The benefits of leasing cleaning equipment

Leasing your cleaning equipment makes sense in lots of ways. Here are some of the key benefits:

Improve Cashflow

Your new equipment can be installed and operational without the need for capital expenditure. The cash can then be used where it will produce the best return, such as in investment, operating activities or short term funding needs.

Retain Credit Lines

Keep existing banking arrangements, and credit lines free for more appropriate uses. Lease finance facilities cannot be withdrawn like overdraft facilities.

Simplify Budgeting

With finance payments fixed for the whole term helps avoid the effects of inflation and making cash flow forecasting and budgeting simpler. Bank facilities are generally related to interest rates, which is fine when they are low but can cripple cashflow when they increase.

Keep Up To Date

Combat obsolescence problems or requirement changes as the equipment can be supplemented or upgraded at any time in the future.

Let the Equipment Pay for Itself

Enable the finance payments to coincide with the benefits of having the new equipment as they start to appear. After all, you wouldn’t pay all your staff costs up front! Finance payments may be financed as you go along by extra income obtained by having the new equipment. Have equipment at today’s prices paid for from tomorrow’s income.

Tax Savings

In the case of lease rental, all rentals paid are 100% allowable as an expense for tax relief often providing tax savings.

lease_example[1]

Advertisements

Advantages of Ride-on Scrubber Driers

Scrubber driers come in all shapes and sizes. From small corded electric machines to large battery powered, LPG or even diesel combination scrubber-sweepers, there are many options to choose from.

For premises with a significant amount of floor space, ride-on scrubber driers are generally the best option as they usually have a larger scrubbing width, larger water/detergent solution capacity and deliver reduced operator fatigue and therefore increased productivity.

Comac_systems_2[1]

In essence, cleaning with a ride-on scrubber drier is a lot more efficient than using walk behind machines.

Ride-on scrubber driers can reduce the amount of time taken to clean a large expanse of floor, whether it is a large sports hall, long and wide corridors or even a warehouse.

This makes it possible to get more done in the same, or even less, time than a walk behind machine, generating savings in labour costs.

Solution capacity is a major advantage that ride-on scrubber driers have over walk-behinds. The ability to hold more cleaning solution makes for fewer trips to the water source to refill and to the drain to empty out dirty water, and this saves as much as 30 minutes per trip. Over the course of an 8 hour shift, by using a ride-on scrubber drier, it is very easy to add as much as 1-2 hours of “productive” cleaning time.

Wider scrubbing paths also add to the efficiency and increased productivity of ride-on scrubber driers. Since they are mechanically propelled, navigating a wider path is easier when riding. Adding just 8 inches to the cleaning path, or going from a 20” machine to a 28” machine, will save 3 entire passes on a 40,000 sq/ft floor. Based on an average 6 minutes per pass, the increased scrubbing width can add almost 20 minutes of productive time. Over the course of one year, that is 122 hours!

Employee productivity is also improved. Since the operator rides instead of walking, fatigue is reduced meaning they are physically able to maintain a more productive rate of work after they have finished scrubbing the floor.

All of these things add up to a larger area being cleaned, more often, making for an all-around cleaner facility. Just using a scrubber drier is a big improvement over the manual mopping of floors, but when you add in the many significant advantages of a ride-on scrubber drier, the benefits become even greater.

The Magnificent 7 Tips For Selecting The Right Scrubber Drier

Comac_systems[1]

Scrubber driers are the quickest, most productive and ultimately the most cost-effective means to clean just about any hard floor surface.

Because clean water is constantly fed through to the floor and with the agitating action of the scrubbing head/s, floors are left much cleaner than by using a traditional mop and bucket. Add to this the fact that scrubber driers are a lot less labour intensive and much more efficient, they provide real value to anyone who needs to maintain vinyl, concrete, tile, stone or even wooden floors.

When it comes to choosing the best scrubber drier for your needs, there are a few basic things to consider. Below are the top 7 factors that you should evaluate when looking to purchase a new scrubber drier.

1. Size and Type of Floor Area Being Cleaned

Often when choosing a scrubber drier, people will base their decision on the machine size they believe will be best suited to clean the largest area of floor space. However, avoid making costly mistakes and evaluate all of the areas that the scrubber drier could be used.

For example, a school may be looking for a scrubber drier to clean a gym floor, but could also use it in changing rooms, corridors and even classrooms. Selecting a machine of a size that is right for all areas can often be more beneficial, because whilst you may sacrifice a little extra time when cleaning the gym, the time saved cleaning other areas can add up quickly. Being able to use a scrubber drier in smaller spaces can recover hours of labour to be applied elsewhere.

If you have a lot of open area though, a ride-on scrubber drier may be a good option. Ride-on scrubber driers can actually use less operating space. Because you sit within the footprint of the machine, the space you would normally stand behind the machine is no longer used. This can be as much as 20cm saved over using a walk-behind, and by sitting operators are less fatigued, can work more productively and cover more space in less time.

2. Dimensions

The dimensions of a scrubber drier should be closely evaluated.

Most scrubber driers are designed to fit through a standard doorway, but many times in older buildings, there are a variety of doorway sizes. Check the width of the machine, whether it is a walk-behind or ride-on scrubber drier. Don’t just look at the brush head size because for most scrubber driers, the squeegee will be the widest point.

If you have to transport a scrubber drier from one floor to another by lift, check the length as well as the width, and for a ride-on machine check the height with the operator on board as well.

Weight is also important. Check the weight of the machine (including batteries if it is battery powered) and make sure it is safe to go in lifts, on certain floor surfaces and other inclines.

3. Filling and Drainage Locations

Because scrubber driers can hold a lot of water, in some cases over 200 litres, it is important to consider where you will be filling and emptying the machine. Having enough space and/or suitable length of filling hose to reach can be challenging in some facilities.

Likewise, it can also be difficult to find a place to drain the dirty water. Depending on the type of facility you are cleaning and local waste water regulations, you have to be aware of the safest and most convenient places to empty a scrubber drier. The drain or dump hose on all makes and models are a little different. Make sure the scrubber drier you select is compatible with the drain options you have.

4. Charging Areas

Whilst some smaller and medium sized scrubber driers are mains powered and thus have a trailing cable, most medium, all larger and certainly most ride-on scrubber driers are battery powered, using either wet cell, gel or AGM maintenance-free batteries. Some ride-on scrubber driers may also be LPG or diesel powered, this in itself poses issues for storage and access to appropriate fuel supply.

Re-charging batteries is a very important consideration. Always check that the area where the machine is located for charging has the appropriate power supply. It is also important to note the power supply available on site, and select a charger of the correct voltage, namely 240v or 110v (usually on construction sites).

Be aware that some charger units draw more electricity than others when charging and so make sure you are not overloading the circuit when the batteries are plugged in.

It is also important that the charging area is well ventilated. If your scrubber drier has wet cell lead batteries, they give off gas and require a well-ventilated area whilst being charged. The newer generation of deep cycle batteries, including gel and AGM (Absorbed Glass Matt) are sealed, maintenance-free and do not give off gasses. With these, ventilation is not as much of a concern.

5. Storage

When the machine is not being used, having enough space to store a scrubber drier in a safe place is very important. Many of the larger sized machines have a key switch that won’t allow unauthorised operation, so long as the key is removed and stored securely when the machine is not in use.

There is always the risk that a machine could be tampered with or if stored in an inappropriate location, it could be in the way. Most scrubber driers do take more storage space than a mop and bucket, so plan ahead for a safe, secure yet accessible storage space.

 6. Operators

Just like any piece of equipment, it is the person operating a scrubber drier that has to take the responsibility for the safe use, care, security and regular maintenance of it. Limiting the number of users reduces the chance that it will get misused.

Those selected to use it should receive full familiarisation training in the use and basic maintenance of the machine. Keeping the scrubber drier maintained properly can extend its life, increasing its return on the investment you have made.

Simple things like keeping wet cell batteries filled with de-ionised water, squeegees cleaned, turned and replaced, brushes replaced when showing signs of wear are all simple steps that can save hundreds of pounds in replacement parts and service costs.

7. Financing Options       

Many scrubber driers are considered an expensive luxury, a must-have machine to deliver required cleaning standards, but at a cost.

Consider various financing methods including outright purchase if budget allows, short-term hire if the machine is only required for a short period, or finance leasing. This last method is a great way of improving cash flow, retaining credit lines, allowing for simpler budgeting and lease rentals are also 100% allowable as an expense for tax relief!

Summary

Scrubber driers can deliver a great improvement to most cleaning regimes. The productivity they provide can greatly outweigh their cost. Just ensure you select the right machine for your application, provide all operators with thorough training in its use and regular basic maintenance, and properly cared for it will deliver many years of effectively and efficiently cleaned floors, contented operators, satisfied clients and building users, and a great return on your investment.