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Atlas Copco upgrades walk-behind concrete power trowels
Staff Report | February 14, 2017
Atlas Copco Power Trowel

Atlas Copco’s three new walk-behind power trowels can be equipped with a twist pitch or cog pitch.
Photo: Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco’s three new walk-behind power trowels – the BG 245, BG 375 and BG 475 – include upgraded features that the manufacturer says enhance the machines’ versatility and safety on a variety of applications, from fine edge to rough surface concrete finishing.

The units can be equipped with either a twist pitch or quick pitch for optimal performance on a wide range of jobs. Atlas Copco says the trowels are equipped with its exclusive QuickStop feature, which stops the blade rotation immediately after the operator releases the handles. This results in zero-degree spin that minimizes the risk of injury.

Walk-behind power trowels are often equipped with a centrifugal clutch that allows the handle to spin unmanned as much as 540 degrees from the moment the handle is released until the rotation completely stops. The BG trowels’ QuickStop feature includes a belt clutch that immediately stops the blade rotation with zero-degree handle spin for maximum operator safety. In addition, QuickStop doesn’t kill the ignition when the trigger is released, allowing the speed to be adjusted without damaging the belt and clutch.

The BG trowels are equipped with Honda gas engines that deliver 5.5 to 9 horsepower. They offer variable speeds for a variety of tasks, from high-speed burnishing to low-speed, high torque floating.

Users can choose models equipped with either a twist pitch or cog pitch. The TP models offer standard twist pitch for precise adjustment, while the QP versions are equipped with cog pitch for fast pitch. The pitch adjustment is located close to the operator’s hand for optimal ergonomics.

Atlas Copco says it designed the BG power trowels with the operator in mind. They feature a palm trigger in steel as well as foldable de-vibrated handles for comfort. Their detachable throttles can be moved from the left handle to the right. Technicians also can change blades or perform routine maintenance easily thanks to the trowels’ maintenance stand.

The trowels are compact and relatively light, the company says, weighing as little as 132 pounds. This allows operators to work close to walls and in limited access areas.

The BG 245 features a rubber edged floating protection ring to prevent damaging walls, which makes it ideal for use on indoor worksites where a wall or other obstacle exists. The BG 375 and BG 475’s larger size offers efficient operation on bigger, outdoor applications, such as driveways.

Users can choose Atlas Copco’s optional transportation wheels for easy maneuverability around the jobsite. Handles fold down for storage and transportation.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens redesigns website

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, a manufacturer of stainless outdoor kitchens, has launched a redesigned website to better meet the needs of design and building professionals.

This is one of the gallery photos on Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ redesigned website.

The website includes new features, a clean, contemporary look, and enhanced functionality to improve visitors’ desktop and mobile experiences, the company says.

Brown Jordan’s new site incorporates an “Inspiration” section that includes a photo gallery, designer curated collections by Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, and is equipped with a simple layout program that allows users to create their own outdoor kitchen based on cooking and design preferences.

Resources also are provided to help trade professionals gain a better sense of the myriad of outdoor kitchen design styles available for residential and commercial applications; in fact, the website’s “Resources” tab includes links to industry libraries and catalogs, a CEU class and installation videos.

“Our goal in designing the new website is to provide the end user, whether it be design-build professionals or homeowners, with extensive inspiration and resources to attain their dream outdoor kitchen” says Mitch Slater, president of Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, exclusive licensee of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ redesigned website also hosts dedicated pages for trade professionals from the hospitality industry, designers, builders and dealers.

You can check out the website here.

Ocean Bio-Chem cleaning agent approved

PERFORMACIDE Hard Surface Disinfectant is distributed to more than 1,500 indoor and outdoor garden and horticulture retailers by Sunlight Supply Inc.

Ocean Bio-Chem Inc. announced this week that its label amendment on PERFORMACIDE Hard Surface Disinfectant has been accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to include the additional usage sites of hydroponic and indoor horticulture operations, as well as infused product facilities.

PERFORMACIDE Hard Surface Disinfectant (EPA Reg. No. 87508-3) is a chlorine dioxide based mold and mildew eliminator that, according to Ocean Bio-Chem, does not leave any residue on surfaces after it has dried.

Peter Dornau, CEO of Ocean Bio-Chem, said mold and mildew is often a threat to crop yield, as well as the quality of the crop. With PERFORMACIDE being both an EPA registered mold and mildew eliminator and also OMRI listed, the company says it’s the best choice for these types of applications.

Dornau said recent changes in many state laws involving hydroponic and infused product facilities have placed Ocean Bio-Chem in a position to grow its chlorine dioxide based products.

Ocean Bio-Chem says its PERFORMACIDE Hard Surface Disinfectant is currently distributed to more than 1,500 indoor and outdoor garden and horticulture retailers by Sunlight Supply Inc.

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