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Whether you are a small contractor or have a large dedicated fleet, some simple safety precautions, preventive maintenance and driving tips can keep your sweepers on the road. When summer rolls around, a new set of safety, maintenance, and driving challenges comes with it. Whether you’re dealing with extreme heat, heavy rain or high temperatures, a little preparation and some simple precautions can help keep your drivers safe, your fleet on the road and your business rolling. 5 Simple Tips to Prepare Your Fleet Summer Driving for the Heat During …

Throughout 2016, the sales of pre-owned sweepers sometimes felt like a roller coaster ride. The Schwarze reconditioning center saw sales of pre-owned sweeper trucks, go up from May to June, then falling from June to July. Several factors contributed to that level of volatility, from a surplus of pre-owned inventory to an unpredictable market. With the ongoing economic uncertainty, one thing is virtually assured; sellers have strong motivation to move certified pre-owned vehicles off their lots. When the economy puts sellers in a negotiating mood, it’s best to move quickly …

Extending sweeper broom life is an important part of street sweeper maintenance. Regularly checking your broom bristles is a small time investment that can yield significant savings on replacement brushes. 1. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. It might seem like a good idea to buy inexpensive brooms, but you get what you pay for. Bargain brooms often offer short brush life and ultimately aren’t worth the lower price. Someone is always willing to sell for less, but the cost of a broom is dependent on the quality. Reducing quality will …

It has become increasingly important to know you customer’s expectations and understand how unhappy customers can damage your business. A quote from well-known customer service and customer experience advocate, Bill Quiseng, encourages organizations to “work as hard to keep a customer as you do to find a new one.” For every customer who takes the time to complain, 26 others remain silent. An unhappy customer will tell 8 to 16 people about their experience, and 91% of them will never purchase from you again. Every one of your customers has …

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) located in Boise, Idaho, covers the entirety of Ada County, including the six cities within it, and is responsible for maintenance and improvements to Ada County’s local roads and bridges. The district, established in the early 1970s, has a fleet of 22 sweepers, including Schwarze M6 Avalanche and A7 Tornado sweepers to sweep approximately 2,100 miles of roads and streets. Sweeping crews operate these sweepers all year round, and some of them now have a new colorful look. The ACHD held a contest to …

This is a sensitive topic. You don’t want to imagine the people on your payroll, the very people you hand-picked to help you succeed, would ever steal from you. You entrust them with your business and your very livelihood. An anonymous survey conducted by Forensic Accounting Firm Kessler found that 95% of employees steal from their employers! Yikes! But, once you get granular with examining what constitutes theft, it makes a bit more sense. The survey included the use of a company computer or phone for personal tasks while at …

When replacing a glued-on seal such as the dump door seal on your sweeper, some procedures should be followed to make the re-affixing of the new seal completely permanent. Cleaning After you have removed the old seal, thoroughly clean the area and remove any paint by sandblasting or using a wire wheel. If complete paint removal is not feasible, make sure that any paint left is not peeling and has the gloss completely broken. When visibly clean, wipe off the area with an R50 surface cleaner, and prime the metal …

A good preventative maintenance program is the best cost-benefit value to your sweeper. Every sweeping contractor and municipality should have a program in place to catch any loose parts, misalignments, vibrations, etc. early on. Vital sweeper systems and parts must be well maintained – and replaced on time as needed. Here are 10 tips to keep your sweeper performing at top performance: 1. Clean the debris hopper daily. Cleaning helps avoid dirt accumulation, which will generate rust as well as restrict the airflow and the performance. 2. Maintain the hopper …

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA – Schwarze Industries is pleased to announce the introduction of a free 5-year/5000-hour extended warranty program on its A7 Tornado, A8 Twister, and the A9 Monsoon sweeper engines. This program, available through Schwarze’s extensive sweeper dealership, provides coverage of all sweeper engine components and applies to new John Deere Tier 4 propulsion engines installed after March 31, 2017, through December 31, 2019. “We are very pleased to offer this to our customers. It provides another level of customer confidence and further builds upon Schwarze’s strong reputation of performance, …

We all know there are several benefits to street sweeping. But did you know street sweeping also lowers crime? On average, 1 out of 10 U.S. citizens falls victim to property crimes, such as burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft, each year. And cities around the world have taken a new approach to crime reduction. At the end of 2009, the police department of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, conducted an experiment they called “The Neighborhood Takes Charge,” and asked their local communities what their greatest concerns were. Most requests that came …