Self-propelled, Ride on or Walk Behind floor lifters – Leading the way in Internal Strip outs

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15 Dec 2016

Self-propelled, Ride on or Walk Behind floor lifters – Leading the way in Internal Strip outs

6280-Carpet-05.Still001 smlWith the right floor lifting equipment – you can get the job done, no excuses, no time delays, no more of the unexpected hard work.

Partnering the right equipment for your projects is critical to the success of your floor lifting projects and ensures you make the best ROI (return on investment). From our customers’ experience we’ve put together the APE GUIDE TO FLOOR LIFTING.


Being one of the industry’s oldest and most experienced manufacturers of floor lifting and stripping equipment, National Flooring Equipment engineers and manufactures the most extensive, state of the art equipment for fast, high speed floor removal. National hosts over patents internationally and is considered the global leader in floor stripping and lifting equipment technology.


7700-Wood-08.Still001 smlGet your gear to perform the way you want it to 

With so many different types of floor lifting options available from a floor scraper through to a ride on machine it’s important you get one that suits you and your projects. We’ve put together a few tips for you to consider;




5700-VCT-05.Still001Your stripping up floor coverings machine.

Push, Walk or Ride along.

The difference in production is what comes down to making a decision on the machine. Each style of machine works much the same but some rely on the operator to push them while others rely directly on the motor and the movement of the blade to lift off the floor covering.

Ride on Floor Lifters are by far the easiest way to remove large areas of floor coverings. Giving a high speed performance they can be used to remove carpets, vinyls, tiles, timber and parquetry quickly while being compact enough to fit through doorways and get into confined spaces.

Self-Propelled Floor Scraping Machines are a walk behind unit which drives itself. Offering significant production capabilities these machines allow for a quick removal process on soft floor coverings including carpets, vinyls and linoleum. The Panther 6280HD Gladiator is amongst some of the few machines that will also work to remove tiles.

Push along units including the Razorback Extreme drive with a single motor meaning there is more work put on the operator when removing floor coverings. This system is ideal for residential and smaller commercial applications removing soft floor coverings from vinyls and carpets to linoleum.

From here, the other options are slower then all of the above and more effort on the operator. Hand held blade and scraper options come in all shapes and sizes and are ideal for where only small strips of soft floor coverings are needing to be removed.


T5280_in_work1.he importance of your blades,

Flat, Angled or a Chisel. The style of blade makes a difference in how quickly the floor covering will remove. On concrete subfloors removing vinyls, carpets or lino bevelled up blades work best and don’t often require extra weight on the machine to help it remove.


When using a regular flat blade, bending up the corner of the blade will prevent it from digging into the subfloor. The blade holder height and angle can be adjusted to a 45 degree angle to the floorboards to ensure no damage.

Floor lifting machines with a changeable cutting head are designed to swivel to keep the blade in direct contact with the floor. A combination of the right cutting head, size of blade, the blade angle and weight of the machine helps to ensure the fastest and easiest removal process possible. Thickness of the blade, the width, sharpness and angle also play a role in this.


7700-Carpet-07.Still001 smlThe need of speed, 

No two projects are the same, so it’s essential to work out what your machine and team are capable of. The jobsite conditions and the state of the floor dictate how accurate estimated figures really are. Floor removal and lifting rates can depend on the concrete substrate condition, the size of blade, material being removed –(ceramic tile, vinyl, carpet or floor coating) the adhesive or bonding strength, how long the floor covering has been down, if there is a patching or self-levelling compound on the floor, what the CSP (Concrete surface profile) is along with many other factors.

The more of this you know the better you’ll be at quoting each job, as each of these can have an impact on how easy the job will be to do and the time the floor takes to remove.


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