What are the key considerations when selecting tools to hire for preparing subfloors? The Preparation Group discusses.

When preparing subfloors, multi-functional equipment and tools provide the ideal solution for different operations to be undertaken within a tight timeframe. Look for equipment that is compact, portable and can be easily adapted with interchangeable accessories. Machines and tools can be purchased or hired on a project-by-project basis.

The STG450 is one of the most versatile machines available. With interchangeable accessories, it is easily adapted for complex projects and is ideal for reducing concrete surfaces, removing coatings and adhesives and for smoothing and polishing areas to a high gloss finish. Fitting the attachments requires a quick click and twist action with no tooling required. Some STG450 accessories and their applications include; a heavy-duty metal drive plate with diamond cups to level newly laid concrete or PCD diamonds to remove adhesives and bituminous materials and TCT Copper discs to remove laitance and coatings. Specialist Surface Finishing Pads (SFD’s) remove stains or any scratches prior to sealing the floor and will polish hard surfaces such as concrete, decorative epoxy terrazzo and cementitious products to a high gloss finish. Storm Diamond Pads are designed for ongoing floorcare; refurbishing, cleaning and maintaining hard floors without chemicals. Equipment of this type has minimal running costs and requires virtually no maintenance.

Stripping tools such as the MSS150 Multi-Surface Stripper offer a solution for removing old flooring materials across


small to medium sized projects. Look for anti-vibration features where the impact of vibration is ‘absorbed’ by the machine to increase operator comfort and for longer continued use. A wide range of ‘quick click’ interchangeable tools, including blades, chisels and picks, lift different floor ‘coverings’ including carpets and vinyl and break-out tiles, asphalt and screeds. For extra versatility, the angle of operation is also adjustable to suit both the user and different applications.

Developed specifically for the hire market and designed for small commercial and domestic projects, the 250SP Single- Head Grinder will grind and polish. Its guard has a removeable section to enable it to prepare surfaces right up to vertical edges. Again, the diamond tooling is interchangeable and it will clean and key all types of surfaces, remove concrete laitance, smooth and level, de-scale and remove glue, bituminous adhesives and paint. It can be used for wet polishing of small areas to a high lustre finish.

Kate Walshaw, Group Hire Manager at The Preparation Group comments: “Contractors aren’t necessarily aware that we are the leading surface preparation tool hire business in the UK. We are members of the Hire Association Europe and are SafeHire and HITS accredited. As government offices and councils are already insisting on SafeHire credentials when engaging with a hire company for contract work, it will become increasingly important.”

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