Sweeper Choices

Choosing the correct Sweeping Equipment to do the Job

Determining your application needs in terms of debris removal, maneuverability, transport speed and off-loading in order to ensure we are using the right street sweeper and sweeping equipment for the right job is part of the experience we provide.  While there are general guidelines for using one type of sweeper over another, years of experience in a wide range of project requirements allows us the understanding of when you may want to use a Regenerative air sweeper when you may think a Mechanical broom sweeper is required.  Each job is unique and the demands of the job will determine the ultimate sweeping equipment we utilize on each project.  Read below to find out more about the general guidelines for choosing the correct sweeping equipment.

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Mechanical Broom Sweepers

sweeping equipment, Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland Milling Sweeping and Aggregate Recovery

When many of us think of a mechanical broom street sweeper, we likely envision the street sweepers that sweep through your town or city upon the arrival of spring. But there are actually several other uses for this rugged piece of machinery/sweeping equipment.

Major uses of the mechanical broom street sweeper include picking up construction debris and granular materials such as millings and gravel.  The Mechanical Broom Sweeper is the most common type of sweeping equipment in the United States, and is ideal for the heavy build-up encountered after flooding or even yearly spring cleanup. 

Types of Uses for the Mechanical Broom Sweeper

Year-round street sweeping: Mechanical sweepers are great for cold climates requiring year-round sweeping of sand, gravel, silt, salt residue and other materials.

Leaf removal and pine cone sweeping: Mechanical sweepers have a wide pick-up head with a large diameter suction hose and ability to raise/lower the head hydraulically to sweep street gutters filled with leaves, pine cones and pine needles.

Road Clean Up: Mechanical Broom Sweepers are great for road clean-up following a big construction and milling projects. If you’ve got a big project coming up like the expansion of roadways, repaving roadways or a parking lot, the addition of new sidewalks, etc. you’ll need a street sweeper before and after the job. Before getting started, it’s important and often regulated to clean any roadway prior to getting the job done and following the completion of the job. This ensures a job well-done and a town or city that looks amazingly clean.

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Regenerative Air Sweepers

Tymco Regenerative Air Street Sweeping Services in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Roanoke
The regenerative air sweeper is
a green sweeper that combines sustainability with efficiency. This green sweeper keeps the environment free of pollutants thanks to its air-blast capabilities. The sweeper’s large patented gutter brooms, its heavy duty suction hose and its large hopper make it one powerful, versatile sweeper that can remove debris, dirt, and even trash in an instant. Its fuel efficiency and large water tank enables you to get more cleaning done without frequent stops in order to refuel, dump or re-water the truck. When you keep your parking lots and streets clean with the regenerative air sweeper, you’ll keep your property or municipality looking its best at all times.

Types of Uses for the Regenerative Air Sweeper



Parking Lots: Have you ever walked through a parking lot, especially after a large event and noticed trash all over the place and then wondered how they’re going to get it all cleaned up? Can you imagine how time consuming it would be if this trash were picked up by hand? Thanks to the regenerative street sweeper, parking lot messes are a breeze to clean following any big event. In addition to trash, these sweepers are frequently used to keep parking lots free of any fine dirt, rocks, gravel, and leaves from parking lots.

Spring Cleaning: Following the departure of winter, its wrath is evident in the condition of the roadways during spring clean-up. The regenerative air sweeper is the ideal solution to removing the mess left behind from snow plows such as salt, dirt, and any leaves still remaining on roadways or in parking lots come spring. These sweepers are great for getting into asphalt or concrete crevices. This sweeping equipment vacuums these areas clean with its powerful air flow and wide sweeping path.

Common construction uses include:

  • Municipal: In some areas of the country, the public works department chooses to hire contractors to handle the street sweeping.
  • Road Construction: During road construction, it’s required by the DOT to make sure that the road’s surface has been cleaned and cleared entirely before the laying of fresh asphalt. Street sweepers on any type of construction or paving and asphalt milling operation are used to pick up big and small pieces of asphalt, control dust, gravel, mud, and of course, dirt.

Common municipal uses include:

  • Street Sweeping: This type of sweeping is common and is used to pick up debris such as dirt, litter, grass, sand, and sticks from the streets of cities and towns. These tasks are considered to be “lightweight” tasks.
  • Leaf Removal: As you can likely guess, this type of task occurs in the fall when gutters become blocked by leaves, which can affect drainage.
  • Catch Basin Cleaning: Some towns and cities use street sweepers to routinely clean out their catch basins to prevent flooding issues.
  • Year Round Sweeping: Some municipalities in the northern region utilize street sweepers to keep streets free of salt residue, gravel, sand, and other material commonly found on roadways during the winter months.
  • Spring Clean-Up, Heavy Duty: This is the use that you’re probably most familiar with when it comes to street sweepers as stated above. Cleaning up the streets of your city or town, clearing the roadways from winter materials and debris.

Common materials found on the runways at airports include small litter and debris, sand, and gravel. Street sweepers are used at airports to keep the runway clear for take-off. They’re used to keep roadways clean at the airport, to keep the tarmac clean, and to keep the gate areas cleared as well. Specials sweepers are utilized for the clean-up of glycol at airports, which is a material to deice airplanes. It’s important to prevent this material from entering the storm system. Yes, It Has Industrial Uses Too Industrial uses include:

  • Power Plants
  • The Cement Industry
  • Grain Processing
  • Lime Processing
  • Ports

For questions regarding the mechanical broom street sweeper or to request an estimate, contact the professionals of Atlantic Sweeping & Cleaning, Inc. today!

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