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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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I am interested in finding out from those who might be familiar with a Multiwash 14 Micro-automatic scrubber if they require frequent filling. They claim to do 5,500 sq.ft per hour or 91.6 sq ft per minute...but is that w/ 1 tank of water? Or, will the operator need to make numerous trips back to the water source for refilling? I would appreciate any info on one of these kinds of scrubbers that can be used on any type of flooring. Is it truly an "all in one" machine? I am wondering if it's too good to be true!


Answer

I have no doubt that the machine will do what it intended to do. However, I don't own one, so I can't offer more than some basic evaluations.
I actually see two such dual counter-rotating brush devices shown on YouTube. One is made by Truvox, and Powr-Flite has a similar 14" setup. Both put down as much water or solution as the operator needs for the surface, and both take up the spent solution by scraping it off the rear brush into a small tray. The Powr-Flite unit has a larger (it appears so) water tank on the handle, but don't let that be the determining factor since the pickup tray on both units looks to be the same size and once that is filled you will have to stop and empty it in the nearest sink or toilet. So that is the element that determines, along with operator flow control, how long the machine will run between service stops.
If you need hours of run time you will need a far larger and more expensive auto-scrubber. If you have more compact spaces, especially those with uneven surfaces, one of these machines will do nicely.
My recommendation is that you find a distributor and ask for an on-site demonstration. See if you like the feel and judge the run time by the use on the surface you intend to use it on.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com