Floor preparation expert launches new ride-on scraper
To provide contractors with efficient floor preparation equipment for outdoor applications, surface preparation expert National Flooring Equipment has released the Viking. This will be the most powerful ride-in scraper in National Flooring Equipment’s product offering and is designed with precision, safety and performance in mind for use in large-scale outdoor applications such as roadways, bridge decks and airport runways.
The Viking is a 5700 lb ride-in scraper built for the removal of tough outdoor applications including asphalt, waterproof membranes, sport court material, and many others. Powered by 49.5 HP Turbo Diesel and featuring three blade holders, operators can use a combination of one, two or three tools that can be adjusted to any angle to easily remove tough, well-bonded materials.
Traditionally, surface preparation work in outdoor applications is dependent on uncontrollable factors, such as weather and daylight, meaning operators only have a few hours to complete it. To increase uptime, the Viking is designed for use in outdoor applications, featuring an enclosed cab with heating and air conditioning, headlights and windshield wipers for optimal visibility in inclement weather. It also has a digital display, rear-view camera and light safety curtain to ensure operators can work safely and efficiently while on site.
“We began developing the Viking after being approached by the UK highways industry to help find a more efficient method to scrape bridge decks,” explained Nick White, sales director EMEA at National Flooring Equipment. “Contractors found that the traditional method was noisy, dusty and aggressive — they must be careful to remove as little concrete as possible and this is not always possible using traditional methods. By developing a powerful, yet agile, ride-on scraper like the Viking, contractors can safely and quickly remove material with less strain on the bridge and its joints.”
The Viking is also built with the comfort and safety of the operator in mind. It features a fully enclosed cab with a positive pressure system to keep out dust and worksite by-products. The noise-dampening cab also improves operator experience, enabling them to focus on the work and be on the machine for longer — the phone holder, USB outlet and cup holder might also be a good reason to stay inside.