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ICAN/ATEX: What is the difference between a burnisher and a floor machine?

December 13, 2012

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Is the difference between a burnisher and a regular floor machine (buffer), just revolutions per minute RPM?

Thursday’s Answer:

Yes, and the fact that each machine is used for different procedures.

burnisherA standard rotary floor machine operates at 175 RPM.

Some may run at higher speeds of up to 1,250 RPM.

A burnisher runs at 1,500 to 2,500 RPM (as defined in Institue of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses).

The standard rotary machine … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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