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Groutzilla Placement System is Easy to Clean, Saves Time and Money
August 11th, 2008
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The Stone GroutzillaTM Placement System allows for quick, easy clean-up of residual grout. After placing grout, mechanical placement systems, as well as grout pumps, must be cleaned thoroughly to prevent residual build-up from causing costly clean-ups or damage to the unit. The Stone Groutzilla Placement System has been designed to make clean-up extremely easy, efficient and operator-friendly. In a matter of a few minutes, one person can clean the entire system with as little as, two 5-gallon buckets of water.
First, the system has been designed to promote the flow of grout to the discharge hose and reduce the amount of residual build-up. The geometry of the innovative hopper promotes flow of material to the auger while preventing accumulation of grout on the hopper sidewalls. The patented Talet® auger system is virtually self-cleaning. The self-wiping polymer flighting on the auger discharges all grout, eliminating build-up that can contaminate the next batch and significantly reducing waste and environmental waste disposal concerns.
Second, it is not necessary to take the discharge snout apart or remove the auger to completely clean the unit. No tools are needed. One 5-gallon bucket of water or a hose can be used to wash down the hopper. The positive shut-off valve completely seals the hopper preventing any water seepage. The auger can then be run in reverse, agitating the water and loosening any residual grout. Running the auger in the forward direction flushes out the hopper and discharge snout.
Next, a bucket of water can be used to flush any remaining residual grout of the discharge snout. Pouring the water through the snout’s flush-out grates cleans any residual grout remaining in the discharge snout. With other mechanical systems, it is necessary to take the discharge housing apart and remove the auger to effectively clean the system. The components are very heavy and cumbersome, leading to operator stress and strain. These competitive systems require a variety of tools including a brush to clean the hoper and discharge arm.