In a world with nearly eight billion people, we need ways to move dirt, and quickly too. Sweeper vehicles allow us to clean up the debris produced by all those living creatures.
However, with so much dirt to remove from roads, lots, and work areas, these devices take a lot of strain. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the parts that operators replace regularly.
Naturally, one of the parts that experience the most strain is the broom itself. They regularly suffer injury from rough roadways, broken bottles, and other debris. With time, the bristles also become gradually shorter as they wear against the road surface.
Accordingly, you need to replace the brushes regularly and to know which type to buy. You can buy generic versions for most brands, as long as you know which size brush your vehicle takes.
It’s worth noting that both round and rectangular brushes exist on different types of machines. Ensure that you buy the right style for your particular vehicle. If you’re in doubt about the details, contact your sweeper supply company and ask for the correct information.
You might have the type of sweeper that not only sweeps, but stores the dirt. In these cases, you might need to replace the relevant vacuum tubes and storage canister sometimes. As with the brushes, the vacuum attachment and canister take a lot of wear from debris.
Over time, the wear can lead to holes, cracks, and tears in the vacuum system. Failure to replace the affected parts might see you spraying a wave of dust behind your machine. Alternatively, your vehicle may fling dirt to the sides instead of picking it up.
As with any ride-on vehicle, sweepers put a lot of strain on their tires. You may experience slow leaks, punctures, or blowouts. In any of these cases, a sweeper without wheels cannot function.
You need to replace the affected parts and try to keep potential problems to a minimum. There are many different types of tires for construction vehicles, and moving away from standard types can help immensely.
For example, foam-filled tires offer significantly better lifespans than standard air-filled tires. If you have a puncture or slow leak, the foam will pour out to fill the gap. However, if you sustain damage to the tire sidewall, you’ll need to replace the entire tire.
An even better solution, from an economic perspective, is the solid tire. Whether you have a puncture, small hole, or a gap the size of a dime, you can still drive.
Solid tires consist of the same substance throughout their body. Since they have no filling, there’s nothing to leak, and you can’t get a flat. The only time you’ll have to replace them is when you sustain severe damage. However, if you buy segmented solid tires, you can often replace only the affected part rather than the entire thing.