The NCF primarily uses the towed sweeper (fig.
14-35). Its size and easy maintenance give it an
advantage over the street sweeper. Its disadvantage is
that it requires a prime mover and windrows the debris
to one side or the other only and does not pick it up.
The Navy also uses different types and makes of
street sweepers, the most common being the
self-propelled type. The self-propelled street sweeper
(fig. 14-36) is used mainly to remove loose debris from
the surface of streets, roads, parking areas, taxiways, and
Operational procedures to adhere to when operating
a street sweeper are as follows:
. During sweeper operations, you should plan
ahead and select routes where water is available to
refill the water tank of the sweeper. This effort saves
time and the expense of having to travel long distances
. The sweeper is equipped with a prime mover,
basic machine for steering, sweeping, and water
spraying, as well as for picking up, containing, and
disposing of debris.
l When refueling a street sweeper, make sure the
engine is turned off and see that metal-to-metal contact
is maintained with the fuel tank and fuel nozzle.
l Keep personnel away from the brushes and
scrubbers of the sweeper during operation
. Always stop operations when adjusting,
cleaning, and lubricating the equipment.
. Keep hands clear of drive chains.
. Park the sweeper on level ground with the hand
. Except in emergencies, do not turn the steering
wheel sharply when the machine is in motion. The
sweeper is highly responsive to small movements of the
The magnetic street sweeper is used primarily to
pick up metal debris magnetically, such as iron and steel
and devices for controlling movement of the
scrap, from traffic areas. The John Deere tractor model
Figure 14-36.Street sweeper.