Sweepers - to ride or not to ride?

11th of December 2013
Sweepers - to ride or not to ride?

When is a ride-on sweeper more appropriate than a walk-behind version? And are the new micro ride-ons replacing walk-behind sweepers in constricted areas? We ask manufacturers about the pros and cons of each kind of machine; which suits which environment - and whether there is a future for the standard walk-behind sweeper.

It can be difficult to

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VCS-01 floor sweeper from Vax

11th of December 2013
VCS-01 floor sweeper from Vax

The VCS-01 floor sweeper, says Vax Commercial, can sweep debris from dirt, dust and leaves up to drinks bottles, cans and food wrappers. The motorless design means there is no cable, no batteries and no fuel.

The fact there is no motor makes this model lightweight and easy to carry, and the handle folds flat for storage. To operate, it is simply

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Johnston Sweepers winter packs for C201 street sweepers

11th of December 2013
Johnston Sweepers winter packs for C201 street sweepers

New from Johnston Sweepers are demountable winter packs for use on its C201 compact street sweeper. The accessories, which include snow plough, snow brush and gritter unit, can be fitted in less than ten minutes at the first sign of snow or ice, and removed just as quickly when normal sweeping duties are required.

The switchable functions mean

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RCM updates R850 sweeper

11th of December 2013
RCM updates R850 sweeper

RCM has updated one of the most important sweepers in its original range, originally launched in 1975. The R850 is no longer a heavy duty machine, however, but one designed to offer sweeping performance at a low price.

One of the features that makes the R850 so cost effective, says RCM, is manual dumping rather than hydraulic. However, it is keen

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Large area sweepers FS 80-90-110 from Fimap

11th of December 2013
Large area sweepers FS 80-90-110 from Fimap

For cleaning of large areas up to 15,500 square metres Fimap has developed the FS 80-90-110 vacuum sweepers - these come in diesel and bifuel versions for cleaning outdoors, or in battery version for indoor areas.

Designed with a box frame, they’re sturdy, compact and easy to handle says the manufacturer. For greater reliability electric

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Hako Jonas 800E sweeper is zero emission

11th of December 2013
Hako Jonas 800E sweeper is zero emission

The Jonas 800E is a zero emission battery powered sweeper that manufacturer Hako says combines the compact size of a walk-behind with the convenience of a ride-on.

Working width is 890 mm, which can be increased to 1,100 mm with the addition of a left-hand broom to supplement the right-hand one. The brooms are arranged so they clean up dirt over

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