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165 of 177 people found the following review helpful
Easy to handle and well made, September 6, 2012
By Handyman (New Jersey) –
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This review is from: Oreck Commercial ORB550MC Orbiter Floor Machine, 13″ Cleaning Path, 50′ Cord (Misc.)
If you are considering this model vs. the ultra orbiter, keep in mind that the commercial 550MC unit also has a 1/2 horsepower motor despite the Amazon description which indicates that it has a 3/4 hp motor. This can be confirmed by contacting Oreck. It appears that the cord on the commercial model is longer but that the orbiter ultra has a longer warranty. The 550MC commercial model comes with a black mounting pad which is essential for use of accessories. Accessories are available at additional cost.The machine is a pleasure to use. It is easy to control and has plenty of power. I cleaned my vinyl floor and also a good portion of my wood dining room floor. I was satisfied with the results.The ultra model appears to be so similar to the commercial model that I think either would be fine. I did think I was getting a more powerful motor when I placed my order but there is little to go wrong with this device necessitating a 10 year warranty (applicable to the ultra unit) so I don’t regret my purchase. Oreck customer phone service is not outsourced and the people I spoke to were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.I have yet to try to clean tile so I can’t comment on this. I have no plans to use the machine to clean carpet as I have a carpet cleaner which uses detergent.Addendum:Despite the information provided by Orek’s customer service to the contrary it appears that this unit really does have a 3/4 h.p. motor. I am happy to hear this since it still can be used with any standard 15 amp outlet. I have used this floor machine several times since purchase on sheet vinyl and wood and I have no regrets. It is a fine machine.
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366 of 377 people found the following review helpful
Competes with professional floor cleaning!, January 3, 2014
By Engineer (Philadelphia, PA USA) –
I year ago I hired a popular floor cleaning company to professionally clean the tile and grout on my kitchen floor. They did a fantastic job – but it cost $240! They used a round floor scrubber. I set out to find a round floor scrubber to purchase, and found this one. I purchased the all-purpose cleaning kit that comes with all the brushes, the terry bonnet, and thevtile/carpet/wood cleaners. I have carpet, floor tile, and hardwood in my house. I used the machine on the carpet and tile, but not the hardwood yet. This machine is amazing and delivers versatile floor cleaning. All you will ever need is this machine and a vacuum cleaner. I will be giving away my steam mop and steam carpet cleaner. They cannot compete with the Oreck at all!
The Orbiter uses a dry shampoo technique for carpet cleaning. The scrubbing power is awesome. The stains and darkened traffic areas on my white berber carpet came right up! My husband commented that it looked better than after the professional steam cleaning we had done. In 30 minutes, you vacuum up the dry powder and you’re done. Kids and pets can walk around while the powder works – it is safe. Why steam clean carpets anymore, waiting for the rug to dry overnight?
I cleaned all of the tile floors – 3 bathrooms and the kitchen floor. The Kitchen floor looked the same as after the professional tile and grout cleaning I had done last year. The white grout lines in the bathrooms reappeared with only 1 application! See my before and after photos in the product photo gallery.
The Orbiter is not light to carry around. But once you turn it on, it practically skates on top of the floor being cleaned and is very easy to maneuver and balanced. It takes a little more strength to maneuver on carpet for obvious reasons. The brushes that come in the kit sold separately are very easy to put on and remove and are very solidly built.
I highly recommend this floor machine and look forward to years of good use. With just one pass on my carpet and tile floors, I have recouped the money I would have spent on professional cleaning.
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241 of 250 people found the following review helpful
A Hidden Secret, February 24, 2014
By L. A. Love –
We have travertine floors all over our house. After 8 years of quite a few house parties and two dogs our floors completely lost their shine and were always dirty looking. I looked into hiring someone for a restoration process and was blown away by the cost. I decided to try out this Oreck Orbiter. I also purchased the “natural stone kit” which included the correct brush, a cleaner, and a white terry cloth pad. I scrubbed the floors with the brush and cleaner. Then went back over with a clean mop to get off the film and buffed dried with the terry cloth pad. It took off an awesome amount of grime and the grout started to look cleaner. The floors were still dull and it didn’t take much time with two dogs for it to start going back to what it was before. I did some research, watched a couple of YouTube videos, and decided I was going to restore my own floors with diamond pads. I ordered the 800, 1500, and 3000 grit Gorilla Diamond Pads. I have never done any type of floor restoration and was nervous. I did a side bathroom that no one ever uses to test how to use these polishing pads. It wasn’t hard and my floors had the wet look back. I did the entire kitchen over the weekend. With clean water, my diamond pads, terry cloth pad, and the Oreck orbiter, I restored my floors. They now have this beautiful, wet look back. This machine has already paid for itself considering the quote another company was trying to give me. I then sealed my floors with Aqua Mix and buffed out the residue with the Orbiter. My grout and travertine look amazing. Yes the honing process does take time but after 8 years of no real maintenance, I knew this would be a project. Now that I have this machine, I will be able to maintain the polished look every 6 to 12 months in high traffic area. Maintenance will now take no time at all.
If anyone has a lot of high quality flooring, this should be a staple in your home. It is as necessary as a vacuum. Flooring companies will not tell you to buy this equipment because they want you to call them back after two years so they can do the work of honing, restoring, and resealing for an ENORMOUS price.
This was the best purchase I have made in a long time. As soon as I am done with the travertine in the rest of the rooms, I am going to start investing in pads for the wood floors in my bedroom. This is a deep cleaning machine and perfect to use for spring cleaning a house.
Oh by the way, I am 31 year old female and I restored my kitchen floors all by myself. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Just get the diamond polishing pads and this awesome machine!
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