Thread Number: 28555  /  Tag: Vintage Floor Polishers/Floor Care Products
I Found an old Chrome General Electric Floor Polisher!
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Post# 318801   3/19/2015 at 16:32 (943 days old) by mom11 (Dundee, MI)        

I am so excited! I posted a few days ago asking about vintage floor polishers. I have been looking for one for years locally and never found one. Craigslist-no luck. I emailed someone on here about an electrolux one but didn't hear back. So yesterday I go to a thrift shop and find this General Electric floor polisher-chrome. It is in rough shape: dirty, pitted, cob webs, unknown other yuckies, etc. It also only has the scrubbing brushes. I have been trying to find the other pads, especially the lambs wool pad for buffing my new floor.

I just put down a new vct floor a few nights ago. I bought floor sealer, floor polish (wax) and the neutral cleaner by Zep on a recommendation of a member here.
I couldn't find the GE pads online, ebay or anywhere. I went to 2 local vac shops and they didn't have them. One did have some pads for a Koblitz that he said would work with the Hoovers for sure but he thought they wouldn't fit the GE. I didn't have the machine with me at the time :(

Does anyone know if the Koblitz pads will fit my GE? Thanks so much.
Here are some pics to help. I have not cleaned it up yet. And a few of the vct I just layed down.


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Post# 318836 , Reply# 1   3/20/2015 at 00:28 (942 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Congratulations on your purchase of a Model P-5 G-E twin brush floor polisher along with your installation of a colorfully attractive vinyl composition tile floor!

While I am unsure if the Koblenz pads will work with your floor polisher the folks at thevacuumcenter.com may know: thevacuumcenter.com/floor-buffers...

Judging by your photo the center of your scrubbing brushes appear to have sockets for snap studs (like Electrolux's). I wonder if your brushes are 5" ones like others I've seen online?

Furthermore, I wonder if the Regina brushes and pads on this eBay listing are the same as G-E? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-REGINA-F... The brushes appear to be the same as yours. Perhaps someone else will know if Regina floor polishers were rebadged G-Es or vice versa.

Additionally, you may want to consider asking this seller if s/he would sell you an electronic photo copy of the owner's manual which is part of this listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-GE-Gener...

Happy scrubbing and polishing ... and best wishes in locating parts for your P-5!


Post# 318838 , Reply# 2   3/20/2015 at 01:10 (942 days old) by ronni (USA)        
Photos from eBay Listings

I am including photos of the eBay listings I referenced above for future reference when the links expires.

I also want to mention that the model is actually 'FP-5' (not 'P-5' as I'd used in my last reply).

By the way, another eBay listing of Sears buffing pads lists the following compatible brands (along with others that I couldn't decipher), so I wonder if they all used the same brushes and scrubbing pads, or if it was just that their sizes were the same: Atlas, Black & Decker, Fillery, G-E, Floorcraft, Gold Seal, Hoover, Landers, Lifetime, Red Devil, Shetland, Singer, Sunbeam, Super Dynamic, Universal, and Vactric.


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Post# 318839 , Reply# 3   3/20/2015 at 01:16 (942 days old) by ronni (USA)        

Corrections/Additions to the list of floor polishers in previous thread:

General Floorcraft (not just Floorcraft), Regina, Westinghouse


Post# 318867 , Reply# 4   3/20/2015 at 15:23 (942 days old) by mom11 (Dundee, MI)        
Thank you

so much, ronni! I just wish it came with the other pads so I would know. A few things: do you know if the buffing pads fit OVER the scrub brushes that I have? Or do I need the flatter brushes to attach the other pads? I know my mom had one just like this but green when I was growing up but she ditched it long ago. She also threw out an incredible Electrolux tank, and I mean TANK, I grew up with as well. :( Wish I had those machines today.

I saw those ebay auction for the Regina sets but I just don't want to spend lots of money if I am not sure they will fit.

I am so impatient to seal and wax my floor. I cannot wait but the Armstrong instructions said to wait 72 hours before sealing. Thank your help.
Lisa
Oh, wait, does anyone know what year or years this was made? It may help to know when asking about the pads.


Post# 318885 , Reply# 5   3/20/2015 at 19:27 (942 days old) by ronni (USA)        

You're welcome for the information, mom11.

If I were you I'd see about getting a copy of the manual from the listing I linked to previously; actually I saw another eBay listing with what appeared to be a photocopy of a manual, too. That would be your best bet to obtain the information for which you're seeking (if no one else here knows). Regarding the year(s) of manufacture--the manual may have a copyright year printed somewhere in it or there may be a written-in delivery date. Wish I could help, but I am not that knowledgable about G-E appliance history. I do know that G-E sold their floor care division to Premier in the early '70s; so your polisher could have been manufactured anywhere from 1950 to that time. It doesn't appear to have the '40s look (more rounded, with burgundy or brown features, but I may be mistaken.

I wondered myself if the buffing pads were strapped over the brush holders--as that's how it appears, but I don't know for sure.

Yes, it's too bad that your mom ditched her G-E floor polisher and Electrolux tank. I have tried to put that in perspective by considering the modern appliances I have gotten rid of that had no sentimental value to me; so I can imagine how she (and others) felt about getting rid of those.

Unfortunately, G-E has not kept records of its vintage appliances--or at least they are unavailable to the public. I attempted to get information from them on a Model C-13 Swivel-Top I used to have, but they couldn't provide any information. In addition, I am not aware of anyone on this forum that collects G-E floor care products; so your resources are limited.

I wish you well in your endeavor.


Post# 356829 , Reply# 6   7/29/2016 at 14:17 (445 days old) by cleanqueen (Connecticut)        
I found an old chrome General Electric floor polisher

Did you ever find the pads for your floor cleaner? I have a GE floor cleaner that I inherited from my mother-in-law. My husband said she got it with green stamps! It was probably manufactured in the 50's or 60's. It does not have a model number but it does have a catalog number of PHFP 3. I have not used it for several years, but I recently resurrected it to clean and buff a marble floor. I too can not find pads. They would be six inch pads with a small (maybe an inch) center hole. They attach to the two brushes with plastic snap on pieces. Any idea on where to find these?

Post# 379540 , Reply# 7   10/10/2017 at 13:09 by Bonnie (Beaverton, Ontario Canada)        
Polishing pads (sheepskin)

I just got my moms GE floor polisher from her this past weekend (looks similar to this post only brown/beige colour) and she had the sheepskin/wool pads and orange/red clips to attach. Sharing photos I just took.

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