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ICAN/ATEX: How do I 'heel' a swing machine?

October 29, 2012

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Monday’s Question:

Can you send a procedure for the proper method to "heel" a swing machine?

Can you provide me the name of a swing machine/floor scrubber that has an operating manual that addresses how to use the machine to "heel?"

Can you provide me the name of a machine that will remove stubborn marks, scuff marks in vinyl composition tile (VCT) and vinyl flooring?

Monday’s Answer:

Here is a sound definition of heeling from Coastwide Labs: www.coastwidelabs.com/Technical%20Articles/hardcare.htm.

Heeling - Technique of applying pressure to the edge of a floor machine and pad to remove stubborn marks and scuffs. Care should be taken to avoid burning or damaging the floor surface when using this technique. This should only be done when using machines with 175 revolutions per minute (RPM) or less.

Here is my procedure for heeling.

  1. Have the proper pad or brush in place on the correct machine for the operation you are performing.
  2. Using the basic handle movement of raise-right, lower-left to control machine motion, move the machine to the spot needing the additional pressure and friction created by heeling.
  3. Since the pressure is going to be on one of the  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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