Electric Groover Comparison and Evolution

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Since the beginning of floor heat welding, installers have been looking for a better way to groove the seams. They were looking for a solution to make the process faster and more effective. After some engineering, the electric groover was created. The electric groover is known for its obvious benefits of being able to power through any situation easily. This power allowed you to groove any surface in one pass. In a time when sheet flooring was tough and durable, the electric groover proved to be the most effective way to groove any surface.

However, it wasn’t long before problems began to rise around the electric groover. Aside from the weight and size- many installers began noticing imperfections in the design of the machine.

Electricity

Due to the overpowered motor, it is very easy for the electric groover to cut outside of the seam. Even a minor error can result in a major issue. The power of the electric groover isn’t very forgiving. If you are grooving on an uneven surface, it is likely that your blade can hit the ground and wear out your blade. While on the job it is also necessary to have an electric power cord to run the electric groover. Without access to a power cord or electricity – your electric groover does not work. This adds another element to your work site and something to take into account before every job.

Dust

The electric groover is so powerful that it emits an excessive amount of dust while grooving. Installers are forced to use a dust collection bag during the process. These dust collection bags are easy to misplace and some installers are forced to use their machines without them. The dust that the electric groover produces causes fire systems to go off and it is also the reason many occupied hospitals do not allow them around patients.

Noise

The electric groover is very good at sawing grooves into the seam but the noise it produces can cause a problem. It requires protective gear over your ears before using. Many hospitals and working buildings discourage the use of electric groovers because it might disrupt occupants especially patients currently in a hospital for care. Noise is certainly a normal part of a construction environment but it can definitely cause issues in certain situations.

While these issues may not bother everyone, it’s hard to deny that an alternative or upgrade would be better. The question is – how much better are these alternatives? Is it worth it? We decided to create a video so you could see the differences for yourself.

We are all certainly grateful for the advancements the electric groover has brought us as installers but it was only the beginning. After years of research and development – push groovers such as the Master Turbo Groover and the Marmo Groovers have picked up where the electric groover left off in terms of design. How have they done this?

Ease of use

With great power comes a need for great precision. While the electric groover forces you to be extra careful to prevent a disaster on the job. Turbo’s Master Turbo Groover and Marmo Groovers are far more forgiving and easier to use. As seen in the video, lay the tool flat on the ground, adjust the blade to the depth you need, and simply push. As long as the tool is flat, you can groove as fast as you can crawl. No worries about going too fast or jumping off the seam or going too slow. Go at your speed and the tool will do the rest and groove at the best angel every time.

Shapes and designs

The electric groover can only groove in straight lines. This forces the installer to use a hand groover whenever they’re tasked with shapes or designs in a project. But why invest so much money in a groover if you can’t use it for such a crucial task? Turbo Groovers can groove shapes, serpentine, designs, etc. with ease. The video above has a couple of examples.

No electricity

No electricity means no long electrical cord taking up space while you’re working. You don’t have to worry about where to plug the groover in or whether there’s a power source near you. It also means that you’re not using an overwhelming amount of power towards grooving. Turbo strongly believes that using that much power to cut a seam is unnecessary when the groover is designed properly.

Light weight

You can see the difference in the video. The Master Turbo Groover easily fits in any tool box and you can carry it around in your tool pouch for ease of use. Hard to say the same for the Electric Groover.

Wall to wall

The ability to groove wall to wall without any extra tools is a huge difference. The electric groover forces you to finish the grooves near walls with a hand groover. The Turbo Groovers can groove from wall to wall with absolutely no problems. It’s specifically built to avoid having to use another tool to finish the grooving process.

Warranty

Finally, all of the Turbo tools have a Lifetime Warranty which insures that you won’t have to make yearly investments on the same tool. This is the only warranty of its kind in the industry. We’re that confident in our tools and our mission.

We hope this article was informative on what sort of differences you can expect to see from an electric groover and a Master Turbo Groover. We know that this decision can be tough. Whether you’re purchasing for the first time or wondering whether to upgrade or not, it’s important to have as much information as possible. If you feel we missed anything or have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Send us an email at info@turboheatweldingtools.com and we’ll be sure to respond ASAP.