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.

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    Many places rent tools like this although you might have to purchase the bits. After using this tool you can rent a rotary grinder with carbide teeth to take off the remaining thin-set mortar.
    – ArchonOSX
    Mar 6 '16 at 21:37
  • I've rented such a hammer at Home Depot for a day. Worked well to remove stuborn tile on concrete in a bathroom. Did not have to buy the bit/chisel. Worth the money.
    – DaveM
    Aug 13 '17 at 20:13

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.


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