The standard janitorial suite of industrial cleaning equipment includes a good heavy-duty floor buffer. The janitorial supply industry is mature, and there are many choices for commercial machinery. A good floor buffer will leave its operators feeling tired but relaxed at the end of a long shift of scrubbing away scuff marks, soft drink spills and other grimy messes.
A bad floor buffer will leave its operators feeling as if they have been wrestling all day with a mean-spirited alligator. There is no reason to settle for poorly designed equipment that makes a workday less than pleasant. The following features add much value to a floor buffer meant for heavy use in industrial settings.
Alloy Metal Construction
Too many manufacturers who are overly eager to shave off a few pennies here and perhaps an entire dime there will skimp on materials costs by using cheaper plastic parts that have been chromed to make them appear metallic. These chromed parts may look good at first, but eventually, the chroming will flake away, and the parts will wear out or simply break faster than their alloy counterparts.
A cheaply-made floor buffer will also begin to shimmy and shake after some wear as if it is just plain done with it all and wants to rest forever in a junkyard. A floor buffer solidly constructed with high-quality metal alloys will hold up much better. Stainless steel handles and housings, as well as bronze gears, will cost a little more, for example, but they will wear out far more slowly. Quality materials are a better investment.
Easily Exchangeable Pads and Brushes
Different floor materials require different pads and brushes for best effects. A wooden floor needs considerably gentler treatment than a hard tile floor. It can be remarkably wearying to have to fiddle constantly with complex procedures for changing consumable parts. A design that allows explicitly for quick brush or pad changes will be far more pleasant to use on a daily basis, with considerably less twisting around and barked knuckles.
Foot-Operated On-Off Switch
An underrated feature is the ability to merely kick the floor buffer to shut it off or turn it on. This allows faster switching back and forth from the floor buffer to spot cleaning and other tasks that arise during regular rounds. When it is necessary to perform the same mechanical task tens of thousands of times, even a small difference like this can loom large in operator satisfaction.
Capacious Tool Holder
Lugging around extra tools and cleaning supplies is a royal pain. It is more convenient for the floor buffer itself to carry them. The floor buffer already slides around in front of the operator, so it might as well be made to do the donkey work. Look for a model that will lug around a jug of cleaning supplies and hold nozzles, hoses, brushes and whatnot. There is no excuse for not adding the extra hooks and fasteners during the manufacturing of what is meant to be a truly useful piece of machinery.
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