Floor Machines - Buffers, Burnishers & Scrubbers

Overview

Floor machines are in a category of cleaning machines that include buffers, burnishers, and scrubbers.

  • Buffers operate at 175-350 revolutions per minute (RPM) and are generally used to clean or strip wax off hard floors.
  • Burnishers operate at 1500-3000 RPM and are used to polish hard floors.
  • Scrubbers have a scrubbing head and are capable of dispense cleaning/striping solution and have a vacuum component. They can clean/strip and vacuum all in one pass.

To avoid damage to flooring it is important to know manufacturer recommended cleaning procedures. This will help with selection of the correct type of machine to use.

Decision-makers should review the following considerations.

  • Space: Area(s) where it will be used. Is the unit appropriate for the size of the space and will there be doorways, obstacles, or furniture to navigate?
  • Surfaces: Type of flooring the machine will be used on. Is the machine appropriate for the particular type of surface? Is it adaptable to different types of surfaces?
  • Users: The physical characteristics of the end-users. Is the unit adaptable to be used by different height users? 
  • Storage: The units will need to be stored somewhere. Is there storage space in an existing custodial closet?
  • Portability: The ease by which a user can get the equipment to the job site. Is there elevator access?
  • Maintenance: Ease of changing pads. Is a special tool needed for regular field and daily maintenance?
  • Power: Access to power. Units can be corded or battery-powered. Are there outlets available? Is the cord long enough? Is the battery capable of lasting the entire shift on a single charge?
  • Noise and Vibration: Are noise or vibration an issue where the unit will be used? Are equipment operators exposed to hand-arm or whole body vibration?
  • Testing and Feedback: Demo the product. What was the users’ feedback after testing the equipment in the work environment?

Buffers & Burnishers

Mfr
Model

Karcher
BDS 43/Duo C

Nilfisk-Advance
Venom 1715 & 2015

Karcher
Lightning BDS 50/2000 W

Karcher
Lightning 2000

Ergo Rating

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Photo

BDS 43 Duo C
Viper Venom 1715/2015
Lightning BDP 50 2000 W
Merit 2000 MB2000 Buffer Burnisher

Review

Unique all-surface unit for small to medium areas

Capable of cleaning virtually all types of surfaces.Unique dual action orbital technology. Pad driver rotates at 1725rpm while brush speed rotates at 80rpm. Adjustable handle for multiple height users. Handle folds down for ease of transportation and storage.

Good all-around buffer for small to medium areas

Low-speed Buffer (175rpm). Can access smaller areas with a range of 13” - 20” cleaning decks. Some areas may require multiple passes and therefore more work because of the low rpm. The unit may not be suitable for floors that require a higher rpm for “burnishing”.

Full-featured unit for small to large areas

A walk-behind unit with an auto adjustable burnishing head reduces having to make multiple passes and decreases user fatigue. 3-hour run-time and 20” pad size make this unit suitable for most jobs. 

Floating handle and stability

The floating handle adjusts to the operator's working height. Quad wheels stabilize when transporting.

UC Supplier

Waxie Waxie Waxie Waxie

Specs

Motor: 1.0 hp

Weight: 82 lbs

Brush Speed: 80 rpm

Cord: 75'

Cleaning Path: 17"

Wheels: 2 - 10"

Solution Tank: 3 gal

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: Yes ♠

Motor: 1.5 hp

Weight: 101 lbs / 109 lbs

Brush Speed: 175 rpm

Cord: 50'

Wheels: 2 - 5"

Cleaning Path: 17" / 20"

Solution Tank: Optional 2.5 gal

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Motor: 2.5 hp

Weight: 620 lbs

Brush Speed: 2000 rpm

Battery Life: 3 hr

Cleaning Path: 20"

Wheels: 2-8" front

Solution Tank: N/A

Brush Height Adj: Auto ♠

Height-Adj Handle: No

Motor: 1.7 hp

Weight: 81 lbs

Brush Speed: 2000 rpm

Cord: 75'

Wheels: 4 - 5"

Cleaning Path: 20"

Solution Tank: N/A

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Resources

BDS 43/Duo C Website

BDS 43/Duo C Fact Sheet

Venom 1715 & 2015 Website

Venom 1715 Website

Venom 1715 Brochure

Venom 2015 Brochure

Lightning BDP 50/2000 W Website

Lightning BDP 50/2000 W Brochure

Lightning 2000 Website

Lightning 2000 Brochure

 


Scrubbers


Mfr
Model

Advance
SC500

Karcher
Chariot 2
iScrub 20 Deluxe

Karcher
Chariot 2
iScrub 20

Nobles
MV-SS300-0006

Ergo Rating

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Photo

Nilfisk-Advance SC500
Karcher Chariot 2 iScrub 20 Deluxe
Karcher Chariot 2 iScrub 20
Nobles MV-SS300-0006

Review

Maneuverable in small spaces

Walk-behind with a vacuum that is maneuverable in smaller spaces and reduces fatigue. The large tank and 3.5 hour run time make it capable of taking on most tasks without having to empty/refill.

Full-featured unit for small to large areas

High capacity, easy to maneuver stand-on unit with a 48” turning radius. Has larger wheels for maneuverability. (Same as Chariot 2 iScrub 20)

Full-featured unit for small to large areas

High capacity, easy to maneuver stand-on unit with a 48” turning radius. Has smaller wheels for small areas. (Same as Chariot 2 iScrub 20 Delux) 

Good all-around scrubber

Walk-behind unit. Overall footprint and 20” cleaning path allow access to smaller spaces with less effort. 3.8 hour run time and large capacity tanks reduce the need to empty/refill tank which saves time and energy.

UC Supplier

Waxie Waxie Waxie Waxie

Specs

Motor: 450w

CFM: 100

Water Lift: 30"

Airwatt: 353

Weight: 300 lbs

Brush Speed: N/A

Battery Life: 3.5 hr

Cleaning Path: 20"

Wheels: 2 - 8" front

Solution Tank: 12 gal

Recovery Tank: 12 gal

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Motor: 0.63 hp

CFM: 72

Water Lift: 47.3"

Airwatt: 401

Weight: 605 lbs

Brush Speed: 180 rpm

Battery Life: 3.5 hr

Cleaning Path: 20"

Wheels: 2 - 8"

Solution Tank: 10 gal

Recovery Tank: 10 gal

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Motor: 0.63 hp

CFM: 72

Water Lift: 47.3"

Airwatt: 401

Weight: 605 lbs

Brush Speed: 180 rpm

Battery Life: 3.5 hr

Cleaning Path: 20"

Wheels: 2 - 6"

Solution Tank: 10 gal

Recovery Tank: 10 gal

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Motor: 0.5 hp

CFM: N/A

Water Lift: 34.5"

Airwatt: N/A

Weight: 400 lbs

Brush Speed: 230 rpm

Battery Life: 3.8 hr

Cleaning Path: 20"

Wheels: 2 - 6"

Solution Tank: 11 gal

Recovery Tank: 14 gal

Brush Height Adj: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Resources

SC500 Website

SC500 Brochure

Chariot 2 iScrub 20 Deluxe Website

Chariot 2 iScrub 20 Deluxe Brochure

Chariot 2 iScrub 20 Website

Chariot 2 iScrub 20 Brochure

MV-SS300-0006 Website

MV-SS300-0006 Brochure

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