What equipment is right for you?
How do you decide what equipment is right for your rental invetory? Below is a guide to help narrow down your decision.
First you need to decide the immediate market you are going to service. Is it residential, commercial or a combination of both? If you are going to service the residential market, it will be rare to find three-phase power, so you will have to choose equipment that runs on 110 volt or 220 volt single-phase power. Also, keep in mind that your equipment will have to fit through residential doorways and be able to be moved up and down stairs.
If you service the commercial market there will be times when three-phase power will not be available. When it is available it is usually only 220-volt three-phase, not 460-volt three-phase. Motors that run off of 220-volt three-phase power have high amperage requirements. When running 220-volt three-phase equipment with long runs of power cord, you will need four-gauge wires. Four-gauge, four-wire cable not only gets very heavy but also the cost of 60 amp plugs is considerable.
Will you offer surface preparation, polishing or both? If your customers perform heavy surface preparation, you will need a machine that has adequate weight and horsepower. Remember, the heavier the machine and the larger the motor, the more power you’ll need. When performing light to medium prep work with a lighter machine, the proper abrasives play a key role and the same is true when polishing with heavy equipment.
How big are the jobs your customers are trying to tackle? Are the jobs 2,000 square feet and under? If so, a 22- to 25-inch machine can tackle this size job in a timely manner for most processes, including polishing. For larger areas you will need multiple pieces of the same size equipment or make the decision to choose larger equipment. When making this decision, take into consideration the ability to put multiple machines on one job for increased production or on separate jobs to have the ability to tackle multiple jobs at the same time.
Are your jobs in open areas or broken into smaller areas? Large equipment works well in open areas but when having to work in areas with lots of rooms and tight corners, smaller equipment might be the better option. If your customers are consistently working in open areas of 1,000 square feet and over with doors that are 36 inches wide or larger, a 32-inch machine will significantly increase production. Remember that smaller machines offer a lot of versatility but require more manpower, whereas larger machines have less versatility but increased production.
There are many issues to consider when choosing the grinding, honing and polishing equipment that’s right for your company. Educate yourself on the options in the industry and consider how the machine characteristics will help your customers produce the floors they want.