NEWS & REVIEWS
Brighton and Hove have recently taken delivery of 3 new 7.5 tonne Scarab Merlin XP’s these are to replace their existing Scarab Merlin Hydrostatics which the council have been using successfully for over 9 years and will work alongside their fleet of Scarab Minor 3.5 tonne compacts.
After carrying out a series of demonstrations, Scarab were successful in a competitive tender, with the Scarab Merlin XP winning hands down on features, being environmentally friendly and importantly proving to be cost effective when compared to the strong competition. This alongside Scarab’s proven aftersales support certainly offered Brighton and Hove the best all round package.
The new Merlin road sweepers which are built on the popular DAF LF chassis are all fitted with a number of options to maximise performance, these include a dual sweep system, high pressure wash with front spray bar, detergent wash kit and an automatic greasing system. Health and safety is obviously very important to the council, and with that in mind the latest machines are fitted with ISS LED light bars alongside a ISS recordable CCTV system and a chapter 8 rear door including direction arrow. In the cab there is a first aid kit and eyewash station.
The vehicles are monitored via a CMS supatrak system the Council have also taken out an extended Scarab 3 Year warranty on the sweepers.
Key to the success will be the appointment of John Saint who will Manage the winter maintenance department. “John is already well known and respected in the winter maintenance sector and will be a great asset to our new venture.” added Dave The advantages of combining the sales and support of winter equipment with sweepers has long since been recognised. Sweepers are always less utilised when temperatures approach freezing, the importance is switched from sweeping to spreading to keep our roads and highways open.
John Saint was keen to point out “The Scarab UK factory and especially the after-sales network is more than capable of providing the support needed by these critical machines. The Epoke product has a great deal of previously un-tapped potential in the UK and I feel confident that the combination of Epoke and Scarab will allow me to have a positive impact into the market”.
The Epoke range of winter maintenance equipment includes both dry and pre-wet gritting solutions and equipment suitable for all type of applications from footpaths to motorways, complementing perfectly the range of sweepers already on offer from Scarab’s Kent base.
Wyndham City Council have been a customer of Rosmech, Scarab’s Australian Distributor for some 11 years, and this new Scarab Mistral road sweeper will work alongside their Scarab Merlin hydrostatic sweeper and a Scarab Major.
The Scarab Mistral is fitted with an additional Auxiliary engine to provide the sweeping power and is a dual sweep vehicle meaning it has suction nozzles and brushes on both sides of the vehicle, it also comes with other extras such as a high pressure water system and a sweep wash facility which includes a detergent wash kit with additional spray bars fitted at the rear of both suction nozzle boxes, it also comes equipped with additional safety features including LED Arrow boards and 4 additional LED beacons and to keep “Charlie Desira” the new driver for this road sweeper happy a powerful pioneer CD player along with 100 watt speakers fitted around the Hino 500 cab.
Charlie says “this is the best sweeper we have, and the new cummins auxiliary engine is much quieter and certainly provides better fuel economy this along with Rosmech’s fantastic support on both servicing and parts supply means we have a high specification sweeper that is on the road for longer, keep up the good work in producing great sweepers “
Charlie Desira in the new Scarab Mistral Road Sweeper, built on the Hino 500s Chassis.
All the staff at Scarab Sweepers and RJP Engineering would like to wish a long and happy retirement to John Affleck, Financial Director.
John has been with Scarab since 1996 having started as a Cost and Works Accountant.
John’s dedication and commitment to the business led him to accept the role of Managing Director from 2005 to 2011 and successfully saw the company through some challenging economic times.
Dave Cassingham, current Managing Director said “John was a great mentor and colleague. He has maintained the company in good financial health and it was a pleasure to work with him for so many years.
The entire staff gathered together to thank John for his loyalty and hard work and to wish him well for the future.
This guide has been produced to highlight the costs that can be saved by carrying out some good practices during the winter months to prevent damage to parts on the sweeper which can cause unnecessary costs and downtime to the user.
Important note: This is a guide only and operators should use it in accordance with their Scarab operator instruction manual.
Good practice tip
Possible parts that can be damaged if ignored
Run low pressure water pump until dry
Water pump, valves, eccentric, con rod, water pipes and fittings, water jets and water solenoids
Do not run the high pressure water pump dry but leave drain taps open.
Valves and seals in high pressure pump
Drain water tank via drain taps and leave open
Water tank, drain taps
Remove water filter caps, o rings and gauzes, place in cab safely
Water filters, hoses and fittings
Open rear door and leave ajar
Rear door seals, aperture seals and spigot seals
Check screen wash mix
Screen wash container, hoses and fittings
Ensure anti freeze mix is sufficient.
Engine and major components
Pre-morning checks – consider if conditions allow water to be used, refit water filters, close off drain taps, and close rear door and lower hopper in accordance with operator’s instruction manual.
The following is a general good practice tip throughout the life of the vehicle.
Visually inspect fan weekly, clean as necessary with scraper if required.
An unbalanced fan will cause damage to the hydraulic motor, fan, mounting plate, mesh screen and hopper