Dan Carr

By: Dan Carr on August 9th, 2019

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Your Guide to the 5 Best Floor Burnishers of 2019

Floor burnishers are an important component of a complete floor care program in any facility with hard floors. Burnishers are high-speed floor machines used to polish or burnish hard floors, bringing back the floor’s original shine. Keeping your facility’s floors in top condition and looking great relies on a quality floor burnisher.

But, are all burnishers the same? No. Burnishers are offered with several different features including varying power sources, motors, cleaning path sizes, and more. 

So, how do you decide which one to purchase?

Below we breakdown the 5 best floor burnishers of 2019 to help you narrow down your choices:  

  1. Clarke Ultra Speed Pro® 1500DC 
  2. TASKI ®  ergodisc ® 1200 
  3. Advance ADVOLUTION™ 20XP 
  4. Advance BU800™
  5. NSS eForce®  
 

Clarke Ultra Speed Pro® 1500

TASKI ® erogodisc ® 1200

Advance ADVOLUTION™ 20XP

Advance BU800™

NSS eForce® 

Horsepower

1.5 hp

1.5 hp

1.5 hp

2.5 hp

3.6 hp

Pad Size 

20 inch

20 inch

20 inch

20 inch

27 inch

Pad Speed

1,500 rpm

1,200 rpm

2,000 rpm

2,000 rpm

1,500 - 1,700 rpm

Type

Walk-Behind

Walk-Behind

Walk-Behind 

Walk-Behind 

Ride-On

Weight 

88 lbs

92.5lbs

87 lbs 

551 lbs 

1,100 lbs

Power Source 

Cord-Electric

Cord-Electric

Cord-Electric

Battery Operated 

Battery Operated

Cord Length

50 ft 

82 ft

75 ft

n/a

n/a

Passive Dust Control 

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Motor 

Direct Drive

Belt Drive

Direct Drive

Direct Drive

Direct Drive

Sound / Noise Level

68 dBA

64 dBA

66.5 dBA

66.5 dBA

68 dBA

Cost

$

$$

$$$

$$$$

$$$$$

Warranty 

8 Years on Polydur Body

3 Year Parts 

2 Year Labor

2-year parts

8 Years on Polydur Body

3 Year Parts 

2 Year Labor

8 Years on Polydur Body

3 Year Parts 

2 Year Labor

3 Year warranty against defects in material and workmanship

Manufacturer

Nilfisk

TASKI/Diversey

Nilfisk

Nilfisk

NSS

1. Clarke Ultra Speed Pro® 1500 Burnisher

Clarke Ultra Speed Pro 1500 Commercial BurnisherManufactured by Nilfisk, this 20-inch walk-behind burnisher operates at 1,500rpm. This is the most cost-friendly burnisher but offers minimal features.

Power Source 

The burnisher is cord-electric with a 50ft yellow cord. 

Cord-electric burnishers have limitless runtime as long as they are plugged into an outlet. Cord-electric machines are good for relativity small areas. 

There are limitations to how long a power-cord can be because of the power it takes to power the motor and spin the floor pad. For use in larger areas, the cord will need to be moved from outlet to outlet which can be time-consuming and restrictive when outlets are not available.

Motor

The Ultra Speed Pro® 1500 burnisher has a direct drive motor. 

Pro Tip: Cord-electric burnishers can be either direct drive or belt-driven. Direct drive is where the motor is mounted directly above the pad driver. On belt-driven models the motor is offset and connected to the pad driver with a pulley system. Belt-driven units can require more maintenance than direct drive. Belts can become worn and slip, increasing the likelihood of machine downtime and lower worker productivity. 

Dust Control

This machine does not have dust control. Burnishers without dust control are more cost-effective to purchase initially, but you will spend more time on labor and cleaning supplies when having to dust mop or vacuum. 

Pad Pressure 

The operator controls the pressure on the pad. Floor burnishers that require manual adjustments allow for operator error, increased mistakes, and potential damage to your floor.

Pro Tip: More pad pressure does not mean more shine. Adjusting the pad pressure to create more downward pressure is not best practice. It can cause damage to your facility’s floor and shorten the useful life of your machine.

 

2. TASKI® ergodisc® 1200 Burnisher

Taski ergodisc 1200 Commercial BufferThis is a 1200 rpm walk-behind burnisher manufactured by TASKI®. Although it is not best practice, this machine is especially suited for spray buffing and cleaning. 

Power Source

This is a cord electric burnisher with a cord length of 82 ft. This machine has the longest power cord of the corded buffer options.

Motor

This floor burnisher is equipped with a belt drive motor. Belts are prone to slipping and stretching which can require more maintenance and machine downtime. They are typically quieter to help minimize interruptions during daytime cleaning procedures. 

Dust Control 

This floor burnisher is not equipped with dust control. Dust control is more expensive, but it saves workers the time they would otherwise be using to complete dust mopping procedures. 

Pad Pressure

The ergodisc® provides full pad to floor contact. The floating pad drive gives a constant working pressure and enables the machine to be used on uneven floors.

This burnisher is the only option to offer direct solution distribution.  The cleaning solution/spray buff is distributed by an electrical spray unit. The spray buff solution is dispensed through the center of the pad, allowing the whole surface of the pad to be evenly wet. This buffer is primarily used for spray buffing or cleaning but this is no longer best practice (even though some facilities still practice this today).

 

3. Advance Advolution™ 20XP Burnisher

Advance Advolution 20XP Electric Cord BurnisherManufactured by Nilfisk, the Advolution™ 20XP is a 20-inch walk-behind floor burnisher that runs at 2,000 rotations per minute (rpm). This burnisher operates at the highest speed when compared to the other 20-inch floor burnisher options.

Power Source 

This is a cord-electric machine with a 75-foot power cord. Cord-electric machines are less productive than battery operated machines. Cords will require the operator to maneuver around the cord, ensuring they do not run over it. Cords will also have to be moved from outlet to outlet.

Motor

This is a direct drive floor burnisher. Direct drive motors require less maintenance over their lifetime. They do not have any belts to wear down, extending the life expectancy of the machine. 

Dust Control 

Advolution™ 20XP is equipped with the passive dust control feature. 

This burnisher has a wrap-around skirt that tightly seals to the floor with small airflow openings that control dust. Powerful suction collects burnishing dust in the unit’s dual-port dust bag, providing total dust control for improved indoor air quality (IAQ).  

The dust control feature allows for increased productivity by eliminating the need for dust mopping after burnishing. Dust control also protects the health of the operators and facility occupants. 

Pad Pressure 

ADVOLUTION™ 20XP uses a patented gas spring technology that precisely regulates the pad pressure for a maximum shine on hard floor surfaces. 

 

4. Advance BU800™ Burnisher

Advance BU800 Battery Powered BurnisherThe Advance BU800™ Burnisher is a 20-inch walk-behind floor burnisher is manufactured by Nilfisk that runs at 2,000 rotations per minute (rpm). This is the most productive 20-inch walk-behind burnisher option 

Power Source 

This is a battery operated machine. Battery operated burnishers can increase productivity by up to 30% when compared to cord-electric burnishers. Battery operated floor burnishers eliminate the need for the operator to have to plug and move cords into a new outlet.  

Motor

It is available in traction or pad drive. Traction drive has two motors, one for driving/directing the machine and one for controlling the pad. Traction drive is more ergonomic for the operator. 

Dust Control 

This burnisher is equipped with a dust control feature. 

Dust control allows for increased worker productivity by eliminating the need for dust mopping after burnishing. Dust control also protects the health of the operators and facility occupants. 

If you are interested in LEED certification for your establishment, you can increase your facility’s LEED score by using a burnisher with a dust control system. Dust control will help maintain a certain level of indoor air quality (IAQ).

Pad Pressure 

Advance BU800™ Burnisher uses a self-regulating pad technology that manages the pad pressure for a maximum shine on hard floor surfaces. The self-adjusting pad pressure ensures that the optimal power is applied to the pad driver. This eliminates the need to make any changes to the settings. This feature reduces operator error and potential damage to floors. 

 

5. NSS eForce® Burnisher

NSS eForce Ride-On Burnisher with Wet BatteriesThis is a ride-on floor burnisher that operates between 1,500 and 1,700 rpm. Ride-on burnishers perform the same tasks as traditional burnishers but allow the operator to sit on the machine and maneuver it with hand controls. The ride-on feature helps reduce operator fatigue for increased productivity.

This machine is practical for areas larger than 2,000 square feet where smaller burnishers would be inefficient. The eforce® has a 27-inch cleaning path to help cover more ground in the same amount of time when compared to a 20-inch burnisher. 

This is the most expensive burnisher. 

Power Source 

This burnisher uses six, 6-volt 430 AH batteries which provide up to 3 hours of continuous run time. Battery operated burnishers are great for facilities that require a burnisher to reach beyond where a cord is capable of reaching. 

Battery operated burnishers also provide increased productivity.  They eliminate the need for the operator to plug in and move cords to a new outlet. 

Motor

This burnisher has a dual motor. One motor drives the pad and the other motor drives the wheels. Dual motors are more expensive but are more ergonomic for the operator. Dual motors can be set to drive which help increase worker productivity.

Dust Control

This machine has a NSS Vac-Trac dust collection system on the burnishing head of the machine. The filter collects 95% of dust particles at .3 microns and more.

If your facility is interested in earning LEED certification, dust control burnishers will improve indoor air quality and can help earn you credits in the Indoor Environmental Quality segment.

Pad Pressure 

This burnisher has three pad pressures and drive speed settings to adjust your burnishing process to different floors. It must be manually adjusted.


Final Thoughts 

There are many considerations when choosing which floor burnisher is best for your facility.

Money shouldn't always be the deciding factor when choosing the best floor burnisher for your facility. Choosing a more expensive burnisher with advanced features like dust control or a larger cleaning path will ultimately save you money.

If you are a large facility looking to polish floors in the least amount of time, the NSS eforce® 27 inch burnisher provides the largest cleaning path and is a ride-on, battery-operated machine that will allow you to be most productive in your space. 

The 20 inch Advance BU800™ is also battery operated, and will allow you to be most productive in areas slightly smaller than where the NSS eforce® is needed. However, for smaller facilities the cord-electric burnishers, the Advance Advolution and Clarke Ultra Speed 1500®,  are good options. Sometimes deciding between these two options will be based on price. 

The TASKI® ergodisc® is one of the cheapest options and although it is not best practice, is best for spray buffing for facilities who still complete this procedure.

No matter your situation EBP can help match you to the best burnisher for your needs. 

EBP has an unrivaled selection of commercial cleaning products and janitorial cleaning equipment to help you build the most effective floor care program. 

Our Team begins by understanding your needs and desired outcomes so we can suggest the best equipment choices for you. We guide you through the decision-making process to ensure you make the right purchase.    

After the purchase, our Team provides delivery, set-up, and in-service training. EBP also offers customized maintenance programs to ensure you get the most out of your equipment investment. 

If you are still not sure about which is the best option for your facility or have a question about a floor burnisher, let an EBP Equipment Specialist help. 

Visit our site for more information about our equipment sales. 

About Dan Carr

Dan Carr is the Equipment Program Manager for EBP Supply Solutions and a Trainer for the EBP Training Academy, which offers CMI-certified and other training courses for supervisory and front-line cleaning professionals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. He holds the ISSA CMI Basic certification and has over 35 years of experience in the janitorial and sanitation industry.