Brokk’s new surface grinder for safer and faster material removal

The new Brokk Surface Grinder 530 (BSG 530) attachment is designed for material removal, such as paint and asbestos, surface preparation and polishing on walls, floors and ceilings in renovation and restoration applications.

Compatible with the Brokk 170, Brokk 200 and Brokk 300 demolition robots, the BSG 530 allows contractors to tackle a range of previously labour-intensive projects up to 10 times faster. Pairing the surface grinder attachment with Brokk’s remote-controlled operation also provides greater worker safety over manual methods.

“The Brokk Surface Grinder addresses a gap in the surface grinding market where there is a long history of using handheld tools for ceilings and walls,” said Martin Krupicka, CEO of Brokk Group. “The Brokk Surface Grinder offers a faster, safer option than manual methods, especially when dealing with hazardous material. We see huge potential for concrete renovation in buildings from the 1970s when asbestos was often used for insulation and fire resistance.”

The BSG 530 is fully remote-controlled through the Brokk control box, making it an automated method of stripping plaster, contaminated material, tile adhesive and paint from walls, ceilings and floors. The pairing efficiently removes material through constant contact and high pressure on the surface, resulting in a more even, consistent removal over large areas that is not possible with handheld grinding tools.

The attachment can reach 2,300 newtons of grinding pressure for wall applications and 1,100 newtons of grinding pressure for ceiling applications. The BSG 530 also has a feature that continually adjusts the grinding pressure to keep it constant.

Along with substantial efficiency and quality gains, a Brokk robot and the surface grinder attachment deliver greater operator safety and comfort than handheld tools. Thanks to the remote control, operators can position themselves a safe distance from the removal site, reducing the risk from falling debris and missteps on scaffolding or ladders. They can also distance themselves from dust, especially in decontamination applications.

In addition, remote operation eliminates worker strain from the constant vibration of handheld tools. Reducing wear and tear on workers’ bodies helps prevent long- and short-term injuries that affect productivity. To further ensure safety when contractors remove hazardous material, Brokk provides an optional dust extraction system with the attachment to capture harmful particles.

With the addition of the optional tools, the BSG 530 can be used for surface preparation, creating a texture ideal for bonding new material. Brokk also offers optional tools for polishing concrete and natural stone on walls, ceilings and floors.

The BSG 530 has an operating weight of 230 kg with a length of 140 cm, a width of 64 cm and a height of 65 cm. The attachment is available in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America.