Federal Department of Transportation regulations require a commercial drivers license (CDL) for all vehicles over 26,000 lbs. GVWR. CDL qualification can prove expensive for companies subsidizing their employees in order to have the staff needed. Companies may also find it difficult to find and hire drivers who already possess active class B CDL qualifications. Although to some, the sweeping business may appear basic and simple, the mechanized equipment used for power sweeping is anything but so this is just the tip of the iceberg if you are in the need for power sweeping services.
Manufacturers respond to the variety of needs by offering a comprehensive selection of sweeping equipment, any of which require CDL’s and many which do not. This is not however, all you need to know to be a power sweeper, not by a long shot. So why would you want to try to take on this industry without the proper knowledge base? You wouldn’t.
Depending on the market segment and goals for the use of the equipment, manufacturers offer mechanical sweeping units either based on a ¾-ton or 1-ton truck chassis, which is about as large as one gets without needing a CDL. The more compact models slide into the bed of a pickup truck. Some offer specification sheets for download and others require potential customers contact them for information pertaining to equipment size and capability. These smaller models make them cost-effective to operate and perfect for cleaning areas with low clearances, such as parking garages and streets lined with mature trees. A professional power sweeper can assess the location to be serviced and provide the equipment that produces the result you want in the most effective and economic way.
So how do you find a professional power sweeper when you have the need for sweeping services? Rather than take on the responsibility of CLD, Non-CLD, selecting vacuums or mechanical brooms, check the NAPSA Contractor Locator. NAPSA members are across the United States and will be happy to work with you to develop the solution that best fits your sweeping needs. Visit the NAPSA locator at www.PowerSweeping.org and click on the “Find a Contractor” link today.
The North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) is a nonprofit association made up of contract sweepers, service providers and sweeping equipment dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. NAPSA is dedicated to providing beneficial support to the membership and enhancing services to the sweeping industry.
The members of NAPSA are committed to promoting and educating the power sweeping community while enhancing the environment. For more information on NAPSA membership, please visit www.powersweeping.org or call (888) 757-0130.