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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.

Road Scrubber Dryer

3400-york-007One of the successes of this year has been our Powerflex Road Scrubber drier. Designed and built by us in Market Harborough it is being used throughout the world to tackle cleaning tasks that traditional road and street sweepers simply cannot touch.

 

Scrubber Dryer

Being a scrubber dryer our machine applies water to the surface being cleaned and scrubs it using that water. This loosens the dirt and lifts any stains. The dirty water and the grime is then sucked up by the full width squeegee at the machine’s rear. The result is a really clean and dry roadway or pavement with no tyre marks and all the dirt and grime collected ready for proper disposal. It has to be seen to be believed.

Performance and Reputation

Such is the performance and reputation of our Powerflex Road Scrubber Drier that we have sold them throughout Europe; 6 each to Germany and Poland for example and ten to Turkish users! In addition we have sold them is Asia; Singapore, and even the South Pacific island of Fiji! In all we have exported nearly 50 units in the last twelve months due to this machines unique abilities.

Visit an Existing User

If you want to see for yourself what makes this machine so popular just let us know and we can arrange a demonstration at your premises – or you can visit an existing user: You might need your passport though!

 

Litter Bug

Litter collection using HurricaneWith the nuisance of litter becoming greater by the day, local and City councils are coming under increasing pressure from angry residents to provide a solution: So, the launch of our new Hurricane litter vacuum could be perfect timing. Available from beginning of April, this cost effective, easy to use and cheap to run machine will collect litter, dropped fast food wrappers and bottles easily and quickly. Hurricane has been added to our wide range of municipal cleaning machines.

Litter Problem

The Hurricane leaf and litter sweeper range solves the problem of collecting litter and leaves in public and private areas. Four models are in the range; an entry level push along model, powered driven and low-noise, driven walk-behind sweepers and the truck loader.

High Performance – Low Noise

Powered by Honda engines the Hurricane is a vacuum collector for use on lawns, pavements and in outdoor areas. An advanced fan and turbine system shifts over 2500 cubic metres of air per hour producing a vacuum powerful enough to collect the most compacted, wet litter and leaves and of course discarded cans and bottles.

Collect Litter Around Schools and Hospitals

Despite the power of the vacuum the Hurricane is quieter than competitive machines due to its low-noise design. For areas such as schools and hospitals a noise sensitive model that sounds 50% quieter is available.

 

Road Sweeper or Street Cleaner?

Patrol Street SweeperGone are the days when a lorry mounted sweeper trundling along our roads fulfilled a council’s street cleaning obligations. With the advent of retail parks, large pedestrian areas and fast food retailing, cleaning activity had to become more effective and pedestrian friendly.

New Breed of Street Cleaners

The first and most noticeable change was the size of the machines. Truck mounted sweepers were fine on the open road but way too big and ungainly for a shopping centre. This brought about the compact street sweeper, a purpose built road sweeper that was smaller, lighter and much more pedestrian friendly. Typically these machines are the size of a small town car and have large front mounted glass cabs giving the operator excellent vision when working in crowded pedestrian areas. Compact they might be but quiet and efficient diesel motors make them perform at a level way above anything previously available.

Pedestrian Area and Pavement Cleaning

Ronda Road CleanerWith more pedestrian areas to keep clean councils turned to these compact road sweepers as a solution. Being sweepers they are great for collecting dust, waste paper, litter and fast food containers. However, the fast food industry presented an additional problem; pavement staining. Drop your cup of coffee on a York stone pavement and you leave a stain. Spill your chips on the pavement, they get walked on, the grease and the ketchup get absorbed; more staining. Imagine this 24/7 in all our major cities and you see the issue.

Scrubbers to the Rescue

Technology that has been in use in industrial scrubber driers came to the rescue. We took the wet wash and scrubbing head from a large industrial scrubber drier and combined it with a compact road sweeper chassis. Add an over-size squeegee and voila you have a brilliant pavement and road cleaner. Obviously other essential changes were made, not least of all the addition of twin water tanks but the end result works, and works brilliantly. Take a look at the before and after pictures of a York stone pavement cleaned with plain water.

Environmentally Kind

Pavement Scrubber DrierIn addition to producing a stunning end result it was pointed out to us that as our Powerflex street scrubber drier collects the waste water it solves another problem: Washing streets with high pressure hoses is done with limited success – the real downside of this approach is that all the dirt and grease is washed into the drains – not popular with the water boards. The Street scrubber drier collects its own waste water, and the grease and filth – result.