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WD-40 is a handy product to have in your sweeper truck. There is very little this wonder product can’t do! WD-40 was invented in 1953 by 3 individuals working for Rocket Chemical Company setting out to create a rust prevention/degreaser solvent for the aerospace industry. The product was perfected on the 40th attempt and the WD stands for “water displacement”. So even though the name isn’t rocket science, the product certainly was. First used to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. There are lots …

Looking to buy a Schwarze sweeper? The IRS may be able to help make the cost more bearable with the Internal Revenue Code Section 179 Deduction, which reduces the amount of income on which you are taxed for the year you put your sweeper into service. Your sweeper depreciates over time, and that depreciation is reported as a deduction on a business’ tax return every year for a certain number of years. Section 179, however, allows you to deduct the full amount of depreciation related to business property for the …

Pure vacuum sweepers are great for removing fines from gutters and pervious pavement. Operating like giant vacuum cleaners, they remove debris from the surface with ease and depositing it into a debris hopper. However, the fan air is then simply exhausted out of the body, still laden with fines, and that is just one of the many drawbacks of a typical pure vacuum sweeper. Additional shortcomings of most available pure vacuum sweepers on the market today include: Small Side Brooms – The small side brooms on vacuum sweeper never seem …

The challenge within the sweeping industry today is successfully igniting the passions of innovation while remaining focused on delivering the operational excellence required to sustain a company. There is no compromise in keeping the operation running effectively and efficiently, so how do you integrate a focus on innovation without jeopardizing the emphasis you’ve placed on building quality sweepers? When you’re thinking about creating a focus on innovation for your company, it is wise to ask yourself the following questions: • How do I organize to deliver innovation? • What talent …

The increasing costs of buying new machinery makes renting sweepers more appealing for contractors. The general rule-of-thumb rental representatives tell you is that if you do not plan to utilize a machine for 65 to 80 percent of the time, you are better off renting. By renting, you only pay for equipment when you are using it and do not have to pay for idle machines when you aren’t working. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, while that rule may be valid when comparing the costs of renting versus buying a …

Schwarze Industries, Inc. announces the development of its new revolutionary HyperVAC pure vacuum sweeper. Introducing a new revolutionary material transfer system that will improve sweeping quality and a new three-fold dust-laden air separator system that reduces the release of contaminants from the exhaust typically seen in previous vacuum sweepers. Schwarze strengthens its leadership in the sweeping industry by expanding upon the company’s ability to provide customers with the most flexibility, choice, and value in sweeping, as well as innovative solutions to help them reach their sustainability goals. Advanced Surface Scrubbing …

Stormwater runoff is rain that falls on streets, parking areas, sports fields, gravel lots, rooftops and other developed land. This rain picks up and mixes with what’s on the ground such as Oil, grease, metals, coolants, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet wastes and failing septic systems, soil from construction sites, soaps from car or equipment washing, accidental spills and whatever else ends up on the ground. This polluted runoff then rushes into nearby gutters and storm drains and into streams, lakes, rivers, and bays. In most areas, stormwater runoff enters …

For general cleaning, pressure washing is a great cleaning option to remove stains and discoloration. But consider your stain type before you use a pressure washer. The use of a pressure washer on oil patches or set-in stains can make the stain worse, driving the stains deeper into the surface pores. For grease and oil spots, use kitty litter as an absorbing agent by pouring a good amount over the stain and letting it sit on the stain overnight. The following morning, simply sweep away the kitty litter with your …

The devastation created by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is heartbreaking. Our fellow Americans need our help now more than ever.  Schwarze Industries, together with the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation, has created a unique opportunity for members of the Power Sweeping industry and others to contribute to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort following these catastrophic weather events occurring in August and September 2017. The Hurricane Recovery Raffle, tickets priced at $100 each, offers a chance to win a brand new Schwarze Supervac Updraft power sweeper, valued at $68,900, as the top prize. …

The Internet has connected the world and has made it much easier for businesses to research and purchase used sweepers, but it has also made it easier for scammers to take advantage of people and then quickly disappear. You can be pretty sure established dealers, and manufacturers engage in honest sales practices. They have too much invested in their organization, community, and reputation to try to take advantage of buyers or sellers. But sometimes buying from a dealership or manufacturer might not an option. To make sure you don’t become …