In the world of commercial cleaning sweeping large areas can be an arduous task. In the mid 1980’s the first battery-powered sweepers were introduced. Since the introduction of this ingenious piece of floor equipment many advancements have been made. Battery-powered sweepers utilize a rotating brush to move debris and dirt from a surface into a debris hopper or storage unit. In recent years vacuum systems have been integrated into these sweepers so they are able to work on both hard floors and carpeted areas. Newer style sweepers have a side brush that sweeps debris from edges into the direct path of the rotating brush making cleaning easier. The sweepers are commonly used in areas such as the hospitality industry, retail stores and any large area where sweeping could be time-consuming. Recently, Tennant introduced the 3610 battery-powered sweeper. This sweeper can clean up to 11,000 square feet per hour, enhancing the productivity of anyone using it.
The five main parts of a battery powered sweeper are the brush system, brush drive motor, vacuum system, filtration system and user controls. The Tennant 3610 is easy to operate with an electronic user control panel that gives the user complete control over every aspect of the unit. This piece of floor equipment runs on a 12 volt battery system that features a sealed maintenance free battery which generates two hours of continuous run time.
The brush system on the Tennant 3610 is comprised of two separate brushes. Underneath the unit is cylindrical brush that spins, catching debris and moving it efficiently into a storage area known as a debris hopper. A side brush rotates in a clockwise direction moving debris from corners and edges into the path of the cylindrical brush. From there the debris is again moved into the debris hopper. One nice feature of this piece of floor equipment is that the brush automatically adjusts to different types of flooring. The Tennant 3610 is perfect for both carpeted and hard floor areas without any adjustments needed from the operator. The larger cylindrical brush has a cleaning path of twenty four inches and uses a poly propylene brush with six rows of bristles placed in a chevron pattern.
The vacuum system on this battery sweeper utilizes a small blower motor that creates fifty five feet per minute of air movement which assists in moving debris and dirt into the hopper. This is an innovative concept that has been added to the floor sweepers in the past ten years making them better at removing finer particles from the surface being cleaned.
As dirt and debris are moved into the hopper system the air moves through two filters with a surface area of ten square feet. This provides ample airflow and filters the air so that air particulates moving out of the machine are kept to a minimum. Over time this filter will become plugged with dust, the Tennant 3610 has a filter shaker feature that will automatically shake debris from the filter when the user activates the switch. The hopper system can hold thirty five liters of dust and debris before it is full. The dust collection hopper can be easily emptied by removing it from the machine with an ergonomically designed handle for easy removal.
The user control panel on the Tennant 3610 features electronic push buttons that are clearly labeled and easy to use. The control panel consists of six buttons, the buttons include an on off main power button, to brush setting buttons, a filter shaker button, a vacuum motor button, and a toggle button that will shift the digital readout display from battery to hours used. These buttons are easy to use and are located in the center of the control handles.
Overall the Tennant 3610 is one of the best battery powered sweepers sold on today’s floor equipment market. This machine has an average lifespan of ten to fifteen years and is meant to be repaired and rebuilt when needed. Tennant parts are easily obtained from either a Tennant parts dealer or an online Tennant parts store. This machine is much better than units produced by companies such as Windsor, NSS, Tornado and Mastercraft USA.