If you’re in the market for a ride-on floor scraper, either to replace an existing one or to upgrade from a manual or walk-behind model, you know there are two main types to choose from: propane and battery-powered. You may be wondering what the difference between the two is and which one is better. While we don’t think propane or battery is necessarily better than the other, one may be better for your company. To help you choose the best option, we’re breaking down the differences and benefits of battery-powered and propane floor scrapers.

Why Choose a Propane Floor Scraper?

Using a propane floor scraper offers you the convenience of continuous use. You don’t have to worry about charging a battery or having to stop halfway through to charge the scraper. Additionally, all other things being equal in a floor stripper, the propane powered model is often a bit more powerful. This allows you to complete jobs more quickly and efficiently.

However, you do have to factor in two drawbacks: fumes and noise. A propane scraper gives off toxic, foul-smelling fumes that can be dangerous in enclosed spaces, and they are also incredibly noisy to operate. Using one in a poorly ventilated space or near where people are working or living may be ill-advised.

Why Choose a Battery Powered Floor Scraper

Battery powered floor scrapers offer the opposite benefits and drawbacks as the propane counterparts. Battery powered floor strippers are fairly quiet and give off no fumes at all, so you can work in an office, residence, or commercial space and not worry about disrupting those around you. Additionally, you don’t have to purchase fuel, which does reduce your operating cost.

Conversely, you do have to factor in that large spaces may require you to stop and recharge the battery, cutting into your completion time.

Get a Quote for a Ride-On Floor Scraper Today

If you’re not sure which option of floor scraper is right for you, we can help. Reach out to our team of product experts to learn more about your options and get the best quote on the right scraper for your business. Contact us at  (815) 472-9735 or by filling out our contact form to get started!