Purchasing Information: Walk Behind Floor Scrubbers
Walk behind floor scrubbers are heavy duty industrial cleaning machines that work to maintain a variety of hard surfaces such as vinyl, tile, stone, rubber, laminate and concrete. These machines offer a cost – effective alternative to other cleaning methods. A typical floor scrubber walk behind machine can cover in 10 minutes what a mop and broom cover in an hour. When purchasing a walk behind floor scrubber, consider multiple brands, models and dealers to determine which floor machine best suits your facility.
New vs. Used Walk Behind Floor Scrubbers
The price for new walk behind floor scrubbers ranges from about $1,500 to $14,000. New walk behind scrubbers offer the latest in scrubbing technology and are sold at retail value.
Used walk behind scrubbers are priced around $1,000 – $12,000, roughly 24% cheaper than even the newest models. Used walk behind scrubbers offer a more affordable option to new machines and are refurbished to perform like new.
1.) Electric: Electric walk behind scrubbers have the advantage of unlimited run time due to their continual connection to a power source. An obvious disadvantage of electric scrubbers is the fact that their reach is limited to the length of a power cord. However, electrical scrubbers are easy to maneuver due to their lightweight nature and also cost less than other fuel types.
2.) Battery: Battery powered walk behind floor scrubbers have high maneuverability since they operate without cords. When purchasing a battery-powered scrubber it is important to consider the length of the battery’s charge and the time it takes to recharge it. Battery powered machines measure efficiency in terms of the amount of square footage covered in one battery charge. Another type of battery is the gel battery. These batteries are equipped with new technology and a thick protective shell that is virtually leak-proof. Gel batteries are a safer battery option due to decreased likelihood of acid spills or gas emissions.
Walk behind floor scrubbers range in size between 15 and 36” and about 250- 900 lbs. Size is a crucial variable when buying a walk behind floor scrubber because the scrubber needs maximum efficiency for both large areas and narrow aisles. Weight is also significant because it affects the overall maneuverability of the machine.
Scrubber Operating Systems
Floor scrubber walk behind machines operate under two different operating systems: disk or cylindrical. Each system is better suited for a certain type of flooring although both machines have the ability to clean all types of hard floors.
1.) Disk System: Disk systems feature a large circular brush that is ideal for increasing floor shine and reducing scuffmarks. This system is able to handle great amounts of pressure, making it able to clean extremely dirty or uneven flooring. This system also has the ability to cover large surface areas and offers the benefits of low initial and maintenance costs.
2.) Cylindrical: Cylindrical systems feature longer, thinner brushes that sweep debris into a detachable tray while they simultaneously scrub the floor. This type of system works with a light amount of pressure, making it best for floors with a hard sealing or smooth surface. Cylindrical brushes also rotate faster than disk brushes, averaging at three times more rotations per minute. While these systems are initially more expensive, they can save the cost of an additional sweeper or combination machine.
While both operating systems will get the job done, they each have pros and cons. Some walk behind scrubbers host both operating systems to maximum efficiency.
Other Factors to Consider
Noise: Various scrubber models emit different levels of noises and should be considered if cleaning occurs during regular business hours.
Pressure Settings: Depending on the amount of residue, different amounts of pressure may be required (more pressure for greasy or oily areas, less pressure for delicate floor surfaces).
Moisture Settings: Some machines offer low moisture and deep cleaning modes to moderate water usage. Low moisture settings are environmentally friendly and gaining popularity with janitorial contractors.
ViziClean houses the largest inventory of new and used walk behind floor scrubbers in the United States and Canada. We carry all models of major brands such as Factory Cat, Power Boss, Nilsk Advance, Clarke, Tennant and more. After surveying your work environment, budget and cleaning application, our sales department can help you buy a floor scrubber for sale for your application. Call us today to get started: 877-676-7889.