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Purchase vs. Leasing

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For business owners who need certain equipment to operate, there is a lot to consider. Beyond simply weighing the overall costs of purchasing or leasing a piece of equipment, you also need to consider maintenance, depreciation, flexibility and more.

When you start narrowing down on the type of cleaning machine your business needs, it’s a good idea to thoroughly consider the pros and cons of leasing versus purchasing. In certain circumstances, the cost-benefit of one option may strongly outweigh the other.

Leasing

Pros:

  • This method is good for equipment that needs to be updated often because you can acquire updated technology easier and quicker. If you will need to update your equipment on an annual basis to remain competitive, leasing allows you to avoid being stuck with outdated equipment.
  • There is less expense up-front with leasing because you have lower, scheduled payments. You don’t have to deal with one large lump sum to purchase what you need, making it easier to budget for the equipment over a longer period of time.
  • Leasing is flexible and offers more options when it comes to the type of equipment you get. You aren’t as restricted by high up-front costs or other concerns to try something new that may help your business.
  • With leasing, you don’t pay for maintenance. If the machine breaks down, the costs for repairs are usually included in your monthly payment.

Cons:

  • You usually pay higher costs over time than you would if you paid up-front. Most leasing options require interest to be paid as well.
  • Since you don’t own the equipment, it gives you absolutely no equity. You won’t have the option to sell the equipment once you are finished with it, so there is no potential to make any money back.
  • The available length of lease terms may be longer than you need. Strict agreements may force you to pay for and keep a piece of equipment for a longer time frame than you require, resulting in wasted funds and space. This can be especially difficult for larger pieces of equipment that you need for a short period of time but don’t have storage space for.
  • Availability of products may be limited depending on the stock of the leasing company. Your choice of brands or models could potentially be out of stock or not carried at all, so you could have to settle for something else.

Purchasing

Pros:

  • You will own the equipment, so you can make any alterations necessary. Maintenance is also in your hands, you can choose to take out a separate maintenance contract or pay for any repairs as and when needed.
  • You have the option to sell the equipment when you are finished with it, allowing you to recover some of the cost.
  • Purchasing is easier because you don’t have to deal with agreements and contracts. You simply pick out what you need and pay for it. This works well for smaller equipment that is easy to store, as well as equipment that has a long life.
  • You have complete control over what you get because you aren’t limited by a leasing company’s stock. If you want a particular model or brand, you have the ability to order exactly what you need.

Cons:

  • You will have a higher initial cost as opposed to lower monthly payments that may be easier to budget. It may be difficult to pay for costly equipment all at once. Higher initial costs may keep you from purchasing exactly what you want and may force you to settle for a lower-cost option.
  • For a technology that is outdated quickly, you are stuck with it because you own it. You then have to decide if it is worth it to continue to use it, repair it, store it or sell it.
  • You are responsible for all maintenance, including costs. This can become expensive, depending on what issues you encounter, and repairs are not always simple. You could potentially be burdened with broken equipment that you can’t return or sell. Keep an eye on the product warranty to see if it covers repairs and for how long.

Determining costs for equipment through either method should include considerations of tax deductions and/or the potential resale value. Consider the potential revenue derived from using this equipment, how quickly the equipment will be outdated, the size of the equipment and the overall costs. Each decision regarding equipment leasing or purchasing should be made carefully to best fit your company’s situation and needs.

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Battery Care

Battery care and maintenance is a key element in making sure your cleaning machine functions at it’s most efficient - failure to take care of your batteries can affect the performance of your machine and lead to the batteries needing to be replaced more quickly.

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  • Only charge batteries once daily, if possible for a minimum of 8hrs and only charge batteries when the charge has depleted to 20% or less - the red ‘low battery charge’ light should be flashing.
  • Avoid opportunity charging (quick charging between uses) it is detrimental to battery life. Opportunity charging is not good because the cooling time is eliminated, shortening life (ie. One charge cycle per day is preferable.)
  • Never charge a wet battery with a sealed (gel cell) battery charger. The wet battery needs the higher voltages to finish the charge and without it the batteries never come back to 100% and sulfation can occur.
  • Never charge a sealed (gel cell) battery with a wet battery charger. The higher voltages (above 14.8 volts) that a wet battery charger generates causes excessive gassing too fast for the sealed battery to recombine, causing dry-out and battery failure.
  • Never let the water level of a wet battery fall below the plates. Lack of maintaining the level in a wet battery causes damage (sulfation) to the exposed portion of the plate that reduces capacity.
  • Always fill your serviceable, wet batteries with distilled water after they have been charged. If the level is at least above the plates, do not fill the battery until after recharge. The level Battery Care E Mail Pic 2will expand during charging and if you fill them before recharging, the level will possibly bubble out of the battery. The plates must be covered with water for recharge but be careful not to overfill.
  • Always keep the tops and terminals of batteries clean and free of corrosion. The film on top of the battery can cause the current to migrate between the posts, accelerating self-discharge.
  • An overly discharged battery may need to be cycled a few times before it can recover fully. If a battery begins to heat before coming up to a full state of charge, it may be necessary to discharge the battery and recharge it a few times. This charge and discharge cycle may help the current acceptance of the battery and facilitate its recovery to a usable condition.
  • As batteries age, their maintenance requirements change. Generally their specific gravity is higher. Gassing voltage goes up. This means longer charging time and/or higher finish rate (higher amperage at the end of charge). Usually, older batteries need to be watered more often. And, their capacity decreases.
  • Inactivity can be harmful to deep cycle batteries. If they sit for several months, a ‘boost’ charge should be given; more frequently in warm climate (about once a month) than in cold (every 2-3 months). This is because batteries discharge faster at higher temperatures than at colder temperatures.

What Chemical Should I use in my Scrubber Dryer?

 

Now that you've purchased/hired a Scrubber Dryer, the next consideration is what chemical you should use in it?  There are a wide variety of chemicals available, depending on your needs: F181 TRIPLE
low foaming, high strength, non-tainting etc.  Based on our experience of over 30 years, we recommend Triple by Selden - a leading chemical supplier

 

Its super-strength formulation removes even the toughest grease and grime and it is low foaming - specially designed for machines with suction dryers. Triple is ideal for cleaning large warehouses, as its rapid grease cutting action ensures only one pass of the machine is required.  It is also un-perfumed, making it suitable for use in kitchens/food storage areas as it will not taint food stuffs.

 

Suitable for all heavy duty scrubber drier machines and for general machine scrub applications, Triple is a good all-round solution for most applications.

 

Do You Really Need a New Sweeper?

We were recently contacted by an existing customer with a Ride-On Sweeper, to say the machine was not performing to expectation and asking us for a quote for a new machine. 

Following a site visit, our engineer discovered that the filter was completely blocked and removed a large quantity of shrink wrap from the main broom - and now the machine is working just as it should!  The customer subsequently took out a Service contract for the Sweeper - which is always recommended, but a bit of weekly maintenance from your operators is also a good idea.

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So, think about your Sweeper - is it working as well as it did when you bought it?  If not, there are some simple maintenance tips to keep your machine in tip-top condition:

 

Ride-On Sweepers

  • Check the diesel fuel tank level/LPG bottle/ Battery charge. If needed, refill/ change the LPG bottle.Sweeper Maintenance   Ride On Pic 1
  • Check the main broom bristles for wear and that the main broom freely rotates and is free from debris.
  • Open the engine cover and check that the engine and hydraulic oil radiator’s fins are clean from dust.
  • Check the engine liquid coolant level.
  • If the coolant level is low, check the amount of liquid in the expansion tanks and if needed, use to refill the radiator.
  • Check the engine oil level.
  • Make sure that the engine air cleaner and pre-filter are free from dust.
  • Inspect the hopper filter conditions. Plies should be clean and intact.  If not, blow the filter with air.
  • Check that the side skirts are at the proper height before sweeping.
  • Do the same for the rear skirt.If the machine has been used until the Red light illuminates on the battery level indicator on the machine, a full recharge of the batteries (10-12 hours) will be required. Failure to do this may cause damage to the batteries. Charging the batteries after every use is recommended.

 

 

Pedestrian Sweepers

  • Lower the side broom.Sweeper Maintenance   Pedestrian Pic 1
  • Drive the machine straight forward. Adjusting speed depending working conditions/quantity of debris.
  • Activate the filter shaker switch every 10 mins.
  • When operating on wet floors, open the ‘wet bypass’ port to avoid damaging the dust filter. Close the ‘wet bypass’ port to restore proper vacuuming.
  • Release the traction lever, lift the side broom and turn off the machine.
  • Remove the hopper and empty it and put the hopper back on the machine.
  • Check the main and side broom and remove any debris like straps, banding, shrink wrap etc.
  • Remove and clean the dust filter as indicated into the manual.

 

Don’t Forget!

Training is important - your machine operatives may change, but your Sweeper is a significant investment.  Try to ensure the people using your Sweeper know about its basic maintenance. 

Feel free to contact us for Refresher training if required.

 

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