NEWS & REVIEWS
The two vehicles in question a Scarab Magnum with its 7.2cm2 hopper mounted on a 15t DAF chassis and their latest delivery a Scarab Merlin with its 6.2cm2 Hopper mounted on an Iveco 15t chassis both these vehicles are Ex-Scarab Demonstrators and are highly equipped with optional extras including powerful high pressure wash systems with booster spray bars fitted to the suction boxes as well as a wash system fitted to assist in the cleaning of the Suction Fans.
Both sweepers are using Scarab Single engine technology but with a clever twist, as these vehicles are fitted with Scarab’s ingenious Hydro-Drive system which incorporates both Hydrostatic and Uni-Drive technologies this gives sweeper operators the perfect combination for any sweeping situation, switch to hydrostatic for ultra-slow sweeping mode without fear of any adverse effect on the chassis clutch, transmission or braking systems but also have the option of switching to Uni-drive mode giving you the ability to start any sweeping operation quickly and easily without the need of stopping the vehicle by simply pressing a button to switch in and out of sweep mode.
Another optional feature is the auxiliary side brush, this can function as an additional standard brush for very tough sweeping conditions or if the operator requires it can be used for weed ripping or as cut and sweep brushes.
The two primary operators of these new Scarab vehicles are Richard Murphy and Chris King both are impressed with the suction power and the speed in which they can switch in and out of sweep mode, Richard said “I love this new Scarab and the benefits it brings and with the Hydro box it really helps in real world sweeping”
Both Scarab’s will be serviced and looked after by Alan Newbury who recently took a 4 day training course at Scarabs Headquarters in Marden, Kent.
In the photo:
Left to Right; Dave Cassingham Managing Director Scarab Sweepers, Ahmed Soliman Al Fahhad and Doug Flynn Export Sales Manager Scarab Sweepers
Extensive trials by Bassetlaw District Council, regarding the running costs of a Scarab single engine sweeper as opposed to a conventional twin engine sweeper, have proved that single engine technology can help save both time and money on a daily basis.
Using just the chassis engine to optimally drive and power the sweeper helps to save on both weight and space when compared to a conventional twin engine sweeper. With more space available a larger hopper can be fitted to the truck chassis.
“We have worked out that cost per mile using the Scarab Single engine sweeper is more cost effective. Using only one engine rather than two helps keep the cost down on fuel and also the CO2 emissions are much lower. The sweeper operators can now sweep for longer thanks to the higher capacity hopper this also means fewer visits back to the yard to tip the waste which also helps save on fuel and time.” explained Peter Jones and Wendy Turner of Bassetlaw D.C
Bassetlaw purchased a Magnum Hydrostatic on a 15.0 tonne DAF chassis fitted with a high pressure wash system and also chose to fit the auxiliary brush option, which is primarily used for weed control although it can aid when sweeping in heavy conditions. The Magnum, as with all Scarab’s range, comes as standard with the CANbus 3 control and diagnostics system. The in-cab colour display assists the driver graphically with information such as which brushes and water systems are in use. The display can also help with vehicle diagnostic reports and can even display the workshop manual directly onto the screen.
The second sweeper Bassetlaw DC purchased is a Scarab Merlin XP on a DAF chassis. The 7.5 tonne Merlin XP with its additional payload and excellent turning circle was the obvious upgrade from their trusty Scarab Minor compact sweeper. In their opinion, “the Merlin XP was the ideal choice and compliments the Scarab Magnum in our street cleansing program. Both machines can hold a lot of waste and can travel for long distances, which is vital for a rural area like Bassetlaw. After several months in operation both vehicles have been working hard with no hiccups at all. We are most certainly satisfied with our decision to go to single engine sweeping technology”.
West Dorset has recently taken delivery of their third new Azura compact road sweeper; following two similar units purchased in October last year. The newest machine will be working in Bridport a pretty market town on the Jurassic coast or Dorset, and is a busy and highly popular tourist area.
Trevor Holt is the main operator for the new Azura, and is extremely happy with the new machine saying “it performs much better than my previous road sweeper from another manufacturer in both suction and manoeuvrability”.
As well as having the optional high pressure power wash used to clean around street furniture and along promenades, Trevor’s Azura road sweeper is also fully prepared for the mounting of winter maintenance equipment should it be required.
West Dorset Council has been very pleased with both the performance and reliability of the Azura’s over the past 12 months along with the parts support offered by Scarab Sweepers and this was a key factor in their decision to take an additional third unit. All the machines are serviced and maintained by West Dorset from their main workshop facility in Dorchester.