Road Sweeper Hire
In simple terms, a road sweeper is a vehicle that is used to keep streets and roads clean. They are predominately used in urban areas and are perfect for removing rubbish and debris from the roadsides. It helps to keep up the appearance of the area and ensure that it is kept sanitary for the general public. They have come a long way from the days of a man with a broom or a hose sweeping streets, the modern day version is not only motorised but also has powerful suction from the built in vacuum. If you are looking to hire a road sweeper, this guide should help you to understand the process of hiring one as well as the models that are available.
How to Hire a Road Sweeper?
The process of hiring a road sweeper is not particularly difficult. There are a large number of companies that offer them for hire. By looking in our Hire Center you will find a company in your local area and be able to see their prices. If you get stuck or want to chat about your requirements give our friendly team a call and we will be able to help you out.
Requirements for Hiring a Road Sweeper
In order to hire a road sweeper, you must be in possession of a HGV2 or LGV2 driver’s license as well as a CPC license. Some sweepers will require different licences or tickets, but this depends on the model and usage. Most companies will also require that you be ages 25 or over. There are, however, some that will hire vehicles out to those who are of a lower age. It is all very much dependant on the company and their insurance.
Contract Lengths for Road Sweepers
There are two contract lengths typically available for road sweeper hire. Quite simply, they are short and long term contracts. The short term contract comes under short events such as festival clean-up and other events, even one off and special hire that come with an operative for a specific task or cleanup. The long term contract is suited to those that will require the use of a road sweeper for a prolonged period of time. This could be used by local councils or large industrial areas that are looking to rent one to keep their areas aesthetically pleasing and clean. These options can often be tailored to your personal or business needs and requirements.
Types of Road Sweeper for Hire
There are several options that you may be presented with when you go to hire a road sweeper. The first of these is an operated road sweeper. Usually, these come with fully trained and licensed drivers to operate the vehicle for you. In order to operate it a CSCS and EPO license and ticket are usually required. The operative will drive the sweeper to site, commence the required clean-up and then depart to empty the contents of the vehicle.
You also have street cleansing vehicles. These work in a similar manner to the traditional road sweeper, but they are not made to collect debris and rubbish from the streets. Instead, their purpose is to give the road or pavement a deep clean, bringing it back to its original colour and some machines even improve the skid resistance of the surface. It is fantastic for keeping up a good standard of aesthetic as well as cleanliness and safety.
Following this, you have compact and medium sized road sweepers. These offer the same functions but are sized differently to cater for specific tasks of varying sizes. There is also the truck mounted sweeper that aims to combat the most difficult and hard to clean road surfaces. These are incredibly large and it is generally advised that only those with experience should take on the task of driving these road sweepers.
Road Sweeper Sizes
There are several standard sizes available for road sweepers, and they are usually carried by the majority of rental companies. The 3.5 tonne road sweeper is the standard, and can usually be found in the form of the compact model or the ones you see sweeping city roads and streets.
The medium sized road sweeper stands at 7.5 tonnes, making it regular size for those who have experience with lorries and large vans. They tend to be quite heavy duty models with a great deal of suction as well as a manual hose.
The truck mounted road sweepers tend to start at 12 tonnes and can go up to 18 tonnes. These heavy duty vehicles have a large and bulky appearance, but they are able to do a fantastic job of cleaning up the streets and picking up debris.
Most road sweepers in this country are driven on the left hand side of the cab, vehicles in the UK are normally right hand drive, this is so the operative / driver can see the pavement clearly and tuck the vehicle in close so he can see where he is cleaning.
Hiring a road sweeper is not a particularly difficult task, although they are less common than most other vehicle hires. There are several models and sizes available for hire from most companies, giving you a good range to choose from. It’s important to remember that you need to have the relevant licenses before you hire the vehicle, otherwise you will not be able to rent or operate it. With a fair few number of rental companies offering their services, you are sure to find the perfect one for your needs in our Plant Hire Center.