A One Machine Solution for Your Autumn Outdoor Needs

Outdoor work is tough, especially when the darker seasons roll in. But businesses can’t simply stop operating, especially in the lead up to Christmas. Those with yards, grounds and other outdoor areas can particularly struggle to stay on top of things, especially when poor weather rolls in and days become shorter.

In this article, we take a look at a piece of equipment that can help maintain your outdoor facility/grounds as well as offer plenty of multi-function.

The problem with autumn

It’s difficult for people to hate autumn, it’s a pretty season and often a relief after a hot summer. However, autumn also brings rain, earlier evenings, wind and leaves. Lots of leaves. For some businesses, autumn is the mud before the river, a test before getting to the real challenge. By preparing correctly for autumn and having the necessary equipment in place, you’ll also be ready for what comes after it.

Those with indoor facilities have it a little easier; they don’t have as much of a struggle with the weather and their operations can typically continue even if its freezing outside. Outdoor facilities however have a constant struggle – dry warmer days can be infrequent so much business has to be conducted in the cold and the wet. If clients frequently come by, the yard/grounds have to be kept clean and tidy. To complete operations successfully, equipment has to be able to function in unpredictable conditions and often complete multiple tasks.

So, what can help?

We’ve spoken in length about how forklifts can have different attachments, making them incredibly useful. Not only can a large number of add-ons be used (such as buckets, scoops, gritters etc.) but the option of an enclosed cab can make a massive difference.

But what if you wanted a piece of equipment that could care for all your yard/grounds maintenance, separate from your forklift (which could then continue, uninhibited with your day to day operations).

Enter; outdoor cleaners.

Outstanding Outdoor Cleaning with Hako

Outdoor cleaners are commonly thought of (and seen) as just the little machines that cruise around town and city centres, sweeping up rubbish.

However, there’s plenty of potential to be found in the Hako range. From smaller, more compact models like the Citymaster 600 through to the much larger Citymaster 2200 there’s a machine available for every business. But let’s take a closer look at just what outdoor cleaners can offer.

Multi-Seasonal

Although we’re focusing on how outdoor cleaners are perfect for autumn, they’re extremely well suited to all seasons, despite their differences. Need to cut grass and hedges in spring and summer? No problem. Want to keep paths clear in autumn and winter? Whether its leaves, rubbish or snow and ice, the Citymaster can clear it.

The enclosed cabs feature air conditioning and heating to help keep your operators safe and warm and comfortable, no matter what the weather. Built to last and withstand difficult temperatures, the Citymaster range is a practical, effective and robust solution.

All models also feature all wheel drive to ensure that they can take on even the most challenging conditions. Excellent manoeuvrability and easy handling ensure that the machine and operator can safely navigate tough environments as well as travel along footpaths and on roads.

Quick-Change Attachments

The most promising feature of the Citymaster range is the ability to cater to a multitude of uses, thanks to a quick-change attachment system. With a coupling triangle at the front of the machine and a frame at the rear (which is removable) the machines are capable of using the following;

  • Sweeping unit
  • Scrub deck
  • Lawn mower/grass cutter
  • Snow brush
  • Snow blade
  • Snow plough
  • Gritter attachment and flatbed to hold the grit

They can also haul trailers, giving you a multipurpose solution that’s perfect for businesses that require their machines to handle a wide variety of applications. Swapping attachments also couldn’t be easier – doing so is a completely tool free exercise and only takes a couple of minutes. This also allows for easy maintenance of parts.

Anyway, back to autumn

One of the biggest concerns for many in the autumn is leaves. We may have mentioned them a few times.

Leaves can build up quickly, become mush equally as fast and become a legitimate health hazard if not removed. Whilst some may not consider leaves much of a problem in their outdoor facility, they can easily become a slip hazard for pedestrians and even a skid hazard for machines if they build up too much and/or become wet.

Clearing them can be an arduous, repetitive task which can strain the shoulders and back if done manually. By using the sweeper attachment on an outdoor cleaner, leaves can be cleared quickly and effectively without the need for your operator to even step outside.

Shorter days are no problem either as all outdoor cleaners feature excellent visibility and are fitted with powerful lights.

In Conclusion…

The Hako range of outdoor sweepers is a practical solution to a seasonal issue. Fully customisable and with a wide variety of attachments, they’re perfect for a wide range of applications. Well suited to difficult terrains, they can be used on grass, rough ground, pavements and much more. Want to find out more? Click here or call today on 01933 228127.

Cleaning Technologies; A Simple Solution to Transform Your Business

When you think of the necessities for improved warehouse operations, generally people may think of the following;

  • More staff
  • Better training
  • Material handling equipment
  • Fantastic productivity

Something people may not often consider is the cleanliness and tidiness of floor space. Whilst successful businesses obviously keep their facilities in order, a mop and broom take time and can also cause the employee who carries out these tasks a lot of strain. Not only this, but sometimes elbow grease just can’t cut it.

Cleaning technologies are a simple and effective solution. Let’s take a closer look at how they can help your business.

 

  1. Low Cost Solution for a Time-Consuming Problem

For many businesses, especially small to medium facilities, cost is everything. When it comes to keeping a clean area, sometimes a cleaner is employed, but often it’s the shared responsibility of the team.

Whether it’s paid hours or just an additional task, it’s an undoubted fact that cleaning takes time. This is especially the case when all that’s available is a mop, bucket and broom. If a facility is open to the elements, especially in autumn and winter, cleaning can become a full-time job, just to keep the area dry and safe.

Small pedestrian sweepers and scrubber driers (such as Hako’s Sweepmaster M600 and Scrubmaster B12) can make a massive difference. With excellent first-time results that mean secondary scrubbing or sweeping is rarely required, they can provide the deep cleaning solution needed. Not only this, but they’re low cost, low maintenance and with minimal downtime required for servicing, you won’t have to worry about breaking the budget.

If your facility is a little larger, then larger models (such as the Sweepmaster 650 and the Scrubmaster B45) are available to help cover more ground with even more cleaning power, all the while still remaining affordable.

 

  1. Low Impact Operation

Manual sweeping and mopping can be an arduous task – but it can also be a harmful one. Repeated motion can not only cause strains but repeatedly bending to sweep up rubbish/dust can cause back, shoulder and knee damage.

Pedestrian sweepers and/or scrubber driers offer a low impact solution. Employees and cleaners can use the equipment with minimum training and without the need to frequently stoop.

If your facility is bigger, then there are also ride on versions of sweepers and scrubbers which can eliminate the need to walk with the equipment. Perfect for large scale warehouses and buildings, the larger models require more due diligence as they’re powerful pieces of machinery, but are a perfectly safe alternative to traditional cleaning methods.

Speaking of safety…

 

  1. Improve Facility Safety

Did you know that the most common form of workplace injuries are slips, trips and falls?

At 31% of all non-fatal work injuries, the worrying part is that these accidents can mostly be avoided with good housekeeping (for more safety, see Hitec’s Top 10 Health and Safety Practices). If there’s been a spill, a leak or if water and other elements have managed to get into a facility from outdoors, there’s a chance that an employee could get hurt.

Sweepers and scrubber driers are ready for use at a moment’s notice. Has a crate of alcohol spilled? A sweeper can move all the glass safely away whilst a scrubber can come and take up the liquid, cleaning the floor thoroughly so that there’s no sticky residue or patches of wetness that could cause incident. Not only that, but they can do so far quicker than a mop ever could.

If you’re battling the weather and rain is constantly coming in, then it’s vital to keep the floors as dry as possible for pedestrians and moving equipment – a small scrubber drier can help do so. Quick to utilise and easy to use, it could help keep the floor safe and dry.

Need to move sharp or broken goods? A sweeper is an effective and safe way of clearing the problem without risking pick up and employees harming themselves.

 

  1. Compact and Green Solution

A common misconception that many businesses might have is that they would not have room for cleaning technologies, particularly if they have a lot of equipment already or are tight on space. However, you might be surprised as to how little space your cleaning equipment can take up.

Built to be compact, even ride on models can be kept in small areas and corners. As for charging? A majority of sweepers and scrubbers can simply be plugged into the mains; no fancy, large charging ports which can take up too much room.

With models available for all facility sizes, there’s bound to be cleaning equipment the correct size for your needs and business.

You don’t need to worry about environmental impact with sweepers and scrubbers either; all models (except outdoor sweepers) come in an electric powered option; giving your business the peace of mind that you’re keeping your facility, and the air, clean.

 

  1. Multi-functional

If you’re in need of cleaning technologies that can keep not only your outdoor facility clear and tidy, but also your yard and even grounds, look no further. Outdoor cleaners are fantastic, powerful pieces of kit that can do far more than sweep the floor.

With the ability to be hooked up to grounds maintenance and winter attachments, you can keep the area around your facility and yard in excellent order. Attachments include (but are not limited to);

  • Lawnmowers
  • Scoops
  • Ploughs
  • Snow Brushes
  • Gritters

Perfect for businesses that have primarily outdoor facilities, car parks, roads and grounds to care for, outdoor cleaners are a fantastic investment that can complete a multitude of tasks. With enclosed cabs to keep operators safe and warm, even in the cold months, outdoor cleaners could be the multi-functional cleaning equipment you need.

 

Conclusion

With cleaning technologies available in all sizes and suited to all types of facility (from warehouses to shopping centres, yards to showrooms), there’s a piece of equipment for every business. Even if you’re on a budget, you can still achieve the safe and clean floors that’ll boost your production and increase the safety of all of your employees.

If you’d like to find out more about the equipment mentioned or would like to consider purchasing or hiring cleaning equipment, then why not get in touch? Our expert team will be able to help you decide what would be best suited to your business and help find a solution that fits your budget. Call today on 01933 228127, email info@askhitec.co.uk or visit our contact page.