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by ranger
Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: Beach/Sand Sweepers
Topic: How best to clean desert sand after large event?
Replies: 4
Views: 14024

How best to clean desert sand after large event?

Here's an info request I received from our WS.com contact form: "I am looking for a source that can provide best process practices and equipment to sweep, shred, and compress trash from large sandy areas. The residual trash could be a mixture of paper, plastic bags, drinking water or soda bottles, f...
by ranger
Sat Apr 01, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: General/Other
Topic: Starting up a Street Sweeping Business
Replies: 1
Views: 6252

Street Sweeping Overview Info

Take a look at all the articles in our 'Parking Area Sweeping' main subsection. You'll find them under 'Street Sweeping Intro' in the TOC. All the machines you mention are good competitors, however without a contract for a particular type of sweeping it's hard to know what to recommend specifically....
by ranger
Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: Street Sweepers
Topic: Elgin Air Cubs Compared to Schwarze 340-series
Replies: 2
Views: 7362

Comparison Info

Ed- The Air Cub started out basically as a clone of Schwarze's 348-I machine. There have been some modifications through the years since then. Most would agree it compares favorably in performance, etc., with the Schwarze sweeper. Some differences: There aren't as many out there in the marketplace, ...
by ranger
Mon Jan 09, 2006 2:04 pm
Forum: Bidding the Job
Topic: What has worked for me
Replies: 2
Views: 9027

Would like more info

I'd like to talk to you on a confidential basis to learn more about this. I think it would make a good article. You wouldn't have to be identified, to protect your client, etc. Please send me an email with contact info. Thanks!

-Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:23 am
Forum: Indoor Sweepers
Topic: When does it make sense to expand to indoor sweeping?
Replies: 3
Views: 8666

When does it make sense to expand to indoor sweeping?

Is warehouse sweeping a logical place to expand a parking area sweeping business? Does it make more sense to expand into this area than into other areas of exterior and pavement maintenance, like graffiti removal and pothole patching or striping? How do you go about seeing if there is a viable indoo...
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:18 am
Forum: Parking Control
Topic: Are parking controls needed for best practices sweeping?
Replies: 2
Views: 28025

Are parking controls needed for best practices sweeping?

When there are cars on the streets during sweeping, the result is that much less of the curbline gets swept. Without parking control regulations in effect, sweepers obviously can't sweep where the cars are parked. Less obvious is the area in front and back of a car that is missed, as well, because i...
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:07 am
Forum: General/Other
Topic: How important is being a full exterior maintenance company?
Replies: 2
Views: 9853

How important is being a full exterior maintenance company?

As the world gets busier, profit margins are shrinking and remote property management is becoming more commonplace, is it now more important to be a 'do it all' company? In other words, can you afford to only offer sweeping services? Or, as we become more specialized as a society, is it better to be...
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:58 am
Forum: GPS and Other Tracking Systems
Topic: How valuable is GPS for parking area sweepers?
Replies: 1
Views: 18541

How valuable is GPS for parking area sweepers?

At what point should someone be using GPS in their sweepers: 1 machine, 3 machines, 5 or more?

What would you owners out there who have equipped your fleets with GPS estimate you are saving per year/per truck?

Does adding GPS increase employee turnover or reduce it?
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:52 am
Forum: Customer Retention
Topic: What do you do when a customer cancels?
Replies: 0
Views: 5813

What do you do when a customer cancels?

Is there a standard procedure that's best to follow when a customer cancels your sweeping service? Should this change with long-term customers? Are there techniques that will work to get them to change their minds, either in the short run or down the road? Is there a better approach to take when the...
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:39 am
Forum: Employee Handling
Topic: The Tattletale Phenomenon
Replies: 0
Views: 6003

The Tattletale Phenomenon

What's the best thing to do when one of your workers 'tattles' about something bad that another has allegedly been doing? How do you go about seeing if it's true, especially if there is any kind of friction known to be between the two people? Does the correct reaction change when the situation invol...
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: Air Sweepers
Topic: Single-Engine vs. Twin-Engine vs. Tow-Behinds
Replies: 2
Views: 12740

Single-Engine vs. Twin-Engine vs. Tow-Behinds

The ways that parking lots are being cleaned appears to be changing. With the rise in fuel costs, along with improvements and competition in the single-engine sweeper market, there appears to be an increase in market share for single-engine sweepers. Tow-Vac's pull-behind sweeper seems to be gaining...
by ranger
Wed Jan 04, 2006 12:53 am
Forum: Broom Sweepers
Topic: What Broom Sweeper for Milling, and Why?
Replies: 2
Views: 8540

What Broom Sweeper for Milling, and Why?

Here's one for all you operators who are experienced at sweeping up after milling machines. Through the years, I've been surprised at how loyal people are to whatever model of sweeper they choose to use for milling? Maybe that's because the fines can be so high, in some traffic closure situations, w...
by ranger
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:51 am
Forum: Insurance-Related
Topic: What coverage might be recommended for a startup contractor?
Replies: 1
Views: 16844

What coverage might be recommended for a startup contractor?

We received the question from a contractor about what is a good 'starter coverage' when getting into the business? What are people's ideas on this?

-Ranger, WorldSweeper.com editor
by ranger
Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: Routing/Scheduling
Topic: COMPUTERIZED SCHEDULING SYSTEMS
Replies: 3
Views: 27963

Routing/Scheduling Software

The only routing and scheduling option I'm aware of is that offered by CLIP. I know MetroSweep, a large Michigan contractor, was coming out with a version but didn't see enough demand to launch it. There are a number of sweeping contractors using CLIP, though. You can find an article here online at:...
by ranger
Mon May 09, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Contractor vs. Force Account
Topic: Which is More Cost-Effective to Operate?
Replies: 5
Views: 30430

Which is More Cost-Effective to Operate?

Through the years I've heard arguments on both sides of the issue of whether a private contractor can sweep for less, over time, than a municipality's inhouse sweeping department. Please add your opinion to the poll, and click on 'Post Reply' to tell why or why not. -Ranger Kidwell-Ross, site admini...

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