Elgin Sweeper Company prides itself on providing the best street sweepers in the market. These are the necessary steps to ensure the best outcome for handling leaf season with a Crosswind1® or Crosswind® Tier 4.
FOLLOW OPERATOR & SAFETY MANUALS
It’s recommended to follow the Elgin Operator & Safety Manuals associated with the exact model for guidelines to ensure the safe operation of your sweeper.
STEP ONE – VACUUM ENHANCER
The most important step, the first step, is to ensure that you’re operating a Crosswind with the vacuum enhancer 100% open – completely open – while in a leaf sweeping application.
STEP TWO – PICKUP HEAD
Check to ensure the top of the pickup head is parallel to the ground. Adjustments should be made prior to arriving at your site. Do a visual inspection of the blast orifice to ensure the opening is a uniform ½ inch width and height is 1.5 inches off the ground (2” x 4” should pass under it). Lastly, visually inspect the front and rear curtains to be certain they’re capable of making a good seal with the ground.
STEP THREE – ADJUSTING THE CENTERBOARD
Adjust the centerboard to the left-hand side of the pickup head. Don’t forget to adjust the chains so it does not drag on the ground.
STEP FOUR – FREIGHTLINER CAB PANELS
If you’re operating a Freightliner chassis, please remove the lower cab corners on both sides for the duration of all leaf sweeping. This allows easy access for thorough cleaning of the sweeper.
STEP FIVE – FAN/ENGINE SPEED
STEP SIX – VEHICLE SPEED
STEP SEVEN – PICKUP HEAD CAMERA
Monitor the pickup head camera to ensure leaves don’t build up in front of the pickup head – this means your vehicle speed is appropriate per the application. All units ordered after June 15, 2020 will have this as a standard feature.
STEP EIGHT – BUILD-UP OF LEAVES
Always make manageable passes at leaf piles. In the event there’s a buildup of leaves in front of the pickup head follow these steps:
STEP NINE – FLOW Blocker
Any unit ordered after June 15, 2020 will have the flow blocker enhancement as standard. The main benefits of this feature are:
Therefore, adjust the step eight procedure(s) to eliminate instances of idling the fan.
STEP TEN – CLEAN THE UNIT
Please remember to clean the unit regularly after sweeping leaves. Leaves can quickly build up inside the hopper. Also, monitor the space below the Freightliner cab to ensure it’s clean.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ELGIN DEALER WITH ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS.
Supplemental Reference Videos:
Leaf Sweeping with the Crosswind1