Mixing Station Best Practices for Your Next Polishable Overlay Project

Adding portable Hippo mixers and Pelican carts to your TRU concrete mixing station makes quick and easy work of your overlay application.

CTS TRU Mixing Station

Do you want to improve your productivity? Achieving the right configuration of mixing equipment and supplies is not always easy. Without the appropriate equipment in your arsenal, work slows down and it costs you money. Arranging the perfect mix station set-up eliminates the need for a large crew. It reduces your team’s extreme physical exertion and boosts productivity. Employees can mix, pour and polish concrete overlays in record time. Learn more about the most user-friendly and efficient system you need (in our expert opinion). Click here for the PDF Guide.

The Ideal Overlay Mixing Station Set-up (capable of producing 3,000 sqft/hr):

  • (4) CS Unitec Portamix Hippo mixers*
  • (3) CS Unitec Portamix Pelican carts*
  • (4) 1,000 lbs. capacity hydraulic carts
  • (2) 5 buckets*
  • (1) Midwest Rake gauge rake & cams*
  • (1) Pair of shoe-in blunt spiked shoes*
  • (2) Porcupine rollers* (1 for TRU and TRU Gray; 1 for TRU PC1)
  • (3) Bucket strainers* (for Pelican carts)
  • (1) 55 gal. drum or wheeled trash can
  • (4) Digital timers
  • Weatherstripping
  • Gorilla tape

(*Available through Runyon Surface Prep)

The Mighty Mega Hippo Mixer

With only one operator, a single CS Unitec Portamix® Mega Hippo mixer handles up to six bags of CTS RapidSet® TRU self-leveling cement per load. It can manage 50-60 bags/hr and produces 750-900 sqft of overlayment. The easy-rolling, easy-tilt cradle can pour and spread at the same time, eliminating the need for multi-stage applications to achieve a thicker screed.

CS Unitec Portamix® Mega Hippo Mixer

  • Ideal for polymer self-leveling products and engineered concrete
  • High torque, 15 amp 2-geared motor
  • Full brim capacity of 23 gallons/ 350 lbs of mix
  • Specially shaped bowl eliminates unmixed product
  • 9-inch diameter paddles produce consistent and thorough mixing
  • Liners are available to prevent cross-contamination and for easy clean-up
  • Use splatter lid and dust extraction port to create a cleaner, safer work environment
  • OSHA and personal PPE compliant
  • Accessories and different sized paddles are also available

Keep Mixing While the Pelicans Pour

Create an uninterrupted workflow by using your Mega Hippo mixers with a series of CS Unitec Portamix® Pelican Carts. While the Hippos mix, the Pelicans can transport and pour, eliminating the need for work stoppage. These welded-frame carts have heavy-duty casters capable of 360-degree maneuverability. Their large handle design allows for easy steering and accurate, controlled dispensing.

Little Downtime Keeps Customers Coming Back

Reduce your customer’s downtime by using a quick curing overlay material like CTS RapidSet® TRU. With a variety of self-leveling overlayments, RapidSet is designed to cure and set in 6-12 hours. Wait 24 hours before polishing. To assist with this process, check which CTS epoxy primer is needed for the overlay product, as well as the concrete application accessories (e.g. spiked shoes and porcupine rollers) needed for the job.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

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Efficient Slurry Management on Large Power Trowel Polishing Job

With the rising trends of wet polishing, due to not only preference but also the new OSHA Silica Standard, and trowel machine polishing, which must be run wet, the need for a streamlined slurry management process is key. While there is no “one answer” for how to most efficiently and economically dispose of slurry, our manufacturers and our own outside sales reps strive to help provide solutions for concrete polishing contractors facing this dilemma. Here’s an example of one customer who teamed up with our rep Mark Critchfield from Slurry Solutions to achieve just that. Read on to see how…

This project involved a 30,000 square-foot warehouse utilizing Runyon’s new MPS Magnetic Preload System, ride-on trowel polishing technology, with very high production rates. Slurry was collected with a floor scrubber and deposited into a low profile slurry containment tray for easy unloading. 1 cup of SlurrySep was then added and mixed with a trash pump until the flocculant is activated. After the particle size was ready, it was then pumped into the big dog slurry bin with a dewatering filter bag mounted inside. As the clean water passed through the filter, it was pumped from the outside of the bag back onto the floor for reuse. This significantly reduced the overall water usage on the project. 6000 square-feet used only 300 gallons of water. If preferred, the slurry can also go directly to solidification and disposal.

Slurry Solutions provides sustainable solutions for job site pollution. Slurry Solutions works hard to bring the concrete industry new ideas, solutions and technology to the age old problem of wastewater treatment and concrete silt management. Slurry Solutions is the market leader for decades in wastewater treatment chemistry; it’s designed to protect the environment and contractors from EPA fines.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Hand Polishing Pads – Making Quick Work of Edges

Runyon Surface Prep’s Hand Polishing Drift Drys and Whip Wets go where larger grinding/polishing equipment cannot go and supply the quality finish level that clients demand.

Edges and Corners – No Match for RSP Hand Polishing Pads

Edge polishing work is always labor consuming and troublesome, but the RSP hand pads, Drifts for dry work, and Whips for wet work, make honing and polishing edges as efficient and economical as possible. Both styles are available in 5” and 7”, so they will fit all popular models of hand grinders and both are available in grits from 50 to 3,000, so you can achieve the desired level of refinement with ease.

Wet, Dry or Both?

With the OSHA silica regulations in full effect, more contractors are electing to work wet, especially in the early grinding and honing stages where the most material is removed from the floor. Wet grinding and honing is also typically more aggressive than dry work at the same grit level. However, dry polishing typically yields higher aesthetic values at the same grit level as compared to wet work, and airborne silica levels can be kept in check with the appropriately sized and maintained dust extraction system. While both methods have their pros and cons, either way one goes, Runyon has their customers covered with the Drift Dry and Whip Wet pads.

Floor Edges Looking a Little Rough?

Do the edges of your latest flooring project have you edgy? Are you not getting the fullest potential out of your hand-held grinder/polisher? It might be the pads you are using. See how our quality RSP Drift Drys and RSP Whip Wets can give you the look you need. Runyon Surface Prep has the knowledgeable staff to help you tackle a challenging project. Stop by for a consultation or have us consult on the job site. We are happy to assist.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

The ARA Rental Show Hits NOLA in 2018 – Runyon Surface Prep is There!

Visit our booth at The Rental Show #6912

One of our newest trade shows, The ARA Rental Show, is taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana February 19-21, 2018. Over 700 U.S. and international manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment converge on the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to showcase their products, including construction/industrial equipment, general tool/light construction equipment and party/special event equipment. As a closed show, only those involved in the equipment rental industry are eligible to register and take advantage educational seminars, peer networking opportunities and more.

As a new associate member of the American Rental Association, Runyon Surface Prep is excited to be participating in The Rental Show for the first time. If you are a rental equipment business with a list of merchandise you want to add to your lineup, visit us at Booth #6912 and see a demonstration of our Runyon Tooling Line featuring a variety of metal bond tooling, wet and dry copper transitionals and resin pucks. Whatever polishing system you are looking for to hone and polish concrete floors, Runyon has it – along with the grit you will need to produce quality concrete polishing jobs. Surface Prep also features products from Husqvarna (grinders, tooling, etc.)CS Unitec (concrete hippo mixers, hand mixers), Pullman Ermator (HEPA vacuums, air scrubbers, etc.), National Flooring Equipment (floor scrapers, shot blaster) and Metabo (hand grinders). We are also an exclusive dealer of the amazingly affordable Tennant refurbished auto scrubbers.

Find What You Need at The ARA Rental Show

As the rental industry grows, so does your need for more inventory. Your company must stay on the cutting edge of new products and services. The ARA Rental Show is where you can find what you need, all in one convenient location.

For the past five years, the exhibition hall has sold out. The crowds have grown steadily over the past seven years because businesses realize this is an opportunity to see products up-close and to talk to experts. More than 350 show-only specials are offered by manufacturers as an incentive to come with a shopping list.

Shop for the equipment your company needs from representatives like Runyon Surface Prep who understand it best. Don’t let this great opportunity pass. Register today at www.therentalshow.com. February 19th will be here before you know it!

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads – Bringing Out the Shine

Runyon Surface Prep’s Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads (DIPs) come in a variety of grits for all of your high speed burnishing needs.

RSP Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads - Bringing Out the ShineRSP’s Rocky Diamond Impregnated Pads (DIPs) are made of natural hogs-hair coated with diamond abrasive and are available in 400/800/1500/3000/6000 grit. Rocky DIPs are a versatile tool that can be used as the last step in an initial polish installation, for periodic maintenance & light rejuvenation / restoration and in densify and burnish specifications.

Final Touch for Install

High Speed Burnishing with a high grit DIP (3,000 grit+), is often used as the final step in the polishing process, after the stain protection product has been applied. Not only can this provide an aesthetic “pop” in terms of gloss and clarity, but some stain protectors require this process in order to reach the required temperature in order to fully cure.

Maintenance and Light Restoration Applications

High grit (3,000+) Rocky DIPs can be run periodically under a high speed burnisher to remediate areas where traffic has degraded the refinement level of a floor; re-refining the surface and thus restoring the aesthetic values. If the refinement level of the floor has degraded too far, it is possible to effect improvement by starting with a lower grit pad and working toward the higher grits in successive steps.

Densify and Burnish

In some instances, a floor owner may not want to incur the cost of a true full polishing system, but does want the benefits of a reactive densifier and some improvement in light reflectivity. In these circumstances, high speed burnishing with the Rocky DIPs, after the densifier has been applied according to manufacturer’s instructions, can bring out the maximum shine potential for the floor.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental & Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the concrete polishing industry. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment, product and supply portfolio. We offer training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintain a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

RSP Q8 Series – Quality Diamond Tooling for Superior Concrete Polishing

Runyon Surface Prep’s Q8 Series of wet/dry diamond tooling offers high-quality compositions and a variety of grit/bond distinctions to complete any polishing job.

Today’s contractors have a wide variety of concrete flooring styles and finish options from which to choose. Successfully prepping and polishing concrete begins with selecting the right grit and type of diamond tool to use. To narrow down your options, know the hardness of the concrete (hard, medium or soft) and the desired finish you wish to achieve for your customer.

Know Your Concrete’s Hardness

One of the most frequently used terms in diamond tooling is bond. It refers to the matrix that suspends the diamonds. The type of concrete hardness determines whether you will need a hard bond tool (for soft concrete) or a soft bond tool (for hard concrete). Using the incorrect diamond tool can slow down productivity and incur additional cost for replacement tools. We’ve simplified our Q8 metal bond tools with an easy identification delineation:

RSP Q8 Bond Code

The Runyon Tooling Line Has What You Need

RSP Figure 8 - back designThe components of our diamond tooling line are high-quality compositions. They are color-coded for easy identification, come in a variety of grit/bond distinctions and feature interchangeable attachment styles. The RSP Q8 Series comes with a Figure 8 design on the back of the tool to allow them to fit several different floor grinder types. Runyon Surface Prep metal bonds are 10mm rather than 8mm, like other products. They feature 20% more diamond content than comparable brands and offer a tighter scratch pattern when polishing.

RSP Tooling Line Color Codes

RSP Q8 Metal Bond Series Diamond Tools:

  1. RSP Q8 Metal Bond ToolsRSP Q8 Nitro Mastic Tool: It’s designed specifically for mastic removal, but can also remove glue and epoxy. This tool is for prep work before.
  2. RSP Q8 Trac PCD: Available in both left and right alignment, this tool aggressively removes material quickly. Its bar design ensures a constant cutting depth.
  3. RSP 4-Seg Quattro Metal Bond Tool: Like a cap cutter, this heavy cutting tool is ideal for exposing large sections of aggregate. Perfect for 110V, swing, and light grinding machines.
  4. RSP Turbo Tulip Tool: This tool creates a very tight scratch pattern, which makes a seamless transition to resins. It is ideal for the beginning stages of polishing.
  5. RSP 8-Seg Metal Bond Tool: A wet or dry premium tool with 20% more diamond content than the RSP 10-Seg. Ideal for prepping floors for polishing, dry cutting terrazzo or for taking lippage out of marble wet.
  6. RSP 10-Seg Metal Bond Tool: This is the standard diamond tool in the Runyon line. It is excellent for the initial step in polishing. The tool’s matrix is made of premium metals and can be used wet or dry.

We Help You Find the Right Tool

Runyon Surface Prep has the polishing tools to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for a wet or dry polishing system to hone and polish your customer’s concrete flooring, we have the tool you desire.

Other Runyon Surface Prep tooling available:

  1. RSP Transitionals, Resins, Hand Pads & DIPsRSP Copper Transitionals: Designed to be used wet on heavier machinery, these 8mm pads contain a very high diamond content mixed with copper resin. They are perfect for removing rough scratches put on the floor by other metals.
  2. RSP Race Resins: Made with phenolic resin with beveled edges, these 10mm pads are for dry polishing concrete and overlays. They work with heavy machines and provide a high gloss finish at lower grits.
  3. RSP Hand Polishing Pads: In our line, we offer Drift Drys and Whip Wets, which come in 5” and 7” for use in polishing the edges and corners of floors where machines cannot reach. As the names suggest, these hand pads are suitable for wet and dry grinding.
  4. RSP Rocky Dips: These high-speed diamond impregnated pads are for general use. They remove topical sealer, scuff marks, light surface scratches and can be used for refinement, terrazzo restoration and burnishing.

For the full presentation on our new Runyon Tooling Line, download the PDF here.

Runyon Surface Prep Rental and Supply – Dedicated to the Surface Prep Industry

Runyon Surface Prep Rental and Supply is a full-service sales and rental facility uniquely dedicated to the surface prep industry. We currently service more than 28 states throughout the U.S. from our headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana and our west coast division. Our uniqueness comes from providing our customers with a diverse equipment portfolio for rental, expert equipment training and support, such as technique workshops on prep, polishing or removal, and maintaining a well-stocked inventory of consumables ready for your projects at a moment’s notice. Rather than perform contract work ourselves, we consult on job sites when necessary. With the backing of our vendors, Runyon Surface Prep Rental and Supply offers support at any level, to assist in helping you get things done. We can deliver or ship wherever you need, or you can pick up from our facility.

Runyon Surface Prep Heads to World of Concrete 2018

Runyon Surface Prep Rental and Supply is starting 2018 off in a big way when we head to Vegas for the largest annual international event for concrete and masonry professionals, the 2018 World of Concrete!

An estimated 55,000 attendees and 1,500 exhibitors are set to descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center January 22-26. Representatives from all over the U.S. and the world are ready to prove that the concrete industry is Vegas Proud and has been for 43 years.

Runyon Surface Prep is proud to once again be a part of the World of Concrete in 2018. Visit our booth in South Hall (#S13039), where we’re featuring our NEW Runyon Tooling Line. This Line includes the Q8 Series metal bond tools, RSP Copper Transitionals, Race Resins, Rocky DIPs (diamond impregnated pads) and hand polishing pads. We’ll also feature our most popular equipment, chemicals, contractor essentials, etc.

Acres of Exhibitions, Expert Demonstrations & Skill-Building Seminars

World of Concrete is huge! A whopping 725,000 square feet of exhibition space is filling up fast with vendors from around the globe.

  • Witness live demonstrations from industry experts and get your questions answered
  • Shop for the equipment your company needs from the representatives who understand it best
  • Choose from 170 educational courses and over 80 new sessions. The three-hour classes cover topics from concrete fundamentals and production to business and project management
  • Hear from 140 industry speakers
  • Find plenty of hands-on training, as well as certifications and exams

Where else can you learn the latest in applications and equipment, all in one place?

The countdown begins now for the 2018 World of Concrete January 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit www.worldofconcrete.com to register NOW!

We hope to see you there!