Tips on Choosing the Right Sweeper


Tips on Choosing the Right Sweeper

Sweeper, a mechanised cleaning equipment that functions just like a conventional broom but treats solid waste on a greater scale than the brooms.

Sweepers can be of different shapes, sizes and functions. Some may be combustion engine street sweepers used for cleaning cities or fully-mechanical floor sweepers for indoor cleaning, while some may be leaf sweepers only. Push sweepers and ride-on sweepers are some of the most popular ones for their ease-of-use.

What Is the Difference Between Sweeper and Scrubber-Dryers?

Many people do the mistake of confusing scrubber-dryers with sweepers but they are different. Scrubber-dryers are used for floor cleaning while sweepers are used for sweeping waste. Scrubber-dryers use water to function, sweepers don’t.

Different Types of Sweepers

Manual Sweepers or Push Sweepers

These sweepers don’t come with a motor but instead a rotating brush which is connected to the mechanical wheels. When the sweeper is moved the movement of the wheels rotates the brush. Although this is the most affordable option available on the market, it is only useful when sweeping small areas.

Walk-behind Sweepers

These sweepers do come with a motor which regulates the rotation of the brushes. You will require minimal effort in sweeping your floors with these machines, as you only need to guide it where you want to clean. These sweepers are comparatively bigger than the manual ones and offer waste storage capacity. You can find walk-behind sweepers with batteries, which is also ideal for indoors, so no fumes.

Ride-on Sweepers

These sweepers are the easiest to use and come with an added element of comfort. It comes with a seat and a steering wheel which you use to operate the machine and guide your cleaning experience. These machines are suitable to clean large areas.

Street Sweeper

Street sweepers are the largest in size as they are used to clean cities and public areas like parking lots or gardens. The operator can sit inside the street sweeper and guide his cleaning journey. Since they are very powerful street sweepers can be used to collect light waste like papers and even heavy waste like bottles. Due to their large storage, you can clean for longer times without frequent emptying of the collected garbage.

Extra Tips to Remember When Choosing Sweeper

  1. Cleaning Width of The Brush

Some manufacturers will tell you a combined width of the centre and the side brush. This can affect your work-time performance and hence, the purchase price too.

  1. Hourly Cleaning Capacity at MQ

This figure is generally theoretical as it is calculated by multiplying the sweeping speed (declared by the manufacturer) with the cleaning width of the side and centre brush.

  1. Container Capacity

Choose the container capacity according to the area you want to clean. If you want to buy a sweeper for a large area then buy a sweeper with bigger container capacity and vice versa.

  1. The Filter Surface

The dust filter is one of the most important organs for the smooth operation of the sweeper, so carefully examine the capacity of the filter surface and the quality of the filter material, whether in fabric or on paper.


Disclaimer;  This information should be used as a guide only. For detailed information, contact Safe Work Australia for compliance, WHS and application specific guidelines. Contact SAI Global for HEPA specifications if filtration is required.