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Why the Polaris PRO XD is the Most Reliable Work UTV


You can now buy, lease or rent  the Polaris PRO XD from TMHNC in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno or Salinas. These new vehicles set the standard for durability, productivity and safety in work UTVs,

How to Choose the Best Tow Tractor or Burden Carrier

Material handling operations need more than just forklifts to get the job done. In today’s post, we’ll look at different options for industrial tow vehicles such as burden carriers, tow tractors and other electric carts.

Want Truly Clean Floors? Use Professional Cleaning Equipment


The recent health crisis has caused schools, offices and retail spaces to rethink what it means to have a healthy and safe environment. Because our shoes are one of the dirtiest things we encounter every day, floors are a key battleground for preventing disease transmission.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends regular cleaning followed by disinfection, but do you know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting?  Read on to learn:

  • What these terms mean
  • CDC-recommended cleaning and disinfection methods for floors
  • How to choose the right floor cleaning equipment
  • Why hot water is essential for killing germs and getting truly clean floors.

How Electric GEM Utility Vehicles Lower Fleet Costs and Improve Sustainability


Low-speed electric vehicles (LSVs) are sometimes referred to as street legal golf carts. In reality, they’re much more versatile than a golf cart. The
Polaris GEM LSV can be customized with a flatbed for use as a utility truck, kitted out with toolboxes for facility maintenance, or used to comfortably transport up to six people. Plus, they can run for eight hours or more on a single charge.

In today’s post, we learn from electric utility vehicle product expert Russ Ziegler how he helps organizations with large fleets find the right vehicles based on safety, sustainability and budget.  Russ has extensive experience advising fleet managers who oversee higher education, transit and/or shuttle applications. Read on to learn more about the benefits of an LSV compared to conventional, gas-powered vehicles and how Russ helps fleet managers make data-driven decisions.

Floor Scrubbers: Disc Versus Cylindrical

Today’s post will review the differences between autoscrubbers that use disc scrubbing heads versus cylindrical brushes.

Disc Scrubbers: Generally speaking, disc scrubbers are two, flat pads or brushes that turn at 300 RPM while water shoots between them. Depending on the brush, these machines can shine floors, remove scuff marks, strip wax, or used as tile cleaning machines. Generally speaking, the walk-behind floor scrubbers you see are typically disc scrubbers.

Cylindrical Scrubbers: A cylindrical scrub brush system will (wet) sweep small debris into a removable tray while also washing the floor. Two rod-shaped brushes turn in opposite directions. The rear brush turns backward and kicks small debris into a hopper behind the scrub head. Optional side brooms provide greater debris capture. Cylindrical scrub brushes turn much faster than disc scrubbers (600-800 RPMs) .

With cylindrical scrubbers, there’s no need to pre-sweep. Eliminating this extra step make cylindrical scrubbers a smart choice for large spaces such as warehouses and parking garages.

Read on to learn the benefits of disc versus cylindrical floor scrubbers for a variety of applications. 

When to Replace Floor Sweeper Parts


Commercial floor sweepers do a great job keeping parking lots, warehouses and other operations looking their best. To get the most out of your investment, it's important to regularly replace the wearable parts such as the brushes, broom and the main dust filter. Failing to maintain the equipment can result in inefficient cleaning and damage to your machine.

When to Replace Advance Auto Floor Scrubber Parts


An industrial floor cleaning machine can give you cleaner, more hygienic floors while saving time and labor costs. To ensure you're getting clean floors, your auto scrubber needs its wearable parts replaced regularly.

The Most Common Taylor Dunn Cart Repair


Taylor Dunn carts are some of the most reliable vehicles on the market. Some of our customers in San Francisco and the east bay have Taylor Dunn vehicles
mo re than thirty years old and still running.

But even top-quality vehicles like Taylor Dunn need service and repair - especially when they’re not well-maintained. Read on to learn more about the most common Taylor Dunn cart repair and how to prevent it.

Taylor-Dunn Electric Utility Vehicles for Outdoor Landscaping

With locations in Sacramento, Fresno, Salinas and the East Bay, TMH has many customers in the agriculture business. Over the years, we’ve noticed an increasing number of companies asking for efficient electric utility vehicles.

Manufacturers like Taylor Dunn offer electric vehicles with rugged chassis and clearance designed for outdoor applications like orchards, farms, gardens, vineyards, nurseries and large private estates. Here are some customer favorites:

7 Reasons to Choose a GEM Versus a Golf Cart

Let’s be honest, golf carts weren’t made for industrial or commercial applications. They were made for leisurely drives around a golf course.

For light duty applications, such as transporting passengers and light cargo, a golf cart may be fine. But for heavy-duty applications that require transporting cargo, covering long distances, and/or traversing steep or rough terrain, you’ll want the suspension strength, clearance and braking capacity of a commercial electric vehicle like a GEM.

With a GEM, you can drive on-road or off-road with confidence. You won’t have to worry if your vehicle’s brakes are strong enough to stop a heavy load going down a steep grade, or if all your tools and supplies will fit securely.

Generally speaking, a NEV such as a GEM is a better choice (versus a golf cart) for: shuttles and tours (especially those that cross city streets), indoor / outdoor hauling, park maintenance, and patrol / security applications.

Review: Polaris GEM  Golf Cart

Product Name: Polaris GEM eL XD
Manufacturer: GEM by Polaris
Interesting Features:  Can be made street legal up to 25MPH
Price Range: $12,999-$34,999 (depends on options)  
Value for the money:  
Good
Recommended for:  Any application with large distances to cover - the bigger the better. This vehicle is popular with universities, airports, large warehousing, and corporate campuses that cover multiple city blocks. It's also good for maintenance departments, or general contractors in major cities. The eL XD also works great in state parks because it performs well in cold or warm weather.

The GEM eL XD can be operated on many streets with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less. But be sure to check local laws regarding street use and vehicle equipment requirements. 

Warehouse Slip Trip and Fall Injury Prevention


In California,
slip-and-fall accidents are the number one workplace injury.
  • 22 percent of incidents resulted in 31+ days away from work
  • 85 percent of worker’s compensation claims were attributed to employees slipping on slick floors
  • In California, injury settlement payouts from slip and fall lawsuits range from $40,000 to more than $12 million

Cal/OSHA receives more than 20,000 slip and fall injury reports each year, a staggering amount when you consider clean, dry floors can prevent many slip and fall incidents. Slip trip and fall injuries are especially common in warehouse and distribution center environments where:

  • Pallet fragments and other debris create hazardous conditions
  • A distracted worker carrying a box or pick list can overlook an obstruction in their path
  • A visiting staff member wearing leather-soled dress shoes may slip on a dusty floor

The best way to keep your floors safe for employees and visitors is with cleaning equipment designed for warehouses and distribution centers - not mops and brooms.

FSMA Requirements: Why Clean Floors are Essential for Food Processing Plants


The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Compliance and Certification are designed to prevent foodborne illnesses. Unfortunately,
bacterial contamination remains a leading cause of FDA recalls.

Food contamination from Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria monocytogenes has actually increased in recent years - from 28 percent of food recalls to over 31 percent. With all the rules and requirements, how is this still a problem?

How to Choose the Right Floor Scrubber Machine

Drop the Mop! Save Time and Get Cleaner Floors With a Power Scrubber. Sticky sodas and greasy drips create a safety hazard for employees and make a poor impression with customers. Things run better in a clean environment, but it can be hard to maintain.

Even low-traffic hallways accumulate a surprising amount of grime that can’t be removed with a mop; break rooms and lobbies are often twice as bad. Maintaining floors with a mop and elbow grease is time-consuming and just can’t get floors as clean as a floor scrubber machine.

Advantages of Floor Cleaning Machines vs. Manual Cleaning

Brooms and mops may seem like a smart way to save money, but for many businesses, the labor costs associated with manual cleaning are far greater than buying an industrial floor cleaning machine. To put it bluntly, just because you're saving money on equipment doesn’t mean you’re saving money.

Commercial cleaning equipment can eliminate dirt, dust, grease and grime in a fraction of the time it takes someone to sweep or scrub the area manually. Today’s auto-scrubbers and industrial sweepers are whisper quiet, have long-lasting batteries and eliminate the safety hazards associated with mops and brooms.

Time is money, and if you have a large area to keep clean, mops and brooms are inefficient. They also:

Industrial cleaning equipment can quickly pay for itself. Learn more about the advantages of using a commercial floor cleaning machine versus manual cleaning with a mop or broom:

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Electric Golf Cart or Maintenance Vehicle

Over the last several years, design innovations have transformed the simple golf cart into an electric maintenance vehicle widely used on college campuses, resorts, and outdoor venues. And an increasing number of people use their street-legal golf cart, also known as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle or NEV, in place of a car.

In this post, we’ll address common questions about buying an electric maintenance vehicle or street legal golf cart. Including:

- What’s the difference between a golf cart, and a NEV or LSV?
- How far can an electric maintenance vehicle or golf cart go on a single charge?
- How long do the batteries last?
- Buying a used versus new electric vehicle
- Additional factors to consider before you buy

Comparing the Cost to Rent, Lease or Buy a Floor Sweeper or Scrubber

A clean floor is the sign of a professional operation. Though more expensive than a mop or broom, floor scrubbers and sweepers give your business that professional look with less time and elbow grease. Not to mention, they leave your floors much cleaner!

In this article we’ll look at different types of floor sweepers and scrubbers and the best application for different types of units. We'll also compare the cost to rent, lease or buy a floor sweeper / scrubber.

How An Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine Can Pay for Itself

Ask any manager who’s dealt with a major incident or received a fine - nothing is more expensive than regret. Unfortunately, it can be hard to convince decision-makers to invest in new equipment to prevent accidents.

Understandably, managers are focused on improving profits. Shrinking budgets and (what can seem like) competing priorities can cause conflict between EHS managers and other decision-makers, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Industrial floor cleaning machines offer protection against fines and worker injuries and can pay for themselves through reduced labor costs. Commercial cleaning equipment is like  an insurance policy that also improves the bottom line.

Read on for more ways to get buy-in for an industrial floor cleaning machine purchase. Keep in mind, we can bring any equipment to your location for a free demo - including ride-on and walk-behind sweepers and automatic scrubbers. Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMHNC) serves the Bay Area, Salinas and The Central Valley from Sacramento to Fresno.

Walk-Behind vs. Ride-On Floor Cleaning Equipment

Commercial floor sweepers and scrubbers are a cost-effective way to eliminate dirt, dust, grime and germs. Studies have shown that labor costs represent about 90% of the total cost to maintain floors, and an industrial cleaning machine allows operators to clean more in less time.

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a floor sweeper or scrubber, the next question is: walk-behind or ride-on? In today’s post, we’ll review the pros and cons of each option to help you choose the best sweeper or scrubber for your operation.

Review: Taylor-Dunn Bigfoot Electric Cart

Product Name: Bigfoot
Manufacturer: Taylor-Dunn
Interesting Features:  3000lb load capacity with 44” wide x 77” long rear bed, large operator’s compartment, adjustable bucket seats and steering column, AC Drive, able to tow up to 7500 lb.
Price Range: $10,000 - $18,000
Value for the money:  Excellent


Recommended for:  small and large warehousing and manufacturing, hospitals, airports, hotels/resorts, nurseries, wineries, stadiums, large campuses, school districts, colleges and universities.

The Bigfoot can be customized for each specific application (including an ambulance) and at 44” wide has the ability to access areas not accessible by full-size work trucks or vans.  Any company that needs to move people or product in a safe, efficient cost-effective manner should consider buying the Bigfoot. Speeds can be limited to 10 MPH for maximum safety in work and campus environments. 

Not recommended for:  use on rough terrain or public roads, or any application where a long run time is required. That said, if an electric motor isn't a critical feature,  the Bigfoot comes in a gasoline-powered version that can run for 100 miles at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.

The Bigfoot is made to carry product and people on sound cement, asphalt, gravel and dirt surfaces. Turf tires are available as an option, but the Bigfoot is not made for use in rough or muddy terrain. Additionally, Bigfoot is made for industrial and commercial use and not intended for travel on public highways. 

For street legal applications, or extended run time, TMHNC recommends the Polaris GEM electric vehicle, which can be li
censed for street use where the posted speed limit is 35 MPH or less. The GEM is also capable of over 100 miles of run time when using Lithium-Ion battery packs.

 

Nilfisk Autonomous Floor Scrubber Is The Future of Floor Cleaning

The new Nilfisk SC50 is the first OSHA-approved autonomous floor scrubber. It’s easy-to-use, runs for six hours on a single charge, and (unlike other autonomous cleaning machines) it doesn’t require a technician or engineer to set it up.

Imagine how much more your staff could accomplish if they didn’t have to manually guide a scrubber across the floor. With an autonomous scrubber-dryer, the operator can complete tasks that require human skills and dexterity, while the Nilfisk Liberty SC50 does the rest. The machine can even send the operator a text when it’s done - minimizing downtime.

Review: Advance SW8000 Industrial Floor Sweeper

Product Name: Advance SW8000
Manufacturer: Advance
Notable feature(s): Dustguard 5-stage dust control system traps dust before it becomes airborne, uses full-time dust-controlled dual side brooms, 77" sweep path.
Price Range:
$35,000 - $45,000  
Value for the money:
Good
Options: Kubota liquid propane (LP) gas or diesel motors

Best for: The SW8000 works well indoors or outdoors and is ideal for large (200,000 sq foot) operations such as parking lots, foundries, campuses, stadium concourses or dry food handling areas. It's also a good choice for operations concerned about OSHA silica dust compliance.

Not recommended for:
This machine is not recommended for wet weather or wet food handling applications. The Advance SW8000 only sweeps, and these applications require scrubbing.

View current inventory:
In-stock availability for a new Advance SW8000 floor sweeper.
Check rental inventory for the Advance SW8000 floor sweeper.

Most Popular Utility Cart Accessories


One of the more overlooked reasons to buy an electric utility vehicle vs a truck is the ability to customize. When you buy a utility cart from Polaris GEM or Taylor-Dunn,  you get a hardworking, reliable vehicle and only pay for what you need.

Many of our customers find significant savings by switching to versatile, low-maintenance electric vehicles.
Large fleets can expect six-figure fleet reduction costs by switching to electric utility vehicles and significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

- Why pay for a truck that can go 90 mph if your vehicles never travel on the freeway? 
- How much could you save by not having to pay for oil changes and other engine-related maintenance?

Electric vehicles can go all day on a single charge, tow up to 10,000 lbs, and handle cargo up to 3,000 lbs. Plus, they cost significantly less to own compared to traditional trucks and vans.

Owning an electric vehicle doesn't mean sacrificing comfort or capability. Get exactly the vehicle you need customized with: ladder racks, custom storage, heater, stake sides, etc. Here are the most popular accessories with our customers in Northern and Central California:

Floor Scrubber Buying Checklist

Would you like your floors to be 60-70% clean, or 95% clean? Most companies would prefer 95% - and that’s what you get with an industrial floor scrubber. When cleaning with a mop and bucket, the more you clean, the dirtier the water gets. Industrial floor cleaning equipment uses 100% clean water the entire time, leaving floors cleaner and more hygienic.

Though the upfront cost is higher, commercial floor cleaning equipment can quickly pay for itself over time. For example: an employee with a mop and bucket can clean 4,000-5,000 square feet in one hour. A small automatic floor scrubber can clean almost 13,000 square feet in the same amount of time. Larger machines can clean more than 100,000 square feet per hour - a hard-working human would need 20 hours to do the same job.

If you’re ready to get cleaner floors in less time, here’s a checklist to help with buy the right floor scrubber and avoid expensive mistakes.

Floor Sweeper Scrubber On-Site Demos

Commercial floor cleaning equipment has come a long way. The good news? There are dozens of machines to choose from. The bad news: if you're a buyer with limited time, there are a lot of options to sort through.

Here's a helpful checklist of questions to help you narrow the field, but sometimes it can be hard to find “the one.” That’s why we offer our customers free on-site demos.

If your business is in the Bay Area,  Central Valley (Sacramento, to Fresno), Santa Cruz or Salinas-area, we can bring floor sweeper or scrubber units right to your place of business. Your operators can get to know the machine, and we can do site inspection to ensure you’re getting equipment that meets the unique needs of your operation. For example, some businesses may need a narrow aisle squeegee, others may need an extra-long drain hose. On-site demos are something we offer at no charge, and are a great way to take the guesswork out of buying a floor cleaning machine. 

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