The 175 RPM Floor Buffer



Patent for the first floor buffer

Photo 1: Sketch of first floor buffer (Google Patents)

The Low Speed Buffer, or 175 R.P.M. Rotary Machine, Swing Machine, Side-by-side Machine, or whatever name you know it by, is the most iconic power tool known to the janitorial industry – and for good reason.

 

*The first floor buffer patent was applied for on March 24, 1921. William N Robirds Jr. in Santa Monica, CA “invented new and useful Improvements in -Floor Buffers”. Prior to the invention of the motorized floor buffer, floors were polished and scrubbed manually, which was a back-breaking proposition. Clearly the invention of the floor buffer was a huge technological advance. Nearly a century later, buffers are still a core component of floor care everywhere & you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hadn’t at least seen one in use.

 

You can take a 175 R.P.M. buffer and accessorize it properly in order to complete dozens of processes on a variety of floors. With the right attachments and solutions, you can run a “buffer” on:

 

  • Vinyl
  • Concrete
  • Wood
  • Grouted tile
  • Natural stone floors
  • Terrazzo
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Laminate
  • Bamboo
  • Rubber
  • Carpet

 

We even have customers who scrub party tents with them. In different sizes and motor capacities, they’re used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. They’re used on yachts and in prisons, hospitals, schools, offices, warehouses and cafeterias.

 

If you are starting a janitorial business, it might be your first purchase. When you get one, make sure to find out what comes standard and what you have to purchase separately. You can always add more accessories later – that’s the beauty and versatility of the “buffer”.