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Mortar rake starter kits vs. individual mortar rakes

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Different types of mortar rake are available for different power tools. Likewise; there are different accessories for power tools and mortar rakes. Mortar rakes can be bought as part of a starter kit or individually. Which to choose is looked at in closer detail below.

Mortar raking starter kits

Mortar raking starter kits are designed to aid you in the removal of mortar. The components of a mortar raking starter kit are designed to fit onto your existing angle grinder and give you everything you need to get started.

From then on, all you should need to purchase are the replacement mortar rakes. Whether you need to do this will depend upon the extent of the work that you intend to carry out.

Mortar raking starter kits are designed to help users with depth control, dust removal and raking guidance - and include the mortar rakes needed. A starter kit is an investment; however, if you're new to mortar raking and have a substantial area of mortar to rake, it may be well worth your time to invest in such a kit. Mortar raking starter kits are designed to help users with depth control, dust removal and raking guidance – and include one or two mortar rakes to get you started.

What does a starter kit include?

The aluminium rings that are included in a starter kit are designed to fit over the wheel collar guard, over which the sole plate fits.

Aluminium rings

The aluminium rings are included in a starter kit and are designed to fit over the wheel collar guard of your angle grinder, over which the sole plate fits.

 The sole plate has a number of functions that make it useful to mortar raking: You can set the depth of the sole plate so that you will hit the square base of the sole plate when you've reached the set depth required.

Sole plate

The sole plate has a number of functions that make it useful for mortar raking. For instance, you can set the depth of the sole plate so that when you hit its square base, you know you’ve reached the set depth required.

The sole plate's main body encases the mortar rake and channels toward the outlet pipe and dust extraction unit. The sole plate’s main body encases the mortar rake and channels dust/debris toward the outlet pipe and dust extraction unit.
The sole plate has indicators on it that show where it is the mortar rake will be raking. It also has indicators on it that show exactly where the mortar rake will be raking.
Attach a dust extraction unit to the outlet pipe that attaches to the sole plate: A dust extraction unit removes the mortar from the area being worked on and into a hoover. This means the area is kept clear of debris and you can see the area you are working on more clearly.

Dust extraction

A dust extraction unit can be fitted to the outlet pipe of the sole plate. This unit removes the mortar from the area being worked on and into a vacuum.

This means the area is kept clear of debris and can be seen more clearly when working.

Individual mortar rakes

The price of individual mortar rakes varies considerably, depending on the material the mortar rake is made from and its size. Better quality materials tend to be more expensive The price of individual mortar rakes varies considerably, depending on the material the mortar rake is made from and its size.

Mortar rakes made out of better quality materials like tungsten carbide, or those that are coated with diamond, tend to last longer and be more expensive.

Mortar rakes are designed to either cut out or grind through mortar; as a result, mortar rakes themselves are designed to wear down with use and should be replaced when they are no longer working as efficiently. Mortar rakes are designed to either cut out or grind through mortar; as a result, mortar rakes themselves will wear down with use and should be replaced when they are no longer working as efficiently.
  How you fit your mortar rake will depend on which mortar rake you’re choosing and which power tool you’re using!

Which do I choose?

Starter kit or individual purchases

Weigh up the costs

Buying a starter kit will initially cost more, but could save money in the long term as you will only need to buy all the necessary parts once.

Starter kit includes every piece needed to complete the task A starter kit will include everything that you require to get started straight away with mortar raking.
Hex insert, incorrect fitting, threaded insert, correct fitting, threaded adapter insert Buying all the parts individually may cost more and there is a chance that there maybe slight variation in the fittings (e.g. threads) between brands so they wont work together.
The kit may not contain the correct size mortar rake

Sizing

The disadvantage of buying a starter kit is it may not contain a mortar rake of the correct size needed for the job.

Extra size purchase So you would need to buy the kit and then an additional mortar rake of the correct size, which together would  cost more initially. However, you may well use the other mortar rakes in the future.