I need to pull up the floor tile in my kitchen. i've tried using a hammer and chisel and the tile pops up easily, but it's too slow.
what power tool is the best and fastest to take up floor tile?
is there something with a spade that works well?
A rotary hammer with sds plus attachments will likely serve you best. These tools usually have three functions: hammer (with a chisel bit for your purpose), rotating hammer (for drilling through concrete), and drill. The tool plus the chisel attachment will run you about $300. I've found mine very useful for the odd jobs of removing tiles and drilling for anchors. They can be found widely at home improvement stores and online.
we actually use a pair of shingle removers. just shove under the tile, pry down and up pops the tile. easier on the knees and back than a hammer. two guys can rip out a kitchen floor in about an hour - even if there is lath under the floor.