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Q.We cut grooves in concrete 1.6 inches apart. Why?
A.Because independent research has proved that this spacing ensures that the pressure points on a cows foot are always on grooves, space the lines furtherapart and a cows foot does not have as much grip.                                                          Picture

Q.We cut grooves in both directions to leave squares on the surface. Why?
A.Grooves that cross the path of a cow give about 50% more grip than grooves in line with the cows movement.

Q.Wont the grooves just fill up with muck?
A.Grooves are V shaped therefore muck will not become compacted in them. Wet muck acts as a lubricant on your smooth concrete, with the concrete grooved the cows foot feels the groove through the muck. If muck is allowed to dry on the grooves then because of their V shape the next time the area becomes wet the grooves will clean out.

Q.How long will grooving last?
A.This will depend on a number of factors such as how much wear the area gets and how hard the concrete is, but as a rule of thumb grooving should have an effective life of between 6 and 8 years, after this time the grooves will still look OK but the sharp edge that was made when the grooving was first done has now started to round off. As the edge looses its sharpness so the grip will fade. At this time we recommend that the grooving is renewed.

Q.How long will my job take?
A.Surface Technicians will use the most modern machines on your job. These work at rate of about 40 to 50 square yards of finished work per hour, per machine. Virtually all jobs can be completed between milkings.

Q.What sort of machine do you use and what actually does the cutting?A.The Machines we use are the largest pedestrian operated machines

on the market. They are manufactured in Switzerland and we have the cutting tools made especially for us in Germany. The machines cut ten lines at a time and use five or six pointed tungsten cutters, six cutters cutting each line.                                                                               Picture