Machine sweepers don’t only work faster and wider than human workers, but they offer much better outcomes too. This is why they have become so popular nowadays despite the considerable investment they require.
Then again, not all sweepers are created the same. To buy the one that suits your needs, you have to make a few crucial considerations, including:
Area to be swept
The biggest factor to be considered when purchasing a sweeper is the size of the surface that must be swept. For example, if this area is no bigger than 50,000 square meters, then a walk-behind sweeper whose sweeping path is around 36 inches wide is usually a good choice. If you’re talking more than 50,000 square feet, then you should go for a ride-on sweeper with a path of about 50 inches wide. If you’re not sure, a company rep should provide options, explain each one, and recommend what’s most suitable for your usage.
Types of surface and debris
As you know for sure, surfaces can be made of many different materials, including asphalt, bare concrete, tile and so on. Clearly, the type of surface you will be cleaning will dictate the type of broom that you should mount on the sweeper. It’s the same way with the type of debris – paper, soda cans, dirt, chemicals, sand and gravel, etc. In fact, not only the type of debris but its volume should also affect your choice of sweeper, brooms, hopper capacity, dumping capabilities and air filters.
Grade steepness and maneuverability
Yet another important consideration you should make when buying a sweeper is how steep the grades are that must be swept or simply traversed. If you plan to use the sweeper in a parking garage, for example, it should be powerful enough to handle the ramps. For outdoor applications, you should consider the levels between adjacent areas, along with the grades to be swept or traversed. If you have aisles leading to dead ends or corners don’t provide enough space, aim for a sweeper with outstanding maneuverability, which will probably affect size.
Operators and their skill levels
If more than one person will be operating the sweeper or if the only operator’s skill level is low, choose a sweeper that comes with intuitive controls, programmable settings, and ease of use. Finally, sweeper operators should know the equipment enough to inspect it regularly for issues.