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Squeegees: Improve Your Life

Friday, February 1, 2013

In a previous article, I discussed squeegees and their relative uses in different applications. Let’s, once again, review them. They are:

  1. Pure Gum Rubber
  2. Linatex Rubber
  3. Neoprene Rubber
  4. Urethane Rubber

As for their relative applications, I have listed them in this manner:

  1. Newer, smooth, non-sealed concrete
  2. Newer, smooth, sealed concrete
  3. Uneven, concrete with abrasive materials, such as steel chips to be picked-up.
  4. A floor that has a liquid material, such as motor oil to be scrubbed up.

Now, today, let’s discuss the general maintenance/instructions of replacement on these machines. A popular sweeper/scrubber is the American Lincoln Model 7760. First of all, this machine has two side squeegees: one left hand and one right hand. These side squeegees help with the flow of water/debris in the direction of the rear squeegee. The rear has two blades:

  1. The inner blade, which is sometimes referred to as the front blade.
  2. The rear squeegee blade. The rear blade is often referred to as the main squeegee blade because it is the one that does the main squeegee process of the equipment.

It is of utmost importance that these blades be checked every 8 hours of use. You should check for general condition to ensure there are no cuts or damage to the blades. Damaged blades also hamper the effectiveness of machine vacuum. If there is damage, instead of replacing it just remove it and flip it. You see, all brands of sweeper/scrubbers have the design of four sided squeegee blades so the user can flip it up to four times. Even the unpopular slide-in squeegees had four sides. They were on models as the Tennant 465 through 490 Walk-Behind, the 510E and 8400 rider scrubbers. The problem there was that the middle slide section cracked or broke and made the blades useless. They used this system five years ago and eventually went back to the original pin design.

Once the blade is flipped or a new one is installed, adjust the assembly so that the main blade is touching approximately ½ inch on the floor. This insures a good wiping action and good vacuum. To break-in the blade all you do is to:

  1. Lower squeegee to the ground
  2. Travel approximately 20 feet forward on a dry surface.

Now with this being performed, the machine should squeegee the water dry without streaks.

If you would like further discussion on squeegees, please do not hesitate to contact me at 800/346-2319 or e-mail me at creamerscorner@hi-gear.com.

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