Ultimate Scraper Blades Review — The Floor Pro

Ultimate Scraper Blades Review - The Floor Pro

Ultimate Scraper Blades Review

Ultimate Scraper Blade’s Spud Bar Review

As you can see from the picture series above, this is one explosive tool. It blasts through tile and shreds its way through glue-down carpet at an alarming rate. It will even demolish hardwood flooring and ceramic tile. It’s powered by human tenacity and a little bit of sweat. The effort needed though is buffered by the heft of this battering ram. The Ultimate Scraper Blade Spud Bar weighs in at an impressive 25 pounds. It’s pure American Steel with a deep black crinkle finish powder coating.

Ultimate Scraper Blade Spud Bar (click for larger view)

I won’t pretend that this review is thorough and comprehensive. It’s not. I used the tool on one job: pull up existing VCT on particleboard underlayment. But that job was enough to know this was a tool I wanted in my arsenal of demolition tools. The amount of time I have spent over the years just taking time to change out broken blades or unclog jammed up blade clamps — rather, paying someone else to do it — warrants the expense of this tool. At $80.00, it will pay for itself in time and blade savings in just a few tear-outs.

Old spud bar (L) and floor gouge (R)

My old spud bar has had its blade clamp so packed with debris that it actually curved the heavy blade. This can’t happen with the Ultimate Scraper Blade Spud Bar because of its patented Skirted Blade Systems unique design. It will stay flat and maintain its edge longer than anything else on the market. It will still gouge a wood floor, as you can see by the picture above, but not with the frequency or ferocity of an old bent blade.

There is very little I find fault with in this stand-up tool. My biggest complaint has to be its lack of ergonomics. That’s comfort grips to you less than PC types. My old bar has a short shovel type handle at the very end of he bar that aids in driving the bar forward without damaging your palms. Even with the textured finish, the bar does become slippery with extended use when your hands become damp with sweat. Yes, you could use gloves, but many of us installers prefer the hands on, gloveless approach to our work because it gives us the positive and immediate feedback of the slightest imperfection in our floor preparations. I would like to see a better grip system at the end of the bar and something like the foam handlebar padding you see on some bicycles.

As we all know, the spud bar is but one demolition tool we use. More often, we find ourselves grabbing for the small and nimble 4″ scraper or the work horse demo tool, the 8″ telescoping handle scraper. Ultimate Scraper blades has a blade for you. Rather, a blade for both of these scrapers that many times finds daily use the norm. The blades are resharpenable (did I just make that word up?) for longer life and greater savings.

Top, 4 inch scraper blade; bottom, 6 inch blade

I would like to thank the great folks at Pacific Flooring Supply, in Sparks, NV and Patrick Paggeot of Skirted Blade Sytems for providing this tool for review without reservation. Pacific Flooring Supply has been a regular supplier for me for over 30 years and has offices and warehouses in 7 cities in California as well as their Nevada location. Let me leave you with one final, impressive view of the Ultimate Scraper Blade Spud Bar. It is the first tool I will grab when it’s time to remove tough old flooring fast. With this tool and the blade technology now on my other scrapers, I will be saving time and we all know what they say about time.

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