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24 SURFACE PREP 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM save you considerable dow ntime sourcing parts when there is a failure in your future, and it may just save you a contract if you can get the equipment back up and running w ithin a reasonable time frame. In addition to the equipment, you' ll need to consider the processes for the necessary materials. W hat abrasive material can be operated with this tool? W here can you get it? W hat mesh (grit) size should you use? How much does it cost per bag/per pound? And how much are you going to use in a typical work day? Do you have the necessary attachments required to effectively and efficiently perform the work? Would a longer nozzle or different size/type of nozzle work better than the one you have (e.g., fan tip vs. venturi nozzle)? Additionally, it is also worth the time to consider if the tool w ill reasonably achieve your goals now and into the future. W hen using specialized tools, there needs to be some f lexibility to use them on more than one or a selected few ty pes of applications. Techniques A fter selecting the right tool for you, the next important factor is know ing how to effectively use it. T he effectiveness of the right tool for the job happens to be highly dependent on who is going to use it. T his should lead you to picking the right operator for the tool. Training is a ver y important factor for achieving success. It's important to understand that not ever yone learns the same way or at the same speed. Change takes time and patience to get it right. A fter gaining the knowledge of how the tool operates, your worker must be given the opportunity to then apply that knowledge in a hands-on experience. T his w ill allow him or her to further advance by developing his or her ow n set of tips and tricks — done safely of course — which can then be shared w ith coworkers. A piece of advice: Before buy ing or renting, ask if the rental company or manufacturer can provide in-house Before starting the project, learn the processes involved. Consider the equipment and the materials that you might need throughout the project. Having spare parts on hand may help in the long run. The Right Tool

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