Purchase Equipment Now to Take the Section 179 Tax Advantage for 2018

Section 179 DeductionBuy equipment now, take advantage of the Section 179 small business tax incentive and invest in your business for the future.

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows small businesses such as contractors to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment from your gross income in the same tax year it is purchased. This deduction is good on new and used equipment. In 2018, the deduction limit is one million dollars.

To take the deduction for tax year 2018, the equipment must be financed or purchased and put into service between January 1, 2018 and the end of the day on December 31, 2018. For this tax year, the spending cap on equipment purchases is $2,500,000.

What Could This Mean for Your Contracting Business?

Since the Section 179 tax deduction allows your business to write off the entire purchase price of qualifying equipment for the current tax year, you can purchase needed equipment right now, rather than waiting. You can expand your services in 2019 to offer coatings, decorative concrete and polished concrete by investing in the right equipment to do the job.

We’re an authorized dealer for a number of popular equipment brands in our industry:

Whether you’re looking to expand your business with grinders, burnishers, generators, hand grinders, sand blasters, scarifiers, shot blasters, scrapers and more, make that equipment purchase or lease before December 31, 2018 to take advantage of the Section 179 small business advantage.

Be sure to talk to your tax advisor to learn more.

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, Effective and Consistent: An Overview of Graco Pumps for Self-Leveling Placement

Graco Self-Leveling JobWhat if you could cut mixing and application time in half when installing self-leveling material? A Graco Self-Leveling Pump makes it much faster and easier to apply self-leveling overlayments and underlayments.

It can be an exercise in frustration to hand mix bag after bag of self-leveling cementitious topping, then slowly apply it bucket by bucket on a job site. Instead of placing overlays and underlayments this way, Graco offers pumps for self-levelers that ensure smooth, even mixing and easy application in a process that’s much more efficient.

Tackle Jobs Large and Small

Graco Self-leveling Pumps can handle even the largest jobs, which previously meant hauling pallets full of bags across job sites repeatedly, then prepping, pouring and leveling along the way. Instead, site workers can now establish a location for a mix station, engage the self-leveling pump action and deliver fully mixed compound across the area needed.

Workers can easily load four bags a minute into a pump, where it can be mixed with aggregate and liquid to proper consistency automatically. Application is simple, as the material is pumped out to where it is needed.

Consistent Application

There’s nothing worse than coming back to check on a job and seeing a lumpy, inconsistent mix that will have to be redone with huge expense in manpower and materials. That said, consistency is never a worry with this pump.

Every application with a Graco Self-Leveling Pump is smooth and even. Pump vertically or horizontally over long distances and know the application will be consistent every time. You’ll never worry about the results of a job, because it will always look great.

Compact and Movable

The entire pump setup is compact and easy to operate, right from the first time it’s used. It requires very little square footage. You can fit the pump, a mixer and a small generator in the back of a pickup truck.

Graco MP40 Mixing PumpSave Time and Money on Every Job

You’ll see big cost savings from purchasing this efficient pump. Take it to the job site and set it up anywhere in short order. Mix the right amount of compound every time, so you never have to deal with the cost or hassle of wasted materials.

The pump makes it much easier to hit completion deadlines and keep projects on track. Even under intense time pressure, your crew can drive it to the site and tackle a large job within a short time frame. Quality will never suffer in the process, because you can rely on it to produce an even finish.

This means you can blast through jobs and save time for your crew. Over time, you’ll see a major cost savings for your operation. Contractors who use these Graco self-leveling pumps are able to cut work time in half or even more, due to the fast set-up and application it offers. We offer a comprehensive selection of single component pumps designed for mortar, cementitious and heavily-filled materials, transfer pumps for moving A and B materials to reactor proportioners, and hydraulic and hydraulic piston pumps for factory and outdoor use.

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.

Enjoy the Ride with the NEW Rover Ride-On Floor Grinder from CPS

Why walk when you can ride? Runyon Surface Prep is proud to offer the newest equipment innovation from CPS at its Carmel and Rancho Cordova locations. Runyon Surface Prep is now accepting orders for The CPS Rover, a propane-fueled, ride-on concrete grinder with major power and incredible ease of use.

Years of experience in the industry led David Padgett, CEO of Concrete Polishing Solutions, to look for an equipment-based solution to employee exhaustion and labor costs that wouldn’t sacrifice the quality of the end product. The Rover was born.

“While Remote-Controlled grinders available on the market improve worker exhaustion, the disconnect between operator and grinder can lead to poor end results for the customer, as well as an increased chance of machine damage, because the operator can’t ‘feel’ the performance of the grinder,” explains Padgett. “The CPS Rover changes everything.”

The American-Made CPS Rover is a zero-turn, propane-fueled grinder with a 32” path, perfect for many applications. From the operator’s seat, there is clear visibility of all points on the machine. The precise hand-control and cordless operation makes The CPS Rover the ideal machine for jobs big or small. An onboard electric head lift makes for easy tooling changes and transport, while onboard electric generation allows for adjustable lighting. An on-board water sprayer allows for easy wet grinding.

Combined with CPS’ range of diamond tooling, available at Runyon Surface Prep in both Indiana and California, the CPS Rover delivers on power and quality while minimizing operator exhaustion, allowing contractors to save time and earn more. Runyon offers the full line of CPS products, including the G320D Propane floor grinder, metal bond and resin diamond tooling, spare parts and tool holder plates. Please let us know if you’re ever wanting for anything. We can even schedule one-on-one training or a demo of this new machine with our CPS rep and your crews. Contact us for more info!

The Importance of Surface Prep for Decorative Epoxy Flooring

One of our customers in Florida, Artistic Surfaces, is a prime example for how important it is properly prep your concrete before putting down a coating – whether it be an epoxy, overlay, etc. Below are four different epoxy jobs that their crew completed recently, courtesy of Sam Godbey, the Director of Operations at Artistic. The pictures don’t do them complete justice, but it is very evident surface preparation played a major role, and we were happy to have a part in that.

Charcoal Metallic Floor

This 3,600 square foot charcoal floor is owned by a high profile client. It’s a private residence, used to store the owner’s cars, sports memorabilia, and other appropriately coined “toys”.

Artistic prepped the surface with an HTC 800, Ermator T8600 and 25 grit HTC diamonds. This is a grey epoxy with a combo of Sterling, Onyx and Quick Silver metallic pigments.

Harley Quinn-esque Floor

This blue and pink metallic floor looks like cotton candy. It is located in a residential dressing room. Artistic partnered with Coastal Construction for this job.

They prepped the surface with an HTC 500 and 25 grit HTC diamonds. It’s an epoxy with black pigment base and metallic pigment colors Surfs Up and Merlot.

Black & Aluminum Striped Bar

This black and aluminum striped floor is located in a 5,500 square foot bar called the Escape Lounge. The epoxy was poured with a black base and then the aisles were taped out in a curved design and colored with Aluminum metallic.

An HTC 800 and 25 grit diamonds were used to prep the surface. Artistic also used CTS Rapid Set TRU self-leveling overlay in the back of the bar. The black portion of the epoxy floor was pigmented with Jet Black metallic and the stripes were pigmented with Aluminum metallic.

Intricately Designed Office Floor

Artistic recently re-did their 1,300 square foot office floor. They cut off the old white overlay and transitioned it to an epoxy metallic floor. They kept the same detailed saw-cut design work.

To prep the surface, Artistic used a 60 grit screen and floor buffer. This epoxy floor required a myriad of metallic pigment colors for all the intricate designs: Copper, Butterscotch, Merlot, Mother-of-Pearl, Surfs Up, Rose, Maui and Jet Black.

After putting down the metallics, they used a regular blade and v-blade to re-cut the saw-cut designs. Then they filled the cuts with black grout. And finally, they re-sanded the floor and put down 2 clear coats of epoxy.

About Artistic Surfaces

Artistic Surfaces was founded in 1989 by Harvey Namm after 25 years’ experience in flooring. The Company soon became an award winning flooring contractor in the Florida market installing flooring in stores like; Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Burdines, and Saks 5th Avenue. Luxury hotels, Art Galleries, Airport Terminals, Performing Arts Centers, Sporting Arenas and other venues were added as the years passed.

In the winter of 2009, Artistic Surfaces launched a new division for decorative concrete. This new division will capitalize on the emerging demand for interior and exterior decorative concrete flooring. This new division marked the company’s entry as the area’s most experienced design applicators for decorative concrete concepts.

*All photos and information courtesy of Sam Godbey – Director of Operations at Artistic Surfaces. Reach him at SamG@artisticsurfaces.com.

The Time is Now to be OSHA-Ready for New Crystalline Silica Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

The new OSHA regulation, Respirable crystalline silica, Section 29 CFR 1926.1153, took effect on June 23, 2016. Industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Construction – June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date.

General Industry and Maritime – June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

Employers who fully and properly implement the engineering controls, work practices and respiratory protections are not required to measure respirable silica exposures to verify levels at or below the PEL for workers.

For contractors, this means now is the time to make sure your equipment will comply.

OSHA Enforcement Table

(Fine information supplied from Contractor Supply Magazine)

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces. This includes 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.

Who Is Affected?

Anyone working on a construction site who creates or is exposed to silica dust in the course of performing work, including, but not limited to:

  • Grinding
  • Drilling
  • Barrel mixing
  • Edging
  • Cutting block
  • Sweeping
  • Shot blasting
  • Hand Grinding
  • Scarifying
  • Drywall sanding
  • Demolition
  • Precasting
  • Bricklaying
  • Broom sweeping

Key Provisions of the New Crystalline Silica Rule

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  • Requires employers to use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

New Exposure Limits

New Silica Exposure LimitsChanges to the Permissible Exposure Level (PEL) of respirable crystalline silica is 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air (50μg/m3) at an 8-hour, time-weighted average (TWA) under any foreseeable conditions. The Action Level (AL) is 25 ug/m3 (0.025 mg/m3). You are at risk if the dust you breathe during an eight-plus-hour shift contains more RCS than the accessible amount, which is much smaller than a penny. 

How to Choose a HEPA Vacuum

  • High quality HEPA filters that are tested and certified, with a rating of at least 99.99 at 0.3 micron
  • 25 CFM per blade is required for hand grinders
  • High CFM & Water Lift for proper matching to equipment
  • Must have a mechanical filter cleaning method that is contained and allows no dust to escape
  • Multi levels of filtration, including a cyclonic chamber, pre-filters, HEPA’s and pre-separators
  • Drop down bagging containment systems, no dust can or tray
  • Availability to attach tools for collection at the source
  • Wet and dry availability when needed

For an in-depth look at the new regulation, read our blog, The New Crystalline Silica Rule – Are You OSHA-Ready?

Runyon Surface Prep is a full service stocking distributor for all your concrete prep, polishing, decorative, repair, restoration and maintenance needs. We carry the full line of Ermator vacuums and pre-separators, as well as grinders, removal equipmentoverlay productscolor products, densifiersmixersdiamond toolingpolyasparticsjoint fillers and much more. You name it, we have it!

Surface Profile Inspection Guide from SP1 to SP10

A surface profile of concrete or asphalt is a number associated with the material’s desired roughness or texture and its general appearance. It helps in determining if the surface is fit for a specific purpose. Roughness can be an indicator for:

  • Wear-ability
  • Friction coefficients
  • Performance in terms of cracks or corrosion
  • Adhesive properties

Our Surface Profile Inspection Guide helps in determining the desired surface profile of your concrete or asphalt and indicates the proper diamond tooling and machinery required for achieving it during the preparation process.

Surface Profiles (SP1-SP10)

The lower the surface profile (SP) number (SP1), the flatter the surface. An SP10 rating is an extremely rough surface. An accepted definition of surface profile is “the average distance from the peaks to the valleys of the surface, as seen through a cross-section of the prepared substrate.” The range of variation with your specific concrete slab, substrate or asphalt depends on its strength, composition, aggregate and finish. The final surface must allow for the secure mechanical bond of any sealer, coating or marking material, so make sure the surface is free of any dirt, oil, films, paint, coatings, cure, sealer and any other material before creating your desired surface profile.

Runyon Surface Prep carries a full line of HTC, Husqvarna, and CPS grinders, Edco scarifiers and scabblers, National floor scrapers, diamond tooling, carbides, scrapers and shot blasters for use in surface preparation.