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Discuss Removing grout - mechanically? in the Professional Tiler Chat at Tile Talk Australia; Does anyone know of or have experience with a mechanical/powered way of removing grout (appart from a diamond blade in grinder)? I have a large area approx 90m2 that needs ...
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    Does anyone know of or have experience with a mechanical/powered way of removing grout (appart from a diamond blade in grinder)? I have a large area approx 90m2 that needs to be regrouted. The grout is quite soft (hence the need for a regrout), but the tiles are a polished porcelain and the joints do vary in size a bit, (from 1.5mm to say 4mm). I need to use something that will not damage/chip the porcelain and be as dust free as possible. (The area is an internal foyer). Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    Hi Tilermatt,

    Thats a big area to scrape out!! I once had a problem in the UK when the grout i used got contaminated and was discoloured. I bought a product from filachim called grout residue remover(extra strong) and when i put it into the grout it foamed up and completely softened the grout to scrape out. I am not sure where you could buy it here but it may help.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    Hiya matt...

    I have a fein machine and it has a grout removal blade and will be fine for soft grout removal...

    YouTube - Fein Multimaster Segmented Carbide Grout Blade & Rasp

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    Hi Dave,
    Checked out tohe Fein Multimaster. Looks good. Also found Bosch has a version of the same tool, both corded and cordless.
    PMF 180E
    http://www.bosch-do-it.com.au/boptocs2-au/Product.jsp?country=AU〈=en&division=hw&ccat_id=952 26&object_id=14153
    Cordless multicutter.
    http://www.bosch-pt.com.au/boptocs2-au/Category.jsp;jsessionid=B31B15288942EF9A2F65235B60 781AB7.worker1?country=AU〈=en&division=gw&ccat_id= 125964

    Any opinions on the Bosch range?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    I have both matt...the bosh pmf180 is a diy tool where as the fein is a pro tool...but bosch have jst brought out the cordless pro version..but the thing is cordless is the life span of batteries when doing large area's, where as a corded you can go on as long as you like..

    I have also found another tool to look at..The grout grabber..

    YouTube - Grout Grabber Grout Removal Tool

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    Thanks again Dave. I was wondering about the cordless option battery life. But I figure if you have a second battery on charge with only 30 mins to fully charge you could keep going as long as you want.

    I also so that DTA have a saw for use with the "Grout Grabber".

    Just noticed that Trade Tools Direct hree in Brisbane have a special on a cordless multi tool this week. I'm going to check it out for specs this week.

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    Ok..let us know how you get on....and yes spare batteries would be a help with the cordless ones..

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    Bought the cordless multi-tool from Trade Tools Direct and so far have been happy with it. TradeTools Direct - Serious Tools...Seriously Discounted!

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    I use the Bosch in here in the UK, as you may know they work by vibration (as opposed to a sawing/cutting action), a useful tool to have with you, i use mine mainly for undercutting door architraves or kitchen unit mouldings, etc.
    The new Fein is far superior though with quick release blades, etc, check it out online

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    Default Re: Removing grout - mechanically?

    They work by Oscillation.. sometimes referred to as vibration..

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