scraper Blades

Knowing how to replace your commercial floor scraper blade is one of the key pieces of maintenance you have to know. When you’re transporting your floor scraper, to prevent damage or injury, you’ll want to remove the blade and store it separately. Additionally, there are times when you’ll need to replaceĀ  ineffective blades, such as […]

When to Replace Commercial Floor Scraper Blades

Commercial floor scrapers allow you to quickly remove almost any type of floor covering from carpet and vinyl sheet to rubber mastic. They can even be used to take up old tennis court and playground surfaces. However, your scraper is only as effective as the blade you’re using – a chipped or dull blade just […]

How to Clean Concrete Slurry Fast

If much of your surface preparation tasks involve wet cutting concrete, you know first hand how time consuming and labor intensive cleaning up concrete slurry can be. While that is one problem, the other problem with slurry clean-up is disposal. Concrete slurry can’t simply be poured down a drain and separating the water for reuse […]