Single Brush Wash Systems
Buyers guide for single brush wash systems
With the rising popularity of single brush wash systems, small to medium fleet owners are able to clean large vehicles in just a few minutes without the investment of a large automated wash system.
A good single brush system should:
- Mix and apply detergent concentrate to the vehicle
- Thoroughly scrub the vehicle surface with a rotating brush
- Rinse the scrubbed grime and detergent residue off the vehicle
It is also nice to have have the ability to tilt the brush up to 15 degrees in order to match the surface of the vehicle, particularly slanted bus windscreens etc.
To ensure a uniform clean and a long lasting brush, it is important that the brush is lubricated with detergent. Therefore, ensure you always apply detergent when using a single brush system. It doesn’t require much but the surface of the vehicle should feel ‘slippery’; you don’t need bubbles everywhere. For this reason, owners of properly calibrated single brush wash systems often report that they use less detergent than they did when manual washing.
Battery Vs Diesel
What will power your system? There are a range of options but battery and diesel are most popular.
Diesel powered units are surprisingly quiet and extremely reliable – just top it up with diesel and keep going.
Battery units are basically silent but you need to ensure your staff will be disciplined in charging the batteries.
300 series vs 500 series
There are two types of fully mobile system, lets call the smallest of the two ‘300 Series’ and call the larger ‘500 Series’.
The 300 Series has some limitations which are overcome in the 500 Series design:
- Caster wheels on the 300 Series give it a tendency to twist away from the vehicle making it tiring to use. This is not a problem for the 500 Series.
- The drivewheel on 300 Series machines is beneath the machine with a limited travel distance so will lose traction on uneven surfaces. This is not a problem on the 500 Series.
- The 300 Series base is small and is therefore less stable than the extremely stable 500 Series.
Main Single Brush Wash System Types
These have been around since the 80s, require some overhead support like a roof over your washbay, in order to carry the festoon system that supports the hose and power cable which are tethered to the machine. The photo on the right shows the festoon system exposed.
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The most popular systems around. These units have a built-in water tank and a built in power source. Most popular of which is a diesel engine or battery pack. No need for a covered washbay and they work well on uneven ground.
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Like the mobile systems above, these have their own power source and water tank. They also have additional features like:
- Overhead high pressure spray bar
- Built in high pressure pump and pressure washing lance
- High pressure lower jets for cleaning wheels and chassis
These systems are best suited to sites where a high flow source of water is available for quick topup.
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