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Nothing is more frustrating than a blown tire. When this happens, we often think the tire wasn’t strong enough, or there was some defect in the tire but 99% of the time, the causes of tire failure is entirely avoidable with a little more care and attention during routine maintenance or while sweeping. Here are five reasons for tire failure that can be easily avoided. 1 – Under-inflation One of the leading causes of tire failure is under-inflation. Tires that are under-inflated flex more in the sidewall and excessive flexing …

Street sweepers cannot eliminate all garbage and pollutants completely. People and businesses contribute such a significant amount of waste to the environment every day, over 250 million ton each year according to the EPA, that there are simply not enough street sweepers to keep up with the volume of work. Studies have shown that the majority of sediment and gathered pollutants congregates within 3 feet of street curbs. You may live in an area that uses street sweepers, and so you’ve experienced the obligatory “No Parking” days on your street. …

FOD, or Foreign Object Debris, costs the aviation industry millions of dollars every year. This financial impact comes from direct costs such as damage to engines or airframes as well as indirect costs such as; flight delays, cancellations, and lost revenues; schedule disruptions; and additional work by employees. More significant than the financial impact, however, is the safety impact and potential loss of human life. Even a small screw can destroy a turbine that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some typical FOD found on runways include: • Fasteners (nuts, …

One of the leading causes of pollution cited by the EPA comes from construction vehicles tracking dirt out from construction sites. Sediment and other pollutants washed from trucks can quickly end up in other water bodies or stormwater, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act. EPA rules don’t list any specific techniques or equipment, however, they do mandate comprehensive pollution-prevention plans be in place for construction projects. And, they stipulate whatever plan is in place has to have a positive impact. The number of companies offering quick-response and …

Despite yellow warning signs flashing strobes and lights, sweepers can still be a magnet for mayhem. They move slow, and are highly visible, but there are still many crashes involving sweepers. Safety is more important in the sweeping industry than ever before, and technology is providing new and more comprehensive ways to keep your sweepers and operators safer. Companies want to avoid the risk and high costs that unsafe sweeping practices create. But most importantly, the industry is in the process of trying to reverse some alarming trends. Although the …

Operator fatigue is a serious safety issue. Operator fatigue isn’t just about falling asleep but also about tiredness, weariness, or exhaustion. Fatigue slows reflexes and affects an operator’s ability to concentrate and respond to conditions and increasing the chances of a crash that could have a significant impact on your company’s costs and productivity. Here are 5 tips to beat fatigue: 1. Create a culture of open and honest communication about operator fatigue – employees need to feel comfortable reporting their inability to do a job due to fatigue and …

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 …