Safe and Proper Use of our Stone Lifters

In light of the dozens of slab handling deaths in the past decade a renewed interest in stone slab handling safety has occurred over the past few years. For safe operations, a bit of training and mentorship can go a long way. That’s why we have compiled some general tips to keep you safe while using our stone slab lifters.

When to Use Stone Lifters

The primary decision that has to be made when using stone lifters is when to use them. Stone fabricators that want to be efficient want to balance between productivity and safety. Using lifters for stone slabs that are under 50 lbs, for example, is an unnecessary extra step for most healthy adults. However, when stone slabs start to exceed 1000 lbs or more, it is not only practical but essential to use stone lifters to reduce the risk of injury.

Stone slabs can be deceptively heavy. With granite weighing in at 18 lbs per square foot for a 1 1/4″ it is important to practice safe labeling procedures to indicate when stones should be lifted manually or with assistance. The National Building Granite Quarries’ Specifications for Architectural Granite suggests that when panels are more than 100 pounds lifting clamp dimples should become an option and stone clamps are used by installing contractors.

Clearly communicating to every employee of your shop what is expected concerning lifting operations is an excellent way to reduce risk and cut down on workplace injuries.

Training Comes First

The primary rule to have in place to reduce safety risks in your shop regarding material handling is a zero tolerance policy against workers using equipment that they are not trained on. When inexperienced material handlers start to move large stone slabs without proper background, mentorship, or formal classroom training on the equipment, accidents are much more likely to happen.

Have a training protocol in place for all new employees if they are going to be doing any material handling. Even if new hires claim to have years of experience working with slabs, train them anyway. It’s impossible to know if your new employee has picked up bad habits from other shops until they make a major mistake, costing you money.

Check Equipment Before Each Shift

Any piece of equipment that you are trusting to hold hundreds of pounds of solid stone is worth spending a little bit of time inspecting before use. Having daily checklists for pre-shift inspections for forklifts, cranes, vacuum slab lifters, is a good idea and can help in record keeping in the long run. Taking the time to check equipment can mean the difference between a workplace accident and using a lock-out tag on that particular tool and working with other equipment. Lockout tags are much cheaper. To reduce premature equipment wear, be sure to store equipment in a designated area, away from extreme weather conditions. Never use defective equipment and when in doubt, always err on the safe side.

Always Use The Right Lifting Equipment

Part of the process of safety in any industry is using the right tool for the job. One of the most commonly overlooked parts of a forklift the load chart. If you’re operating a 5,000-pound forklift that has a four-stage mast (with 20 feet of lifting height), that forklift is only rated to pick up 600 pounds. Making sure that your lifts, cranes, and lifters can lift the weight of the material you are handling.

Respect the Basic Rules

Following a few basic rules at all times in respect to moving stone slabs can be helpful. These general rules include:

  • Never move more than one slab at a time
  • Always engage the clamp in the center of the work piece
  • Always use two people to lift a slab
  • Use a spotter when using a crane to lift
  • Never try to lift wet slabs
  • Always wear personal protective equipment while working with stone slabs

Seeking Additional Training Resources

Industry interest groups and government organizations, OSHA provide completely free resources available online. Seeking out additional resources can empower you to help train stone-workers in your shop to make safer decisions in everyday shop operations. For example, this advisory bulletin from OSHA gives a lot of great advice on how to better “fool-proof” your material handling operations.

Top 6 floor machines and 15 things to consider before you buy

Floor Machine Options
Whether you are looking to strip, scrub, polish, burnish, or remove coatings, Diamond Tool Store has the floor machine for you.  Our machines are durable, reliable, and built for all surfaces.  We offer standard floor machines ranging from 17”-20” pad diameter.  Floor machines including scrubbers, buffers, vacuum, drivers, brushes, and grinders are all available with a variety of features.  The machines cover almost any surface including concrete, marble, granite, terrazzo, and more.

Choosing the right machine
Hard to know what product is best for your job?  Here at the Diamond Tool Store know it can be hard to choose the right tool or equipment.  Choosing the right floor machine is no exception.  Don’t worry our sales reps are trained for this exact situation.
We would recommend one machine for daily floor maintenance in hospitals, schools, and stores, and a completely different machine for a construction company needing to remove material.  Each job is unique with different types of flooring, square footage, tooling, equipment, and function or purpose.  Call in today and one our sales rep will help you find the best flooring solution.
Questions to consider
1.     What type of material are you working with?
2.     Is the project inside or outside?
3.     Is this for maintenance of revamping?
4.     What type of finish is your customer looking for?
5.     What is the foot traffic?
6.     What is the square footage?
7.     Does the job require a dust extractor?
8.     What is your electrical capacity?
9.     What is the current condition of floor?
10.  Do you need to seal the floor?
11. Has the floor been sealed before this project?
12. What is your budget or customer’s budget on job?
13. Do you have lippage?
14. Do you have to grind and polish?
15. Type of machine and tooling?

 

Flexibility
  The Green Machine
The Green Machine was chosen for its versatility.  The Green Machine comes with a three-headed planetary machine that can be used for both grinding and polishing.   This machine performs heavy-duty grinding but the tooling can easily be switched for polishing.  The price is another reason why the Green Machine made the list and is considered the most flexible floor machine.  It is priced under $7,000, which is on the cheaper side considering the heavy-duty grinding this machine can perform.  Grinding, Polishing, and Price gives the Green Machine the ultimate trifecta in floor machines

 

 

 

Power & Innovation
 HTC DURATIQ
HTC is one of the industry leaders when it comes to floor machines.  They are constantly innovating and revamping there machines to keep top the industry.   The DURATIQ is an amazing new floor machine.  This machine is so sophisticated and innovative it comes stocked with over a 100 new features and 54% higher productivity rate.  The machine connects to a USB and has a screen or interface that gives you real-time measurable about your job.  The machine has lights, a cup holder, and a remote for you to control the machine without even touching it.  Only HTC Flooring has the innovation to have a remote control floor machine.  This DURATIQ machine is the very top of line.  If you get excited about your jobs or machines it is hard not to be ecstatic over this floor-grinding machine.  It will grind away at almost any surface while creating less dust and more profits.  Don’t worry financing options available.

 

 

 

Best Value
The Koblenz
The Koblenz makes the list because of its price point and reliability.  Often times we recommend the Koblenz over a more expensive floor machine.  Customer reviews and years of experience tell us this machine kicks butt.  This machine goes head to head with more expensive machines and continues to come out on top.  The floor buffer is designed to polish and shine floors.  Great for cleaning companies who are performing jobs in schools, hospitals, public buildings, stores, and more.

 

 
Portable
Diamabrush by Malish
The Diamabrush isn’t a floor machine but an extension of a floor machine.  This brush attaches to a floor machine.  The Diamabrush makes our list because of its popularity and its effectiveness.  The Diamabrush Mastic Coatings Removal Brush is one of the most effective products for coatings removal on the market.  Removing material and prepping or grinding concrete the Diamabrush is an excellent choice.  Designed to remove stubborn coatings from concrete such as epoxy, tile and carpet adhesives, paint, thin set, and mil coatings.  The Diamabrush is not only very effective but portable as well.  This diverse tool can fit onto floor machines, auto scrubbers, and buffers.  Save money on purchasing an expensive new floor grinder and get the job done using the Diamabrush.  The brush is portable, inexpensive, flexible, and most importantly effective.
Long Lasting
Pacific FM-17EHD& FM-20EHD-17” and 20” Extreme Heavy-Duty Floor Machines  
This is the machine to get for large jobs that requires the machines run all day long.  The Pacific FM EHD is great for stock removal and grinding down concrete.  This machine was built for the tough stuff.  It was designed for heavy-duty grinding and sanding.  This floor grinder is great for demolition companies looking to remove stock and continually run the machine.
No Scrub
Pacific S-20 Orbital Scrubber
The Pacific S-20 Orbital Scrubber comes with a 22-gallon capacity and has an adjustable knob for speed control (low, medium, and high).  The machine uses technology to delivery a chemical free finish removal.  The machine is designed to deliver massive material and labor cost reduction using technology versus traditional stripping methods.   A great feature of the Orbital Scrubber is the warranty.  Having a good warranty on a floor machine can reduce risk, limit liability, and be of great value.  The machine has a 10-year warranty on the tank, a 3-year warranty on parts, and a 1-year warranty on labor.  The machines technology, reduction in material, and warranty compile to make this floor machine one of the best.
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When to Replace a Diamond Saw Blade

Monitoring the blades on your diamond saws for wear and tear is important for ensuring your safety while working on stone cutting projects.

Diamond blades, unlike a woodworking saw blades, are more difficult to determine if a blade needs replacing. There are no tell-tale sign of chipped carbide teeth or wood burning to easily let you know that it’s time to replace the blade. Instead, as a diamond saw blade is used to cut materials, the diamonds that do the cutting wear down over time. Knowing the signs of a dull blade will help you decide when to replace your diamond saw blade.

The easiest way to figure out if your diamond blade is dulling is when it simply doesn’t do the job as well. The blade will cut slower than before, making it more difficult to make clean cuts as you would with a new stone blade. Visually, this will often look like the blade is becoming smooth. Closely inspect your blade (while the stone saw is not plugged in) to check to see if the diamonds have been smoothed over from wear. If the diamonds wear down, it’s time to buy a new blade.

In the same vein, if the diamond rim is completely worn down to bare steel, it is time to buy a new blade.

With aggressive use of a diamond saw blade, it is possible that individual segments of the blade have worn down. If your cutting teeth have chipped off or worn away completely, it will continue to degrade with use.

Diamond Tool Store recommends taking your time while making cuts to concrete or stone. Allowing the tool to do the work is important for extending the life of your diamond blade. When you press too hard against your workpiece, it does tend to wear blades down much faster than you otherwise need to.

Remember, safety is no accident. Using dulled blades can result in injury.

FLOOR GRINDER BUYING GUIDE: WHAT FLOOR GRINDER IS BEST

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Meta D: Diamond Tool Store understands that buying a floor grinder can be a large investment. Learn from our experts the best way to shop for floor grinders!

Floor Grinder Buying Guide

Buying concrete grinding and polishing equipment can be an incredibly daunting task. With so many different manufacturers offering so many variations of equipment, all promising that they have the best concrete floor grinder, how can someone possibly choose without having buyer’s remorse?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. With so many different brands and different applications, a floor grinder isn’t simply the same as buying a grinding pad. If a grinding pad brand lets you down, you simply stop buying from that brand. But with a floor grinder, there is a significant investment involved. Consider the following questions when shopping for a floor grinder:

What floor grinding equipment do you already have?

Considering what equipment you have available to you is important to determine what type of equipment you should buy in the future. It may sound counter-intuitive, but without an updated inventory of your equipment, you might be going into a large purchase blind. For example, if your dust collector (for dry grinding) is on the brink of needed replaced as well, it can help to buy both at once for a discount.

What capacity are the machines that you have already? If you are already very happy with your equipment, but are buying a machine to replace an older model, then the size and features you need are already figured out.

Are you buying to expand your capacity? If you’ve lost a few bids based on the number of man hours you needed because your existing floor grinders are too small to facilitate larger jobs, upgrading your machine size is a good way to help you be more competitive on larger jobs.

How are your current machines powered? The most common method of powering floor grinders is electric. However, there are propane and gasoline powered floor grinders that are on the market which can help keep you from wasting time wrangling electric cords and thus increasing the number of hours you need to complete a job. Even if you’re currently using an all electric setup, would it be a good idea to take this opportunity to transition to alternative power sources?

What size grinding projects do you already scheduled?

When buying new equipment, it is important to address financing. How are you going to pay for your new floor grinder? If you’ve already have a positive cash flow in place, with a sizable “rainy day fund” for equipment failure or upgrades, then this is much less of an issue. However, if you’re just starting out in starting a floor grinding business, determining what local demand is calling for can help determine which machine to buy. Are you going to be targeting home-owners who need their garage floors grinded and leveled? Does that shopping mall in town have a bidding process open for a massive restoration of their entire facility? The type and size of floor grinder you buy can be very dependent upon what types of jobs you already have lined up. If you’re just starting out, find a financial partner to help finance your purchase can be very useful.

Further, if you already have quite a few grinding jobs on your plate, perhaps instead of buying one super-capacity machine, buying two smaller machines would be helpful. Do you have employees that are just “idle hands” without more equipment, or are you a sole entrepreneur? All of these factors play a role in your decision.

Do you have access to experts?

Unfortunately, because there are so many variables for each business, it is impossible to give one-size fits all advice for every business. Reach out to your professional network. Was there someone who helped bring you into the concrete industry? Talk to your mentors and get their opinions.

We would recommend caution when talking to manufacturing representatives. Every sales rep has an incentive to tell you that their company creates the end-all-be-all concrete grinding machine. It’s much better to talk to people in the industry or experienced sales reps that sell multiple brands to give much better advice.

The Diamond Tool Store has been in business for over 30 years. Providing concrete professionals equipment advice is our forte. If you have questions about what you may need in your next floor grinding machine, give us a call: 800.342.3876.