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.
Cleaning the Pit lane at the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix
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.
One 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.
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!
The floods in the Wales and the South of England are appalling. Our thoughts are with the individuals and businesses that are suffering at the hands of this exceptional weather. While the rain continues to fall and the water levels continue to rise, flood defence is the focus.
Once the waters have subsided the big clear-up will start. People will want to get back to some form of normality as quickly as possible. We hope that’s where we will be able to help. In our range of machines there are a number that are ideally suited to clearing roads and cleaning floors.
Floor scrubbers are fantastic at clearing liquid spills and leave the floor spotlessly clean, having collected the waste water. Their road going counterparts are equally effective. If you have a factory that has had its floor flooded a scrubber drier will collect water from all the low spots in the floor and remove the detritus left by the flood water. Not a pleasant thought but an effective solution to the problem.
Good luck to all those affected. Let us know if we can help.
Gone 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
With 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.
In 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.
The Commercial Vehicle Show is on at the NEC from 9th to 11th of April and we are there! Come along to stand 4G61 and experience our unique hospitality and see some of the most productive floor cleaning machines available.
At the show for the first time will be our PowerFlex multipurpose street sweeper. Compact and extremely powerful this machine is ideal for large distribution centres, industrial estate roadways and of course regular road sweeping. Come to our stand and book a demonstration at your premises. If its snowing then we will also be able to show you how effective its snow plough and snow brush are! Would book early though as May is approaching and we may not get much snow in May!
The PowerFlex 2200 Street Sweeper
Also on display will be a large selection of walk behind and ride on sweepers. Our Brava will be there rubbing shoulders with the Boxer large ride-on sweeper. Two of our unique scrubber-driers will also be on show illustrating how far this type of technology has come.
Freezing conditions throughout the UK have highlighted how badly prepared we are for snow and ice. Whole communities brought slithering to a halt by the cold weather. Everyone is asking “Where are our snow ploughs?”
This paragraph was written in January 2010. Sitting here with 6″ of snow outside and many schools closed and what seems like most people sitting at home watching Jeremy Kyle I am forced to think that not much has changed.
Once the snow is on the ground it’s tough if you haven’t made plans for such an eventuality. As a provider of machines that clear snow quickly and efficiently we have a vested interest. However the modern snow clearance machine doesn’t have to sit there for the other 50 weeks of the year gathering dust. Our Powerflex machines are multi-purpose, so if you buy a road sweeper you can also buy a snowplough attachment and voila, sweeper becomes snowplough in about 5 minutes. Now your sweeper, which you can’t use in the snow, becomes a snowplough which is just what you want.
This philosophy runs through the whole range of machines. Snowploughs, brushes and blowers are available – find the range here.