(L-R) are Bob Boatman, Titan Machinery; Raymond Massey, Schwarze Industries; Gerald Elm, city of Grand Forks; Brian Giles, Schwarze Industries; Mark Aubol, city of Grand Forks; Blake Beckstead, city of Grand Forks; Scott Pederson, city of Grand Forks; Mat
The city of Grand Forks, N.D., recently traveled to Titan Machinery’s West Fargo, N.D. headquarters to view the new Schwartz A8 Twister Regenerative Air street sweeper. The new sweeper is being added to the city’s existing fleet to accommodate the growth of the Grand Forks location and is the perfect sweeper for the city for several reasons.
“The Schwarze Regenerative Air sweepers offer a lot of advantages over traditional designs,” said Scott Berge, sweeper product specialist, Titan Machinery. “They utilize air versus brushes that regular sweepers use. You get less wear and you can’t clog them up with leaves during the fall — which can cause a lot of problems with regular sweepers.”
By forcing air through a contained sweeping head, Schwarze Regenetive Air street sweepers use negative pressure to pull the debris into the hopper where it is removed from the air by centrifugal separation. The process is efficient, clean, and requires less moving parts. The A8 Twister is equipped with a large 6-yard capacity hopper and a Tier-IV final engine.
“We wanted to make sure that the guys were comfortable with their new sweeper, so we did some training and a walk-around at our training facility in West Fargo,” said Berge. “This is the first Regenerative Air sweeper that the city has purchased. We wanted to make sure that the city is fully knowledgeable on the operation and servicing of the machine.”
The training included taking the sweeper out for a spin in the local neighborhood around the training facility to put it through its paces and demonstrate how effective it is in picking up even small debris.
Representatives from another local city that is interested in the product were on-hand for the walk-around as well.
“There’s a lot of interest in this product because of the performance, especially with leaves during the fall,” said Berge. “Regular sweepers can really struggle with picking up heavy leaf residue. This slows down the clean-up process and leads to frustrated city crews and clogged drains. These sweepers perform extremely well under all conditions.”
Titan Machinery is a full-service distributer for Schwarze sweepers across a large portion of the Midwest including North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.