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Post# 381143   11/11/2017 at 14:41 (344 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        

From what I remember about using industrial-sized floor polishers,
they were mighty ornery if not handled correctly.

This contraption would put me through a wall!

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Post# 381144 , Reply# 1   11/11/2017 at 14:48 (344 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Look at that, doing it in her heels too!

Post# 381146 , Reply# 2   11/11/2017 at 15:22 (344 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Yeah, I know what you mean. The one time I ever tried to use one of those at the retail job I used to work, it really tried to take me for a ride in a clockwise arc--and that was with just a single head. That is one insane contraption by comparison.

Just a crazy thought, but I wonder if the three heads are all spinning in the same direction. I'm no physicist, but if, say the left and center heads were spinning clockwise and the right one was spinning counterclockwise at a somewhat higher speed, would it maybe balance things out a bit to bring that beast under better control?

Post# 381147 , Reply# 3   11/11/2017 at 15:41 (344 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        

I doubt that machine in the picture is even running.
If I recall correctly, the motor rotates clockwise,
so all 3 would be spinning clockwise whichever way
they're facing.

Having 2 spinning in opposite directions would probably
make it cancel out any side-to-side mobility, so you'd
have to virtually drag it around the floor.

Post# 381153 , Reply# 4   11/11/2017 at 18:50 (344 days old) by Phaeton (Los Angeles )        

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Hello All,
Would anyone know what brand the polishers are. They almost look like an Electrolux polisher I saw years ago, but when I say that I mean a single 3 brush polisher.
Thank you for looking,

Post# 381181 , Reply# 5   11/12/2017 at 03:36 (343 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Wonder if that triplehead floor machine needs a 220V outlet!And think it would indeed,unsafe to try to operate that machine in heels!!!You need TRACTION to control the thing!On YouTube they show videos of folks "spin riding" floor machines-often with funny results-but could be DANGEROUS-those are NOT toys!

Post# 381248 , Reply# 6   11/13/2017 at 08:38 (342 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        

This does look like three 3 brush Electrolux polishers for a total of 9 brushes.They are nothing like a 1 or even 2 brush polisher.They are well balanced and very easy to operate.This may not be such a bad idea to cover large areas faster(with or without high heels).

Post# 381265 , Reply# 7   11/13/2017 at 14:45 (342 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Yes, I agree -- they most likely are Electrolux polishers. I'd love to know the story about this monstrosity!!

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Post# 381326 , Reply# 8   11/14/2017 at 18:29 (341 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Most likely the machine is off and she is just posing for the picture. Afterall, the company wanted the product to look this easy to use.
High heels, a slick waxed floor and a mighty, fiesty machine is a recipe for disaster.
Cool picture though.

Post# 381363 , Reply# 9   11/15/2017 at 08:41 (340 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"feisty machine"??

What both Charles and I know from actual use is that the 3 brush Elux polisher is very easy to operate.The above triple wide may be no harder to use than 1 just as a double wide Eureka/Sanitaire upright is no harder to use than 1.

Post# 381369 , Reply# 10   11/15/2017 at 10:43 (340 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Jimmy's right -- the B6, B7 & B8 machines can be steered by a single index finger curled under one end of the handle. It is better, of course, to grip the handle with both hands for more secure control. But it -can- be led around by one finger!

Post# 381385 , Reply# 11   11/15/2017 at 17:36 (340 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        
Floor Machines

The trick to running any low-speed (175-300 rpm) single-disc floor machine is balance and a light touch. Takes a bit of practice to master, but once you do, you can easily control the machine with nothing more than the thumb and forefinger of one hand. Try to muscle it though, and it'll sling you into a wall faster than you can read this.

High-speed polishers (1000-2000+ rpm) are easier still. They just move back and forth like a vacuum or a lawnmower.

Post# 381405 , Reply# 12   11/15/2017 at 23:02 (340 days old) by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Speaking of buffers running amok...

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Post# 381418 , Reply# 13   11/16/2017 at 07:37 (339 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
When I was very small

About once a year my Mother would bring a big Clarke Buffer home from work, and She and Daddy would paste wax all the floors, I remember Daddy running that monster, but those old floors would sHINE, I remember most them polishing the linoleum, but I think they did the living room too.

Post# 381616 , Reply# 14   11/20/2017 at 06:58 (335 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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They are very easy to maneuver. While the brush is revolving, lift up on the handle to move it one direction and push down to move it the other. Lower the handle to about waist height and clamp it in place. People donít know to do that and without it you will have no control over the machine and it will take off and slam into the wall.

Post# 381658 , Reply# 15   11/21/2017 at 14:50 (334 days old) by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        


Awright, who in the club is responsible for doling out and rescinding people's membership cards?

Those are nothing more nothing less than 3 regular household floor polishers like mentioned above (3 regular 3-brush polishers, adding up to 9 brushes).

Electrolux and other famous brands used to sell them decades ago, that seems to be a picture from the 40's poking fun at something. Polishers like that were very balanced and easy to maneuver, to the point that one of my neighbors had one with a broken handlebar and she used to polish her floors using only one hand. They also had motors in the 350-400W or so, so it's easy to connect 3 like that to one outlet.

In fact, I have no doubt that the 3 machines connected like that would be even *easier* to steer, because then the small bias to run to one side or another would be compensated by the arrangement.

Domestic 1-brush polishers were also very easy to use, they did not use the same procedure of tipping the handle one way or another to steer, you just moved them left or right or back or forth just fine.

†††-- Paulo.

Post# 381684 , Reply# 16   11/22/2017 at 01:48 (333 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The 'Lux single 3 brush floor machines are still sold today-just call your 'Lux dealer.Guess some enterprising person could make his own 3 machine unit by coupling the 3 together as shown.BUT-the universal motor in these may not hold up as well as the induction motor equipped commercial ones-also some commercial single pad machines use PM DC motors-a rectifier built into the motor converts the AC to DC to run the motor.And of course the single pad units that have the 12-20 Hp propane powered gas motor!These are VERY fast!!You don't have to run them long-used for burnishing-polishing floors in large places.Usually floor maintenance contractors have these.Was shopping at one of the Food Lion stores here at night-and heard what sounded like a motorcycle driving thru the store-was a guy using a propane burnisher-he did the whole store in less the 10 min!!!!

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