Multi-purpose cleaning machine

Published:  10 July, 2019

Aebi Schmidt has launched a new compact articulated sweeper for all-year-round use in a variety of applications, reports LAPV.

Aebi Schmidt has added the new compact, lightweight, and articulated Multigo 150 to its sweeper line-up to provide local authorities, service contractors, and other users with greater choice and flexibility. It completes the company’s sweeper range, which already includes the Swingo 200, the Cleango 500, and the Street King 660.

The new addition to the Aebi Schmidt range combines excellent sweeping performance and a high payload with the benefits of a multi-functional implement carrier. It also represents an economically viable choice for local authorities and service providers looking to meet stringent street cleaning and sweeping responsibilities.

‘We identified a gap in the market for this type of sweeper,’ explains Dominik Kalt, Product Manager for street cleaning/sweepers at Aebi Schmidt group. ‘We feel the new Multigo 150 completes and complements our existing range perfectly. It is a very flexible and versatile machine that can provide local authorities and other users with a host of options for sweeping, cleaning, and snow clearing operations while being very easy and ergonomically comfortable for operators to use.’

The new 3.5-tonne Multigo 150 can be driven by drivers with a standard Category B driving licence, making it an ideal choice for local authorities. The articulated construction means it is easy to manoeuvre around street furniture such as benches and litter bins and enables it to work in tight spaces that might be inaccessible to rigid body sweepers.

The multi-purpose sweeper has a patented Bosch Rexroth high efficiency traction-controlled hydrostatic four-wheel-drive transmission for optimal handling, even on demanding inclines of up to 30%. The 67hp high torque Perkins diesel engine provides a top speed of 40kph and can tackle high-performance tasks while still maintaining low emission rates.

The engine also employs an Eco-mode function that lowers fuel consumption and cuts the engine speed to 1,500-1,700 rpm to reduce noise levels, which benefits both operating costs and the immediate surroundings.

‘This makes it a good choice for use in cities, towns, and residential areas where emission and noise reduction are key considerations,’ Dominik points out.

The new Multigo also comes with a flexible chassis, which means it can be adapted to a number of different uses. In addition to its usual sweeper function, the Multigo’s 1.5m3 hopper can be used with additional attachments, such as a scrub deck, mowing-suction combination, snow plough, and other auxiliary spreaders. This facilitates all-year-round use for a variety of different tasks.

‘For example, for winter maintenance, the hopper can be de-mounted and the front sweeper brushes removed, to be replaced with a snowplough and spreader unit for winter snow-clearing duties,’ says Dominik.

‘Alternatively, the hopper can be retained and a scrub deck can be added to tackle stains and other spillages on paved areas such as pedestrianised streets and town squares.’

Dominik adds that high sweeper performance is achieved through the use of an innovative airflow design in the suction channel, while automatic collision protection ensures that the brushes are protected against damage. When in working mode, the suction power can be increased in six stages up to its maximum level.

Outside the sweeper, multi-stage dust binding ensures a low level of particulates in the air. When sweeping, nozzles spray water on the front brushes and the dirt is then bound by the recycling water system. Water inside the suction channel then transports this into the hopper. ‘The system is so efficient that it earned the Multigo 150 the highest star rating in its PM10/PM2.5 certification for this feature,’ says Dominik.

Attachments and functions can be changed quickly and with minimum effort, typically in just five to ten minutes. Likewise, daily maintenance checks are quick and easy to carry out, while long service intervals of 500 hours keep operating costs to a minimum.

The ergonomically-designed cabin provides the operator with good visibility of the working area, and the combination of the extra-large windscreen, glazed doors, and narrow cab frame affords the driver with a panoramic view of the working equipment and any nearby traffic.

The windscreen wipers are positioned right down at foot level and therefore do not obstruct the driver's view. The driver’s seat is positioned centrally for optimum all-round visibility and greater safety during daily activities, while headroom has been maximised to allow a comfortable sitting position, even for tall drivers. Combined with air conditioning as standard and a fully suspended chassis, which irons out all the bumps and harsh vibrations, Dominik believes that the Multigo provides as comfortable a working environment for the driver as possible.

Driver comfort is further improved by a ventilation system with a fine particulate air filter (class F8) to prevent pollen and fine particulates from getting into the cab. And, after passing the toughest testing requirements by an independent committee of medical experts, the driver’s seat has been awarded industry standard AGR certification to guarantee the operator an ergonomic and back-friendly product.

The sweeper is also easy to operate, with an intuitive control system that provides a high degree of flexibility for frequent driver changes, while the ergonomically positioned controls provide maximum driver comfort during operation.

‘The central keypad with quick-push buttons is mounted directly in front of the joystick and displays the machine’s key functions,’ says Dominik. ‘The driver is able to select the mode they want to work in and whether they want to activate the brush pressure setting, for example. The screen adapts to the chosen attachment and remembers the last settings for that specific attachment, allowing for quick attachment change and safe operation.’

Also included in the standard package are heated side mirrors, which are a quick and convenient way to clear away ice, snow, and dew and rapidly improve visibility. And an audible reversing alarm increases safety in city centres and other pedestrian areas. Among the optional extras is a 7.5m, flexible high-pressure hose and lance for ease of cleaning things like statues, park bins, and benches. The lance is ergonomic and the flow can be adjusted to conserve water.

A rear-view camera can be added to provide a good view of surroundings in confined spaces and improve safety in pedestrian zones, while the optional LED lighting package includes rear lights, indicators, and a beacon and working lights on the roof. An optional weight sensor also alerts the operator if the weight is over the allowed 3,500kg to avoid damage to delicate surfaces.

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