Reasons to invest in a Continuous Flow System for drywall finishing
Investing in the right drywall finishing tools is useful. Simple tools, like a robust skimming blade or battery-powered loading pump, can make a big difference. But what about larger automation tools, like a CFS (Continuous Flow System)? Find out when to consider investing in one.
Tools for drywall finishing automation are widely available, but which investment really makes a difference? To put it simply, anything that enhances the quality and speed of work and/or reduces fatigue. You can start small, and invest in handy tools like automatic boxes, blades, or manual pumps to connect to your ATF (automatic taping and finishing) tools. Or you can go a step further by investing in more automated tools like a battery-powered PowerFillTM loading pump to really reduce fatigue and increase speed of work. A Continuous Flow System (CFS) is the next level up, and comes at a higher investment. But at what point would your business benefit from using a CFS?
What is a Continuous Flow System or CFS for drywall finishing?
A CFS consists of a strong pump that supplies a continuous flow of joint compound. It has a large integrated hopper that holds about 95 liters and an airtight lid to preserve compound overnight. A CFS can be connected to and fill ATF tools continuously and automatically. So you can forget about all those refills you normally do throughout the day. Of course, this kind of equipment is not meant for the occasional small-surface drywall finisher. But when do you know it is worth considering a CFS?
When should you consider investing in a Continous Flow System?
- You want to finish drywall much easier and faster
A CFS is meant for drywall finishers who work on medium to large projects on a daily basis. If you need to get more finishing done but don’t have enough time or staff, consider a CFS. It boosts productivity by 75% compared to manual drywall finishing. It also substantially reduces fatigue and the risk of injuries, as no more bending or manual pumping are needed. The taping and finishing in itself is also easier as there is no longer any need for all those refills.
- You want to take on larger drywall finishing jobs
Maybe you are considering expanding your business to larger and more frequent jobs, but you work alone or in a small team. On top of that, you and your workers suffer fatigue and frequent injuries. You cannot buy more time in a day, or take more breaks. But you can invest in speed and reduce fatigue by using a CFS. It enables one-person businesses or small teams to take on those larger projects without needing to invest in extra staff. A CFS doesn’t suffer from fatigue or injuries, and it works more quickly than your best manual team, so you can rely on it to expand your business in a profitable way.
CFS can give your drywall finishing business the boost it needs
Make a balanced consideration. Look critically at the needs of your business in terms of ease and speed of work, fatigue and injury issues, and the plans you have to take on more work or other levels of finishing. Calculate what profit you can make by having more time and finishing larger surfaces with less trouble. At the end of the day, you will know whether the investment is worth it. If you’re still in doubt, consider renting CFS equipment at first, to get a better feel of how it works for you and what financial and other benefits it brings. We have no doubt you will soon be convinced.
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