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By: Dan Carr on November 27th, 2019

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6 Best Stand On and Ride On Automatic Floor Scrubbers of 2020

Automatic floor scrubbers can vary greatly in terms of types, sizes, features, and more. The wide variety of available brands and models can be confusing when trying to select which walk behind floor scrubber is best, but choosing the right one for your business is critical to maximizing worker productivity and achieving best results. To help you narrow down the options, we have compiled 6 of the best stand on and ride on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020.

Find out more about the different types of automatic floor scrubbers here.

Stand on and ride on automatic scrubbers are the largest in size and are most effective in cleaning areas ranging from 15,000-150,000 or more square feet. Stand-on and ride-on scrubbers will have a run time between 2-4 hours depending on the size of the machine and the number and type of batteries installed.

Large open areas such as gyms, warehouses, building lobbies, airports, or open hallways likely require a stand on or ride on automatic scrubber to maximize worker productivity and cleaning efficiency.

These automatic floor scrubbers allow the user to sit or stand on the machine, reducing user fatigue and increasing worker productivity in large scale floor cleaning operations.

Clicking on a specific model below will bring you to the respective section you are interested in.

Stand On Floor Scrubbers

Ride On Floor Scrubbers

The Best Stand On Floor Scrubbers

Stand on floor scrubbers greatly improve worker productivity because the operator experiences minimal fatigue. They allow the operator to stand on the back of the machine and drive the floor scrubber with no extra effort.

Stand on scrubbers are always battery operated. Battery operated machines are more expensive than cord-electric machines, but provide more mobility and increased worker productivity, leading to shorter cleaning times and lower labor costs.

Brand Model Scrub Type Power Source Run Time Scrub Path Sound Level (dBA) Solution / Recovery Tank Brush Pressure Brush Speed RPM
Clarke® SA40™ Disc Battery 2 hrs per charge 20 in. 65 dBA (high)

63 dBA (low)
12 gal. /12.5 88 lbs (high)

51 lbs (low)
140 rpm
Advance SC1500™ Disc | Rev Battery 2 hrs per charge 20 in. 63 dBA 12 gal. /12.5 88 lbs (high) |88 lb (high)

51 lbs (low) | 61 lbs (low)
140 rpm | 2,250 rpm
TASKI® Swingo XP – R Disc Battery 3 hrs 15 min per charge 28 in. 69 dBA 24.8 gal / 30.8 gal varies 165 rpm
*All run-times are approximate and will vary by machine size and battery type, life, maintenance.

Clarke – SA40™ Specifications and Review

What makes the SA40™ one of the best stand on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020?

The SA40™ stand on scrubber is equipped with basic features providing your staff with the productivity and safety of a ride on scrubber for the cost of a walk-behind autoscrubber.

Clarke SA40 Stand On 20in AutoscrubberRun Time

The SA40™ has a run time of approximately 2-3 hours per charge.

Scrub Head Type

This floor scrubber has a disc scrub head.

Disc scrubbers can utilize floor pads or brushes. The ability to be paired with a pad or brush provides increased versatility. For example, when equipped with a floor brush, the bristles will better reach into grout lines.

Disc scrubbers are a good choice for facilities with varying floor types.

Scrubbing Path size

The Clarke SA40™ has a 20-inch scrub path. The size of the scrub path will determine how many passes you will have to make in an area of your facility. The smaller the scrub path, the more passes you will have to make to perform cleaning procedures. But, a smaller scrub path may be beneficial in more compact areas.

Brush Speed

The SA40™ spins at 140 rpms (rotations per minute), the lowest of all the floor scrubbers on our list. Slower pad or brush rotations can increase the amount of time it takes to effectively clean floors.

Tank Size

The Clarke SA40™ has the smallest solution and recovery tank of the machines we are reviewing. It is equipped with a 12-gallon solution tank and a 12.5 recovery tank.

Small tanks will restrict how far your staff can travel before having to empty the recovery tank.

The SA40™ offers 75 minutes of scrub time between refills. Of the scrubbers on our list, this offers one of the shortest scrubbing times. Continuous scrubbing time is important when considering worker productivity. The more times your staff has to stop the longer it will take them to clean.

Pad Pressure

The max pad pressure on this machine is 51 pounds.

Advance – SC1500 Specifications and Review

What makes the SC1500 one of the best stand on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020?

The SC1500 is the only stand on scrubber on this list that can be purchased with REV™ and Ecoflex Technology.

With REV, your orbital scrubber will require less chemical and water to complete cleaning procedures, reducing your cleaning costs.

The REV machine is always equipped with Ecoflex. Ecoflex allows you to easily control the vacuum system and the amount of chemical, water, and pad pressure applied from none, low, or high burst.

Advance SC1500 Stand On 20in AutoscrubberRun Time

The SC1500 has a run time of approximately 2-3 hours per charge.

Scrub Head Type

The Advance SC1500 has a disc or REV scrubbing head. REV is an orbital scrubbing machine that includes the Ecoflex system.

Unlike disc machines that rotate and require cleaning chemicals, orbital scrub heads “orbit” or move in fast, tight vibrations with little or no chemical to clean the floor.

REV/Ecoflex model can save you water, chemical, and labor.

Scrubbing Path size

This machine has a scrub path of 20 inches, which is the most common scrubbing width offered on the stand on scrubbers on our list.

Brush Speed

Providing increased power, this machine rotates at 140 rpm(disc) or 2250 rpm (REV technology). Faster rotations will help you achieve desired results in less time.

Tank Size

This machine is also equipped with a 12-gallon solution tank and a 12.5 gallon recovery tank. These are the smallest tanks sizes for the autoscrubbers on our list.

The smaller the tank size, the less area your staff will be able to cover before having to stop and empty the recovery tank, decreasing worker productivity. This machine can provide up to 75 minutes of scrub time before having to empty the tank.

Pad Pressure

The SC1500 has two scrub pressures: high and low.

At low scrub pressure, this machine delivers 51 pounds of scrub pressure. At high scrub pressure, it delivers 88 lbs of pressure.

Pro Tip: Low scrub pressure is used for daily cleaning. High scrub pressure is used when performing heavy-duty scrubbing or for restorative cleaning.

TASKI Swingo XP–R Specifications and Review

What makes the Swingo XP-R one of the best stand on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020?

On this TASKI® scrubber, the water is designed to go through the center of the pad, thus reducing the amount of water and chemical usage by up to 70%.

The TASKI® Swingo XP-R is equipped with the largest solution and recovery tanks to help extend the amount of area an operator can cover before having to empty the recovery tank. The longer your staff can work to complete cleaning procedures without having to stop and empty tanks, the more they will get done.

This machine also operates at the fastest rpms when compared to all of the stand on scrubbers. The faster the pad rotates, the quicker your staff can complete cleaning procedures.

Taski Swingo XP-R Stand On 28in AutoscrubberRun Time

When compared to the other stand on scrubbers on this list, this auto floor scrubber will allow your staff to clean for the longest amount of time. It provides 3 hours and 15 minutes of continuous scrubbing time per charge.

Scrub Head Type

The Swingo XP-R uses a traditional, round disc pad for cleaning.

Scrubbing Path Size

It has a working width of 28 inches. This is the largest scrub path offered on our recommended scrubbers. When your custodial staff can cover a larger area with each pass they can complete cleaning procedures more quickly, saving time, labor, and other costs.

Brush Speed

Swingo XP-R rotates at 165 rpm to scrub floors.

Tank Size

The XP-R is equipped with the largest solution and recovery tanks out of all the floors scrubbers mentioned. It has a 24.8 gallon solution tank and a 30.8 gallon recovery tank.

The larger the tank the more dirty water and solution the machine can pick up. Larger tanks will keep the machine running longer and allow your staff to be more productive.

Pad Pressure

This machine has multiple pad pressure settings for optimal cleaning results.

The Best Ride On Automatic Floor Scrubbers

Ride on scrubbers provide the most productivity out of all types of scrubbers. They require minimal operator effort. The operator sits on the machine and uses finger controls to maneuver the machine. They are the largest machines and are most effective in large scale floor cleaning operations such as warehouses and airports.

Ride on machines are battery operated.

Battery operated auto floor scrubbers are great for facilities that require a floor scrubber to reach beyond where a cord is capable of reaching. Battery operated floor scrubbers also provide increased productivity.

Brand Model Scrub Type Power Source Run Time Scrub Path  Sound Level (dBA) Solution / Recovery Tank  Brush Pressure Brush Speed (RPM)
Viper

AS530R™
Disc  Battery 3.5 hours per charge 20 in. 69 +/- 3 dBA 19 / 19.2 gal. 51 lbs 160 rpm
Clarke® Focus® II Micro Rider™ Disc | Orbital Battery 3.5 hours per charge 26 in. | 28 in 65 dBA (high)

61 dBA (low)
21 gal. 105 lbs (high)

65 (low)
230 rpm | 2,250 rpm
Advance SC3000™ Disc Battery 3.5 hours per charge 26 in. 65 dBA (high)

61 dBA (low)
21 gal. 105 lbs (high)

65 (low)
230 rpm
*All run-times are approximate and will vary by machine size and battery type, life, maintenance.

Viper AS530R™ Specifications and Review

What makes the AS530R™ one of the best ride on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020?

Offering a large solution and recovery tank, 3.5 hour run time, and small cleaning path, this machine is a good option for larger facilities needing to scrub crowded rooms or large, tight areas like hallways. Additionally, it is the least expensive ride on scrubber on our list.

Viper AS530R Ride On 20in AutoscrubberRun Time

The AS530R™ has a run time of up to 3.5 hours.

Scrub Head Type

Similar to the other scrubbers on this list, the AS530R™ is a disc scrubber. The disc model can be fitted with either a round (disc) pad or a brush.

The ability to use either a pad or brush allows the operator to switch back and forth between the appropriate floor pad or brush for the floor surface.

Scrubbing Path size

This auto floor scrubber is equipped with a 20 inch scrub path.

It is important to consider the scrubbing width to ensure you are choosing the most productive machine for your facility. The larger the scrub width the fewer passes your staff will have to make, allowing them to move on to other cleaning tasks. However, if you are operating the machine in a small area, a large scrub path may not be needed.

Brush Speed

This scrubber operates at 160 rpm.

Tank Size

This machine offers a large recovery tank for extended cleaning times. It holds a 19.2-gallon recovery tank and a 19-gallon solution tank, both with large openings for easy access.

Pad Pressure

This machine is only capable of delivering 51 pounds of pressure to the floor. This is the least amount of pad pressure available.

Clarke Focus® II Micro Rider™ Specifications and Review

What makes the Clarke Focus® II MicroRider one of the best ride on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020?

Offering high brush/pad speeds on both the disc and orbital model, this autoscrubber shortens cleaning times and reduces chemical and water usage.

Clarke Focus II MicroRider BOOST 28in AutoscrubberRun Time

This machine has a maximum run time of 3.5 hours.

Scrub Head Type

The Focus® II MicroRider™ can be purchased as either a disc or BOOST® orbital scrubber.

Disc scrubbers are the most common types of scrub heads. Disc scrubbers use a round pad or brush and cleaning chemicals to clean floors.

When purchased as an orbital scrubber it is equipped with BOOST® technology. BOOST® orbital scrub heads “orbit” or move in fast, tight vibrations to clean the floor. This technology helps ensure uniform pad pressure in the front and back for consistent cleaning results across the entire floor.

It can reduce your chemical and water usage by up to 70%, extend cleaning pad life by 40%, and remove floor finishes without chemicals when using a surface preparation pad (SPP).

Scrubbing Path Size

This machine can have a 26-inch cleaning path (disc) or 28-inch cleaning path (orbital/BOOST®). The larger the cleaning path of the machine, the shorter cleaning times will be.

Pro Tip: If purchased as a disc machine the floor pad will be round, but if purchased as a BOOST® machine the floor pad will be rectangular. This does not change the shape of the machine, just the scrub head attachment.

Brush Speed

Disc and orbital machines operate at two different rotations per minute (rpms).

If purchased as an orbital scrubber, it has an rpm of 2,250. When purchased as a disc scrubber, the floor pad rotates at 230 rpm. The faster the rpms the faster the machine will be able to clean the floor, allowing your staff to complete more work in a shift.

Pro Tip: Orbital machines reduce water and chemical usage because they keep the water and chemical within the pad. Traditional disc machines disperse the water and chemical beyond the path of the pad.

Tank Size

It has a 21-gallon tank, giving the operator over 60 minutes of scrub time per tank.

Pad Pressure

This scrubber has two pad pressure settings: high and low. When used for daily cleaning the low pressure setting should be used, and will deliver 65 pounds of pressure. For cleaning tough stains or performing restorative scrubbing, the high setting will deliver 105 pounds of pad pressure.

Advance SC3000™ Specifications and Review

What makes the Advance SC300™ one of the best ride on automatic floor scrubbers of 2020?

Providing a large cleaning path, two pad pressure settings, and a large solution and recovery tank, the SC3000™ is a powerful compact autoscrubber.

Additionally, this scrubber is available with Ecoflex®. Ecoflex® gives you the ability to control water, chemical, vacuum, and pressure, ultimately helping to reduce costs.

Advance SC3000 26in Ride On AutoscrubberRun Time

This machine has a maximum run time of 3.5 hours. 3.5 hours is the longest run time on any of the stand on and ride on autoscrubbers on our list.

Scrub Head Type

It utilizes the traditional disc scrub head. It can be paired with either round floor pads or brushes.

Scrubbing Path Size

The SC3000™ is equipped with a 26-inch scrub disc. The larger the scrubbing path the more space an operator can cover. Increased cleaning times means greater worker productivity.

Greater worker productivity means lower labor costs.

Brush Speed

The brush runs at 230 rpm which is the fastest rpms on any of the disc autoscrubbers on this list. The faster the rpms the quicker you will be able to clean floors.

Tank Size

It has a 21-gallon tank that enables the operator to perform over an hour of continuous scrubbing on a single tank of water.

Brush Pressure

This scrubber has two brush pressure settings of 65 and 105 lbs. The amount of brush pressure is important for enhanced cleaning results.

Increased pad pressure can help tackle harder floors or tough stains, reducing the number of passes your workers have to make. When your custodial staff can complete cleaning procedures with less passes, you will save on labor costs.

Pro Tip: It is important to note that increased brush pressure doesn't always mean better results. Brush pressure can damage floors if not used appropriately.


Final Thoughts

The best auto floor scrubber for your business will enable your staff to be the most productive in your facility.

Large facilities with tight spaces such as warehouses will benefit from stand on scrubbers equipped with small turn radiuses and more maneuverability.

The larger the facility the more benefit you will experience from a large, battery operated ride on scrubber. Allowing your staff to cover the most area in the shortest amount of time with the least strenuous equipment will allow them to complete more work in a shift.

When reviewing the best option for your facility, larger facilities may require larger automatic scrubbers than featured on this list. Scrubbers are available in sizes up to 38 inches. Large, ride automatic scrubbers will not be as efficient in tight areas where they have to navigate obstacles such as desks, furniture, equipment, etc.

The larger the autoscrubber the more it will cost, but money shouldn't always be the deciding factor when choosing an auto floor scrubber for your facility.

Though the upfront cost is higher, a larger ride on autoscrubber, which will clean more space in a shorter amount of time, can provide a shorter payback period.

No matter your situation EBP can help match you to the best auto floor scrubber 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.

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

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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.