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Going Green

Friday, August 1, 2008

With regular gasoline now well over $4.00 a gallon and diesel approaching $5.00, companies are scrambling on ways to cut their consumption. Some companies can not cut consumption and so they are looking for other means of cutting their expenses.

They are looking at other avenues such as payroll, medical expenses or other operational costs. They may delay or extend out planned building maintenance. Being in today’s global market, simply raising prices is not an option for many companies. One option that is starting to catch on is the four-day workweek at 10 hours per day. Of course, not all companies can do this, mostly production factories.

So, how am I going to tie sweeper/ scrubbers into this picture of going green? The industrial market has had something over the domestic market for 50 plus years. They offer electric vehicles. This is one area all companies should investigate into a possible cost savings. It is much cleaner than any type of equipment internal combustion based.

Electric costs, even though are increasing, are more predictable. Usually rates have been going up once a year instead of every other day as oil has due to the daily political theatrics of the day.

If you are a first time buyer any of the OEM have a decent electric sweeper or scrubbers. That would include Nilfisk-Advance, American Lincoln, Power Boss or Tennant. Tennant probably has been manufacturing an electric the longest. The first one I recall would be the Tennant Model 86E introduced in 1968. It was a sit-down rider that had 36 volt (two 18-volt batteries). It had roughly a 45” sweeper path. Crude by today's standards, they were very efficient for that era. For today’s market, I like the Advance 4600B sit down rider sweeper. In the scrubber line the Advance 2052B is very cost effective for many applications. If you want something a little larger I would recommend the ATS 46 inch or 53-inch battery. This is also a full sweeper/scrubber. You say your needs are for something smaller. Perhaps a Power Boss 3800 small rider scrubber has a scrub path of 38 inch or even smaller. The Tennant 7100 (700 mm) has a 28 inch wide scrub path.

I am not trying to confuse you, but only to show that there are many good electric sweeper and scrubbers available. They are efficient and reliable and I would suggest you to check them out.

Thanks for reading Creamer’s Corner. If you wish to contact me please email me at or call at 800/346-2319.

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