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February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 140

Walk-behind models are controlled manually by an operator and are pushed from behind, much like an orthodox lawn mower. Ride-on versions are typically larger and are navigated by a controller who sits on board the machine. Both sweeper models are extremely efficient cleaning machines and not only reduce cleaning times significantly, but also decrease the amount of labour involved in keeping facilities clean.

While both ride-on and walk-behind sweepers require an initial investment, these cleaning machines will, over time, pay for themselves several times over due to the time saved in labour costs alone. However, the process of specifying whether or not you will need a ride-on or walk-behind sweeper begins with identifying your own specific cleaning demands.

• Arguably the most important factor when deciding which type of sweeper to purchase is to identify the size of the area that needs to be cleaned. As a general rule, walk-behind models are perfect for an area that is 50,000 square feet or less while for areas between 50,000 and 75,000 square feet, a ride-on model is more suitable as most are capable of cleaning over 6,000 square metres per hour.

• It is also important to consider the surface and flatness of the area. For example, areas that feature steep gradients or numerous ramps are perhaps not suitable for small-models of walk-behinds, as the constant changes in topography may cause injury or fatigue to the operator. Additionally, areas with severe banks would need a ride-on with a powerful enough engine that could handle steep inclines.

• Furthermore, the shape of the area also needs to be considered, as areas with tight corners may require lighter models with good manoeuvrability and an increased turning circle. Walk-behind models have a smaller sweeping path compared to ride-ons and are more manoeuvrable.

• While walk-behind models are significantly easier on the operator than the out-dated dust-pan and brush, ride-on sweepers are even more comfortable, which allows them to be used for longer periods of time, thus increasing the amount of cleaning that can be done each day.

• Walk-behind sweepers are more user friendly than ride-ons. They are virtually noiseless and do not emit any fumes which results in a more productive and healthier environment for both your employee and customers.

There is a lot to consider when purchasing either a walk-behind or ride-on sweeper and although the high costs may be a little intimidating, remember that this investment pales in comparison to how much it would cost your business to regularly hire third party cleaning companies. Furthermore, due to the amounts of money involved in these cleaning machines, it is important that you have clearly defined your specific cleaning needs. If you are still unsure, then it is worthwhile to seek advice from an established supplier who can help you select the right sweeper for your own particularly cleaning needs.

A company that can advise customers on the best cleaning equipment for their application is Steamaster. Established in 1959, Steamaster is regarded as one of Australia's premier manufacturers and suppliers of sweepers. For more information, visit www.steamaster.com.au

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