Friday, September 23, 2016

What Type of Floor Equipment Fuel Source is Best for Your Business?

Technological advancements have made floor-maintenance equipment easier and more efficient to use, as well as safer to operate. The industry has also developed a huge range of different types/sizes of equipment designed to clean and maintain just about any surface, both indoors and out.

Equipment Choices
There are plenty of options when it comes to floor care equipment, including more than just types and sizes but also a choice of energy sources or fuel types used to power them. You can opt for electrical, power-corded or battery-operated motors or for propane, gasoline or diesel powered engines. It all comes down to what type of cleaning you’ll be doing, where you’ll be doing it, how much area needs to be covered in what amount of time, and how much you’re willing to spend on the equipment.

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Power Options
The power source you choose for your floor-maintenance equipment should be guided by the size of the jobs you’ll be performing, whether the work will take place indoors or outdoors and the ease of accessibility to your required fuel. Consider these points:

  • Machines utilizing electric power cords are generally for smaller, entry-level equipment such as buffers/burnishers or vacuums. They have an endless supply of power that’s as nearby as the closest electrical outlet.

    These electric floor cleaning machines are primarily for smaller, indoor floor maintenance jobs where having an exposed cord, which can be a tripping hazard for passersby, is not an important consideration. They're popular for use in office settings, where maintenance is done after hours, but not as much in medical facilities or nursing homes, where 24-hour foot-traffic may be ongoing.

  • Battery power is often found on walk-behind or small ride-on scrubbers or sweepers. Average run time is about 2.5-3 hours, and recharging will typically have to take place overnight, causing significant downtime between jobs. Lead-acid batteries, the least expensive and most commonly used, must be maintained regularly or premature replacement may be necessary. Battery-powered floor maintenance machines are front runners for environments without any access to electrical outlets, and the typical workload is three hours or less.

  • Propane-powered equipment, such as propane floor buffers and burnishers, are by far the most popular for industrial floor maintenance use. There is generally a ready supply of propane available, since industrial companies utilize other heavy-duty equipment in their operations that also use propane. Propane power is best in areas with adequate ventilation, since they emit some CO2. They work well for larger jobs like retail malls and schools where cleaning is done after hours.

  • Gasoline and diesel-powered equipment may be used only for outdoor operations because of dangerous emissions. Units like diesel floor scrubbers and sweepers are the most popular choice for outdoor sweeping equipment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Product Spotlight: Tennant S30 Diesel-Powered Rider Sweeper

When keeping commercial spaces clean, it’s crucial to have the right ride-on sweeper. The Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper with cabin is the perfect tool for the job, but purchasing one new costs $43,963. Thankfully, Southeastern Equipment is offering a reconditioned Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper for $32,900, saving you $11,063. Purchasing this Sweeper is the most economical choice for keeping both indoor and outdoor spaces sparkling clean.

Tennant S30 Rider Floor Sweeper

For operators, our Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper comes with the optional cabin. This pressurized cabin protects the operator from loose debris, and it has heat and air conditioning. This ensures that the sweeper can be operated in even the most severe climates and still provide protection from the elements for the operator. The cab-forward design also offers improved sightlines for the operator, which makes using the Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper safe and easy.

In addition to the ergonomic benefits of this industrial sweeper for operators, the one-step sweep button makes it easier for operators to get started cleaning. With just one click, machine operators can be on their way to obtaining squeaky-clean floors. Whether you decide to use the sweeper to clean inside spaces like warehouses, schools or other commercial spaces, or in outdoor spaces like roads, the Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper delivers unrivaled results.

In terms of functionality, the Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper offers top-of-the-line cleaning and air filtration. The sweeper can pick up small particulates like sand and dust as well as pick up larger debris. For air filtration, the sweeper offers a three-stage dust control system.

  • Stage 1: Keeping bulky debris, moisture and dirt in the hopper with the first-stage Perma-Filter
  • Stage 2: Removing fine dust and moisture by redirecting it into the hopper with the second-stage cyclonic filters
  • Stage 3: Filtering sub-micron dust particulates down to 0.5 microns at 99 percent efficiency with a third-stage, flame-retardant, nanofiber canister filter.

These steps ensure that the air output from the machine is clean, resulting in safer work conditions for operators and minimal pollution in the area where the machine is operated.

The amazing functionality of the Tennant S30 Rider Sweeper also includes easy-access panels. These panels allow the machine to be serviced quickly. The latches used to secure parts ensure that no tools are needed for daily maintenance, speeding up service time and maximizing efficiency.

Our Reconditioned Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper with the optional cab has been specially restored so that it looks and performs like new. With less than 15 days of use, the machine is in excellent condition. This specific sweeper comes with the road package add-on, giving it turning signals along with a backup alarm and a beacon light.

With free shipping and a standard warranty of 90 days, why pass up a deal like this? Shop our Reconditioned Tennant S30 diesel-powered Rider Sweeper with a cab now!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Environmentally Friendly Industrial Cleaning Trends

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The industrial cleaning market is expected to reach $50.24 billion by the year 2020. Given the sheer magnitude of this booming industry, it’s not hard to find examples of the use of industrial cleaning products all around us. Many chemicals used have been proven to be dangerous to the environment. It’s for this exact reason that many companies are moving toward more environmentally friendly industrial cleaning solutions. Operating in an eco-friendly manner has many benefits for commercial cleaning companies, but the most important is the impact on the environment, and ultimately, people. Maintaining green practices is critical to making sure that we are respectful of the earth’s resources and the environmental spaces that exist around us. Read on to learn more about emerging environmentally friendly trends in the commercial cleaning industry.

Many industrial cleaning products contain hard-to-source minerals. To maintain environmentally friendly practices, these minerals should be gathered ethically. The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, or CFSI, is an organization dedicated to developing and ensuring best practices for mineral sourcing. Recently, its membership has been bolstered by several industrial cleaning companies joining the ranks by following the standards set forth by the CFSI. This is just one way that industrial cleaning product companies are beginning to minimize their environmental impact, and we can expect to see more of this trend for years to come.

Another trend within the industrial cleaning market is the use of natural and non-toxic industrial cleaning products in conjunction with the use of machines and equipment. These products are manufactured without the use of ammonia, acids, harsh caustics, dyes, fragrances, chelating agents, silicates or butyl depending on the specific product. Using products that have non-toxic chemicals can reduce or eliminate the harm caused to the environment, namely toxic waste finding its way into rivers and other water reservoirs. Using environmentally friendly products also gets rid of toxic or chemical irritants in commercial spaces where these cleaners are used. This is important, because frequently these cleaners destroy the ecosystems to which they are exposed. In addition to the environmental impact, these chemical compounds can cause skin irritation or contact dermatitis for people who are exposed. The use of non-toxic chemicals is one trend that we’re sure to see more of over time.

One more way that cleaning companies are affecting their environmental footprint is through reduced water usage. Traditional cleaning methods can have a huge impact on water conservation efforts, and industrial cleaning equipment has been known to use tons of water while cleaning commercial spaces. New cleaning methods have resulted in diminished water usage. For example, the dry-centered carpet cleaning method uses 99.5 percent less water than a water-based cleaning system. This is approximately 50 gallons for every 10,000 feet of carpet cleaned! Advancements like these are at the forefront of environmentally friendly developments in the commercial cleaning industry.

Although it may seem like the industrial cleaning industry is making miniscule changes, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many of these improvements can result in a substantial positive change in the way that companies handle toxic waste. Ultimately, preserving the planet and its resources is of paramount importance, and trends in the commercial cleaning industry support this goal.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Product Review: Windsor Chariot iScrub 26” Floor Scrubber

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When it comes to efficiency and productivity, equip your office or commercial space with a walk-behind floor scrubber that surpasses the rest of the competition. The Windsor Chariot iScrub is easy to use and a huge money saver in energy costs. And to save you even more money, we’re offering this 26” used and fully reconditioned model here at a very small fraction of a new unit’s list price.

Our reconditioned Windsor Chariot iScrub, a 26” cylindrical auto floor scrubber for sale at Southeastern Equipment & Supply has only 437 hours (18 days) of previous use. We’ve taken special care to replace parts and accessories that experience the most wear and tear, such as filters, hoses, brushes and vac motors, as well as crucial performance items, such as batteries and chargers.

Agile Cleaning

This Windsor Chariot floor machine is designed to scrub cramped, high-traffic areas, making it an ideal solution for schools, hospitals and office buildings. The difficulty in cleaning such spaces is in accessing tight little corners and maneuvering around people and objects, but the 26” cylindrical iScrub is compact and narrow enough to overcome those difficulties. Its full-circle visibility allows the operator to spot obstacles and safely navigate around them. The unit can be moved to any room or hallway in the building and even rolled right into an elevator with people already inside.

Straightforward Cleaning Control Dial

It doesn’t take a genius, nor an extensive amount of training, to operate the Windsor Chariot iScrub. It has a smart control panel with seven preset modes, which include low- and high-speed transport options, an EcoMode, normal and heavy cleaning options, a vacuum-only mode and a double-scrub mode, to optimize cleaning performance. Each level is depicted with clear images, which removes the uncertainties of vague drive controls and allows for more consistent cleaning.

Save Energy With EcoMode

One programmed level you may find yourself using the most is the EcoMode. On EcoMode, the Windsor Chariot iScrub will scrub using less battery, water and pressure and emit less noise, which is perfect for day cleaning during normal business hours while the building is occupied. By being able to run without interrupting the day’s workflow, it essentially pays for itself in saved energy costs because it scales down the amount of electricity needed during the night.

Combined with simple drive controls, the ability to navigate complex environments and the handy EcoMode, the Chariot iScrub is a leader in productivity. Find a beautifully reconditioned unit here at Southeastern Equipment & Supply.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Types of Flooring & Quick Floor Care Tips

Janitor Using Yellow Floor Equipment to Clean Tile Floor

Cleaning carpet and hardwood floors in a commercial environment requires having the right equipment, materials and techniques to produce the best results. Each job may require different types of equipment depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Floor surface composition
  • Area size
  • Amount of typical floor traffic
  • Amount of dirt and other contaminants you're cleaning and what they are
  • Noise considerations
  • Time constraints and cleaning frequency
  • Entryway and aisle widths
  • Obstacles typically encountered

The Right Machine for the Job

Floor cleaning machines come in all types, including vacuums, sweepers, scrubbers, polishers, strippers, buffers and more. This type of equipment is usually rated on its coverage area capability per hour. Obviously, a small home floor scrubber won't be very useful in cleaning a warehouse floor, for which you'd be best off using a larger walk-behind scrubber or an even larger ride-on floor scrubber.

Advance Carpetriever Wide Area Vacuum
Large carpeted areas will usually call for a large-area vacuum cleaner while areas with many obstacles, such as a movie theater or airliner floor, will be better served using a backpack vacuum. Areas where large spills are typically encountered may require the use of a wet/dry vacuum. Some machines out there are sold as combination equipment—able to accomplish more than one job. The important consideration here is that a combination machine is able to do both jobs well, thereby saving the expense of having to obtain two separate pieces of equipment.

Types of Flooring to Consider

Commercial floors come in a wide range of surface materials, each of which must be considered when determining which type of machine, method of cleaning and materials used are best suited for each particular type. Some of the more common commercial flooring types include:

  • Linoleum
  • Hardwood–may be waxed, oiled or coated in polyurethane
  • Laminate tile
  • Ceramic tile
  • Vinyl
  • Natural stone
  • Unfinished/finished cement/concrete
  • Porcelain

Carpeted floor areas will require a vacuum machine for regular general cleaning and a cleaner/extractor to break down heavy grime or dirt with the use of a power washer and then extracting the dirty liquid for disposal. Carpet dryers may be used for providing ventilation and quick drying.

Polishers are used to provide a glossy finish to hardwood floors, and buffers can be employed to remove scuff marks and light scratches from wood, linoleum, ceramic and more.

Floor Scrubbers

Most modern floor scrubbers are multi-functional machines with a pre-sweep option that precludes the need to sweep before scrubbing. They then dispense cleaning solution, scrub it into the floor and vacuum it up with the aid of a built-in squeegee, all in one pass across the floor. These may be small for cleaning in corners and along baseboards or larger walk-behind or ride-on units.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Product Spotlight: Nobles Speed Scrub 2001 – 20”

Grey Nobles 2001 20

A Nobles Speed Scrub™ 2001 is normally listed for about $4,500, but a unit from Southeastern Equipment & Supply, Inc. is only $2,300. How? Our unit is a fully-reconditioned unit that includes the following new parts:

  • Vacuum motor
  • Batteries
  • Wheels
  • Squeegee blades
  • Gaskets
  • Hoses
  • Filters
  • Skirts

Top Quality for About Half Price
These reconditioned scrubbers have been completely refurbished to make them operate like new. You have the option of using either brushes or pad holders, and scrub brushes are available in a choice of light, medium or heavy grit. This Nobles disk floor scrubber covers a 20" path, applying 50-lbs of pressure at the pad/brush and spinning at 220-rpm for exceptional cleaning power. The floating head ensures that you get great results even when working on irregular surfaces. The unit is highly maneuverable, especially in tight turns since it has a zero turning radius. The console is adjustable to facilitate easy operation for just about anyone.

Power for Hours
The reconditioned Speed Scrub 2001 comes with two new batteries capable of operating for about 2-1/2 hours per charge. This is equivalent to scrubbing about 77,000 square-feet (7163 square meters) of floor surface. The unit comes standard with flashing lights for safety, and it also comes with a 20" pad driver or optional 20" poly brush.

Unit Construction
This is a powerful machine, boasting a 20-amp brush motor that delivers .75 hp at 24 volts. The body/chassis is constructed of durable yet lightweight molded polyethylene. It features a 10-gallon (37.85-liter) tank for cleaning solution, which the unit distributes at a rate of .5-gal per minute. This allows a coverage rate of just less than 5,500 square feet per cleaning solution fill up.

The recovery tank holds 12-gallons (45.42-liters). The center mounted, free-floating squeegee picks up in both forward and reverse and consists of 27" blades made of urethane. The 14-amp, .5 hp, 2-stage vacuum motor produces an airflow of 66 cubic feet per minute at the orifice. The 24-volt, 350-watt vacuum system is capable of a 44-inch water lift at the orifice.

Advantages and Benefits
This 20” Nobles floor machine is easy to operate with its large wheels, zero-turn radius maneuverability and control panel that adjusts to fit any sized operator comfortably. The large solution and recovery tanks make for less down time and the recovery tank is specially hinged to provide easy access for service and maintenance. It features totally automatic operation and even has an automatic vacuum motor shut down for when the recovery tank is full, thereby protecting the unit from damage. This is a great unit at a great price covered by an even greater warranty!