The Amazingness of a Street Sweeper

We put a lot of pride into the cleanliness of our homes and personal properties. We implement spring cleanings on daily occasions and invest in landscaping for our yards. Why? Because we care about living in a clean space!

What about the streets in our communities? Rarely do we give much thought to how our streets stay clean. How is it possible to keep such a large number of roadways clean?

The Amazingness of a Street Sweeper - Smith Equipment

Intro the street sweepers!

Street sweepers use industrial brushes to pick up trash and debris to put on conveyor belts and moved into a storage unit within the machine. Without street sweepers, we would have be doing this all probably by hand it would take ten times as long.

Here are some fun facts about street sweepers:

  • There are a large number of moving parts that are involved in a street sweeper, each part is integral to the job of a sweeper.
  • The machines use heavy duty diesel to maintain the longevity of the street sweeper.
  • The brooms on a sweeper are capable of spinning at high rates of speed sometimes fitting in 4,000 full rotations in one minute.
  • There is usually a high powered vacuum inside the broom in order to such debris into the “hopper.”

What street sweepers do for residents

It’s simple: street sweepers keep our streets clean! It’s nice to live in communities where there isn’t copious amounts of trash and debris lying all in the roads. However this isn’t the only thing street sweepers help us out with, they also keep our water systems clean. By removing trash from our streets, it keeps it from going into our drainage systems and contaminating our local water. So next time your sipping on a fresh glass of water or navigating the streets of your hometown, think about street sweepers and what they do for the community.

5 Reasons Brush Manufacturing is Coming Back to the USA

It’s official, there are more products everyday with stickers that say made in the USA. Factories in America are more and more capable of manufacturing product on this side of the world more than ever before. One of those products are industrial brushes for machines like vacuum brushes and snow sweeps and so on.

It’s exciting now that customers are able to support their communities and purchase a product that was manufactured in the country they love so dearly. Here are 5 reasons why more brushes are being manufactured in America.

Brush Manufacturing is Coming Back to the USA - Smith Equipment

Great Quality

People want to invest in brushes they know will last overtime. Sometimes brushes from overseas are made with cheaper materials and naturally deteriorate as time goes on. Brushes made in America are more than likely made with great materials that will withstand the natural wear and tear of everyday use.

Faster Delivery Times

People hate waiting forever for their products. Its inevitable to not have to wait a considerable amount of time when waiting for a product to ship from overseas. When brushes can be made on the same soil where someone lives, it significantly cuts down on the amount of time someone has to wait for their product. The less time someone has to wait, the more likely they will become a returning customer.

More in Stock

It’s difficult to have a lot of product in stock when you are at the mercy of an offshore manufacturing company. If brushes are coming from other countries and are in high demand, you run into the possibility of not being able to serve all your customers. Manufacturing brushes in the USA allows for there to be more product on the shelves for customers to reach for.

Brush Manufacturing is Coming Back to the USA - Smith Equipment

Communication

It’s easier to communicate with customers when the brushes are being manufactured in America. Despite the fact that there are four major timezones in America, up 4 hours of a time difference is a big contrast to 16 hours of a time difference. This makes communicating over the phone much easier which leads to happier customers who are able to stay in the loop on their orders.

Similar in Pricing

Some may argue that manufacturing offshore is more cost effective to a business. This isn’t necessarily true. Pricing for manufacturing in the USA is just as competitive as it is in America. Plus you aren’t having to pay an arm and a leg for shipping!

Order Brushes That Are Made in the USA!

With American made brushes being more readily available for purchase, why wouldn’t you want to support local or American business by using these brushes. There are so many advantages to these brushes you won’t ever look into overseas manufacturing again. We have made in the USA brushes a right here at Smith Equipment! Call today to set up an order!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mechanical Sweeper

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mechanical Sweeper - Smith Equipment

 

It’s no secret that mechanical sweepers are built to take on the roughest road conditions. They are responsible for helping keep our streets clean, which is a super tough job. Like all things that work hard, there is gradual wear and tear over time. Given that mechanical sweepers are expensive machines, you want to get your money’s worth! So here are some ways you can show your mechanical sweepers some TLC so you can ensure your machine will last a lifetime.

 

Tip #1: The Conveyor System

 

One way to help your conveyor system is through belt training. You don’t want your belt to start tracking to one side, you want it to stay in the middle. Thankfully most mechanical sweepers have adjusters to help with the tensioning of the belt to keep it where it needs to be. To adjust your belt, put the conveyor into the operating position and allow the belt to run for several minutes. This will help the belt get warm and more pliable and allow you to adjust it to the proper tension. If the tension isn’t tight enough, then the belt will sag and the cleats will make contact with the metal pan underneath, likely damaging the cleats and in some cases, even the pan. If the tension is too tight the bearings that support the rollers will wear faster causing early damage to the machine. You want to make sure your belt remains in the center. Just keep an eye out on it while it’s in movement from time to time. Having a hard time spotting the belt? Use spray paint to go across one of the edges so you can see it’s movement more clearly.

 

Tip #2: The Chain & Squeegee Elevator

 

For reference, this design features rubber flights sandwiched between two strips of metal used to mount the assembly to the chains. Much like the conveyor belts, the chain needs adjusting from time-to-time. A saggy chain means strands that rub together, which can cause extreme wear. A proper sag in the chain should be about 3-5/8 inches between strands. On the flip side, over tensioning the chain could lead to rapid chain and bearing wear. It’s a bit of a trial and error process to test the tension of your chains. If you need to fix the sag, we would suggest adjusting the tension no more than one inch at a time.

 

The second adjustment that can be made is meeting of the flight into the lower elevator pan. The flight needs to make contact with the lower radius of the pan as the flight meets the pan. If you are noticing a problem, then try adjusting the clearance of the flight by 1/16 of an inch.

 

The third adjustment that can be made is for the flight now at the upper elevator pan. Again the clearance needs to be 1/16 of an inch to make sure the pan can leave without dropping off the edge. If there is a need for adjustment, this can be found at the bearings mounted in the elevator housing. Once the attaching hardware is loosened you can use a standard prybar to adjust the clearance to where it needs to be.

 

Tip #3: Broom Contact Patterns

 

A broom contact pattern that is set correctly can greatly improve the longevity of your brooms on your mechanical sweeper. A properly adjusted broom means cleaner, more accurate sweeps with no debris left behind. There are two types issues that can occur with brooms: coning and down pressure. Ideally, the broom with make a crescent like pattern with the curb it is contacting.

 

Generally, broom contact patterns are 4 to 6 inches wide from left to right. Any variation from these measurements means coning has occurred. Unfortunately there is no fix to a coned broom and call cause for replacement. Keep an eye out on the wear and tear of your brooms so you can be aware when coning is happening.

 

Down pressure is essential to the life of your brooms. If there is too much down pressure present  it will extend the termination points of the crescent pattern, flattening out the bristles and accelerating the wear of the broom as a whole. Here’s a tip to help identify if you are dealing with too much down pressure: if a uniform water marker is higher than 1.5-2.5 inches up the side of the bristles is a pretty good indicator of down pressure. If you are noticing this, then you may want to adjust the down pressure of your mechanical sweeper!

 

Give your mechanical sweeper the love it needs.

 

Get the most out of your mechanical machines with these helpful tips. Regularly checking up on the conveyor system, chain and squeegee elevator and broom contact patterns could help lengthen the life of your mechanical sweeper allowing you to get your money’s worth and help keep the streets clean.

3 Reasons Why Street Sweepers are Superheroes

You’ve heard the phrase before: “not all heroes wear capes,” and in this moment our super heroes certainly don’t wear capes at all. Instead they don a large brush at their base. The brush is their cape. Not many people give much thought to street sweepers. In fact, upon seeing one is almost a spectacle. Some might say street sweepers are unnecessary and expensive. Before we going brushing off these helpful machines, lets give some thought (and respect) to why they are actually awesome.

3 Reasons Why Street Sweepers are Superheroes - Smith Equipment

They keep our storm drains unclogged.

Ever wonder why there’s minimal debris and garbage floating around in our storm drains? You can thank street sweepers for that. Instead of leaving the litter be and letting the rain carry it into our drains, street sweepers come through and pick all it up. Think about what could happen if we didn’t let these sweepers do their job? There would be a lot more trash and debris floating around in our waterways, which we all know leads to other catastrophic disasters with the general ocean / lake ecosystems. Street sweepers help us keep our waters clean!

They make our streets much cleaner.

Again, it’s not rocket science, street sweepers make our streets clean! I know there’s the garbage people that come by every week to get our trash as well as other litter control efforts, but nothing beats a street sweeper. If you need proof just look at the city of Agoura Hills, CA. According to Robert Cortes an engineering aid with the city, “fifteen to 20 tons of material gets picked up from the streets every month.” (The Acorn) Imagine what would happen if the sweeper wasn’t around to pick all that material up? It would like end up in the catch basins in the city, causing widespread pollution. I’m sure it’s a similar situation wherever you may call home. There’s only so much a human can do, street sweepers are far more capable of helping us keep our cities clean.

3 Reasons Why Street Sweepers are Superheroes - Smith Equipment

They are mostly out of the way.

What we mean by this is they aren’t an obstruction or disruption to our day-to-day lives. You are highly unlikely to ever get stuck behind one or even see one. These machines mostly do perform their duties in the late hours of the night while you are sleeping. They are the trash capers of the night! Even if your car is parked in their way, you don’t have to be inconvenienced as the sweeper will just return later once you’ve left.

Street sweepers are the heroes we need, but don’t deserve.

So despite the dollar signs that come with these machines, they are truly saving cities money in the long run! It should really be a no brainer when it comes to the necessity of street sweepers. They keep our waters and streets clean and aren’t in our way. So they next time you think about a sweeper, or if you’re lucky, see a sweeper don’t forget about what this hero is doing for you and the streets you live upon.

Equipment We Supply: Laymor

 

Equipment We Supply: Laymor Brushes - Smith Equipment

 

At Smith Equipment we have the joy of supplying brushes top-rated machines. Some brushes we sell are Laymor Brushes. A company that has helped paved the way in brush attachments, Laymor is an all American company that we are happy to sell brush attachments of. Here is more about the company…

 

Equipment We Supply: Laymor Brushes - Smith EquipmentFounding

 

The origins of Laymor began back in 1977 when The Versa Sweeper was born in Seguin, Texas. The SweepMaster has enjoyed many revisions and updates since its inception. From the SweepMaster 2, SweepMaster B, and now the SweepMaster 400, the powerful SweepMaster has been the machine of choice in the milling & paving industry.

 

 

Laymor Today

 

Today Laymor offers a wide variety of sweepers for the rental and paving industries, including the Sweepmaster 300, and Sweepmaster 450. They pride themselves on their mission of proving their customers with high-quality sweeping products, along with great customer service, at a reasonable price.

 

Equipment We Supply: Laymor Brushes - Smith EquipmentGet the Best Out of Your Machines with Laymor Brushes

 

We have the amazing opportunity everyday to help you maximize all you can out of your Laymor equipment with our state-of-the-art brush attachments. We promise that our brushes will help you get the job done, whatever the job may be. Smith Equipment and Laymor go hand-in-hand to help you be successful in whatever your land needs are. Pick up the brushes you need for your Laymor machinery today!

Equipment We Supply: Paladin

 

Equipment We Supply: Paladin Attachments - Smith Equipment

At Smith Equipment we have the joy of supplying brushes top-rated machines. Some brushes we sell are Paladin Attachments. A company that has helped paved the way in brush attachments, Paladin is an all American company that we are happy to sell brush attachments of. Here is more about the company…

 

 

 

Equipment We Supply: Paladin Attachments - Smith EquipmentAbout Paladin

 

Paladin offers powerful and effective attachments for 11 different brands. They are a trusted name for heavy equipment attachments and pride themselves on working hard just like the people who use their attachements. Everything Paladin does stems from their Guiding Principles — a clear, strongly held set of beliefs that reflect who they are and what you can expect from them. Their Guiding Principles carry them through their work every day, inspire innovation in their products and services and drive them to be committed in all that they do. They provide attachments for a number of industries including agriculture, construction and and forestry. We are happy to be able to provide our own clients with such quality attachements!

 

Get the Best Out of Your Machines with Paladin Brushes

Equipment We Supply: Paladin Attachments - Smith Equipment

We have the amazing opportunity everyday to help you maximize all you can out of your Paladin equipment with our state-of-the-art brush attachments. We promise that our brushes will help you get the job done, whatever the job may be. Smith Equipment and Paladin go hand-in-hand to help you be successful in whatever your land needs are. Pick up the brushes you need for your Paladin machinery today!

Equipment We Supply: New Holland

 

Equipment We Supply: New Holland - Smith Equipment

At Smith Equipment we have the joy of supplying brushes top-rated machines. Some brushes we sell are New Holland Brushes. A popular company in heavy machinery, New Holland is an all American company that we are happy to sell brush attachments of. Here is more about the company…

 

Equipment We Supply: New Holland - Smith EquipmentFounding

 

The founding of New Holland beings in 1985 in New Holland, PA. A one-man repair shops opens and becomes the spark for something greater to come. It takes several years, but in 1966 an exciting chapter unfolds in the history of New Holland Machinery: the first backhoe loader is rolled out on the market. Being one of the younger brands in machinery, New Holland partners with FIAT and truly begins to take off.

 

 

New Holland Today

Equipment We Supply: New Holland - Smith Equipment

Today New Holland is constantly looking for ways to pave the way in heavy machinery. They offer two major branches of machine types: agriculture and construction. They stand proudly by their motto “productivity, safety and environmental responsibility are the cornerstone of our offering built around our customers.” As a key player in the global construction equipment industry, we are excited to supply our customers with custom brushes for their New Holland machines.

 

Get the Best Out of Your Machines with New Holland Brushes

 

We have the amazing opportunity everyday to help you maximize all you can out of your New Holland equipment with our state-of-the-art brush attachments. We promise that our brushes will help you get the job done, whatever the job may be. Smith Equipment and New Holland go hand-in-hand to help you be successful in whatever your land needs are. Pick up the brushes you need for your New Holland machinery today!