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British Manufacturing Success Story

We designed, developed and now manufacture a unique washing and scrubbing head for use on compact road and pavement sweepers.

The head was originally conceived around ten years ago. Around this time Councils and cleaning contractors became increasingly concerned about the heavily contaminated water produced during street cleaning going straight into the drains. We knew from our experience providing industrial scrubber driers that using similar technology for street and pavement cleaning would solve this problem.

Our scrubber head is the result and now sells all over the world. Not only do we sell it fitted to our compact road scrubber drier, but it is also sold to other companies selling similar machines. As you can see in the video below it does a great job that no other machine can match.

The story here is simple. At the 2016 Canadian GP meeting a competing car had its gearbox break and deposit all its oil in the pit lane. This was obviously unacceptable so a local cleaning contractor used a machine fitted with one of our head and squeegee kits, built in Market Harborough, to wash the pit lane and collect the waste water and oil. Note the clean line across the white road sector, it’s even cleaner than the surrounding pavement.

British ingenuity and engineering skill at work, brilliant.

Heritage

Euromec van C1965As a break from the modern, hi-tech machines that we are always talking about thought we could look at some of the more established machinery we have! As a company we have an unusually large proportion of petrol heads with some splendid cars, bikes and toys. This post will give you a taster.

Morris Minor Van

This immaculate “Moggy” van is one example. Lovingly restored by us in our workshops this van has been re-built from the ground-up. Sign written with the legend “Euromec – Mechanical Sweeping Machines!” it was originally registered in 1967. Over 50 years old it starts on the button, if not there is the cranking handle option, see the hole in the front bumper!

Paris Dakar Anyone?

Paris Dakar rally

Few years back we got involved with Patsy Quick a very brave lady that competed in the Paris Dakar on a KTM motorcycle. Part of the KTM works team from memory, she was at that time the only British woman taking part. No surprise there as it was the toughest off-road event by a long way. Her bike featured the most remarkable suspension travel you have ever seen! Side effect of this was that she couldn’t reach the floor when sitting on the bike – amazing. The memory of her blasting it around the roads of our industrial estate still bring a smile to the face.

And There’s More!

More to follow on this topic. We still have E-Type Jaguars, Bentleys and various motorcycles to wax lyrically about! Send us a comment if this interests you.

How Does A Floor Scrubber Work?

ride-on-floor-scrubber-studio shotThe picture on the left shows a typical ride-on floor scrubber or scrubber drier as the industry sometimes refers to them. Nothing particularly special about it except maybe its size which is substantial, but we will come back to that.

Why a Floor Scrubber?

As the most popular type of cleaning machine the floor scrubber is also the most effective. By combining mechanical cleaning with a cleaning fluid a floor scrubber will produce floors that are spotlessly clean. The machine’s water collection system also makes sure they are dry almost instantly and therefore safe. The additional benefit of this is that waste water and its pollutants are collected and disposed of properly.

How Does A Floor Scrubber Work?

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If you need a floor scrubber understanding the principles of how they work will help you get the right machine and get the most from it. The schematic shows how the major components are arranged in our sample machine, click to enlarge. Brushes at the front, water collection system, affectionately known as a squeegee, at the back with the operator sitting at the front for ease of use. Under the body work we have two large tanks, the batteries and some motors. One of the motors provides traction the other vacuum for the water collection system. One tank is for clean water the other for waste water.

In Operation

As the floor scrubber moves forward the cleaning solution is dispensed into the brushes and onto the floor. The brushes rotate and scrub the floor loosening and lifting the dirt. The water and the dirt are sucked up by the squeegee and pumped into the waste water tank. There are however a number of important variables in this process, namely the speed of the vehicle, the speed and pressure of the scrubbing process, the amount and make-up of the cleaning solution and the number of passes you make over the floor. Also the number and style of scrubbing brush can be specified. Each one of these is very important and we will be examining each in later posts.

More information

If you want to know more now then visit our website where some of these issues are outlined.

It’s A Steal!

pig-tractorIf you consider that £70 million worth of plant and agricultural equipment is stolen every year with 95% never being recovered it’s clear that agricultural machinery tracking is vitally important to protect your assets.

We have teamed with TRACKER and now offer specially designed tracking products for agricultural machinery and will fit tracking devices to customers machines prior to delivery when required. This simple and cost effective step can reduce your insurance premiums by up to 25% and significantly increases the chance of your getting your plant back if you are unlucky enough to be the victim of theft.

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Farm equipment tracking allows you to receive alerts when vehicles or machinery is removed from your premises. This means you can alert the authorities more quickly giving them a head start in recovering your equipment. This gets you back to work faster and minimises disruption and loss of earnings, especially at crucial periods like harvest.

As a leading distributor of Kubota tractors and commercial mowers we see this as a great additional service we are offering our customers. Our partnership with Tracker will be officially unveiled at Burghley Horse Trials, the first weekend of September. Additional information is available on our website in the Kubota section.

Combo – two for one offer

combo_openThere are few offers that are as powerful as the famous two for one offers in the supermarkets. Something you need and you can get two of them for the price of one! Now the saying; “if it seems too good to be true it probably is” comes to mind but sometimes, as in the supermarket’s offers, these things are real bargains with no strings attached.

Too Good to be True?

In our range is a machine that offers certain users a similar two for one opportunity. Combo as its been creatively named combines the capabilities of a sweeper with a scrubber drier.

Activate the Scrubber Drier

So how does that help? You run a splendid retail shopping mall and keep it clean sweeping up fast food wrappings, litter, and dust. Great everything’s clean and shiney and then someone’s pride and joy throws their fizzy drink all over the floor and the crowds walk it around an area the size of a football pitch. Slippery floor then sticky floor – urgh!!! Our trusty sweeper cannot clear it up, the fizzy drink sticks the dirt and grime to the floor and will not let go. If our sweeper is a Combo though we just activate the scrubber drier function and it now sweeps up all the loose dirt prior to scrubbing and drying the floor. Simple, quick and impresses the shoppers – wow maybe that’s a three for one offer!

 

 

Lawn Mowers

parkpro254wd_EGH3913blue--12Whether it’s demanding daily professional use, or for your garden at home, ride-on mowers deliver unmatched performance, efficiency and finish whatever the size of the task. We handle a very wide range of products from three of the top manufacturers; Kubota, Stiga and Mountfield.

Reliable Ride-on Mowers

Why those manufacturers? Well we don’t only supply the products, we also support them and we know that these manufacturers produce the most reliable machines and that therefore they are the most cost effective.

Cut and Collect Mowers

The technology varies, we handle traditional cut-and-collect tractors, mulch mowers and zero turn mowers. Dependent upon your application and in some cases personal preference you will opt for the machine that you think is best for you.

Mulch or Collect?

One choice you will be confronted with is mulch versus bag. Do you want to collect and then dispose of your grass cuttings or do you invest in a mulch mower that has additional blades which produce very small cuttings that are not collected? The environmental lobby will always favour the mulch solution arguing that you are returning the nutrients and moisture in the clippings to the soil which is good for the grass. Keen gardeners worry about the possible build up of “thatch” due to the clippings being left on the lawn. This is not really a factor as grass leaves are around 90% water so they breakdown quickly. Whatever your preference you can see both types of machine in our showroom and try them out to satisfy yourself.

 

Brushes as in Powered Sweepers

 

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Powered sweepers use brushes to pick-up the dirt and debris from the floor and deposit it in the hopper. This post talks a little about the different brushes and their function.

Main Brush

The main brush sweeps dust and refuse into the bin at the rear of the motor-sweeper. Never sweep up string, wire, etc., which can become entangled in the brush and damage the bristles. Periodically check the condition of the brush. The main brush rotates against the direction of travel of the motor-sweeper and throws the dirt and debris over itself into the rear hopper on motor-sweepers having an up-and-over sweeping system.

Adjusting the main brush

The main brush should just touch the floor. While the motor-sweeper is stationary on an even floor the section of floor covered by the bristles should be 3 cm wide. If the main brush no longer touches the floor, or leaves lines of dirt, it has worn down and must be lowered. Once beyond the limit of adjustment the main brush should be replaced, a simple procedure on our sweepers.

Side brush

The side brush sweeps dirt from the edges of floors and from corners, and directs it to the centre of the sweeper where it can be picked up by the main brush. Looking from the operator’s position, the left hand side brush turns clockwise, the right hand side brush turns counter clockwise. On large machines the side brushes can oscillate so that when they meet an obstruction they will swing out of the way. Up to three side brushes can be fitted to extend the sweeping width of a machine.

Adjusting the side brush

Check that the shape of the trace left by the side brush is circular. As the bristles of the side brush wear down, adjust the height of the brush from the floor.  When the motor-sweeper is not in use, the side brush must always be raised above the ground, to prevent its bristles from becoming bent.