Tennant Riding Scrubber Documentation
The Tennant model 7100 riding power brush type scrubber was purchased in late 2001 through Belson for $17,000.Within weeks the Custodian II was displeased with its performance. It didn't fit in the elevator like originally thought.It also appeared to be scuffing the floors, and appeared to do a poor job cleaning the floor (at least when compared toother scrubbing equipment).The Custodian II informed his supervisor, and requested a Belson technician come down to inspect and furtherexplain its operation.During this demonstration, it took 3 passes to pick up a chocolate milk stain in a hallway. Each time the Belsontechnician instructed him to increase water pressure. Also a side by side comparison was performed with a Clark walkbehind pad type scrubber. There was a noticeable difference, and the Clark was able to pickup the same stain on thefirst pass.Unsure of his supervisors plans to rectify its performance, and out of concern and curiosity, the Custodian II personallyinvestigated the Tennant 7100.First thing he learned is the 7100 was available in a brush or pad configuration. Tennant documentation statesbrushes work better for rough, uneven floors, and pads work better for finished floors where scrubbing and polishingare desired.Next he learned that according to the Aacer maple hardwood gym floor documentation one should never clean such afloor with pressurized power scrubbers.He also learned from the Tennant training video that you should always run the Tennant with the minimum amount ofsolution and brush pressure.This information was conveyed to his supervisor and still being displeased with the Tennant's performance and largeturning radius, the Custodian II took care of the floors for the remainder of the school year using the Clark pad typescrubber.The following school year with still no actions to rectify the Tennant's performance, he continued to use the Clarkbecause in his opinion it did/does a better job. Pressure was applied (without explanation of why) that he should usethe Tennant. November 5th, 2002 he was told to use the Tennant brush type scrubber so it could supposedly beevaluated.The Custodian II was unsure of who would be responsible for repairing any floor damage (after a long hard summer oflast minute floor care due to construction, and assuming he would be repairing). He also remained skeptical of anyactual plans to rectify the Tennant's performance, since it had been evaluated the year prior twice with his supervisorsoverseeing, and still no actions to rectify the Tennant's performance, he indicated he would not use the Tennant andwould continue to use the Clark. He encouraged his supervisors to use the Tennant themselves, however.November 6th, 2002 the Custodian II was written up, even after presenting some of the same information you seehere to Human Relations and other people. He has fulfilled his end of the bargain, and has been scrubbing the Eastside of the new commons weekly using the Tennant. Using the minimum amount brush pressure and maximumsolution pressure, has resulted in less floor scuffing and fair job of cleaning the floor, but it obvious that there is nopolishing action like a pad type system would provide.The results of the Tennant model 7100 riding power brush type scrubber evaluation (if) performed by management areunknown.