A ride on propane floor scraper is an excellent investment if you have flooring or floor covering to remove because they save time, minimize operator fatigue, and get excellent results when used correctly. The key to getting quality results in a short time is making sure you’re using the equipment correctly. To help you get started, we’re sharing tips on how to operate a ride on propane floor scraper.

Using a Propane Floor Scraper

Propane powered floor scrapers are a convenient option as they can run continuously as long as you have a source of fuel, compared to battery powered floor scrapers that have to be charged periodically. However, it’s important to factor that a propane motor is loud and puts off carbon monoxide, so it shouldn’t be used in indoor spaces without sound protection and proper ventilation.

Safety When Operating a Ride On Propane Floor Stripper

Before you begin your project, it’s important to take proper safety precautions.

  • Use in a well-ventilated space or outdoors;
  • Everyone nearby should be wearing hearing protection and eye protection;
  • Wear gloves when changing blades and only change them when the machine is off;
  • Make sure to drive backwards up a ramp or grade, drive forward down the ramp, and avoid hilly or bumpy areas as that could cause a tip over;
  • Control levers should be in a neutral position;
  • Clear the work space of any debris or items like cords that could cause injury and locate protrusions in the floor, such as cracks in the slab or expansion joints.

Operating Your Ride-On Floor Scraper

Once the area is safe and secure, you’re ready to get started. Here are the general steps to operating a propane ride-on floor scraper, though you’ll want to read your owner’s manual to get more in-depth information and custom instructions based on your model.

  1. Turn the valve on your propane tank counter clockwise;
  2. Sit in the driver’s seat and place your feet on the footrests. There is a kill switch in most seats so unless you’re sitting in it, it won’t turn on.
  3. Make sure the hydraulic levers are in a neutral position;
  4. Insert the ignition key;
  5. To go forward, you’ll gently push both levers forward, and to go back, you’ll pull the levers backwards. To turn your floor scraper right, you’ll push the left lever forward, and to turn left, you’ll push the right lever forwards.

As you operate the scraper, make sure to move forward in a steady pace to avoid damaging the subflooring or slab. If you see the blade isn’t getting under the floor covering or is simply gliding over the top, it may be time to replace the scraper blade. To do this, make sure you follow your owner’s manual to safely replace your floor scraper blades.

Get a Quote for a Propane Ride on Floor Scraper

At Buy Manufacturers Direct, we have high-quality, robust floor scrapers that can tackle the largest projects in no time. To learn more about our models or get a quote, speak to a product expert at (815) 472-9754 or by filling out our contact form to get started!