Choosing the correct scrubber: Disc Scrubbers vs Cylindrical Scrubbers
Industrial floor scrubbers are commonly used to clean the hard surfaces of about every industry and public facility due to their environmental-friendly impact, ease of use, efficiency and productivity. Scrubbers feed a solution of water and chemicals from a storage tank onto the floor and scrub the surface. PowerBoss scrubbers have a connected squeegee, which suctions a hose onto the ground and removes the dirty solution. Its brushes sweep the floors providing a dry and safe surface in a single pass. However, there are two different types of scrubbers and each work in a variety of different applications, therefore, choosing the correct scrubber can make a difference for your company. Here are all the factors you should consider when deciding between disc scrubbers vs cylindrical scrubbers.
Cylindrical scrubbers feed water down the drip trough all the way to the scrub head. Two long, tube-shaped brushes follow, and the front brush turns forward while the rear brush turns backward. The second brush is capable of picking up small debris and throwing it into a hopper behind the scrub head, while the first brush scrubs. It’s typically turning at a faster rate than disc scrubbers, around 600-800 RPM.
Cylindrical scrubbers are ideal for cleaning uneven or rough floors and facilities with large amounts of debris, like wood shavings, metal, glass, or plastic filings. They are often used in industrial plants, manufacturing facilities, parking facilities and food/beverage processing plants.
What’s very important about cylindrical scrubbers is that they eliminate the need for pre-sweeping, which saves time, money and improves production. They tend to be more expensive than disc scrubbers but have a higher cost of ownership.
Benefits of Cylindrical Scrubbers
- Sweeps while scrubbing
- Dust free sweeping because of water
- Polishes sealed floors due to higher RPM
- RPM + 700
- Motor driven brushes
- Better cleaning of grooves and grout lines
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Disc scrubbers use two flat pads with brushes that rotate while water is dispensed in the center of each scrub to the floor. They generally feed the water down to the center of the two discs turning around 300 RPM. PowerBoss disc scrubbers also are capable of driving pad holders. Pad holders can be outfitted with abrasive scrubbing pads that are capable of doing everything from buffing a floor to stripping off old wax. In general, disc scrubbers apply more pressure to the ground and use less water than cylindrical scrubbers.
Disc scrubbers are ideal for cleaning flat and smooth floors, especially floors without debris. They are often used in facilities with pre-swept floors in industries such as retail, education, healthcare and other institutions.
What’s very important about disc scrubbers is that its versatility and cleaning performance on smooth floors provides lower solution flow rates, enabling bigger savings in labor, water and chemicals. However, they do tend to require sweeping prior to scrubbing.
Benefits of Disc Scrubbers
- Higher down pressure
- Good for removing thick build up
- Pad driver capability for polishing and buffing
- Average RPM around 300
- Gear driven brushes
- Gimble mounted for uneven floors
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