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Rolls Royce Sweeper

The Maharaja's Rolls Royce Sweeper Fleet

This story from India shows what can happen when people are judged by their appearance. It also illustrates that no matter how 'high flying' your company's brand might be, it can be taken down with a mistake in judgment!

The world's most famous car brand, Rolls Royce, is also associated with the Indian continent's Rajasthan. That's because a famous buyer of this car was the Maharaja of Alwar, who always bought three automobiles at a time. One day during his visit to London, Maharaja Jai Singh was walking in casual dress on Bond Street. He saw a Rolls Royce showroom and went inside to inquire about the price and features of their cars. The showroom salesmen thought he was a poor Indian. They insulted him and showed him the way out. The Maharaja's revenge was sweet...
Read all about it.


Calgary Stampede 'Sweeper Critters' Retired After 13 Years – New Ones Now on the Job

New Calgary Critters

In Calgary, Alberta – which is located in the western portion of Canada – there has been a tradition of affixing giant 'street sweeper critters' onto the city's sweepers for cleaning up after the City's celebrated Calgary Stampede festivity events.

In 2001, the City introduced parade watchers to Dixie, Samson, Rocky and Alfalfa, four critters created by a local puppeteer that were fitted onto street sweepers used to clean up the parade route. The four traveled the City's parade circuit for the last time on July 4th of 2014. Reportedly, the four critters will be transferred to 'greener pastures.'

In 2015 the City introduced four new 'critters' that will adorn the City's sweeper fleet during the Stampede. These are a cow, a bull, a horse and a bison.

You can see photos of the first generation critters and read the initial story, or read about and see the new set of animals.. Check out the first 'Calgary Critters,' or check out the second generation Calgary Critters.




Combo Machine Replaces Three Municipal Vehicles

In an announcement made April 1, 2014, a new three-in-one combination vehicle is a sweeper, a garbage truck and a snowplow.

According to the notice that was sent out, very few modifications are needed to switch between the three usages. Check it out.




Street Cleaning Simulator 2011

PC-based street sweeping simulator available from UK-based Excalibur Publishing Ltd. simulates operation of a Ravo-type sweeper.

"Brush off the dirt and make a clean sweep as you embark on a career to become an accomplished street cleaner. Use your highly detailed sweeping machines to roam the city in search of muck. As your experience grows so will the tasks you have to deal with!" Get swept up into fighting the flotsam and jetsam of city life with Street Cleaning Simulator!" Check it out.




Colored Runners

Contractor Captures Colorful Contract With 'Color Me Rad' Company

This story charts the success of Virginia-based Commercial Power Sweeping in cleaning up after a VERY colorful event, a Color Me Rad 5k run.

The concept of the run, which is held over a course laid out on grass, is that runners are pelted with colorized cornstarch packets throughout the race. The packets are non-toxic and have been determined to have zero environmental impact, which is a good thing since an incredible number of packets are thrown, both along the course and especially at the parking lot that represents the finish line.
Read all about it.




NASA Announces Power Sweeper for Spaceflight Mission

In an announcement made on April 1, 2010, NASA's administrator, Charles F. Bolden, Jr., announced a program that will send a suction-based power sweeper to the space station. In his announcement speech, Bolden said: "NASA intends to move the U.S. space program back to the forefront of our national consciousness through what we are calling our new 'Industrial Spaceflight Initiative.'

This Initiative will involve a series of launches that will include a broad spectrum of what I'd call 'real America.' To that end, the first in the series of launches will feature a segment of American industry that does not currently receive the widespread recognition it deserves." Read all about it.




What If Business School Reflected Reality?

For a dose of humor, the authors help contractors look back upon lessons learned while running their business. Read the story.




Street Sweeper Items for Sale at CafePress

You never know what you might find in the way of street sweeper items at CafePress. Here's a link to the current offerings under the search term "street sweeper." Take a look.




Life of Grime

This short (just under 10 minute) movie was made by the Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) Film School. It discusses the work life of several members of Vancouver's city street sweeper operators. Although not particularly funny, it is well done and a good exploration of the nighttime experiences one might well see when running a sweeper in a big city at night.Take a look.




The Streetsweeper: A Movie of Sweeping Proportions.

This movie about street sweeping is worth seeing, if and when it comes to your area. Read the story.




'Swiss Army Sweeper' is Everyone's Dream Machine

Now here's the sweeper our industry needs! Read the story.




Never Good to Mix 'In The Drink' and Driving.

This Southampton, UK, sweeper operator found himself up to more than his axles in water. Read the story.




The Latest in Broom Sweeping Technology... Somewhere

An alert reader sent in this internet photo montage of wacky ways to do things. Although a sweeper is mixed into the group, you might want to make sure you're on a legitimate coffee break before checking these out. In PDF format. Check it out.




Here's a Corny Way to Use a Sweeper...

Need to get rid of a silo of corn, you say? Read the story.




Junkyard Wars show features pavement sweeper building by two teams.

Junkyard Wars Logo

Learning Channel program pits two teams competing to build a sweeper from junkyard parts. This story won a national writing award for our editor. Read the story.




Animal Rescue Extraordinaire.

Sweeping contractor's on-the-job saga about helping to remove a stuck yogurt container from a skunk's snout. Read the story.




When the Chips Were Down

When a storm blew a big tree down in his yard, this quick-thinking contractor devised a slick method to clean up the chips. Read the story.




Saga of the Chainsaw Gumshoe

When a conscientious backpack blower operator stopped to scrape up some gum, he found himself surrounded by police. Read the story.




Zoe, the Great Pyrenees: Sucked Into a Sweeper But Not Harmed

Zoe ran right at the sweeper and ended up inside. However, the tale has a happy ending. Read the story.




Street Sweeping Song Parodies

Here are some parodies of famous songs that have lyrics about sweeping.

Flying Cars

Chinese Sweeper Causes 'Cars to Fly'

This story from China in December of 2015 is a good illustration of the venerable mantra "If something can go wrong, it will." On the other hand, this makes China one of the first countries to invent levitating cars!



Schwarze Breeze

Schwarze Announces Human-Powered SuperVac Breeze

On April 1, 2015, Schwarze Industries unveiled its new Human-Powered SuperVac BreezeTM parking lot sweeper. Although the new SuperVac Breeze has only a 1.0 cubic yard hopper, the machine does sport Swivelogic Chassis Technology and Tractionmaster 2-Wheel Drive Differential to go along with its unique, human-powered power source. If you're in the market for a low-cost sweeper at impossible-to-match pricing, this is the machine for you!



Driverless Sweeper

Google, Dyson Announce Self-Driving Street Sweeper

In an announcement made on April 1, 2015, James Dyson, Director of Dyson Company, and Lawrence E. Page, CEO of Google, made a joint announcement concerning the development of the AutoSweep 4115, the first ever self-driving sweeper.




Solar Sweeper

Chinese Manufacturer Announces First Solar-Powered Street Sweeper

In an announcement made on April 1, 2011, the world's first solar-powered sweeper was announced by Chinese firm, Chung Wah Sweeper Company. The regenerative air sweeper can reportedly operate entirely on solar during July, August; significant energy savings are offered the rest of the year.

The Sun Star Solar Sweeper is outfitted with a total of seven high-efficiency solar panels; two on each of the sides of the hopper and three on the top. Automatic rotation toward maximum solar gain is accomplished by a small DC motor attached to the base of each of the roof-mounted solar panels.
Read all about it.




Ravo Sweeping Company Offers Game Entitled 'Sweeping Mania'

In this computer video game, which is available for both Mac and PC platforms, your goal is to clear the city of trash and earn as many points as possible by doing so. Read the story.




Schwarze Breeze

Schwarze Announces Human-Powered SuperVac Breeze

On April 1, 2015, Schwarze Industries unveiled its new Human-Powered SuperVac BreezeTM parking lot sweeper. Although the new SuperVac Breeze has only a 1.0 cubic yard hopper, the machine does sport Swivelogic Chassis Technology and Tractionmaster 2-Wheel Drive Differential to go along with its unique, human-powered power source. If you're in the market for a low-cost sweeper at impossible-to-match pricing, this is the machine for you!



An Expensive Day at the Toll Booth

When Dean Davis forgot to use his automated turnpike fee card, the day became an expensive one. Read the story.




It'll Sweep the Hat Off Your Head

When Ray Slay's hat blew off, he found how much suction his sweeper had. Read the story.




Monster Garage's Jesse James Builds the World's Fastest Sweeper.

Imagine how it went down when Monster Garage went on a road trip to Petty Industries in North Carolina in October 2002, then worked with Tymco engineer, Bobby Brock, to build the world's fastest sweeper. Or, you can read the story or view the web page as a pdf file.




Save the Kitten

A little girl's kitten had fallen into a floor drain in a garage and was now 25 feet down in an impossible predicament. Read the story.




Will Prairie Dog Sucking Become the Newest Sweeper Sideline?

One of the most innovative uses for a suction system we've ever heard of. Read the story.




A 'New Page' in Sweeper Production

McKinley Page makes a fine line of miniature sweepers. Read the story.




Sweeper Truck Videos

Sweepers have been commemorated in some YouTube videos. Sweepers are used as props in some of the short videos. In others, they are backdrops for songs or part of an animation. Some are mechanized, others show people sweeping. The link below will take you to a page with a collection of internet videos that somehow involve sweepers. Quality varies widely... Have one to let us know about? Let us know! Take a look.




Mechanical Broom Cores Rub Cows the Right Way

A most innovative way to recycle old main broom cores. Read the story.




Here's a Series of our own Sweeper Cartoons for Your Laughing Pleasure

For a couple more sweeping-related cartoons, check out this link to CartoonStock.com.

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