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New Bona Portable DCS 2.0 

The Bona Portable DCS 2.0 uses a Longopac system (continuous bag) to collect dust. This system eliminates the need to expose the collected dust to the job site when emptying the bag. GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality.

  • Extremely portable and easy to use
  • Complete unit weighs less than 110 pounds
  • Large, non-marketing, locking wheels
  • Clear dust collection barrel and filter gauge make it easy to know when the unit is full and/or when it is time to clean the filter
  • Robust dolly system allows easy loading of the unit by one person
  • Flexible, non-marking, crush proof, anti-static hose equipped with positive locking adaptors are standard

Floor Feature

The Bona FlexiSand Power Drive is now utilized by hundreds of contractors in the field. Why?  It may be for the powerful 230v, 2.6 HP motor that provides an extremely flat floor. Or, it may be direction-free sanding and potential to only cut once with the belt machine. Who doesn’t want to reduce edging time by 50-80%? There are dozens of different sanding sequences and techniques to use this breakthrough machine. In some cases, the Bona Power Drive completely replaces the drum machine. In others, a floor may only require one cut with the big machine, and the Power Drive takes it from there. 

 

Bona Certified Craftsman, Marcin Zyskowski, has found his preferred process for natural floors that leaves the best scratch pattern each and every time. Here is the sequence:

 

  • First cut – Belt Sander, Bona Green Belts – 50 grit
  • Second cut – Bona Powerdrive, Bona Blue 6” 80 grit discs
  • Final cut – Bona Powerdrive, Bona Black 6” 120 grit discs

 

As a BCCP member, Marcin has been trained and tested by Bona to become part of a growing network of high quality hardwood professionals throughout the country. He has access to continued training and exclusive sales and marketing tools, and Euro Floors is listed on Bona’s contractor locator. Bona Certified Craftsmen also are involved in field testing new products, like the Bona PowerDrive. Our industry continues to mold and change, and innovative new products and sales support are at the top of Bona’s mind. 

 

 

Trend Report

More housing units are being occupied, and that dictates a strengthening market in 2016. Higher mortgage rates will eventually take their toll as well. In 2017, housing construction will continue to increase and home prices will rise.

 

The number of housing units actually occupied increased by two million units in 2015, and only 1.1 million new units were built. So, the additional 900,000 units occupied came from previously-vacant housing.

 

The new occupancy comes partly from population growth, but that only accounts for half the increased demand. The other half comes from adult children moving out of their parents’ basements, singles living without roommates now, and couples getting divorced. This pool of people setting up new households isn’t large enough for many years of growth, but it’s good enough for a year or two.

 

Mortgage interest rates will rise, partly due to the Federal Reserve’s tightening and partly because global demand for credit will increase faster than global supply of savings. Historical patterns show that in the first and sometimes second year of rising mortgage rates, housing starts continue to rise, fueled by strong economic growth. Eventually, though, higher interest rates prevent further improvement in the housing market, and sometimes a contraction. So long as new construction isn’t overdone in 2016, it should level off in late 2017 and 2018, not an outright decline.

 

Home prices should reflect this trend: up for 12 to 18 months, then flat for a year or two.

Source: Bill Conerly, Economist and Contributor for Forbes.com

 

Tech Tips & Tricks

Not only will this avoid potential cross-contamination between sealer and finish or sheens of finish, but using a seasoned applicator minimizes the "hairs and debris" more likely to shed off of a new applicator. Your final coat and happy customers will thank you! Keep your applicators clean and ready to go by rinsing thoroughly after each job and storing in a labeled, gallon or 2-gallon plastic baggy or plastic food tote (Tupperware). If you won't be using a particular applicator for an extended period of time, pop it in the freezer. Freezing will inhibit mold and mildew from growing and keeps your applicators fresher, longer.

 

Industry Events

NWFA Recap

During the week of April 25th Bona unveiled a newly designed booth at NWFA’s annual Wood Flooring Expo in Charlotte, NC. The booth highlighted our innovative, new products, such as the Bona Portable Dust Containment System 2.0 that harnesses a two motor system to provide the ultimate in dust containment with increased power and performance. Also highlighted was Bona’s new DriFast Stain Collection. With four inspiring collections that include 26 unique colors, Bona can now offer the perfect color for any hardwood floor. We hope to see you next year in Phoenix!

 

BCCP Monroe Event

Prior to the NWFA Wood Flooring Expo, Bona held an event exclusively for members of the Certified Craftsman Program and valued distribution partners at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Monroe, NC. Attendees had the chance to demo new and innovative products, meet face-to-face with our expert marketing team to receive BCCP sales tools and online support, tour the production line and sit in on class room style presentations. More than 175 partners attended, making the event a huge success for business inspiration and learning.

 

Bona Sand and Finish Schools

Each year Bona provides 4-day sand and finish schools throughout all months. We have six locations across the nation, including one in Canada, featuring a unique training space for hardwood industry professionals. Each facility mirrors an actual jobsite and offers the same challenges a contractor would face in order to maximize the training purposes. Learn more and view a complete schedule here.