Bucher’s mechanical and vacuum sweeper solutions give customers the versatility and reliability they need to succeed on site
By Matt Starnes
In the world of asphalt, construction, and paving, there’s a belief that using a mechanical street sweeper is the right fit for most applications. A go-to, easy solution.
In reality, each project has unique challenges that require a different approach, or even approaches, for success.
The key consideration or question to ask is, “What’s my main application?” In other words, what do you, or will you, use your sweeper for 80% of the time? There are lots of options available, but will you ever use them? From there, you can assess the different kinds of equipment available, and match them to your needs. Here are some more things to consider when evaluating what you need out of your equipment — both now, and in the future.
Taking a look at the mechanical street sweeper solution
Municipalities’ public works departments often hire out sweeping contractors to take care of primary street maintenance sweeping duties.
Contractors taking care of road construction rely on street sweepers to tackle a wide variety of heavy material. The most common sweeper hopper contents include concrete millings, chunks of asphalt, broken pavement, mud, and a variety of construction debris. A must-have feature of mechanical sweepers is the ability to dump into on-ground dumpsters and dump trucks.
While twin-engine mechanical street sweepers are still used, single-engine sweepers are more efficient and require less maintenance headaches.
Is there a mechanical street sweeper tough enough for construction sites, industrial locations, and rugged contractor work?
Yes, Bucher Municipal offers “The Bulldozer of Street Sweepers,” the E35 Mechanical Street Sweeper. The E35’s single-engine solution eliminates the hassle of dealing with an auxiliary engine. The design means no additional oil changes, oil filters, air filters, file filters, belt replacement, or the traditional maintenance associated with a separate sweeper engine.
The mechanical sweeping methodology of the E35 is equally at home with public works application and contractor work. The mechanical sweeping method is ideally suited to clearing large volumes of bulky material quickly. This helps contractors maximize their productivity by enabling large areas to be swept in a short period of time.
Key specs of the Bucher E35:
- 4.5 cubic-yard hopper capacity
- Stainless steel hopper
- Chain driven, 12-flight squeegee-type conveyor
- 360-gallon baffled, polyethylene water tank
- Large leading arm/digger-type gutter brooms
- Tight 18.6-inch turning radius with 136-inch wheelbase
It’s in the hopper
The E35 hopper is raised and lowered via a heavy-duty, two-stage scissor lift with hydraulic cylinders.
The lift capacity is rated at 12,000 lbs. and the hopper dump angle is 54 degrees, including a 42-inch chute for better reach and efficient offloading of debris.
The optional Ultra High Dump provides an additional 18 inches in tip height, ideally suited for transferring debris into a larger dump/tipper truck.
Is there a street sweeper ideal for curb line, porous pavement, uneven pavement types, and more? Paving or working a construction site near a stormwater runoff area?
Yes, vacuum sweeping is the answer for these concerns. The Bucher Municipal V65 pure vacuum sweeper is available to tackle the toughest environment, plus its hopper is also made of stainless steel. Another benefit is the V65 comes in a twin- or single-engine setup. Yes, you can still be fuel efficient without compromising power.
Key specs of the Bucher V65:
- Massive 8.5 cubic-yard hopper capacity
- Complete hopper constructed of 9-gauge stainless steel
- Up to 141-inch swept width (with the simultaneous sweep option)
- 410-gallon water tank
- Wireless discharge control
- PM 10/2.5 certified
The top-mounted wanderhose, also referred to as a powerboom, has 280 degrees of rotation, available in a 5.9-inch or 7.87-inch diameter, which can be used as a catch basin cleaner. The wanderhose make the V65 a more versatile piece of equipment to own for contractors and municipalities as it offers another tool in their cleaning and clearing arsenal.
Another option is the Supawash, which provides an option for high-pressure water (7 gallons per minute at 1,450 psi) for added cleaning. The handlance’s 49-foot hose reel can be used to clean not just worksites, but also the machine itself.
There is also the big brother of the V65 sweeper, the V80. The V80 has a 10.5 cubic-yard hopper and a gigantic 529-gallon water tank.
Bucher also carries regenerative air and compact sweepers to give contractors a well-rounded stable of solutions.
Bucher is the only sweeper manufacturer to offer an all-inclusive warranty (2-years/2,000-hours) . That includes an entire debris hopper constructed of stainless steel — that comes as a standard — with a lifetime warranty.
Once you’ve decided on the sweeper or sweepers that are best for your application, most people ask, “How do I afford it?” In most cases, Bucher’s financing options make it possible to purchase one or more sweepers, depending on your needs.
Bucher offers co-op purchasing and financing that make equipment available for immediate purchase for contractors or municipalities, helping them avoid costly equipment delays. Bucher offers a free financing calculator to run through different scenarios. There is even a video to help you understand your options (check it out at their website — address below.) https://www.buchermunicipal.com/us/en/parts-service/financing-solutions
Bucher Municipal is the world’s largest street sweeper manufacturer. In North America and the UK, the street sweeper division was formerly under the Johnston Sweepers brand name. Bucher uses a blended dealer network and direct approach to sell, service, and support their products in North America. Wherever you need a street sweeper, Bucher is there.
But Bucher’s impact doesn’t stop with sweepers; the North Carolina-based company is the world’s leading supplier of municipal vehicles. Bucher Municipal North America’s product range includes sewer cleaning and street sweeper equipment. When it comes to technology and equipment that can clean sustainably and efficiently, Bucher Municipal leads the way.
Bucher Municipal North America has a dealer network through the USA and Canada. https://www.buchermunicipal.com/us/en/where-to-buy
Matt Starnes is the Bucher Municipal North America Product Marketing Manager, based out of Mooresville, NC. He is passionate about building and marketing products that customers love. Matt is the creator and host of the Sweepers and Tankers podcast, which focuses on all topics related to the street sweeping and sewer cleaning truck industry. Matt began his career in radio as a writer, producer, DJ, host and promotions guru; all skills he still uses to some capacity today.
Contact Bucher today for more information or to book a demo. https://www.buchermunicipal.com/us/en