When it comes to running or managing a business, facilities maintenance is often the key to success. It doesn’t matter if you own a busy logistics and distribution warehouse, an industrial factory, or a local 24-hour supermarket, keeping your building clean and tidy should be at the very top of your priority list. Power sweepers are a fantastic way to keep on top of such maintenance. With powerful motors and a solid steel chassis, they are built to last and they are incredibly effective at keeping dust, dirt, and debris under control in a variety of harsh industrial settings.
There’s no doubt, an industrial power sweeper is a worthwhile investment for most businesses; however, when making such a purchase, it is important to do your research first. Consider each of the following factors carefully and choose the best power sweeper for you and your requirements.
No.1: Surface Area and Size
When it comes to buying a new power sweeper, the surface area or size of your room is one of the biggest factors to consider. Power sweepers come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and their individual features can make them more or less suited to small and crowded or big open spaces.
If intended for use in a small space, perhaps somewhere that is dotted with obstacles (such as aisles and shelving, narrow pathways, and ramps), a walk-behind power sweeper is the best option. Take for example the Model 34 Sweeper. Relatively small and compact, but still just as tough; this sweeper can be easily controlled and manoeuvred, and it is nimble enough for small industrial spaces. By contrast, ride-on power sweepers – such as the Model TR Sweeper – are much more suitable for large spaces. They are bigger, faster, more powerful and the operator can actually sit down, thus minimising their fatigue and improving their productivity.
No 2: Amount of Debris
Dependent upon the nature of your business, the amount and type of debris that accumulates on the surface of the floor will vary greatly. A local supermarket or shop may get a little dirty each day due to heavy levels of footfall, whereas a bulk powder or concrete factory is bound to get extremely dusty. It is therefore important to take this into consideration when choosing a power sweeper.
Here at Factory Cat UK, our Model 34 Sweeper has a generous 56-litre hopper capacity, which is more than enough for a wide range of industrial applications. However, if your business accumulates an extreme quantity of dust and debris and you don’t feel this would be enough, perhaps consider the Model TR Sweeper. It features a 116-litre hopper capacity (i.e. more than double than that found in the walk-behind version) and it makes light work of the harshest and dirtiest environments.
No. 3: Duration and Frequency of Use
Different power sweepers are installed with different battery systems and, as a result, their battering running times can also vary. For example, the Model 34 Sweeper has a 12v battery power that will last between 3-5 hours, whereas the Model TR Sweeper has a 24v battery and will run for up to 7 hours after being fully charged. Before making a purchase, you should think about how often your new cleaning equipment will be used and approximately how long it will take to cover your different rooms and spaces. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting halfway through a job and having to stop because your equipment ran out of power!
No. 4: Noise Levels
Quite simply, some floor sweepers will be quieter than others and this is another factor that you need to consider when choosing the right one for you. If the maintenance of your facility happens at night, when there’s little foot traffic, the amount of noise your cleaning equipment produces is of very little concern. However, if your business calls for daytime cleaning – when customers and employees are within earshot – you will need a power sweeper that keeps noise levels to a minimum. Thankfully, both of the power sweepers currently available at Factory Cat UK do not go beyond 70dBA, making them a perfect option for both day and night facilities maintenance.
No. 5: Cost Effectiveness
It may seem obvious, but one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a power sweeper is whether you actually need to purchase one for yourself. For businesses that only need to be cleaned every now and then or for situations where a one-off deep clean is enough, it may be more logical (and cost-effective) to hire the flooring cleaning equipment rather than buy it.
Here at Factory Cat UK, both our walk-behind and ride-on power sweepers are available to hire. Each piece of equipment is cleaned and tested before leaving our warehouse and this service is an ideal, financially beneficial option for people who do not intend to clean their space very often.
Contact Factory Cat UK Today
Having acquired over 30 years’ experience in the industrial cleaning industry, it’s fair to say, we demonstrate a wealth of knowledge when it comes to industrial floor sweepers. The power sweepers that we currently offer are built to the highest standards and they are perfect for use in a wide range of industrial applications, from factories and warehouses to sports courts and large carpeted areas. Check out our comprehensive product brochure for more information on each model.
If you would like any further advice on this type of cleaning equipment and how to choose the right power sweeper for you, please feel free to get in touch. Simply give us a call on 02380 617129 or send an enquiry using the online contact form. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team of staff are happy to help, and they will respond as soon as possible.