Innovative Concrete Solutions Awards 2005
Company: Reliable Diamond Tool, Inc.
I began my career in the construction field as a Concrete Cutting Technician in 1979. After honing my skills as a Core Drill Operator, I then went on to become the third highest paid Wall Saw Operator in the state of California, in the Concrete Coring Company chain of offices. Then I spent eighteen years as an industrial diamond tool sales representative and Sales Manager. Eventually, I had the opportunity to become a sole source agent for the worlds most advanced diamond tool manufacturer and so, in 2000, I decided to build a diamond tool manufacturing/distribution company here in Phoenix Arizona and named the company Reliable Diamond Tool, Inc.
Thought Process for the Introduction of the Beveled Edge Disc (B.E.D.) System
Having been exposed to various cutting, drilling, grinding, grooving and demolition processes as an end user and sales representative throughout my career, I was always fascinated with the process of grinding concrete and then polishing it to a high luster. My past observations of this process were as follows; when the machinery was doing the work, it was always vibrating and chattering as it ground through the concrete in the initial preparation stages of the polishing process. I observed that the available "diamond plugs" were structured as a flat surface tool actually slamming/impacting the raised joints and aggregates protruding from the concrete. This flat surface design caused spawling and aggregate pullout. The edges of the joints and the diamond plugs were of particular concern to me because the current tools doing the work caused the joint edges of material being ground and the diamond plugs as well, to spawl and to chip, which was not the desired outcome.
Implementation/Introduction of the B.E.D. System
I decided to give the first set of 12 to a concrete preparation company here in Phoenix. The operators of the machinery and I went out to a jobsite here in town and set up the machine to grind pre-scarified concrete, which is an formidable task due to the fact that the concrete surface was very, very rough. The operator started the machine and within a minute he stopped the machine, tipped it back, looked at the Beveled Edge Disc System (B.E.D.), and then set the machine back down and began again. He repeated this process three times and finally I asked him what his concern was. With a puzzled look on his face he simply stated that the machine was running so smooth and vibration free, that he was concerned that the B.E.D.s were not doing anything. I assured him that the diamond B.E.D. System was indeed doing what it was meant to do and I suggested that he continue. He did, and not only did the product grind smoothly and vibration free, but it also ground faster than anything they had used or tried before.
Results of the B.E.D. System
The results have been extremely positive and the B.E.D. System is in high demand. We have discovered that the B.E.D. system causes less vibration, less aggregate pull out, no spawling, no chipping and extends the life of the bushings and the bearings of the grinding machine due to less vibration. In turn, by utilizing the fine tuned specifications we have also noted a decrease in labor times and the amount of diamond plug and tool expenditures.
"I have been in the surface prep business for nearly 20 years now. I have dealt with all kinds of salesmen and companies that promise everything. After meeting Jon at the World of Concrete back in 2005 or 6 I started buying grinding wheels and plugs from him. Since then if Jon says it will remove a material at 1,000sqft an hour it will do better. If he says it will last 10,000sqft it will do better. Jon will tell you what he thinks and you can bid a job closer because of his word. His attitude towards his work is what everyone should be. He says his products are the best and can back it up. Not like most salesman I have dealt with. It is a pleasure to deal with Reliable Diamond Tool. He might not be the cheapest but with the superior products he offers they do not have to be. Time is money and time spent with Reliable Diamond Tool is well spent. "
- T.C. , Massachusetts