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STREET CLEANING & GRAFFITI REMOVAL


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Steve Harrington, Nilfisk Outdoor Sales Manager for UK & Ireland, uses his own technical knowledge and insight to clear up several common queries that can crop up in the street cleaning sector.


Street cleaning can pose a great many questions to cleaning operatives. Be it what type or size of machine to use, which attachments are best to utilise or the key benefits of one sweeper over another. With that in mind, we turned to street cleaning expert, and Outdoor Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland at Nilfisk, Steve Harrington, to answer some street cleaning FAQs.


1


What is a vacuum sweeper compared to a good old


fashioned street sweeper? A vacuum sweeper is a machine that uses vacuum technology to collect leaves, rubbish and other detritus in an efficient and swift manner utilising just one operator. A vacuum sweeper like the Nilfisk City Ranger 3500 has a large hopper capacity of 1.4m2


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of rubbish, when compared to that same employee using a traditional yard broom and cart. The width of the vacuum trap is important, a trap with a width of 740mm enables the machine to collect large debris.


2


What is the benefit of spraying water whilst


sweeping? Water is used to suppress any dust that is created throughout the sweeping process. This allows the dust and debris to be contained within the machine and not released back into the environment. Water nozzles can be sited directly on the brushes or within the suction hose. In the case of the City Ranger 3500 there are nozzles on both the brushes and within the hose.


3


What are the advantages of using a compact sweeper


with a smaller sweeping width? There are several advantages to using a compact sweeper over a larger truck mount. The most obvious is size and the accessibility available in our ever more crowded streets. The smaller size and increased manoeuvrability allow an operator to get on to pavements and in between street furniture and bollards. Another major benefit of a machine that weighs below 3,500kg is that any operator with a standard driving licence is permitted to drive it without any further DVLA test. This includes the Nilfisk City Ranger 2250 that has a clearing width of 1,200mm with two brushes and 2,100mm with four brushes. The added advantage is the high degree of manoeuvrability.


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