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Roadtec Begins Production of Heavy-Duty, Front-Mounted Broom

Fri July 15, 2011 - National Edition

The new heavy-duty, self-propelled broom by Roadtec features a telescoping broom head.
The new heavy-duty, self-propelled broom by Roadtec features a telescoping broom head.

Roadtec Inc.’s 83 hp (62 kW) self-propelled broom is a new product line for the company and its first foray into compact construction equipment. The FB-85 broom features 14,000 lbs. (6,350 kg) of construction grade axle capacity.

A telescoping broom head allows the operator to switch brooms quickly without the need to change out broom heads. Moreover, the Roadtec side shift feature prevents tire wear when sweeping next to a curb. The broom drive motor can be mounted on the right or left side of the broom head allowing flush-sweeping on the right or the left side. The machine features sealed brakes to keep dust and debris out.

Access to all maintenance items is made simpler by means of a fully raisable hood. A Cat 3.4L, 4 cylinder, 83 hp (62 kW) diesel engine powers the broom. Broom core sizes of 8.6 or 10 in. diameter (22 and 25 cm) can be used. The infinitely variable width broom head can rotate 33 degrees to either side. Broom widths between 72 and 96 in. (183 and 244 cm) can be used.

The FB-85 broom has a pressurized cab with filtered A/C and heat. A steering wheel controls tractor steering. An ergonomic control/joy stick with single hand access handles most of the broom functions, including broom down pressure adjustment and broom rotation speed.

The new Roadtec broom will be manufactured in the company’s Riverside facility located in Chattanooga, Tenn.