Forum Title: Commercial Ceramic Tile On Concrete Slab Removal
This is only my second post, I have used this site both for questions I have had in the field and as a starting point for research with my work in school. I am a commercial superintendent here in Denver and we are demo-ing a restaurant in a retail/office building. The original ceramic tile in the kitchen and bar areas is hard-as-rock tile on concrete slab. I had my guys remove the tile in the two bar areas with hammer drills and 1 1/2'' bits from Bosch. I couldn't believe that Hilti wanted $204.61 for their 4 flex chisel bit? Anyways, the decision was made today to remove the rest of the tile (in addition to the bar areas we previously removed) and I was wondering, I know there is no EASY way, but I am looking for the most effective way to remove the tile and thinset/grout from the concrete slab. I searched the site and found some other posts dealing with small areas of ceramic tile, namely in entry ways and bathrooms, but the area I have to deal with is over 400SF. And as an added bonus, because this is an occupied building and we are right above a parking garage, the work has to be done after-hours.
Category: Tile Post By: ARMANDO ROBBINS (Moreno Valley, CA), 02/23/2019

There are machines around. Some of them are even rideable. For only 400 square feet however I would suggest the EDCO chipper. It is an air powered/stand-up-and-use demolition tool. Should be able to rent one. Removing the tile and the thinset are generally two differnt tasks. No one-tool will usually do it all. After chipping up the tile the floor can then be ground down smooth. Again, EDCO makes machines to do that also. I would suggest their carbide toothed rotating grinder. No, I don't work for EDCO and yes, there are other tool makers that have similar tools. My experience with the EDCO tools has been good over the years.

- Lesley Ford (West Palm Beach, FL), 04/06/2019

I saw The Terminator as a ride along machine but there is a possible weight problem as it is over 2700 LBS. I had trouble getting clearance from the structural engineer for a small scissor lift and that weighs 2500 LBS and the weight is more spread out. I was looking into the air chisels. Will have to let you know what route we go. Thanks man, I appreciate it.

- JOAN MORGAN (Oceanside, CA), 04/09/2019

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