(fig. 14-37) is one of many different makes and models
of self-propelled magnetic sweepers used by the
Seabees. This type of sweeper is most effective in
warehouse and storage areas and on granular or earth
surfaces that cannot be cleaned with broom equipment.
Under normal conditions, using the magnetic
sweeper around work areas one or two times a week will
keep areas free of metal debris. If construction or
demolition is in progress, the magnetic sweeper should
be used as often as needed to keep areas free of metal
debris. Using the magnetic sweeper helps prevent flat
tires on wheeled equipment.
By positioning the hydraulically controlled lever,
the operator can adjust the height of the magnet for the
type of surface being swept.
Heavy springs and a bumper, mounted on the front
of the magnet, help prevent magnet damage when an
obstruction is encountered during operation. The
springs act to lift the magnet over obstructions and
return the magnet to its previous position.
After sweeping an area be sure to take the magnetic
sweeper to an assigned trash area, dump the debris
collected by shutting off the magnetic circuit breaker,
and place the debris in the container provided.
When refueling a magnetic street sweeper, make
sure the engine is shut off, and see that metal-to-metal
contact is maintained with the fuel tank and fuel nozzle.
Perform the following when operating the magnetic
. Allow no riders.
. Stop operations when adjusting, cleaning, and
lubricating the unit.
. Do not drop material from the magnet and then
run the sweeper over the material. Pick up the
material and dispose of it before securing the sweeper.
SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT
Snow and ice removal operations are affected by
many factors. Examples are as follows: availability of
suitable equipment, skill and experience of personnel,
mission of the activity, geographical location, and type
and severity of the weather.
An efficient snow and ice removal operation must
have competent direction and supervision; however, the
final operation depends largely upon the skill,
experience, and training of the operators.
Snow removal equipment comes in a variety of
shapes, sizes, and types. The equipment can range from
common push plows (sometimes called displacement
plows), graders, loaders, and sand spreaders to
sophisticated blower types of equipment.
Figure 14-37.Magnetic sweeper.