Approximately 30 miles northwest of Chicago, the village of Bartlett, Ill., purchased a Crosswind1 regenerative air sweeper—the single-engine configuration of Elgin Sweeper’s Crosswind sweeper—after testing a pre-production unit on local streets.
A variable speed device located between the chassis engine and the Allison transmission on the Crosswind1 replaces the diesel auxiliary engine, eliminates a complex after-treatment system and untimely regenerations. The planetary gearbox has two modes of operation: road mode and work mode.
For Octavio Garcia, who has been sweeping the village’s streets for nearly 30 years, quickly switching between road and work modes with a simple push of a button without the need to stop means faster sweeping with less training required.
With the Crosswind1 sweeper, the costly and time-consuming maintenance checks, after-treatments and additional service requirements are eliminated. Performing oil changes, belt inspections and filter replacements on the Crosswind1 costs a fraction of the annual maintenance. These cost savings will have a more positive impact on the village’s bottom line.
Sweeping streets has become a lonelier job since the village of Bartlett invested in its Crosswind1. Previously, Bartlett residents would hear the street sweeper coming and would intentionally sweep or blow leaves into its path. Now the sweeper and its operator, Garcia, work alone on Bartlett’s streets because the new sweeper is so quiet, no one hears it coming.
“There’s no auxiliary engine with the Crosswind1, so you just don’t have that added noise and vibration, and it’s a much quieter ride,” said Garcia.