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power broom

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by viper881, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. viper881

    viper881 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Looking at adding a power broom. I already have a ride on 60" one but saw that you can get a weed whip style. Curious who has some experience with them. Thought the size was the best part but not sure what brand to go with.
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  2. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you talking about one of these? If so, they work great! Such a time saver!

    I took off the plastic guard around the broom because it was useless to me. Had it for 3 years and didn't had to change the broom on it, it use to be very thick and long but after a while the broom will wear down and shrink. Just have to switch it around once in a while so the broom spins in the opposite directly so that it can wear down evenly.

    This one is made with plastic so it takes a while to wear down, and like I said once you see its not doing much, just switch it around for more friction.

    I've seen some that comes with metal broom instead, it will hands down remove my debris on the asphalt, but metal on asphalt = will have to change your broom head every 2-4 months.

    Your best brand: Echo, Stihl, Shindaiwa etc.

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  3. viper881

    viper881 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Its exactly what Im talking about. Your bristles are plastic on that broom head in the picture? All ive seen are either metal bristle or rubber paddles. Stihl is the brand that I have been looking at. Everybody says they work awesome just a pretty penny for them. Hard to find any used
     
  4. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    Yes the bristles are in plastic, they will usually tend to wear off in a direction, so I keep switching them around to make sure they keep cleaning good.

    I would not recommend buying a used one.. That power broom is slightly over 1000$, I'm sure you can have one cheaper used. But if your busy like me, this broom will be used every day, so gotta go with a new one that will last you years.
     
  5. viper881

    viper881 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Went and looked at them today and they look like they will work good. Having them come to the barn and gonna demo them in the morning since they didn't have the one put together just before they closed today.
     
  6. Gemini sealcoat

    Gemini sealcoat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    You can buy them cheaper then 1 thousand. The attachment broom is 300.
     
  7. viper881

    viper881 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Cheapest I found was $700.00 plus tax. They haven't gotten the bristle one in yet to demo.
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  8. Gemini sealcoat

    Gemini sealcoat LawnSite Member
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    At echo USA.com they sell the attachment broom sweeper for $299.00
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  9. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,579

    Viper, You could get a Stihl KM130 R power head and the broom attachment for roughly $700.00. The MSRP on the KM 130 R is $369.95, broom attachment $279.95, total $644.90 plus your local sales tax, your total comes out to $683.59. The Stihl units are the best you can buy, if you want to spend a little less, you could go with the KM 110 R for $339.95 plus the broom.

    You could also buy a standard string trimmer like an FS 110 R ($369.95) or the FS 130 R (399.95) and just substitute it with the brush attachment ($269.99) and you have a set up like JFGauvreau.
     
  10. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    Yes that's exactly what I did. I bought the Stihl FS 130 R (36cc) and dump the trimmer and bought a power broom attachment. The FS 130 R back when I bought it was 480$ and the broom was 340$ + taxes, so around 950$ with taxes.

    The trimmer you see in the picture, bellow the power broom is a Echo SRM-266T for 450$

    Of course price will vary depending on area. When I go to my dealer for new equipment like this, I always ask him the same question: What is the most powerful and durable equipment you can sell me? I do not skip on quality at all, that power broom in the summer gets used everyday, for long hours.

    Quick attachments are good depending on your need, for me, having 2 equipment means I can put 2 workers on each equipment at the same time.
     

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