Some masonry equipment that has been available for several years is starting to come into its own and gain popularity as masonry contractors discover the benefits.
The Grout Grunt, a two-handled plastic scoop that holds 0.5 cubic feet of material, made its debut in 2005 when Giovanni Agazzi, a mason with more than 45 years of experience, saw a need to more effectively deliver grout. He invented the Grout Grunt, which allows masons to quickly scoop, handle and pour high density material, including grout, sand and mortar.
“They’re very easy to use, and with two handles, your fingers are never dirty,” says Morgan Agazzi, manager for Grout Grunt in Livonia, Mich. “It’s a clean way to move grout, and it saves you time and money. Everyone stays on the scaffolding.”
Kenrich Products Inc. in Portland, Ore., has found success with its line of compact, low-volume grout power pumps.
“We’re serving a segment of the market that’s not being met by anyone else,” says Rick Rountree, company owner. The pumps evolved from hand-operated pumps to the GP-3A, an air operated pump with a 4.6-gallon hopper and an output capacity of five gallons per minute.
Last year, the company introduced the GP-8A, a low-pressure, air-powered grout pump. “The benefit of it is it has a higher volume than the GP-3,” Rountree says. “It eliminates the manual labor, so you’ll never get tired. For the amount of pressure it puts out, it’s a pretty slick pump.”
- 63The masonry industry has established guidelines for masonry grout, which allows contractors to produce quality materials and deliver them efficiently to where they are needed on the jobsite. The “Standard Specification for Grout for Masonry” (ASTM C476) is the prevailing specification in the masonry industry.
- 53Whether you’re pumping grout or mortar, the life of your pump depends on your ability and willingness to keep it clean and maintained. Mortar and grout have to be produced to ASTM specifications, and the pumps that deliver them are designed specifically for those materials. When kept clean after every…