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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.
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