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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.

 

For Help and Advice Call 01282 416139