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14floorpolisherA question we hear a lot is “what is the difference between a Floor Polisher, Floor Machine, Floor Buffing Machine, Floor Scrubber or Floor Stripper?” The answer is “nothing” – they are all the same machine!

At Bunce Rental, we refer to these machines as “Floor Polishers”. You will also see a floor polisher referred to as a “Swing Machine” due to the swing motion the machines have when you operate them. As you can imagine, they are very versatile units. We carry a number of attachments to meet a variety of needs for caring and working on your floors. This includes buffing and scrubbing pads, polishing and scrubbing brushes, floor sanding, and concrete grinding or surface prep attachments.

Pads and Pad Drivers

Using pads with our floor polishers will allow you to do one of three things – strip, clean, or buff your linoleum, tile, and vinyl type floors. An industry standard color-coding system for low-speed floor pads can help you select the right pad for your job. In general, the lighter the pad color, the less coarse or aggressive the pad. We stock pad colors in white, tan (beige), green and black.

Buffing pads (white/tan) are lightest in color and remove scuff marks and dirt from floors. Cleaning pads (green) are designed to clean a little more aggressively than buffing pads, and remove dirt off a floor’s surface without removing the floor finish. Slightly more aggressive than cleaning pads are scrubbing pads (black). They will remove the top layer or two of wax, along with scratches and dirt.

There are also a variety of different chemicals you can use with the pads to help you accomplish your purpose. Check with your local cleaning supply store to learn what chemicals work best to clean, strip or polish your floors.

Brush Attachments

Brushes are used to clean and/or wax the floors. Like the pads, they can be used with chemicals designed to clean or polish the floors. They are available with bristles of varying stiffness and abrasiveness, depending on whether it’s to be used for scrubbing, buffing or stripping.

Grinding Attachments

Grinding attachments are designed to turn the floor polisher into a concrete grinder. Like the concrete grinder, the grinding attachments can use grinding stones, strip-serts, and dyma-serts. The uses and applications for these attachments are outlined in our previous blog post, “Not All Stones Are Created Equal.

Sanding Attachments

Sanding attachments turn a floor polisher into a 16” disk floor sander for sanding and refinishing floors and decks or removing material (paint, texture etc.) from concrete. With a variety of grits of sandpaper available, you can just lightly refinish your floors with finer grits or sand rougher areas of the floor smooth.

Safety First

Basic safety rules should be followed when using a floor polisher. Always use safety goggles and do not wear loose fitting clothing while operating the polisher. Never leave a floor polisher plugged in when unattended and do not store the polisher with the pad/brush on the machine.

Do not operate a floor polisher near flammable fluids, dust or vapors – this could cause a fire hazard. If using floor cleaners and waxes, ensure that they are intended for machine application and understand all information printed on the product Safety Data Sheet.


Not All Stones Are Created Equal

Posted: March 11, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Concrete, floors

Sometimes a grinding stone isn’t the only or best solution when using our concrete surface grinders.  Available in various grits for coarse or fine polishing, Silicon-Carbide Stones are an economical choice for such applications as smoothing trowel marks or rough finishes and leveling high spots less than 1/16 inch.  However, these stones can clog easily, which can make them inefficient at removing most coatings.

Tungsten-carbide inserts (Strip-Serts) and diamond grinding inserts (Dyma-Serts) remove surface coatings with greater speed and efficiency.  Strip-Serts are carbide-tipped blocks with beveled edges that can strip heavier buildups or coatings without digging into the concrete.  Their removal action, which is similar to using a scraper, works best in materials thicker than 1/16 inch.  Applications include removing adhesives, thick paints, resins, tar, industrial buildups and rubber deposits.  For profiling work and removal of thin-film coatings or coatings with high hardness values, such as urethanes and epoxies, Dyma-Serts are generally the best solution.

With the right tool, our concrete floor grinders can remove a variety of coatings and chemicals as well as create other textures or effects.

Because our friends at EDCO, Inc. explain the differences between the tools and their applications so well, we encourage you to check out their web page for more information on Strip-Serts, Dyma-Serts, and Grinding Stones,

Tile It Up

Posted: March 5, 2014 by Bunce Rental in floors, Home Improvement
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electric tile stripper

Electric Tile Stripper

It’s amazing how quickly if happens.  Your floor tile, linoleum, or glued down carpet is starting to show the wear-and-tear of time and your ready for a change.  Whether you plan on changing a single room or updating your entire home, an electric floor Tile Stripper is the tool used by professionals and homeowners to remove that old floor covering so you can install your new floor.

The electric tile stripper effectively and quickly removes tile, vinyl tile, linoleum, VCT, and carpet using a single, razor-sharp blade that oscillates at 2000 strokes per minute.  In fact, it removes almost any accumulation from concrete or wood floors and leaves the surface smooth and ready for refinishing.

manual tile striper

Manual Tile Stripper

These walk-behind units are easy to operate – just plug it in and turn in on.  The stripper does the work with no hard pushing.  Let us know if your sub-flooring is wood or concrete and we’ll match up the correct cutting blade for your job.

If your tile removal job is small, then a manual tile stripper will do the job.  It uses the same blades as the electric tile stripper and works great in small, tight or close-in areas.

 Safety First:  During normal operation, sound levels can be above normal so ear protection must be worn at all times while operating the electric Tile Stripper.  Always wear appropriate eye protection, clothing and footwear.  Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry that can get tangled in moving parts. Footwear should provide sure footing and protection.

Grind It Down

Posted: February 24, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Concrete, floors
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Concrete floors have become very popular offering many advantages such as durability, versatility and easy maintenance.  They are long lasting and can survive under high traffic conditions.  Concrete slabs also make a good sub-floor for laminate floors, tile, linoleum, carpet and other applications.  Essential for a new slab or the repair and/or reconditioning of an existing floor is surface preparation.

Surface preparation equipment is used to polish or grind concrete surfaces or to remove previous treatments.  If your job requires leveling uneven joints or surfaces, eliminating trip hazards, or the removal of coatings, adhesives or mastics – then a concrete grinder is the tool you need.

When choosing a concrete grinder, the first thing to consider is what you are planning to use it for and the size of the job you will be doing.  Let’s take a moment and look at the different equipment rental options for preparing or grinding a concrete surface.

Where to rent GRINDER FLOOR EDCO in Puyallup Washington, Tacoma, South Hill, Spanaway, Parkland WA

Surface Grinder

Surface Grinders:  Concrete floor (surface) grinders are used for applications such as grinding or cleaning concrete surfaces, leveling uneven joints & removing epoxies, high spots, mastics, thin-set & urethanes.  We offer a full line of grinding tools & conventional attachments including Grinding-Stones, Dyma-Serts and Strip-Serts to meet your surface preparation needs.  Surface grinders work well for light grinding or cleaning of concrete surfaces.  If you have a significant amount of concrete to grind (say more than ¼”) you’ll have to make several passes with the machine.  If the dual-headed concrete grinder is too big, consider renting a 16” heavy-duty floor machine with the grinding attachment that uses the same attachments as the dual-headed floor grinder.  The 16” floor machine also has a sanding attachment as well as a scrubbing brush attachment for cleaning a floor.



 Scarifier:  A scarifier is a surface preparation machine that will clean, texture, level, groove, and remove material from concrete flooring.  Scarifiers remove concrete faster and more aggressively than surface grinders as they use the pummeling action of multi-tipped cutting wheels, or flails, that rotate at high speeds to chip away at the concrete surface.  Keep in mind that scarifiers leave a rougher finish.  If you need a smooth finish you will need to use a concrete floor grinder to achieve it.

Where to rent GRINDER FLOOR 8  TEQ-EDGE in Puyallup Washington, Tacoma, South Hill, Spanaway, Parkland WA

Teq-Edge Floor Grinder

 Teq-Edge Floor Grinder:  The Teq-Edge floor grinder is a very versatile surface grinder that uses an 8” diamond disc to grind the concrete.  The Teq-Edge is designed to get into tight or hard to reach spots, including being able to grind up to the edge of a wall.  The diamond disc allows for fast grinding of uneven slab surfaces, removing excess surface material, leveling patches of plastic overlays or grout and feather-edging sidewalks, gutters and similar surfaces.

Where to rent GRINDER 7  ELEC. in Puyallup Washington, Tacoma, South Hill, Spanaway, Parkland WA

Hand Grinder

 Hand Held Grinders:  These are ideal for small jobs like areas close to walls and other hard to get places.  They are also ideal for removing blemishes to concrete work.  They are very light and easy to use.  Our hand held grinders can be outfitted with either 4” or 7” abrasive grinding wheels or with a 5” silicone carbide grinding cup stone.

 Safety First:  Please remember that all cement products contain sand.  When that substance is released in the air, as will happen when using a power tool on concrete, the operator of the machine will breathe it in if a dust mask or respirator is not worn.  Concrete dust can cause long-term health problems for the operator or anyone else who breathes it.  Always wear a dust mask or respirator and safety goggles to protect your eyes and lungs from the dust that will be released by the removal process.

Parade of Water Pumps

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, flood clean up, floors, Home Improvement

Our previous blog posting discussed different solutions for cleaning up water and flood damage.  One item we did not cover was pumps for moving standing water out of the area. Today, we’ll be discussing the different types of pumps that are available to rent.

3/4″ Submersible Pumps Electric

Also known as “sump pumps”, our 3/4″ submersible pumps can be fully submersed in the water that needs to be pumped. (Please note as this is an electric unit, the electric cord plug may not be full submersed in the water.  Only the pump unit itself can be fully submerged).  A garden hose attached to the discharge outlet on the pump will direct the water to the area which you dictate with placement of the open end of the garden hose. You can direct the water into a bathtub or sink; or outside through a window or door.  The pumps are for clear water and are able to discharge most of the water out of the area.  The 3/4″ submersible pump is ideal for pumping out small ponds, small swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as areas with minor flooding.

2″ Submersible Pumps Electric

Similar to the 3/4″ submersible pump, the electric 2″ submersible pumps are designed to pump larger amounts of clear water faster from, for example, a larger swimming pool or flooded area.  These pumps are larger and use 2″ hose to discharge the water rather than a garden hose.  Unlike the 3/4″ submersible pumps, the 2″ pumps will leave a couple inches of standing water left in the area.  The intake (suction portion) of the pump must be completely submerged in the water to pump water at maximum capacity.  Once the intake portion of the pump is no longer under the water level, the pump slows down, leaving the extra water behind.

2″ and 3″ Trash pumps

Our gas-powered trash pumps are designed to pump a large volume of water that contains a high solid content.  These pumps easily pass solids such as leaves, sticks, and stones.  A 10′-15′ suction hose is attached to the pump.  The opposite end of the suction hose is then placed in the water.  A discharge hose attached the pump will direct the water to where it needs to go.  In some instances, you may not need a discharge hose and can choose to have the water discharged directly next to the pump.

Diaphragm Pumps

These pumps are typically used for construction projects in which the area must constantly be kept free of standing water.  Diaphragm pumps are able to pump water that is shallow and muddy, using a positive displacement design rather than centrifugal force to move the water.  Centrifugal force action units, such as trash pumps or the submersible pumps are ineffective in shallow water applications because they require a high volume discharge flow in order to keep their prime.  Traditionally these conditions exist in trenches and ditches where water seeps into the work site creating standing water.

For more information on which pump will work best for your application, contact our location nearest you to speak to our staff.

After The Flood

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, equipment rental, floors, Home Improvement, Rental Tips

The last thing any of us want to experience is that unforeseen leak or minor flood that has left your home or building a soggy, wet mess.  Now begins the arduous task of cleaning up the water and drying out the carpets or flooring. At Bunce Rental, we have several solutions to help cleanup and dry out your home.  This week, we’re covering cleanup of minor leaks or flooding that does not require a pump to remove standing water from your area.  We’ll cover the different types of water pumps available in a future post.  For now, we’ll take a look at carpet cleaner extractors, fans, dehumidifiers, and ozone generators.

Carpet Cleaner Extractor

More commonly referred to as a carpet shampooer, this machine will extract excess water from your carpets and suction up puddles of water off hard floor surfaces such as concrete or tile.  In this instance, you would only be using the extractor function (vacuum) of the machine to remove any excess water.


Even after using the carpet extractor soaked carpets and flooring will still be wet.  A dehumidifier will help remove moisture and humidity from the area, preventing mold and mildew from growing. To use the dehumidifier, set it up in the area you want to use it in, positioned so that the machine is elevated in such a way that the discharge hose is able to slope down into the bucket or sink to catch water or out through a window.

Turbo Dryers/Direct AirPath Fans

These fans direct air towards the floor to help dry the wet carpets and floors faster.  Many times these will be rented to help dry carpets faster after they have been shampooed.  The Turbo Dryers (also known as carpet fans) are snail-shaped with the airflow directed horizontally across the floor.  The Direct AirPath Fans are circular in shape and can direct the airflow right over the wet area.  Direct AirPath Fans can also be positioned on their side if a more horizontal direction of the airflow is preferred.

Ozone Generators

Once the room has been dried out, an ozone generator will help to kill mold, mildew, or even a smell that’s been left behind by the damage.  A full description of how the machine works can be found on the Shipp Cleaning System’s website.  Keep this in mind when using an ozone generator; the area that is being treated must be closed off.  The area must be clear of people and pets while the ozone machine is running.  While the ozone generator is running, it temporarily changes the oxygen in the area to ozone which while breathable can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, or bloody noses in a similar fashion to thinner levels of oxygen found at higher altitudes.  The ozone generator has a timer that will shut off the machine after the set amount of time (anywhere from 1 to 12 hours).  After the machine is done running, open up the room, let it air out, and check for signs of the odor, mold, or mildew.  If needed, run the ozone generator again.

Shipp Carpet Systems has also provided us with an overview of what to do for cleaning up water and also smoke damage.


To learn more about our fans, dehumidifiers, and carpet cleaners, call to speak to our staff at any of our locations.  Our staff will help you determine which of these options may be right for your application.

Shipp Carpet Cleaner Extractor Triumph 430

The Christmas decorations are put away and any out of town guests have returned to their homes.  The New Year has been rung in and your carpets show the effects of the holiday season as well as general use during the rest of the year.  Let’s not even mention the Super Bowl Party you hosted:  mud, dirt, wine and food stains, pet hairs – you name it; your floor has seen it.

You’ve tried vacuuming and scrubbing out the spots.  That “As Seen On TV” handheld carpet shampooer sort of did the job, but you are not happy.  Hiring a professional floor cleaner?  You’re not quite sold on the cost.  And the Rug Doctor at your local grocery store just didn’t clean the carpets as well as you thought it would.

You feel like you’ve tried everything.  You’re hoping the equipment rental store down the street has something that will do the trick.  Something that will make those carpets look almost new. You head on down to the local rental store and the customer service rep says yes; they do have something to clean your carpets – a carpet cleaner extractor!  When you ask them to compare their Carpet Cleaner Extractor to the Rug Doctor, they assure you that most of their customers, who have used both, prefer the Carpet Cleaner Extractor to the Rug Doctor, citing the differences between the machines:

Shipp “Triumph 430” Carpet Extractor Cleaner

  • 800-RPM Chevron shaped motion – Piano Hinge Floating Brush
  • Two Brass Spray Jets – 60 PSI ea.
  • 117” Water-lift Vacuum
  • Chevron shaped brush brings water towards center part of vacuum for better water recovery
  • Piano Hinge design allows brush t0 dig into carpet for great deep dirt lifting

Rug Doctor

  • Back & Forth Brush (Vibrating)
  • One Plastic Spray Jet – 28 PSI
  • 101” Water-lift Vacuum
  • Vibrating Action leaves water in Carpet
  • Fixed Brush

“What about shampoo and stain removers?” you ask.  The customer service rep shows you what is available for purchase including several spot and stain removers.  Which spot and stain remover you will need depends on what the stain is – as “oil based” stains are different than “protein based” stains.   Deodorizers are also available for purchase.  Shipp Carpet Systems has a chart on their website with more information on the different options for carpet cleaning solutions.

“What if I already have a carpet shampoo?” – remembering you have a bottle or two left at home.  You are relieved to hear that you can also use your solution and shampoo.

The customer service rep then proceeds to go over the operation of the machine with you; where to pour the solution in, which buttons to push to release the solution, how to move the machine across the floor.  They even show you the upholstery attachment available for rent and how to connect it to the machine, allowing you to clean your couches and stairs quickly and easily.

So you decide to give it try.

Have you tried our Carpet Cleaner Extractors?  Let us know how it worked on your carpets!