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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 …

With their smaller wheelbases, non-CDL sweepers are very maneuverable, which is important when sweeping tight, confined areas. Non-CDL sweepers also tend to be lower in operating and maintenance costs and total cost of ownership. Municipalities are very budget conscious. Non-CDL sweepers are less expensive than full-size sweepers, and a non-CDL sweeper operator can be paid a lower wage than a CDL operator who earns a higher, premium wage in the marketplace. Operating a non-CDL sweeper does not require the same expertise and skill set required for operating a CDL sweeper. …

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. …