There’s no question that a new street sweeper is an investment in your fleet, as well as your municipality. Yet, you don’t have to feel intimidated when you work with Fredrickson Supply. We’ll help you through the process of selecting the right street sweeper so you can feel confident and happy about your new purchase.
Continue reading to learn about the 5 mistakes to avoid when buying a street sweeper.
If you have any questions we encourage you to contact us for more information.
Mistake #1: Not Knowing What You Need
Not all street sweepers are the same. Street sweepers move at different speeds, offer different types of disposal, and work well in different environments. If you’re not sure what type of street sweeper truck you need, check in with your operators. They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, giving you the inside scoop of what your municipality needs most.
Here are some questions to help you get started:
- Where will you use the street sweeper? (urban areas, highways, construction sites, etc.)
- How fast does the street sweeper need to be?
- How far will the sweeper’s parking location be from its working location?
- How will you move debris to disposal sites? Will you need to move the debris from the sweeper into a truck for transport?
Mistake #2: Not Taking the Time to Research
If you’re a fleet manager, you’re responsible for a lot of different types of vehicles. While it’s understandable to not know how each specific vehicle works off the top of your head, it’s important that you set aside some time to research street sweepers. That way, you’ll know what will work best for your fleet of municipal equipment.
Mistake #3: Not Exploring New Options
Technology is always changing, which is why we recommend asking our team as many questions as you need before buying a street sweeper. We want to make sure you feel absolutely confident with your decision. Part of this confidence comes from knowing there isn’t something else out there that’s better than what you originally set out to buy.
Sometimes, it’s not always the best decision to choose a model that’s similar to what you already have. Keep an open mind while you shop and don’t hesitate to ask our team questions about the latest technology and features. Also, keep in mind that you may need a different type of street sweeper for the application you have in mind. For example, some types of street sweepers are better for residential streets than construction sites.
Mistake #4: Not Considering User Friendliness
It takes a skilled operator to handle a street sweeper safely and effectively. Yet, some street sweepers are more user-friendly than others. Consider how user-friendly a street sweeper is before buying. That way, you’ll be able to estimate how much training will be needed to make sure your operators are ready to clean city streets. The more intuitive your street sweeper’s controls, the fewer hours you’ll spend on training.
Choosing a user-friendly street sweeper can help you save the time and money it takes to train new operators. While this may not matter as much if you have a highly experienced team, your operators will appreciate having a street sweeper truck that’s easier to use.
Mistake #5: Not Calling Fredrickson Supply in Grand Rapids
Fredrickson Supply is an equipment distributor in Grand Rapids, MI that sells street sweepers and other municipal vehicles. Our team has your best interests at heart and will be more than happy to help you select the best street sweeper for your application. To request a quote for any of our street sweepers for sale, call (888) 949-2385.