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Unread 11-01-2014, 06:39 PM   #91
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Absolutely. It is pretty overkill, but can definitely be done. The sacrifice would be your diamonds. Travertine is abrasive and with that much weight, you would wear them out prematurely. It wouldn't be a huge waste though, you could build it into the cost, depending on the diamonds you bought.

My Cimex is on 220v, and weighs about 230lbs with the way I used it for this job. I use a voltage converter from Quick220.com. It pigtails two 110 plugs to 2 different circuits in the house and puts 220 to the machine. As long as your machine is single pahse (I htink the 500 comes in 1 or 3 phase) you can make it works.

For this type of work we don't grind, so you'd need flexible heads, to ride over lippage. If you have the ability to adjust head pressure, or add/remove weight, I would start off lighter and go heavier as you move up in the grits.

It might take a few hundred square feet to tweak it to get it right, but I see no reason why you couldn't do exactly what I did.

I did do the edging in some areas with a swing machine though, to get close to the walls on the higher grits.
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Unread 11-01-2014, 07:28 PM   #92
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Hi Cameron

Beautiful as usual!

Hi Jesse

As Cameron said it's all with the diamonds. Years ago when I was running a restoration company out of Chicago we did a hotel with 17,500 square feet of travertine. We were using 1 HTC 800, 2 HTC 500's, and some Stone Medic rotary machines. All outfitted with different grits, we got the job done very quickly. I think it was about two weeks of working evenings only.
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Unread 11-02-2014, 11:53 AM   #93
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Thanks John and Cameron,

My 500 is single phase and I regularly use it in residential remodel work, getting power is no longer an issue. I have no problem going straight into the panel if need be.

I was pretty sure I could use it for restoration work but I'm happy to hear it's been tested, John.

Sounds like I would need flexible heads and I need to look into different diamonds to give that kind of work a go.... Oh and experience too! More research and questions later.
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If you can't get fleixible heads, you can get foam diamond riser pads and will allow the diamonds to flex in and out of the low spots.

I would recommend 4" diamonds rather than 3", if you can make them fit without them hitting each other. This will distribute your weight a little better, and decrease the PSI by 30% at the tool
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Unread 11-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #95
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Hi Cameron

Are you familiar with the HTC? They use proprietary plates. Typically one plate per set of diamonds. I'm not familiar if any adapters are available for their machines. Then again, I haven't used them in close to 14 years. When I went to their site, the machine very closely resembled what we were using back in the day.

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Here's a link to their Equipment & accessories.
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I'm not familiar with the equipment, I just looked at the specs. I don't think I have ever seen tooling for it.
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That looks sick Cameron
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Thanks Chad.


This is a small sample I did for someone that may turn out to be a big job out of state.

I cut the sandstone with a metal wheel all the way across the surface. I only repaired half of the gouge. This is the finished product

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Travertine tile

Looks nice you used screens sometimes we use honing power to clean travertine also










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Recent bathroom remodel we just finished.
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Limestone floor with some granite and marble in the logo

The before picture was after a 400-800 grinding then some gorilla pads, no powder, but that was the way I was taught and it yielded a cloudier finish. Can't wait until my next one to run up high on the resins and hit it with a good powder.
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Hi Justin

Nice looking work!

What product did you use on the Antique French Tiles?

The last one I did I experienced breaking down the shell of the factory baked finish. That required many applications of sealer because the body was so porous.
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Used a stripper on the floor first to completely brake down the old finish. Then used a floor finish to put it back on (after color sealing 2 coats). She is still super happy with her floor and its been years. Although we had to apply about 6-7 medium-thin coats of finish because it soaks it up like crazy.
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