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Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

Monday, January 18, 2016

As easy as it is today, cleaning the floors were as difficult and time consuming years ago. There are in today’s market, equipment that make sweeping and/or scrubbing that surface very quick indeed. Take the Advance Captor as a very good example. This machine is a combination sweeper/scrubber. This means that this equipment will not only sweep the surface of debris, but it lays down a cleaning solution onto the surface scrubbing and then squeegeeing up the dirty water. So, when it is all said and done, the surface is free from debris and dust.

Before operating such a machine, a checklist is always performed to ensure maximum performance. A pre-operational checklist would typically consist of the condition of all the cleaning components, such as the brushes.

Since the machine is a sweeper/scrubber, you will want to inspect the main brush, side brush and scrubbing brushes. Another obvious compartment is the hopper assembly. Empty the hopper if it has debris in it and also inspect the hopper filters. At the beginning or end of every cleaning you will want to clean these filters. Usually on most machines you can do this by removing the filters. After that, take the air hose and apply this to the filter removing the dust. In most cases, it is that easy to perform.

Another item many operators failed to check are the rubbers. For the Advance Captor sweeper/scrubber you will have two types to check. On the sweeping side of this machine, inspect the hopper skirts/rubbers and the main broom chamber skirts/rubbers. You are looking for cuts, tears and general wear of these skirts. If the skirts are bad, generally your sweeping performance is lowered by allowing too much air into the chambers and loosing vacuum. It is along the same idea as a clogged vacuum cleaner. What happens? Nothing, because it doesn’t suck. The other side of this machine is the scrubber, so this machines also has squeegees. There is not really one more important squeegee over another, however if your inspection includes squeegees, you will want to definitely inspect the rear squeegees. Again, you are looking for cuts and tears that would warn you to replace.

Another very important check is the solution and recovery tanks. You will want to make sure your solution tank (clean water tank) is full and ready with the correct water to concentrate. The recovery tank (dirty water tank) should have been drained and rinsed out after the last scrubbing. If this was not performed, then you must now.

Since this machine has an internal combustion engine, it should be quite obvious that items on your checklist include examples such as: engine oil level, engine coolant level, etc.

So get this checklist completed and go sweep scrub. Remember, if you take care of your equipment, it will take care of you.

As always, thanks for reading. My e-mail is creamerscorner @hi-gear.com

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