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How to Remove Flooring using an Electric Floor Scraper

Removing flooring is no picnic. It can be a time consuming and messy job if done by hand. But we would like to share with you a way to remove flooring easily and in less time.

The first thing you need to do is collect the right tools for the job. The easiest tool to use is an electric hammer with a floor scraper attachment. You can purchase hammers from most lumberyards. An SDS Max hammer is small and more well suited for homeowners. We carry a floor scraper attachment that is compatible with this hammer (you can find it here). You will also need a broom and dustpan for clean-up and a 5-gallon bucket or heavy-duty garbage bags would be helpful for disposal.

The next thing you need to decide is the pattern for removal. This will vary depending on the size and shape of your space, but we would suggest starting at an opening into the room and working in a straight line. It is also helpful to clean away debris as you go or have a second person cleaning up behind you.

When operating the hammer, don't hold the scraper higher than a 45-degree angle to prevent the shank going up into the hammer and causing damage. With an electric scraper you are not using it as a pry bar, so don't insert it under flooring and pull up, but rather hold it at the correct angle and push it forward. The hammer should be doing the work, not you.

Another thing to be aware of is joints and uneven areas. If you notice these before you start, be sure to mark them with a marker or paint, so you can move more slowly over them to prevent damage to the hammer of the scraper blade.

We hope these tips will help your project go smoothly and get you ready for your new flooring!


SDS Plus Vs SDS Max

You might be wondering what is the right tool for you. Both tools are very similar in appearance and performance but the main difference is in what your project looks like.

Originally Spline was the universal shank for drilling and concrete breaking, but it was later replaced by the SDS because it had the capability to be locked in place but still move up and down. Soon after this SDS Plus was developed as an improved version of the regular SDS shank. But even with the improved SDS Plus, Spline was continually used for larger jobs until the SDS Max was developed. The Spline is still widely used, so both shanks remain on the market. But there are now more SDS Max options to choose from especially if you are wanting to use the tool for digging.

The main difference between the SDS Plus and the SDS Max is the size of the tool. SDS Plus is thinner at about 10 millimeters in size, while the SDS Max is thicker at 18 millimeters. 

So, the best way to judge what is the right tool for you is to look at what you are using the tool for. If you are a homeowner looking to do an occasional job and not needing a lot of power then the SDS Plus would probably get the job done (you can find our SDS Plus tools here). But if you are going to be doing a project that is repetitive and requires more strength then the SDS Max should be your tool of choice (you can find our SDS Max tools here).

If you are still confused about which tool to use or need more information about the tools that we sell at Champion Chisel Works. Please give us a call at 800-239-1434.