Cleaning, renovating, repairing – A homeowner’s work is never done. Out of all the areas in a house, it’s the flooring that often shows wear and tear the fastest. Although many people choose to hire a professional for floor cleaning and restorations, buying your own floor machine is a more economical option.

Oreck ORB550MC Commercial Orbiter Floor Machine Review

Oreck ORB550MC

With the lightweight, 13-inch Oreck ORB550MC Commercial Orbiter Floor Machine, chores like buffing dull hardwoods, loosening carpet stains and stripping old wax are easy for anyone to do no matter their handiness skill level.


A One-Speed Residential Floor Machine

The first feature we focused on was the rotation speed of the floor machine since the speed determines the machine’s ability to perform certain tasks. The Oreck ORB550MC Commercial Orbiter moves at a speed of 175 rpm, making it safe to use on virtually any surface (including carpets).

In the land of floor machines, 175 rpm is a low-speed that offers project versatility. While the machine can handle jobs like buffing, cleaning, sanding, scrubbing and waxing, it isn’t fast enough for burnishing a floor to a high shine.

Oreck Commercial Orbiter Floor Machine

Oscillating Motion

As opposed to rotary machines that spin in a circular motion, orbiters such as the Oreck ORB550MC oscillate. The oscillating movement of this floor machine has two key benefits. First, the agitation of the oscillation cuts down on the time it takes to clean or buff. Second, it prevents damaging gouges and marks.

Designed to Maximize Usability

The Oreck Commercial Orbiter is as lightweight as they come. Weighing a mere 24 pounds, you don’t have to be the Hulk to use it. Another benefit to the time-saving oscillating motion we mentioned above is the torque-free ease of guiding the floor machine.

Coupled with the integrated counterweight system, you won’t struggle to keep the machine in check.

You’ll also appreciate the T-shaped handlebar on the orbiting floor machine and how it helps you maintain your grip. If you’re a floor-machine newbie, you’ll be glad to know there aren’t a multitude of switches and levers to navigate. Instead, a simple rocker switch located between each handle turns the machine on and off.

Oreck ORB550MC Commercial Review

Oreck ORB550MC

Induction Motor

Since this floor machine is meant for residential use, we didn’t expect it to have a ton of horsepower. However, the 0.75 hp motor is sufficient for regular cleaning jobs. It only draws 5.4 amps; therefore, the risk of electrical overloads and tripped breakers is negligible.

Another benefit of the motor is its robustness. It’s made of zinc and steel, and there aren’t a bunch of gears, belts and other moving parts that tend to wear out prematurely. Oreck’s 5-year motor warranty is a testament to the motor’s durability.

13-Inch Deck

Floor machines come in several deck sizes, and the Oreck ORB550MC is the smallest at 13 inches. While it will take longer to tackle a large floor than it would with a 20-inch model, these big machines can’t maneuver in tight spaces like this Oreck can.

Oreck ORB550MC Commercial

Oreck ORB550MC

The deck is compatible with any 12-inch pad or brush, and attaching a pad is super-simple. With the floor machine, Oreck includes the pad holder, which will save you some money. However, you’ll have to purchase pads separately as none come with the Commercial Orbiter.

Deck and driver maintenance is practically nonexistent sans a wipe-down with a clean cloth when necessary. If you’re at a loss as to the type of pad or brush that’s best for your current project, the owner’s manual offers invaluable guides that are organized by flooring and task.

Long-Reaching Power Cord

Stretching to 50 feet, the 120-volt power cord is long enough to reach across any room, and the grounded plug will protect you from electrical shock. On the rear of the floor machine, there is a pair of hooks for tidy storage. We like that Oreck chose a red cord that stands out and prevents accidental injuries.

Oreck ORB550MC  Floor Machine Review

Oreck ORB550MC

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A Lightweight and Efficient Floor Machine.

Usability is this floor machine’s primary selling feature. It’s easy to control thanks to the T-shaped handle, lightweight frame and random-pattern oscillation. Due to the deep red color of the long power cord, you don’t have to worry about tripping over it, and the induction motor is solid and reliable.

Although you aren’t able to polish stone to a high gloss, the low-speed orbiting machine is equipped to handle most other hard-floor tasks; it even removes stubborn carpet stains. With the cost of hiring a floor-refinishing pro averaging about $1,500, the value of the inexpensive Oreck ORB550MC Commercial Orbiter is unbeatable.

Best for: Budget-Strapped Homeowners; First-Time DIYers; Hard Floors and Carpets; Scrubbing and Buffing.

Oreck ORB550MC Review


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