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ICAN/ATEX: What is the difference between rotary disk and cylindrical cleaning heads?

April 23, 2013

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I am planning to buy a new auto scrubber and need to know the pros and cons of rotary disk versus cylindrical cleaning heads.

I don’t have time to burnish, so I want the scrubber that will keep my floors looking their best.

I also need to do the top scrubbing and stripping as quickly as possible, and am not sure which head will do this best.

Tuesday’s Answer:

The cylindrical brush machines are great for uneven surfaces and floors with grout lines.

The disc (pad) machines work well on smooth surfaces and will save time in open areas.

I would remind you that stripping is messy and the cleanup on an auto scrubber is far more difficult than with a single disc rotary machine and wet vac.

I would imagine that a cylindrical brush machine to be a particular nightmare.

In fact, I would be surprised if that machine was even recommended for stripping.

Since the actual contact area … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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