Spray Foam Equipment Basics and Safety

Spray Foam Equipment Basics and Safety

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Are you looking for spray foam equipment for sale? Do you already own a spray foam rig but need some tips on how to use it safely? If so, I’ll give you the basics of what you need to look for in a good equipment rental, and how to use spray foam equipment as safely as possible.

What to Look For in Spray Foam Equipment for Sale

Whether you wish to purchase, or rent a spray foam rig, you need to know what to look out for. Used rigs can come with problems, and while it would be nice for sellers to disclose any issues, it is prudent to understand what to look for when purchasing a used machine.

  • Make sure to check the model number and serial code. Use them to check with your local equipment distributor to insure parts are still available for the model you’re purchasing.
  • Be sure and check the re-circulation hoses. If you hear any crunching sounds it can indicate isocyanates have crystallized in the heaters and manifold.
  • If the previous user utilized a larger aperture than the rig was meant to support, you’ll know the units proportioner has been overworked, and may be prone to failure sooner than you’d like.

The Different Types of Spray Foam Equipment for Sale.

When looking to purchase a machine, it is prudent to understand the different types.

  • Air driven machines are typically lower cost than others on the market, and require an air compressor to work. This can be nice if you already have a large compressor available to you. However, the output is lower than other options, which may mean upgrading if you plan on tackling large projects in the future.
  • Electric powered units are the most popular in use by professionals. Capable of delivering 20 to 30 lbs of material every minute, this makes them a perfect selection for residential and modest sized industrial projects. This type of rig can last anywhere from 7 to 10 years, giving it a modest life expectancy.
  • Hydraulic powered machines are the big boys of the industry. Capable of laying down 30 to 50 lbs of material in a minute, these are perfect for large commercial and industrial projects. They also require less rebuilding than the other models. Due to the hydraulic sprayers having a lower rate of cycling, they only require rebuilding every 1 to 2 years. Additionally, these machines have the longest life span, lasting anywhere from 10 to 12 years and up, if kept in good condition.
    • How Can I Use My Rig Effectively?

      I will advise, proper spray foam training is needed before attempting to use any type of spray foam equipment. Here, I will not give a step by step guide on how to use a rig, rather I will give a few tips on how you can be safe while doing so.

      • Spray insulation is only safe when you are following the right protective measures, and using the proper gear.
      • Spray polyurethane foam is toxic, and it can cause injury if inhaled or otherwise come in contact with. Make sure you know what to do if you are exposed, and have a safety plan in place, even though you hopefully won’t need it.
      • If exposure does occur, a few things you need to have handy are: an eyewash station, a first aid kit, and an up to code fire extinguisher.
      • To prevent exposure, make sure you have proper respiratory gear, eye and face protection, in addition to, personal protective clothing and resistant gloves. If the clothing you have is ill-fitting, it is not sufficient to protect you. Check and double check to insure you are completely covered and protected.

      If you are looking for spray foam equipment for sale, or you already own a rig, make sure you don’t neglect safety concerns, and always check to make sure your equipment is running smoothly and efficiently. If you are thinking of purchasing a used rig, be sure to double check for quality assurance, and before you get started on a project, I urge you to receive proper training before starting. Spray foam equipment is essential to construction, but it must always be used correctly and safely, and by a trained professional.

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