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Important things you need to know about floor sweeping equipment before you purchase.

The two main types of floor sweeping equipment are mechanical floor sweepers and battery-operated floor sweepers. When purchasing sweeping floor equipment is important to first look at the environment you are cleaning. Mechanical floor sweepers utilize a gear type mechanism where the sweeping brush is rotated by the use of either gears or a belt. Battery-operated floor sweeping equipment uses a motor which is powered by a battery or battery packs and in most cases does a much better job at removing debris from the floor. The three main things to consider is the type of flooring you are cleaning, the size of the flooring you are cleaning, and how much debris you will be removing from the floor.

The type of flooring you are cleaning is a major consideration when purchasing floor equipment of this type. Floor sweepers are generally used on hard surface floors but can be also used on low pile carpeting or tile. When purchasing a floor sweeper make sure the brush is matched to the type of flooring you are cleaning. A heavier duty thicker brush fiber is great for picking up larger debris but will lack in its ability to clean up dust or smaller objects. If you're cleaning tile floors is important to get a softer brush that will clean in between grout lines.  If you plan on cleaning carpet with your floor sweeper is recommended that you go with a stiffer brush so that can beat into the carpet fiber and remove dirt and debris. Some floor sweepers are fitted with a front side broom that can sweep debris from edges into the main brush system. Another added option that some sweepers have is their ability to adjust the brush either lower to the floor or further away from the floor so that you can quickly adapt to different types of cleaning environments.

The size of the floor you are cleaning is probably the most important factor when choosing sweeping floor equipment. You want to match the size of your sweeper to the size of the area you are cleaning. A smaller sweeper will take longer to clean large open areas thus costing you extra labor expenses. Smaller sweeper will also malfunction prematurely because of excessive use in these areas. If the area you are cleaning is smaller than you will want to purchase either a mechanical or small battery-operated walked behind sweeper. The sweepers usually range in price anywhere from $500-$3000 depending on the type and brand you purchase. Entry-level sweepers rely on mechanical gears that rotate a large spinning brush when the operator pushes the machine. The brush then takes the debris intersperses it into a large debris bin where it is collected and emptied when full. Smaller battery operated units work on the same principle but the main brush is driven by an electrical motor. These models can cut down on operator fatigue and labor expenses. For larger areas a ride on or larger electrical sweeper is recommended. Write-down floor sweepers contain both a motor to drive the brush as well as a transaxle motor which propels the unit forwards and backwards. This type of floor sweeping equipment is perfect for large open areas where obstacles are not present. These units can run up to five miles per hour and can clean thoroughly and quickly.

Another important factor to consider when buying this type of floor equipment is the type of electrical system that powers the unit. Most powered floor sweepers run on either a 12 Volt, 24 Volt, or 36 Volt electrical systems. The larger the electrical system the faster and more run time the user will have to operate the machine. These types of electrical systems usually rely on Marine style deep cycle batteries that are grouped together to produce the voltage of the system. The most common type of configuration is either the utilization of 12 Volt or 6 Volt batteries combined together to create the voltage needed to propel or run the machine. It is always better to purchase a machine with more power than you will need because it is hard to upgrade the systems later on.

Overall buying a floor sweeper can be a complicated and costly event. There are many different brands of floor sweepers with the most popular being NSS, Windsor, Minuteman, Tornado, Tennant or Clarke.  These types of costly purchases can easily pay themselves off quickly by lowering labor expenses and cleaning the floor better than conventional methods. Most sweepers are meant to be rebuilt when failure occurs so it is important to buy from a reputable manufacturer so that floor equipment parts can easily be found at that time. It is very common for lower-level sweeper manufacturers to go out of business and if this happens parts become unavailable. A good floor sweeper should range between $500-$10,000 depending on whether you buy a mechanical model or battery ride on machine.

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