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Slip sliding away!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

 A situation does exist that owners of floor scrubbers should be aware. When an operator is scrubbing the surface in any environment, he or she should always monitor whether the dirty water is being vacuumed properly. Cleaning large areas of any plant with a scrubber and leaving water behind on the floor could create a dangerous and unnecessary encounter. One can only imagine how slippery the surface becomes when not properly picked up. The floor could be compared to a sheet of ice on a ice skating rink. And yes, they become that slippery so one is just inviting a hosts of problems. Imagine for example how the forklifts get around in the warehouse. The forklift tires just spin. The equipment remains stationary. When it comes to the scrubber, it is also the same answer. It is also prone to slippage as the forklift does not have a monopoly on this phenomenon. The brand or manufacturer of the scrubber matters not, for all have the same problem of wet floors/surfaces. Be it Tennant Model M20, Advance CS7000, the Power Boss Commander 88 or others. They all have the same problem. They will slip and slide. Of course this creates a very dangerous purlieu as I have heard of scrubbers crashing into walls, pallet racking, and other mobile equipment such as forklifts. Even worse, as I have heard of scrubbers running off docks. It is even possible that the operator could hit warehouse people, so this topic is very serious.

So, what is the cure for such a predicament?

1. The operator should always show respect for such a machine and go through a training session with the manufacturer’s rep.

2. Obvious, no hot trotting around as accidents can happen quickly.

3. Again, as stated earlier, always make sure the dirty water is being picked up.

4. And lastly, by using or installing what is called a scrubber compound tire, aka: non-skid tire.”

This is still a little known fact that tires were developed as being non-skid. There has to be a better effort to educate the end user about these tires. These compounds or chemicals are adding into the rubber mixture as the tire is being molded. These compounds cure as the tires cures or hardens. So you cannot have your present tires modified. These must be purchased new. If you already have tires in stock to put on the scrubber and don’t know if they are non-skid type, e-mail me as I can help you identify these tires. Or if you need help finding a vendor, I also can help.

5. The “x” factor. There has always been a question of whether your tires should have traction or flat with no traction. Some argue that with no traction (being flat), the tire has more surface area that meets the floor, hence better traction. Others disagree with this theory and answer with the “x” factor. They say buy a tire with not only traction, but have the tire “x” grooved. The argument here is that when the water comes in contact with this type of tire, the water is dimensionally redirected away from the tire, therefore better traction.

Anyway, with these type tires installed on your scrubber, your machine will no longer slip slide away!

Creamer’s Corner is a monthly conversation with Hi-Gear’s Mike Creamer giving you advise, technical assistance, brand comparisons and on the job stories on repairing, maintaining or replacing your sweeper/scrubber. For your comments or questions, please e-mail Mike at