Archive for April, 2014

Tile Cutting Made Easy!

Posted: April 29, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, tool rentals
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We continue our foray into floor cleaning, sanding, removal, and installation by focusing on installing tile floors, more specifically cutting the tiles to fit your floor.

A tile saw is a piece of equipment similar to an electric mitre saw that uses a diamond abrasive cutting blade and a water cooling system. For this reason, it is often called simply a “wet saw”. A tile saw is invaluable when you have to make fine cuts to fit edges, corners or slivers and for cutting stone or other hard tiles. If you need to make special cuts, such as L-shaped cuts or internal cutouts, a tile saw is essential. At Bunce Rental, we carry several different tile saws and cutters for cutting tile, vinyl, block or pavers.

Wet Tile Saw

24" Wet Tile SawOur wet tile saws come in two different sizes – 10” and 24” – for cutting tiles of those respective sizes. As mentioned above, these saws use a diamond abrasive blade to grind through the tile, while water circulates to prevent blade wear and overheating of the saw. We stock three different styles of diamond blades, each dependent on the material you’re cutting. For tiles, we have blades for ceramic or porcelain. The third blade is a masonry blade for cutting bricks and pavers. The saws also come with the proper accessories for cutting angles and straight lines.

 

Manual Tile Cutters

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Manual Tile Cutter Vinyl

Manual Tile Cutters are great if you have just a few tiles to cut or need to cut tiles to fit around odd shaped objects. We have several styles available to cut ceramic tile and vinyl tiles.

Ring Tile Saw

The ring tile saw is primarily for cutting curves that the wet tile saws and manual tile cutters can’t cut as easily. To learn more about this particular tile saw check out the manufacturer’s website http://www.geminisaw.com/revolutionxt.html

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Ring Tile Saw

In getting ready to write this blog, we ran across some great articles online on using tile saws. So great in fact, we’ve opted just to highlight the different tile cutters and saws we carry and let the articles we found explain more about using tile saws.

The Tile Home Guide explains the different saws with a little more in depth information and also has plenty of other articles on different strategies for laying your tile including – how to make the space look bigger.

http://www.tilehomeguide.com/the-tile-saw-a-quick-start-guide/

The DIY Network has an article explaining in more detail how to use a wet tile saw. http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/using-a-tile-wet-saw/index.html. They also have an article on cutting and installing tile around obstacles http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-cut-and-install-tile-around-obstacles/index.html.

Safety First

Always plug the saw into a GFCI-protected outlet. When operating the saw wear safety glasses and hearing protection. Do not wear loose-fitting clothes or jewelry. Use both hands to guide the tile through the blade and keep your fingers away from the blade.

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14floorpolisherA question we hear a lot is “what is the difference between a Floor Polisher, Floor Machine, Floor Buffing Machine, Floor Scrubber or Floor Stripper?” The answer is “nothing” – they are all the same machine!

At Bunce Rental, we refer to these machines as “Floor Polishers”. You will also see a floor polisher referred to as a “Swing Machine” due to the swing motion the machines have when you operate them. As you can imagine, they are very versatile units. We carry a number of attachments to meet a variety of needs for caring and working on your floors. This includes buffing and scrubbing pads, polishing and scrubbing brushes, floor sanding, and concrete grinding or surface prep attachments.

Pads and Pad Drivers

Using pads with our floor polishers will allow you to do one of three things – strip, clean, or buff your linoleum, tile, and vinyl type floors. An industry standard color-coding system for low-speed floor pads can help you select the right pad for your job. In general, the lighter the pad color, the less coarse or aggressive the pad. We stock pad colors in white, tan (beige), green and black.

Buffing pads (white/tan) are lightest in color and remove scuff marks and dirt from floors. Cleaning pads (green) are designed to clean a little more aggressively than buffing pads, and remove dirt off a floor’s surface without removing the floor finish. Slightly more aggressive than cleaning pads are scrubbing pads (black). They will remove the top layer or two of wax, along with scratches and dirt.

There are also a variety of different chemicals you can use with the pads to help you accomplish your purpose. Check with your local cleaning supply store to learn what chemicals work best to clean, strip or polish your floors.

Brush Attachments

Brushes are used to clean and/or wax the floors. Like the pads, they can be used with chemicals designed to clean or polish the floors. They are available with bristles of varying stiffness and abrasiveness, depending on whether it’s to be used for scrubbing, buffing or stripping.

Grinding Attachments

Grinding attachments are designed to turn the floor polisher into a concrete grinder. Like the concrete grinder, the grinding attachments can use grinding stones, strip-serts, and dyma-serts. The uses and applications for these attachments are outlined in our previous blog post, “Not All Stones Are Created Equal.

Sanding Attachments

Sanding attachments turn a floor polisher into a 16” disk floor sander for sanding and refinishing floors and decks or removing material (paint, texture etc.) from concrete. With a variety of grits of sandpaper available, you can just lightly refinish your floors with finer grits or sand rougher areas of the floor smooth.

Safety First

Basic safety rules should be followed when using a floor polisher. Always use safety goggles and do not wear loose fitting clothing while operating the polisher. Never leave a floor polisher plugged in when unattended and do not store the polisher with the pad/brush on the machine.

Do not operate a floor polisher near flammable fluids, dust or vapors – this could cause a fire hazard. If using floor cleaners and waxes, ensure that they are intended for machine application and understand all information printed on the product Safety Data Sheet.

Sanders, Edgers, and Hardwood Floors!

Posted: April 15, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

With the recent popularity of refinishing hardwood floors, we thought we’d give you an overview of the options available at Bunce Rental for sanding your hardwood floor. This overview is designed to help you better understand the different types of sanders available to prepare your hardwood floor. If you need any further information we are always available to help you with suggestions to help you finish your project. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Drum Sanders

There are generally two types of floor sanders: orbital and drum sanders. Drum Sanders are the workhorses of our sanding fleet and are the sanders typically used when refinishing floors. They do the best job at the best possible speed. These sanders can be aggressive, which means you’ll need to keep the drum moving at all times when it’s touching the floor. There are however, places where drum sanders are not the best choice. Drum sanders consist of an 8″ wide drum that holds the sandpaper. The rotating drum does an excellent job of removing old finishes, repairing scratches and imperfections, and light finishing work. The biggest drawback to a drum sander is that if you have to sand at right angles to the wood grain it can leave “sanding scratches” in the floor. In this case the orbital floor sander may be a better choice.

floor_edgerFloor Edger Sanders

A Floor Edger is a type of disk sander, which is used with a drum sander to sand and refinish a hardwood floor. This sander is built specifically for tackling those hard to reach spaces around your walls and doors that you just can’t reach with the drum sander. The floor edger is handheld and designed so that the sanding disk can get extremely close to the wall without causing any damage to your molding or baseboards.

Orbital Sanders

Orbital Floor Sanders consist of a 12″ x 18″ sanding pad that oscillates back and forth in an orbital motion. This ensures that no repetitive sandpaper scratching will occur and allows for safe use for cross grain sanding. If you have a narrow hallway, pantry, or entry where the flooring is run at the wrong angle to use a regular drum floor sander, the orbital sander would be a better choice. Because the movement of the orbital sander’s paper is minimal compared to the drum sander, it will not leave sanding marks. The biggest drawback to the orbital sanders is that they are much slower than the drum sanders. This is why drum sanders are much more popular – if you have a job that can be handled by a drum sander you’ll be much happier using that type of sander. An orbital sander is best for those jobs that are not best suited for the drum sanders. Aside from using sandpaper to refinish the floor, we also carry screens. The screens can be used to sand to a finer finish than a standard 100 grit sandpaper or used between layers of varnish to smooth out the any imperfections that may form during application.

U-Sand Pro Floor SanderU-Sand 4-disc Orbital Sanders

The U-Sand orbital floor sander is another type of orbital sander. Unlike the drum sander mentioned above, the U-sand orbital floor sander takes care of your floors with a less aggressive orbital 4-pad design (but more aggressive than an orbital sander). These pads are extremely easy to change, attached simply by Velcro. This design allows you to sand not just with the grain of the wood, but any way you choose, making this sander ideal for small spaces such as closets or hallways. Its upright design also lets the U-sand orbital sander get extremely close to the walls, cutting out the need of an additional edging sander.

Sandpaper

When using any floor sander, it is important to pick the right sandpaper for the job. We stock sandpaper from 16-grit (course) to 100-grit (fine), which will handle most sanding jobs from start to finish. We even have buffing pads to take your job to the next level. Feel free to stop in or give us a call – we can answer any questions you might have about getting started on your floor project, or any other project you might have in mind.

Safety First

Sanding and finishing wood floors can create an explosive or combustible environment. Do not operate floor sanders around solvents, thinners, fuels, floor finishes, or any other flammable materials. The sanding dust is also very flammable and can spontaneously ignite or explode – make sure to empty and clean the sander dust bag when not in use.

Always wear safety goggles, protective clothing, and a dust mask while sanding. Keep hands, feet, and loose clothing away from all moving parts on the machine. Keep the work area well ventilated. Disconnect the power cord before replacing the sandpaper and never leave the machine unattended while it is connected to a power source.