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Messy Betsey!

Friday, August 1, 2014


A model Tennant 6400 that isn’t sweeping very well and a person that does not realize that fact could
result in a messy situation. When asked it seems really dusty. She stated that what street sweepers do, they are dusty and messy too.

How the machine got to this point? Well, it just happens, over time, I suppose. Her name being Betsy I suppose we will call this article “Messy Betsy.” 


Let’s get back to the Model. A Tennant 6400 Sweeper is a very nice sweeper replacing the Model 235 Tennant. It was designed with the main and side broom, of course, but also with the high dump. In the past the 235 Sweeper was available in low or high dump.


Of course the high dump would cost you more, but the 6400 were designed high dump only. The high dump is a very nice feature on any sweeper. This sweeper was also equipped with either a liquid-cooled engine or an air-cooled engine. A diesel also could be special ordered if that was preferred.


So, let’s fix Messy Betsy 6400 Tennant Sweeper. When the sweeper is not sweeping (probably in the Spring) dust and debris in the air. This is a tell-tale sign of several issues:
#1 The skirts of the main broom chamber are wore and torn. They include the front brush skirt and the rear skirts. The left and right side are usually the same part almost always need replaced. The idea here is to keep the main broom chamber vacuumized to maintain a proper suction, thereby transferring the debris into the hopper.


#2 Many times I have seen a simple replacement of the hopper filter can do wonders.


#3 And, of course, emptying the hopper on a regular basis. This is along the lines of your simple vacuum cleaner at home. Usually when the operator notices it is not sweeping, only then do many people empty their vacuum bag. You know who you are out there!


Today Messy Betsy is no longer messy. She is sweeping with a happy face.


As always, thanks for reading.

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