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How to Choose the Right Speed of Rotary Machine for Your Floorcare Needs

When it comes to maintaining the cleanliness and shine of your floors, the thought of choosing the right speed of a rotary machine might initially seem like a daunting task. With a spectrum of speeds to consider, it’s easy to get lost in the technicalities.

However, we’re here to assure you that making this crucial decision is simpler than you might think. In this blog post, we’ll unravel the mystery behind rotary machine speeds and guide you through the process of selecting the perfect one to meet your cleaning needs.

Picture the speed of rotary machines as a spectrum, with a low-speed zone at one end and a high-speed zone at the other. This spectrum represents how the different speeds of machines are more suitable a for different tasks.


TLDR: Generally speaking:

Slower speeds are ideal for deep scrubbing tasks, particularly if you want to add weights for deep scrubbing. – Never use a scrubbing brush on higher speed machines as this could damage the floor, the machine or both.
Higher speeds are are ideal for polishing tasks. Use a white or red floor pad only on higher machines and use only for floor polishing.


Low-Speed Rotary Machines (180 RPM)

At the lower end of the spectrum, we have machines like the Victor Trojan 17, operating at a modest 180 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute). These machines are the workhorses of specialist cleaning tasks. If you have delicate surfaces like stone that require careful restoration, these low-speed machines are your go-to option. They provide the precision and control needed for such tasks.

These machines are also perfect for heavy-duty scrubbing tasks in industrial settings. Whether it’s a warehouse with stubborn stains or a greasy workroom that needs a thorough cleaning, low-speed machines can handle the job effectively.


Standard Speed Rotary Machines (230 RPM)

Moving a bit further along the spectrum, we find standard-speed machines operating at around 230 RPM. These machines strike a balance between power and versatility. They are your reliable companions for periodic cleaning and routine scrubbing tasks.
What makes them even more versatile is their compatibility with various attachments. With the right tools, standard-speed machines can take on tasks like carpet cleaning, giving you a multifunctional cleaning solution.


High-Speed Rotary Machines (300 RPM)

Stepping up the speed ladder, we reach high-speed machines, clocking in at 300 RPM. These machines are all about spray cleaning and polishing tasks. If you’re looking for a machine to keep your floors consistently clean and shiny, high-speed is the way to go.
They are perfect for regular maintenance cleaning, and the best part is that they excel in spray cleaning. Just a fine mist of cleaning solution, and these machines will effortlessly restore the shine to your floors. Keeping your space clean and attractive has never been easier.


Burnishing Rotary Machines (1000 RPM+)

At the high end of the spectrum, we have the burnishing machines. These machines are like the superstars of the cleaning world when you need to build a high shine quickly. They are known for their ability to transform dull floors into glossy, reflective surfaces in no time.
But their utility doesn’t stop there. If you’ve applied floor seal or polish and need it to harden for high-traffic areas, burnishing machines are the go-to choice. They ensure that your floor seal or polish becomes durable, ready to withstand heavy use.


Multi Speed Rotary Machines (200 – 400 RPM)

If you find you need to scrub, deep clean and polish your floors on a regular basis, you might find a rotary machine with multiple speed settings idea for your needs. The Victor Multispeed features a variable speed motor, allowing the operative to switch between 200RPM and 400RPM, making it ideal for both cleaning (lower RPM) and polishing (Higher RPM), without the need to maintain multiple machines.


Understanding the spectrum of floor polishers and buffer speeds is the first step towards selecting the perfect rotary machine for your cleaning needs. Whether it’s precision for specialist jobs, versatility for standard cleaning, efficiency for daily maintenance, or the magic touch of high-speed burnishing, there’s a machine waiting to make your floors shine.

If you need help choosing the perfect commercial floorcare machine for your needs, give us a call on 0121 706 5771 or email [email protected]

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