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  • #1696
    Mac
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    I need info on front mount runway brooms for snow removal. We have an “H” series Oshkosh with a blower on it and a 20′ plow but we need a broom. The question is Sweepster or MB, center drive or end drive, wafer or cassette brushes.

    #3440
    Ross
    Participant

    I just joined and see theres not alot of action in the forum,,Incase your still looking,,,M&B end drive for sure,,, we got rid of sweepsters a few yrs back.Almost no problems with new M&B

    #3442
    jp
    Participant

    Hey great post, what type of sweepers were you using? Eliminators, tow behinds or just front mounted brooms. What type of snow? wet heavy? cold dry?
    Keep the information coming from British Columbia, the more operators involved on this forum, the more information we can share.

    What type of blowers do you have?
    Going to multi functions here in GRR.
    looking forward to communication from others……
    let it snow.

    #3444
    Ross
    Participant

    “H” series Oshkosh,front mount broom Snow types? All the above! Add ice and frost Our Oshkosh are quick change mounts so both have blower heads that can be used. One “P” with 22 ft plow goes ahead.

    #3445
    Mac
    Participant

    Ross,

    Being new or used, MB is your best option. Sweepster is no longer in the Airport Equipment business and their parent company (Palidan) really doesn’t put any emphasis is customer or parts support.We have had a terrible time trying to find parts and have had to do the best we can with maintaining the equipment. We have 6 Oshkosh/Sweepster front mounted brooms with center drive and 1 high speed with end drive. The end drive’s ability to take the first pass in wet/heavier snow has been valuable but changing your broom core is quite an undertaking.

    I would recommend center drive and wafers. We get all of our poly/wire wafers from MB. They really hold up and I have seen them last with over 150 hours drive time.

    #3446
    jp
    Participant

    Quick Change, How quickly can you change over? Broom to Blower? We have one high speed Oshkosh blower, 1995 Oshkosh blower(she be tired) and Two Snow Wolves. Three Eliminators can be changed over to blowers, would not be a quick process. Phasing out the Eliminators…..A total of seven. Three H series trucks with 24ft. plows,(spray systems on two) Three P series with 18ft. plows(spray systems on all three) Let It Snow.

    #3490
    Ross
    Participant

    Ive never done a broom core on a center drive so not sure but I don’t find the end drive cores to be a big deal,guess” necessity is the mother of invention” and I have it set up now fairly quick and easy. The quick change from sweeper to blower on “H” is about a 40 min process depending on help… Also not a big deal but again over time you set up “tricks” to make life easier. I’m using MB wafers this year so will see life hrs but to get a 100 hrs is good for us,, also some issues with pattern going from right to left sweeping…80 or 90 percent of our sweeping is to right and altho brooms don’t seem to cone the guys end up putting more pattern into it to sweep left. The quick change hitch was a initial problem but I built hold down plate to keep broom from lifting in the hitch.That has helped a bunch but still have issues.

    #3505
    Shawn Marchetti
    Participant

    We have the MB tow behind broom with end drive along with the cassettes, and blowers on each side. I run the broom depending on the wind direction, but usually “split” the runway in half with snow. We are getting around 100 hours as well with the broom, but we have not
    had any issues with any pattern. I have seen it bounce, but I stop and fine tune the adjustment lower to account for the wear on the bristles. One thing we do on our broom is run 1 poly cassette, and then add 2 steel cassettes, and so on.

    #3515
    Jeff McNally
    Keymaster

    Shawn—doesn’t the broom height self-adjust? 100 hours poly/wire mix seems to be a fair average for wear life.

    #3525
    Ross
    Participant

    The MB can be either self or auto adjust,,whichever you order,, On the front mounts anyway.

    #3917
    Shawn Marchetti
    Participant

    We only have the manual adjust on the broom.

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