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.
But of course, not all sweepers are made the same. To buy the one that suits your needs, you have to make a few crucial considerations, including:
Size of the area
Before anything else, the first and biggest consideration you need to make when buying a sweeper is the size of the surface that you want cleaned. If the area is no larger than 50,000 square feet, for example, look for a walk-behind sweeper with a sweeping path width of around 36 inches. 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.
Surface and debris types
As you surely know, there can be several types of ground surfaces out there, such as tile, bare concrete, asphalt and the like. Clearly, the type of surface you will be cleaning will dictate the type of broom that you should mount on the sweeper. The same goes for the debris, whether it’s sand and gravel, dry chemicals, manufacturing scrap or what have you. Truth is, not just the type of debris but even its volume will affect the type of sweeper and broom that you should get, along with such issues as hopper capacity, air filters and dumping power.
Steepness of grade and overall 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 will be using the sweeper in a parking garage, it must be powerful enough to make the ramps easy to deal with. In terms of outdoor applications, check the difference in levels between adjacent sections, on top of the grades for sweeping or traversing. 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. Lastly, sweeper operators must be knowledgeable about the equipment enough to inspect it for problems or potential problems daily or at least weekly.