Suffolk Coastal Reinvest in Scarab
Monday - Sep 7, 2009 11:52 pm
Suffolk Coastal Reinvest in Scarab
The team at Suffolk Coastal Services have replaced their fleet of Volvo-based Scarab truck-mounted highway sweepers with a new fleet of.....      Volvo-based Scarab Sweepers !!! 

 The three new Euro-5 engined FL-280 Volvos replace three FL6s but, according to transport manager Chris Davison, the attributes of durability and good dealer support were just as relevant when choosing which brands to adopt this time around.

"We are doing all we can to minimise environmental impact and, in fact, we already have a number of Dennis Eagle RCVs with Euro-5 Volvo engines in service, so we're well on our qway to building a state-of-the-art low-emissions fleet,"explained Davison.

The previous Volvo-based Scarab Magnum Hydrostatic sweepers had done exceptionally well but, at eight years old it was only right that Suffolk Coastal should take a look at what was now on the market. The verdict? "Our drivers know both the Volvo and Scarab product and the overall feedback has been positive - they're very user friendly,' he adds.

After sales service on a product such as a sweeper that works in sometimes arduous conditions also needs to be first class. "The aftersales service from both Scarab and Volvo has been great," commented Davison.

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Isle of Man D.O.T 3rd Generation of Scarabs
Monday - Sep 7, 2009 12:00 am
Isle of Man D.O.T 3rd Generation of Scarabs
 The Isle of Man located in the middle of the Irish sea, half way between England and Ireland, is just 32 miles long and 14 miles wide. With a resident population of "80,000" it's a beautiful haven for visitors from around the world to see first hand an independent, ancient kingdom with its own unique 'Manx' character.However the real population, including the many tourists, increases significantly every year bringing to the fore associated problems, one in particular the task of cleaning the highways all year round.

Keith Lowney, Transport and Plant Manager of the Department of Transport ,Isle of Man, knows from experience that Scarab Sweepers are the solution for the multitude of sweeping duties and cleansing demands that have to be met each day.

Already on their third generation of Scarab Sweepers the Department of Transport's sweeper fleet now comprises two Scarab Minor Compact Urban/Precinct sweepers a Mid Range truck mounted heavy duty Scarab Merlin sweeper (6.2 cubic metre body/14 tonne GVW chassis) and a further three twin engine Scarab Mistral sweepers (7.2 cubic metre body/18 tonne GVW chassis). The Scarab Mistral and Merlins are all mounted on Iveco chassis supplied and supported by Chatfield's in Bootle, Liverpool.

From road to river they all need to be cleaned ! 

Keith Lowney has had first hand experience of the technological advances made by Scarab that include being the first sweeper manufacturer to introduce CANBUS and other criteria that have radically simplified the operating and maintenance of what is sophisticated municipal equipment and yet retain the practical aspect of unrivalled "sweeping performance"

Magnum Plus Review
Thursday - Aug 13, 2009 9:05 am
At 18 tonnes gross, carrying 2,500 litres of water, sweeping a 3.4m path and collecting up to nine tonnes in its 7.5 cubic metre hopper, the Scarab Magnum Plus is the mother of all brushes.
Working closely with RMC Surfacing which operates a large fleet of Scarab`s single-engined sweepers, Scarab has designed its latest machine for the highways contractor. The brief was for a high-production machine capable not only of non-stop work behind the planer but also washing the surface when required, often within a 12 hour road closure.


Scarab of course pioneered the single-engine sweeper which uses the vehicle engine to power its suction fan and brushes via a hydraulic drive. The abscence of the auxiliary engine, its fuel tank and cooling system used on most sweepers means more than one tonne more payload and a bigger hopper, a great advantage when working in isolated locations because the water tank can be made bigger.
The advantages of having only one engine to fuel and service are obvious, but until Scarab came along some 20 years ago the problem had been how to keep the lorry engine running at sufficient rpm to power the suction fan and brushes, while keeping road speed down when moving - yet still retaining normal travel speeds.

The solution was twofold. First came the remarkable increase in engine power outputs, so a relatively small truck had the 50 to 60 Bhp in reserve to power the sweeping services as well as moving along the road. The second development was hydrostatic drive, achieved by fitting a hydraulic pump to the engine and a motor on the drive shaft. While sweeping the Scarab becomes an automatic, with forward-reverse shuttle lever and speed from 0-30km/h controlled by the accelerator. The vehicle will climb a 20% gradient fully laden. For travel, the hydrostatic drive is disengaged and the vehicle driven in a normal manner.

One might expect a cost advantage from using red diesel in the auxiliary engine rather than the all too expensive white required by the motive power. But because the Scarab has only one engine working in its most efficient torque band it uses less fuel than a twin-engined sweeper with one idling and its auxiliary working hard, doubling friction and thermal losses. In fact the Scarab uses as much as one-third less, according to tests carried out by the Paris municipality. Noise and exhaust emissions are also reduced, a point recognised by environmentally conscious New Zealand which has a favourable rate of Import tax for the Single-engine Scarab.

Scarab Sweepers have large diameter trunking to give a direct path from nozzle to the 900mm diameter suction fan on the roof of the hopper, giving maximum efficiency. On the Magnum Plus the fan speed is raised by 15% to 2300 rpm, while a boost switch gives upto 30% more power for difficult locations. A seperate hydraulic pump on the vehicle PTO powers the wash water pump fitted under the hopper, providing an impressive 60 litres per minute at 250 bar. Scarab has considered recycling the wash water from the hopper, but concluded that such washings would be too heavily contaminated.

Another recent improvement is CANbus, or computer area networking, a system which Scarab has developed itself. Older Scarabs had scores of wires leaving the control console, the new machines have only a few pairs between a series of mini-computers around the vehicle. Wiring is greatly simplified with one loom now fitting all the machines, updates and additions are easy, and the diagnostic system tells the fitter all he needs to know as well as monitoring every component in operation.

The demonstrator which McCreath Taylor has been taking aound the province last month is on a Mercedes Benz Atego chassis, though products of most manufacturers are also suitable. The Atego cab is roomy even with the central console for the sweeping gear. I have always liked Merc interior design, which may appear dull to some. After a long day, however, it`s still restful on the eye. The seats are equally restful on the other end, although they seem firm at first.
The deep windscreen and tapered side windows give an excellent view to the front, but the sleeper cab on the demonstrator has a nasty blind spot to the offside rear quarter, this being a left hand-drive vehicle. So it`s necessary to pull up square to a junction when turning left, and inevitably a car comes up the inside of the sweeper. Northern Ireland operators seldom need to sleep out on remote motorway jobs, so I would choose a day cab with rear windows for the extra rearward view so important to the brush driver.

Driving the Atego is easy, it`s as light as a feather and it`s tight turning circle makes it amazingly handy for street work, never mind an 18 tonner.
To sweep, simply press the clutch, select top gear, switch on the hydrostatic drive and the fan from the central console, switch on which ever brushes you need, and press the accelerator.

All modern trucks are quiet, but the Atego chassis seems well matched to the Scarab in the that noise levels are exceptionally low. The Merc engine whispers away at only 1200 rpm when working, its 230 horses being ample to provide propulsion, water pump at full pressure and all sweeping services at the same time.

Such quiet operation is a real boon. An auxiliary engine produces more noise particuarly for the driver, which I find very tiring whether it`s a sweeper or a fridge rumbling away behind my head. The relatively low fan speed is also a big help, for the public is becoming less tolerant of noisy machinery.
The front wash bar and the trailing nozzles are optional extras. British cities have yet to adopt street washing but the Magnum Plus is the machine to do it. The front jets strip the muck away, the rear nozzles leave a damp rather than a wet surface.
The huge water tank could be reduced in size and the hopper brought forwards to shorten the vehicle. However such is the capacity that RMC finds it useful for topping up roller water tanks on site, always a problem in isolated areas.

Greatly Impressed I asked Scarab`s Vic Beckwith if he thought sweepers would become even bigger. "I think the Magnum Plus is probably the limit, because a bigger machine would be too clumsy. Nobody has asked us for three axles, which would increase the cost considerably. Our single-engine design gives us a better payload than anyone else, while on the continent we can go to 19 tonnes with an 8.5 metre hopper.
"We think the greatly increased water tankage is the significant development, and makes for a very efficient machine. As a company we can tailor machines for different applications, adjusting tank and hopper size to suit and with a wide choice of water systems. Whatever the customer wants we`ll build it"

Wednesday - Jun 24, 2009 9:36 am
 The new M6 sweeper is a high-capacity unit designed for use with surface dressing or tack coats after milling operations Designed to be robust, durable and effective, the M6 road sweeper is a high-output system designed for fast mounting to any type of truck chassis with a GVW from 12-18tonnes. The machine can provide an efficient and economical solution for ancillary maintenance works such as surface dressings, tack coats after milling. 

Scarab M6 Road Sweeper

Marketed by 3D in France, under the Scarab name in the UK and by BOMAG on other markets, where it is known as the FS6000, this machine is designed for worldwide use. The machine comes with a sophisticated CANbus control system that passes control instructions for sweeping functions through an ergonomically-designed panel. The system features self-diagnostics as well as a range of sweeping data acquisition functions, to monitor condition and performance and help identify any maintenance issues early on.

The waste tank features a 6.35m3 capacity and is made from stainless steel, for corrosion and abrasion resistance. The water pump has a suction filter and is powered by a hydraulic motor that supplies water to the brushes and suction nozzle. Four water jets are fitted to the nozzle at 90° intervals and provide a dust-suppressing spray, while the water tank has a 1,250litre capacity. The suction inlet tubes have automatic separator flaps and there is a 1.5m² suction filter screen that tips for cleaning. Bulky waste can be stored in two large compartments on either side of the tank.

The all-steel, 250mm diameter suction nozzle is fully adjustable, while the 400mm diameter wide sweeping brush and 650mm diameter side brush are powered by direct-drive hydraulic motors. The pneumatic system is supplied by the auxiliary air intake on the chassis and is equipped with a pressure regulator and a filter/water separator.

Scarab sole agents for Mathieu Products
Monday - Nov 3, 2008 11:46 pm
Scarab sole agents for Mathieu Products
 Scarab Sweepers appointed as the sole UK distributor for the Mathieu product range from November 2008

As you may already be aware the previous UK distributor for Mathieu went into administration some time ago, and since July, Scarab Sweepers have been distributing Spares and Servicing for the Mathieu product in the UK.

We are very pleased to confirm that Scarab Sweepers have now been appointed as the sole UK distributor for the Mathieu product range from November 2008.

Fenland District Council stay with Scarab
Tuesday - Apr 29, 2008 3:59 am
Fenland District Council stay with Scarab
Fenland District Council continue their long association with Kent based manufacturer Scarab Sweepers Ltd and recently took delivery of another Scarab Merlin Hydrostatic heavy duty road sweeper mounted on a DAF 45 series 12 tonne GVW chassis. Mark Gregory, Fleet Manager of Fenland District Council commented on the manoeuvrability of the chassis, extremely impressive suction power and large payload capacity necessary for the arduous conditions encountered daily in the Fenlands.

Commented Mark, “The Scarab vehicles that we have in our fleet are essential to us performing our street cleansing duties in Fenland. They complement the work completed by compact and pavement sweepers, covering many tens of thousands of miles each year.”

“ Fenland District Council has its own, four bay, well equipped workshop facility staffed by 7 fully skilled apprentice trained technicians. The work load is varied with cars, vans, trucks, tankers and refuse vehicles to look after.” Mark Gregory proudly boasts of the range of work undertaken by the workshop and its ethos of walking towards any challenge thrown upon it.”

“The technicians are keen to keep up with the advances of modern vehicle technology. A training plan maps the training needs of the staff to prepare them for the challenge of keeping trucks where they belong, on the road performing their duties. Staff have attended the  Scarab  training centre to learn in detail the maintenance, repair and fault finding diagnostics of the  Scarab  chassis mounted sweeper. Future plans are to receive training on the latest CANbus system as fitted to the latest  Scarab  acquisition.”

“The principal of good regular and effective preventative maintenance has clearly paid off. The  Scarab  “3000” sweeper on a DAF 45 series chassis is now 13 years old and in daily use. Under normal circumstances a vehicle would not be kept on the fleet for such a long period of time. However there is always a case for judging each case on its merits and without question this vehicle has proved to be an asset worth looking after.”

The issues in  Fenland might well be unique. Although many rural local authorities have to respond to the effects of agriculture on the highway, in  Fenland with its particular soil quality, and very open nature, blown topsoil and the effects of agricultural activities, such as sugar beet harvest and transport, means that frequency of sweeping has to be such that operatives are always on top of these issues. As a result  Fenland aim to sweep all kerbed roads at least every four weeks, with many on a daily or weekly pattern, dependant upon need and location.

“The new Scarab Merlin sweeper with its larger capacity (over 6000kgs) will help to improve even further the efficiency in sweeping the rural villages at the required frequency to achieve Fenlands targets for the cleansing Best Value indicator BVPI 199”. commented Mark Mathews, Environmental Services Manager, adding “ Fenland is proud of the improvements made through its “Streets Ahead” programme over the past three years that has seen substantial investment in cleansing, street sweeping and “Fly tipping” removal. The best value indicator BVPI 199, which is a measure of street sweeping and street cleansing, has improved from 24% below standard to 9% within these three years. This is without doubt due to the ability of Fenlands sweeping fleet and their drivers to keep on top of their work during all but the most difficult times of year. This effort is complemented by other cleansing staff who are committed to delivering a high standard. This commitment has also been equally matched by the Council in providing staff with their preferred options when it comes to the best possible tools to get the job done.” 

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