Compact sweepers and/or multifunctional implement carriers are true all-rounders that perform many different tasks. They are therefore often in constant use - and have to satisfy special demands in terms of back-friendly design, safety and easy use.
These all-rounders perform many tasks including sweeping the streets, mowing the grass and clearing the snow as well as gritting and watering and much more besides. Frequently the vehicle has to be adapted to different tasks several times a day. It is therefore important for one person alone to be able to change all implements quickly and easily. None of the work involved should put a burden on the back. Trolleys for the individual implements help with ergonomic handling. Hydraulic connections make it quick and easy to connect up the implements. Installation is facilitated by size, shape and colouring to rule out operating errors. Moreover, it must be particularly easy to access the sweepings hoppers so that the hopper can be emptied and cleaned simply.
DIt must be possible to get into the sweeper safely. Pneumatic door openers or similar safe-state devices prevent the door from closing unintentionally. Handles along the entire width of a robust full-frame door make it easier to get in. Both profiled entrance edges and a securely fitted floor covering contribute towards a non-slip surface and also make it safe when getting into the vehicle. The single-seater safety cabin should ideally offer sufficient headroom. Another important feature is an adequately sized driver's seat with lordosis support, adjustable arm rests and adjustable shoulder support. These are prerequisites for ergonomic sitting. A single-handed steering column with longitudinal adjustment makes a further contribution to back-friendly working.
The vehicle must be manoeuvrable, directionally stable and equipped with good shock absorbers. This works best with a spring-suspended chassis and a cabin mounted on vibration-damping bearings. An air-sprung driver's seat with visual display for optimum weight adjustment also helps. Additional comfort is provided by a good heating and air-conditioning system, sun blinds and a curved windscreen to reduce noise and light reflections.
Safety is very important as these vehicles are constantly manoeuvred back and forth. Together with the statutory lighting, it also helps to have additional working lights fitted to the roof and to the rear of the vehicle for the best-possible field of vision. A combination brake with load-dependent brake balance stops the machine quickly and reliably when needed. Fully hydraulic and variable drive with permanent all-wheel drive and traction control keeps the vehicle moving with agile manoeuvrability and exactly on track, even on uncertain ground.
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