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How to choose the correct paint for your machinery

Choosing the correct machinery paint for your application can be a complicated decision and using the wrong product for the job can lead to a messy disaster!

Here at HTS, we supply two different types of machinery paints:

  • ACR Pro Touch-up paint is quick drying and requires no primer. Mid sheen finish
  • Pilot II paint has a longer drying time and requires a primer for best results. High Gloss finish.

ACR Pro Touch-up Paint – Quick drying semi-gloss machinery paint​​​​​​​:

  • Professional single coat Acrylic machinery paint
  • No primer needed – apply direct to metal
  • Quick drying – can take as little as 15 minutes to touch dry!
  • High build
  • High opacity • 50% gloss – perfect for matching in with older paintwork
  • Can be brushed, sprayed or rolled
  • Thin up to 15% for spraying
  • Use HTP0024 Industrial Thinners for thinning and cleaning
  • Available in 400ml Aerosol, 1L and 5L

Pilot II ProFinish Paint – High gloss machinery paint:

  • Professional Polyurethane topcoat panel solution
  • Gives an automotive quality finish
  • Conventional preparation – requires primer
  • Dries to a smooth high-gloss finish
  • Requires up to 3 hours drying time
  • Can be brushed, sprayed or rolled
  • Does not need to be thinned to be sprayed
  • Use HTP0226 Machinery Thinners for cleaning
  • Available in 1 litre and 5 litres

You can shop our range of machinery paints by clicking the button below, or download your free copy of our Machinery Paints & Accessories guide for more information!


Trench Rammer Vs Compaction Plate

Have you ever filled in a hole and come back the next day to find a sunken area where your previously levelled ground was? If so, you probably learned a valuable lesson that day, compacting correctly is key. But you may not know how to go about choosing the right tool for the job and what the tools even are?

Trench rammers are better for clay soils and smaller areas. They compact the soil through impact. Plate compactors are best for gravel, sand or silt and larger areas and compact through vibration. Consider your soil type and size of the job when choosing a trench rammer vs plate compacter.

Trench rammer vs plate compacters

Trench rammers are stronger and will compact deeper with clay soils but can’t be used with granular soils. Plate compacters are not as strong but can be used on larger areas and can also be used on all soils.

Like with most things in life, there cannot be a simple answer to this question but it is clear that plate compactor, also known as vibratory plates, are more versatile than rammers – which are also known as Jumping Jacks. You will have to first determine what soil you are working with and the size of your job before you will be able to know which compacting tool you should have. If you are going to be doing a multitude of different jobs, the best thing you can do for yourself and the people working with you is to get both. The time you save by using the right tool will pay you back tenfold.

We are at Hillhead 2022!

Following the success of previous shows, this year, HTS Plant will be present at Hillhead 2022 in June on stand RC22 alongside our sister company’s, HTS Spares & Holm Filters.

All visitors to our stand will get the first look at HTS Spares new products in action and see the live demonstrations and exclusive offers available. In addition to this, we will also be offering all visitors to the stand a chance to take part in our darts game in which all participants are GUARANTEED to win a prize!

We look forward to meeting with both existing customers and potential new customers!

Hillhead 2022 will take place on the following dates at Hillhead Quarry in Buxton, Derbyshire:

  • Tuesday 21 June 2022: 08:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 22 June 2022: 08:30 – 18:00
  • Thursday 23 June 2022: 08:30 – 16:30

Three days of live demonstrations, over 600 exhibitors and thousands of products for the quarrying, construction, and recycling industries.

Held in a limestone quarry, Hillhead has maintained its reputation as the UK’s largest quarrying exhibition, welcoming 20,000 visitors from across the world who come to experience the show’s unique atmosphere, meet suppliers, and see the latest equipment, products, and services on offer.

Spoke to Jeremy at HTS Plant on Monday morning about a generator they had in stock agreed a deal, arrived onsite Tuesday lunchtime "excellent service" Hard to find likeminded honest genuine company’s these days HTS are spot on. Jeremy even took the time to phone making sure everything was ok.
Paul B, Developer in Asselby