How to Buy a Used Street Sweeper

Street sweepers are important cleaning machines for clearing debris and sanitizing large public spaces like streets, parking lots and even airport runways. If your organization is responsible for cleaning these types of areas on a regular basis, purchasing a used street sweeper can help you save time and money.

1. Measure Cleaning Area

If you regularly assigned to clean a parking lot, measure that area for its dimensions when purchasing a parking lot sweeper. For street sweepers, consider the total mileage the sweeper will cover. Use the total cleaning area to decide how large you need the machine to be, and what size of tanks you need the machine to carry around. It is sometimes helpful to err on the side of getting a machine with a larger tank capacity for wet and dry garbage because then you will not have to stop in the middle of a job to empty a tank.

2. Select an Operating System

There are three different types of operating systems, all of which perform differently from the next and are better suited for one type of cleaning situation than another.

Mechanical: These are the simplest sweeper models. A rotating broom on the bottom of the machine sweeps the debris then uses a conveyor belt to lift it into the holding tank.

Vacuum: These street sweepers have a mechanical belt, but also have a vacuum that picks up debris left behind by the conveyor belt sweeping system.

Regenerative Air: These machines have the most advanced sweeping and vacuuming systems because it blows air directly onto the pavement the street sweeper is driving over, and immediately after sucks the air back in with the particles that have been loosened by the outflow of air.

3. Make a List of Necessary Features

Based on your work environment, what features does you used street sweeper absolutely need to have? In addition to your selected operating system, some street sweepers come with additional features, including:

Air Conditioning & Heating - If your crew works in the middle of the day in extreme summer heat, street sweepers have air-conditioned cabs to keep the operator more comfortable and prevent dehydration. On the other hand, heated cabs are available for winter work.

Pedestrian Safety Features - Many street sweepersare put to use in heavily trafficked pedestrian areas. These specific machines need to have movement alarms and signs on the side of the vehicle to ensure the pedestrians and the street sweeper stay as safe as possible.

Dashboard Backlight - Backlights are available for companies who clean streets and parking lots late at night or in the early morning to avoid run-ins with other vehicles and pedestrians. A backlight ensure the operator knows exactly what he's doing, and it frees up his hands and attention to fully focus on his job instead of concerning himself with a flashlight.

4. Go Shopping

Tap into your professional network and seek out some word of mouth recommendations for dealers specializing in industrial cleaning machines. Try to find who offers the highest quality machines at the best rates. In addition, seek online dealers with a presence in your local area. These online companies are able to aggregate a large number of available used street sweepers and give you quotes on what's available.

Consider multiple brands and models, noting the pros and cons of each one before making your final selection. The price will approximately range from $18,000 to $65,000.

5. Inspection & Insurance

Have the used street sweeper inspected to ensure everything is in working order and all the parts are up to code. Once it passes inspection, take out an insurance policy that covers the machine, the workers using