Challenge: Street Sweepers : LUSENET : Junkyard Wars : One Thread

I have a suggestion for a Scrapheap or Junkyard Wars Challenge. Street Sweepers mounted on a chassis. There are essentially two directions that you can go in when you build a street sweeper. Either Air , which functions much like a vacuum cleaner or Mechanical broom, which functions like scrub brush/conveyer belt operation. I work for a Street Sweeper company, Schwarze Industries, check out their website for more information at Incidently, I love both shows and all three hosts. Greg really shone in the semi finals, although I do miss seeing Robert, Cathy as always was really brillant. I do suggest that for the US series, emphasis the engineering a little more then what you are doing. RDF and TLC, Great Show!!!!!!!!!! More, More, More

-- Scott Dickinson (, January 20, 2001


Interesting Idea.

How would you judge the winner?

Would you measure the mass of dirt collected over a fixed time? Do you pick up just dirt and rocks or other debris?


-- Doug Moseley (, January 20, 2001.

Yeah! spread sand on a parking lot. teams would be graded on weight of sand collected. The Sweepers would look Very MAD MAX and would be at least as intresting as the grain harvester episode.

-- Stephen A. Binion (, January 20, 2001.

What I had in mind to judge would be a variable terrain type set up.

A street sweeper is designed to pick up the refuse that we leave behind. I would have a parking lot covered with trash ranging from bags to leaves to paper to dirt to bricks. The team that could sweep the cleanest in the shortest amount of time over a fixed distance would be the winner.

-- Scott Dickinson (, January 22, 2001.

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