Posted by Mike Creamer on

      Mike at Hi-Gear

In this and on-going articles in the “You Have Choices” series, we will be discussing choices of different specific models of cleaning equipment and how they relate to the size of the building.  The introduction of the sweeper/scrubber in 1985 and the electric/battery machine in the early 1970’s are just a few examples of technology that have forever changed the industry and how companies look at the cleaning machine industry.

Let’s start by listing the major players in the industry. They would be Nilfisk-Advance, Tennant, Clarke, FactoryCat, Minuteman-PowerBoss, and Karcher. There are some others out there such as Nobles and Windsor, but I want to try to keep this list at a manageable size. So there you have it. 

These companies make cleaning equipment to perform almost any cleaning feat such as “cleaning detergent recycling” and “double scrubbing”. I consider these to be options for very specific environments. One example would be the recycling option; I would not recommend this say for a very severe environment where oil or grease is to be cleaned off the surface/floor. You are just asking for trouble.

Therefore, I am going to list the square footage of buildings and suggestions of machines models to look at when buying a new machine. Of course, there are many machines to choose from, but hope this helps to begin your search.


Building Size: 10 – 25 Thousand Square Foot

Tennant S10 Walk-Behind Sweeper

 Clarke Focus II Walk-Behind Scrubber

 PowerBoss Phoenix 3030 Walk-Behind Scrubber

 Tennant 5700 Walk-Behind Scrubber

Building Size: 25 – 50 Thousand Square Foot

PowerBoss Armadillo 6x Rider Sweeper

Clarke Focus II Rider Scrubber

Factory Cat GTX Rider Scrubber

Nilfisk-Advance SC6000 Rider Scrubber

PowerBoss Admiral 30 Rider Scrubber

Tennant T12 Rider Scrubber

Building Size: 50 – 100 Thousand Square Foot

Tennant S20 Electric Sweeper

Tennant T16 Rider Scrubber

Factory Cat XR Rider Scrubber

Nilfisk-Advance SC6500-48 Rider Scrubber

PowerBoss Commander T82 LP Sweeper/Scrubber


You need to determine whether your needs are for a sweeper, scrubber or sweeper / scrubber. It is just my preference but I have always preferred electric to LP when buying a machine.  It is better for the environment and has less of a carbon footprint. So, keep that in mind. It is my hope that this reference lends a hand, however if you need additional assistance in deciding sweeper verses scrubber, I can help. Also, remember that choosing the components such as the brushes and squeegees are just as important as the machine itself. The aggressiveness of the brush will determine how aggressive your scrubber actually scrubs the surface of your factory.

In the next article, we will discuss larger buildings over 100,000 square foot.

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