When choosing the right street sweeper for your company, municipality, or your sweeping contract, it is important to use the rule of 80%.
Your choice of street sweeper should be based on what the machine will be used for approximately 80% of the time.
Quite often equipment purchasers will be looking for the perfect unit that will work in every application at 100% efficiency.
Every street sweeper is used in many different environments and conditions. The goal of total efficiency and the perfect solution is often never possible.
Consider the Elgin Sweeper Company — the largest manufacturer of street sweepers. They build four distinct types of sweepers:
- Mechanical with squeegee conveyance
- Mechanical with belt conveyance
- Pure Vacuum
- Regenerative Vacuum
Moreover, there are a few models to choose from in each category:
- Mechanical with squeegee conveyance (Broombear, Road Wizard)
- Mechanical with belt conveyance (Eagle, Road Wizard)
- Pure Vacuum (Whirlwind, Megawind)
- Regenerative Vacuum (Crosswind)
There is more than one manufacturer of these types and each has its own distinct advantage:
- Elgin Sweeper
So, first figure out what you intend to sweep up and what road surface conditions exist. Then we can go to next step matching a sweeper type to 80% of usage application.