A Quick Guide to Street Sweeper Shopping

When you are running your city’s public maintenance division, you must understand that keeping the streets clean is high on the priority list as much as making regular garbage-collection runs and the like. Cleaning the streets requires a fleet of street sweeper trucks. However, even though you may have a well-stocked war chest to finance such a force, there are many tips you should take note of.

Start by drafting your list of needs for the vehicles, such as the viability of operating them in the community and the frequency of the tasks. A check of the frequent debris strewn on the streets matters, such as loose twigs and leaves, particulate dust, and heavy sand deposits left over from winter runoff. Take note of the possibility that you may have to share the vehicles with another agency or municipal area.

Sit down with the division’s heavy equipment operators and draft up selection criteria for the specific model. Important items to address include the vehicle’s ease of maintenance and adequate parts support, fast turnaround time, good handling and top speed, and detailed curriculum for training new and veteran operators. Careful deliberations will help narrow down the candidate vehicles to one or two specific models.

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