Sweepers: differences in efficiency

In the world of walk-behind sweepers there are macro-categories which help to quickly classify different machines.

In first place we have industrial cleaning equipment, this category is divided between walk behind and ride on machines and that are manufactured with top quality materials and are designed for intensive use over time. Their consumable parts are easily substituted, and they guarantee excellent performance, offering enormous savings.

Then there are simpler machines which are designed for occasional use or to clean small surface areas, this equipment is therefore more suitable for commercial or domestic applications. Most mechanical sweepers on the market fall into this category.

It’s also possible to find completely manual models for industrial applications. Significantly lighter and easier to maneuver in respect to other automatic solutions, they are designed to be durable, and guarantee both top productivity and high-quality results.

If you are thinking about getting a manual sweeper to quickly and effectively clean driveways, workshops, small warehouses, garages, forecourts, or work stations… it is essential to pay attention to the detail because not all sweepers on the market are the same.

The key elements to consider are: the efficiency of the machine and its durability over time, how effectively it sweeps and, to determine operating costs, its level of efficiency. If you have sophisticated requirements don’t turn to a consumer product, because if you’re using cleaning equipment intensively, in tough conditions, only a professional sweeper is going to stand up to the job and guarantee the required performance.

How can you recognize a manual sweeper that’s really going to measure up in tough conditions?

If the machine is easy to operate, offers quality sweeping and is resistant, you’re on the right track. It’s important at this point to check the structure of the sweeper: does the machine have a sturdy metal frame on to which the hoppers are mounted, or is the entire machine made up of assembled plastic parts? Resistance to stress, vibrations and bumps are not going to be the same in these two cases.

Lastly it is always worthwhile checking the ergonomics of the machine, the attention to detail in its construction, and the maintenance it requires, as these aspects will vary significantly according to the model. Using a sweeper shouldn’t be excessively tiring for the operator, and at the same time it should also guarantee excellent results. The possibility to regulate the height of the handle and the down pressure of the brush are two indicators of careful design, the benefits of which come to light over time.

Many models of manual sweepers available on the market, don’t put any focus on these aspects and are low cost, designed for domestic use. Other machines offer an ingenious solution for traction, vacuuming and filtration of dust, and other special functions, thanks to the presence of a power source (batteries or a stroke engine) and dedicated electronics. However, these sweepers fall into a different category, and are not mechanical push sweepers.

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