When it comes to concrete kerbing, each job is unique. The end product of a concrete kerbing project will depend on the specific application, your tastes, the skillset of the contractor and finally, the machines used. While concrete kerbing machines tend to be highly standardized, their applications vary.
Kerbs are used in landscaping, placing of concrete pavements and even in construction projects. As a result, the machinery used should be suited to your specific application to obtain the best results for your kerb.
But how can you ensure that your contractor is using a concrete kerbing machine that will get the job done?
Ability to obtain edging profiles
The edging profiles of concrete kerbs are key defining features in how the final product will actually look. A kerb depends in large part on how the edging was carried out, and different types of edging can suit different applications. For example, rope top or Victorian concrete edges require a high level of skill and precision in embedding the desired styles into the concrete material.
A kerbing machine that can get the job done is one that is manufactured using hydraulics and vibrators that can track across the concrete material efficiently.
A useful kerbing machine is one that is also suited for multiple applications. This means that it bridges the gap between commercial and residential use, and it can turn any type of space into a kerbing paradise.
Indeed, you may desire the intricacy and fine details of kerbs that are present in homes or the larger and open space feel that is defined by commercial kerbs. To achieve this look, you need a machine that contains features such as undercarriage components (that can swiftly shape concrete while removing waste) and flexible switches.
The user interface
The usability of a concrete kerbing machine will determine if the contractor will be able to implement the look that you desire. Make sure the contractor is using a machine that is easy to steer, comfortable to be in and safe to operate. Most machines require users to have basic safety equipment such as protective masks, hearing protection and eyeglasses.
Some machines also feature an adjustable steering handle to be used at different heights and an ergonomic design that allows the operator to focus on the quality of the kerb as opposed to the strains on their body.
You most likely want the project to be completed within a specific timeframe. Kerbing machines should, therefore, have a reasonable speed at which they operate on concrete. Slip form and extruder machines are good examples of kerbing equipment that get the job done within a decent timeframe.