Where to Begin?
Getting started in concrete coatings can be somewhat daunting, especially when considering the price of a floor grinder and vacuum system that can run $7,000 – $12,000. If you are just starting out in concrete coatings, this startup expense can be a turn off. Thankfully, there are systems out there that will not cost you an arm and a leg. One of these systems starts with the Diamabrush floor prep tool.
The Diamabrush floor prep tool attaches easily to a floor buffer. A dust shroud can also be purchased with the prep tool and attaches to a vacuum of your choice. One great upside is the grinding machine (Buffer and Diamabrush) is not too heavy, one person can lift it. Many floor grinders can weigh hundreds of pounds, so having a lighter sytem makes it very convenient for transportation in the back of a trailer or truck bed. Another positive is that this unit runs off from a standard outlet, while most floor grinders require a 220 volts. This grinding system is great for grinding bare concrete and for sanding existing coatings. When grinding with this tool, we average between 100-150 square feet an hour depending on how hard the substrate is.
On the downside, when there is an existing coating that needs to be removed, this grinding system has not been the most productive. Even though separate coating removal tools are offered by Diamabrush, it takes a much longer time than a heavy duty grinder. We would recommend using the Diamabrush grinding system on bare concrete slabs or for sanding existing coatings. If you tend to do a lot of coating removals, you may want to look into a heavier machine.
Along with the economical floor grinder, you will need a vacuum system. The Oneida air system Dust Deputy is a great compliment for the Diamabrush floor grinder. The Dust Deputy takes out 99% of the dust before it hits the vacuum. The Oneida air system is basically a barrel on wheels that has a funnel attached to the top of it. The funnel is hooked up to the vacuum and the grinder by two separate hoses. The vacuum sucks the dust from the hose that is attached to the grinder through the funnel. Once the dust is in the funnel, it is collected in the bottom of the barrel. This dust collection system is a key element in saving time from cleaning filters and bags in the vacuum.
Overall, if you are getting started or are just looking for a reliable and inexpensive floor grinding system, the Diamabrush prep tool and Oneida Dust Deputy make a great floor grinding system.
- Diamabrush prep tool – $470.00
- Oneida Dust Deputy – $170.00
- Floor Machine – $1200.00
- Shop Vacuum – $180.00
- Hoses – $70.00
The total price for the Diamabrush system is around $2090.00 This lightweight system will save you time and money, and it does a much better job than using an angle grinder or acid etching.
You can see some of the work we perform with this equipment at garagefloorepoxy.org.
8 thoughts on “Getting Started With Floor Grinding”
Wow crazy timing, I was just looking into purchasing a diamabrush system last week. I’m getting really tired of renting a super heavy grinder which is overkill in most situations. Which blades do you recommend, the 25 or 100grit?
As for the Oneida Dust Deputy, I’ve had one for three years now and there’s nothing better for dealing with cement dust. I have yet to grow old of watching all that concrete dust swirling down the funnel.
Hi Ryan, We use both the 25 and 100 grit heads. The 25 is used for concrete without coatings. The 100 we use to sand existing coatings that are in sound condition. I agree, the Dust Deputy is amazing!
I just purchased that set up for a job we just finished up (3500 sq ft). Concrete prep tool works great on bare concrete and the 100 grit is great on existing epoxy coatings. The 100- 150 sq ft production rate is spot on. I’ve got to try the dust deputy as the vac filter gets clogged quickly. You’ll want the water tank for the concrete prep tool as it cools the blades. Wet vac up behind you, seems to work fine.
We typically dry grind so we can apply the coatings same day. It does diminish the blade life, but we still average about 30,000 square ft. per head.
That’s good to know, and yes coating the same day is a plus.
How are you doing, good to see you!
Informative post. You briefly discuss the rate of 100-150 sq feet per hour. What are you getting with a heavier grinder?
Hi Jason, the square footage rate for other grinders depends on the size of the grinder and how fast the heads spin. Most manufacturers will list average square footage per hour in their specs.