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 Mike Creamer at Hi-Gear


Often times it’s all too confusing for the person who in charge of ordering the parts for their sweeper/scrubber. There are far too many components that make up the machine to achieve efficient scrubbing.

First, you have the scrub deck component which is the area where the scrub brushes are housed. The scrub brushes could be cylindrical or disc brush in nature. The disc brushes are also known as rotary brushes. If this scrub deck component is cylindrical style, it houses two brushes which are located one in front of the other. If equipped with rotary brushes, there could be two, three, or four brushes. The number of rotary brushes directly results in the size of the machine. When you are sitting on the machine, the scrub deck is usually located directly under the operator‘s seat.

As the machine is moving forward with the solution detergent cleaning the floor by the brushes, there is a chance for the solution to go all over the place. It won’t because of the scrub deck side squeegees, which captures the cleaning detergent and direct it to the rear of the machine.

When you are sitting on the machine, there is a left hand and right-hand scrub deck side squeegee assembly. These assemblies are most commonly made up of two squeegees. In this case, ordering the squeegees isn’t that confusing. They are often referred to as inside squeegees and outside squeegees. Some manufacturers, however, do use the reference as front and rear. Are you following me so far?

It doesn’t really get confusing until we continue back to the rear squeegee. The sole purpose of this component is to capture all the dirty water and solution. At this point, it is vacuumed through the rear squeegee hose, aka rear vacuum hose. The rear squeegee is made up of two squeegees positioned in such a way as to create a vacuum chamber. This vacuum chamber created has a great suction power one can only imagine. This is where it sometimes gets confusing when you have to order these squeegees by descriptions.

Of course, it is always best to order your parts via part number because it takes out any of the confusion.  However, some of the cleaning machine manufacturers refer to these squeegees as front and rear squeegees. For simplicity, I have always referred to these squeegees as inside and outside. There is a significant difference between the two, especially when you order the squeegees on a Thursday and need them by Friday for the weekend. You always want to make sure you order and receive the correct squeegees.

Read this out loud and see how silly this sounds. I want to order the front-rear squeegee, the rear-rear squeegee, both front side squeegees, and both rear side squeegees. You think I am kidding, but I’m not. Now let’s try it with inside and outside put into the mix. I want to order the inside rear squeegee, the outside rear squeegee, and both inside and outside side squeegees. Now if you are going to go through the process of making sure the descriptions are understood, you’re going to want to have the part numbers up front. This is really an exercise or article about correct descriptions on a sweeper/scrubber.

When you start to look at all the parts it takes to make-up a sweeper/scrubber, then you can begin to appreciate having the correct description. I can give you more examples: I have had many people wanting to order a hydraulic pump for the sweeper/scrubber. When you ask which hydraulic pump, they either go back to the mechanic or they start to get irritated by your question. Many times I follow up by saying, there are many pumps on this machine. There is the side brush hydraulic pump, the main brush hydraulic pump, the hydraulic wheel motor and so on. Once they hear this, usually they go back and get you the part number, what the hydraulic pump does or where it is located.

 All of that information helps if you’re the one in charge of ordering the parts for the machines. Another good example is when they ask for the filter. Again, you have to ask which one? The engine air filter, the hydraulic filter, the hydraulic tank sump filter, or perhaps the hopper filter? And here is a biggie, when you get, “I want to order the brush for our sweeper/scrubber.” Again you have to ask, which brush? The main sweeping brush, the side sweeping brush or the scrub brushes? If we’re talking about the scrub brushes, are they cylinder or rotary style?

So in closing, I don’t have to explain how confusing it can get without the proper description. Help out your parts person and yourself by making sure to get the proper description or by having part numbers, which is always the best policy.

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