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The anatomy of a walk-behind sweeper

Monday, February 22, 2016

The anatomy of a sweeper varies as wide spread as people. There are small ones and large ones. There are fat ones and there are skinny ones. There are weak ones and there are strong ones. There are pretty ones and there are ugly ones. I don’t know about the last one, but some would think there are pretty sweepers out there I suppose.

Anyway, in my mind there should always be three items that are apparent to the anatomy of a sweeper. 1) Must have a main broom 2) Must have a side broom 3) Must have a dust hopper. Without these three components I don’t know what else this machine would be doing, obviously not sweeping. But some would argue that machines out there without these components still are themselves sweepers.

Some people may call the Bensink Rotary Broom a sweeper, “NOT.” It is just a mechanical push broom although it works well for the purpose it was intended. And that is to prep a surface before seal coating.

How about the Buffalo Turbine Debris Blower. Some people may also consider this a sweeper, “NOT” as well. It is just a very powerful superhero leaf blower. Of course it is more than that and does its purpose equally well.

So let’s move on to what constitutes a walk behind sweeper. Having both self-propelled and vacuumized hopper are very useful options, they are not necessary to determine the makings of a walk behind sweeper. The Haaga Sweeper I consider a very useful walk behind sweeper. They offer a wide variety of types being among them: push type, without power and an electric powered. They are very small, lightweight but versatile in large areas, for commercial use or for home and garden use. They are reasonable priced.
If one is looking to upscale to a more severe environment, one has a very good choice on the industrial market. These sweepers to look at would be the FactoryCat Model 34, Clarke BSW28, advance Terra 28 or the Tennant model S10.

Of these sweepers, what stands out is the Factory cat because it is an all-steel sweeper built for tough environments. And finally, one has to mention the Tennant Model S10. The Tenant S10 walk behind sweeper is a 3rd generational machine with proven designs. The 1st generation was the Model 42HD. This was available not only in battery/electric but with an 8 HP Kohler engine in gasoline or LP. One powerful sweeper, I was always confident it could be used in any environment, no matter the harshness. When I sold them, potential customers would ask: Will it pick up and before they said anything else….Yes, I would answer. Because it would sweep about anything. The 2nd generation that followed was the Model 186. Still the basic machine had a metal frame with the lids and covers made of plastic, which always cracked and broke. At this time the battery version was becoming more prevalent and the gasoline option eventually ran its course. A very sad day.

Today, the 3rd generation S10 is still a very comparable walk behind sweeper with its counterparts, although it is now just available in battery.

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