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Brush Material Choices — You Make the Call

Saturday, May 1, 2010

It is what all of the models have is common. The Tennant Model 8410, American-Lincoln 7760, PowerBoss TSS90 and the Nilfisk-Advance Model 2052. Do you give up? They are all full sized sweeper-scrubbers. So, what constitutes a sweeper-scrubber?

A sweeper-scrubber is a cleaning machine that both sweeps and scrubs in one path. Some of the first of these were the American-Lincoln Model 7000. This machine was manufactured as early as 1978. The Advance Model 5000 was a little earlier, around 1976. The Tennant, at the time, did not make a sweeper/scrubber. What they had was a sweeper such as the Model 240 with a scrubber attachment. What this meant was that it was a sweeper by design. By removing the dust hopper and replacing it with a solution/recovery tank, it then became a scrubber. This is an odd idea by today’s standards, however, Tennant literally sold thousands. The Tennant 240EH, an electric version, was especially popular.

However, the first truly full fledge sweeper/scrubber was manufactured by a bunch of ex-Tennant guys. The Model was the TSS75 manufactured by PowerBoss. That’s right!

Anyway, let’s move on. A full fledge sweeper/scrubber must be equipped with the following:

1. A full sized dust hopper capable of holding no less than 500 pounds of debris.

2. A full sized solution and recovery tank. They must hold no less than 50 gallons each.

3. Must have a main sweeping brush, a side or curb brush and rotary scrub brushes (usually 2-3 brushes).

What is nice about these machines is that there are so many brush combinations to clean almost any floor surface. Starting with “the main brushes” there are usually 4 to 5 brush material choices. Usually the polypropylene or nylon is the most popular.

The “side” brushes usually are made with material choices of poly, nylon, or wire.

And, last, but not least, the “scrub” brushes. Usually they come in poly or nylon, however, there are very aggressive brush materials available. They are lite grit, medium grit, standard, then heavy extra aggressive grit. This grit material is a silicon impregnated with bits of carbon steel. It stands up to very dirty and build-up

The advantage of sweeper/scrubber over your conventional sweeper or scrubber is that besides sweeper and scrubbing, the operator can sweep only or scrub only. And, with the multi-choices one has of bristle material one has multi-variables of cleaning environments.

Having said this, see the chart below and you will agree on the many choices.

The Hi-Gear brushes are available in several bristle patterns to match the size and power of your equipment.

Several bristle types are available for a wide range of cleaning applications, ranked below by aggressiveness.

If you have any bristle material questions, or comments please call me a 1-800-346-2319 or email me at

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