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Pick up metal debris before you drive over it.

Why buy a Front Mount Magnet.

The "Pros" to buying a front mount

The obvious reason to buy a front mount magnet is so that you don’t have to run over the debris before you pick it up with the magnet. In many cases where the debris is heavy and of the type that will definitely cause flat tires almost immediately, a front mount magnet becomes the only real choice.

There are also other applications where the debris will cause a flat tire given some sweeping time, and in these circumstances, it also becomes a very strong reason to consider a front mount magnet. In fact, if we could, it would always be advisable to put the magnet ahead of us or the vehicle when sweeping for metal debris. If we could, why not?

Another reason for buying a front mount magnet is that they are sort of like hanging magnets to some degree. That is, they can stay mounted, and be used more, while performing other duties. This is rarely the case with a tow behind magnet.

So the question is why not? That is, why in many cases do we not buy and use front mount magnets? Well, to be fully informed, read the next section, on what you give up when you buy a front mount.

What you give up when you buy a Front Mount Magnet

3 Cons to buying a Front Mount

Everything has pros and cons, so let’s discuss the “cons” of a front mount magnet. That is what you give up when you buy one.

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Well, the first thing you give up is more money. Generally front mount magnets are a bit more expensive than other magnets of the same strength. This is because it generally costs a bit more to mount them to a vehicle.

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The second thing you give up is some magnet strength. It’s simply not possible to mount as big of a mass (kg) magnet on the front of a vehicle as it is to put it on a trailer and tow it. Weight is a concern with front mount magnets. That weight affects the size of magnet that is possible for front mount magnet designs. It’s possible to keep magnet strength high, and weight lower, by substituting ceramic magnets with rare earth magnets to a degree, but this has the other effect of increasing cost, and giving up more money.

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The third thing you give up is ease of mounting and de-mounting. Let’s face it, it’s simply easier to hook up a trailer than it is to mount and de-mount a front mount sweeper.

There you have it. Those are the three “CONS” of buying a front mount magnet. It is these three disadvantages that we have focused on addressing when designing our front mount magnets.

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About Bluestreak Equipment

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Manufacturing In House

All of our products are designed and manufactured on site at our facilities in Ontario, Canada.

About Bluestreak

Application Driven Design

We have manufactured and developed application driven magnetic products since 2005.

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Rural Roots

Working from rural southern Ontario, our business has grown and now sprawls over several properties using former agricultural buildings.

Quick Tip #1

What do the staff of Bluestreak have to say about Front Mount magnets?

One of the key features of front mount magnetic sweepers are the casters. Because you can’t see whether the front of the magnet is hitting the ground or not you need to rely on the casters doing their job. The casters must keep the magnet off the ground as you drive up and over bumps and uneven ground whether you’re on gravel, dirt, grass or pavement. To do this effectively, the casters must be wide enough that they won’t sink into dirt, mud, or sand under the weight of the magnet. The wheels also need to be as close as possible to the magnet housing so that the magnet distance from the ground remains relatively stable and so that the front of the magnet lifts up and over bumps rather than ramming into them. Make sure the casters on our products look like they will work on your terrain and watch the videos.
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Tony
Bluestreak Equipment

The maximum lifting height of Front Mount Magnets;

The Longhorn
7 and 1/4 inches
The Yak
7 and 1/2 inches
The Ocicat
13 inches
For more information on Pickup Power follow this link: “Measuring Pickup Power and Performance in Magnetic Sweepers”

Consider how your vehicle handles

How your vehicle handles with the front mount magnet on the vehicle is another factor worth investigating. Look at both how the vehicle handles when sweeping with the magnet, and how the vehicle handles when the magnet is lifted and not sweeping.

The better the vehicle handles in both of these circumstances, the more likely you are to leave it permanently mounted, which in turn indicates the amount you will likely use the magnet.

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Quick Tip #2

What do the staff of Bluestreak have to say on the subject of Front Mount magnets?

You obviously must consider a lot of things when choosing a front mount magnet, cost is one, but since the magnet will be out front, you really need to consider what will maintain the sweeping height and on what terrain that sweeping height will have to be maintained. It’s going to be hard to see the sweeping height of the magnet when operating it, so something, usually wheels have to maintain the set sweeping height. And if the terrain is sand or dirt, the wheels must be big enough not to sink in to the sand or dirt in order to maintain that sweeping height. Trying to maintain a sweeping height by adjusting controls remotely when you can’t see what the actual sweeping height is, is impossible.
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Brian
Bluestreak Equipment

Selection of Front Mount Magnets

Pick up metal debris before you drive over it.

$3,799.99 USDBuy Now

(all prices in USD)

Available in 1 sizes: Yak 66″

Pick up metal debris before you drive over it!

The YAK is a front mount, off road, all terrain, UTV side by side magnetic sweeper.

Designed to any fit any UTV side by side vehicle right out of the box by utilizing any UTV snow plow setup as the connection point to the UTV. 

The YAK has a 66 inch sweeping width and a fully enclosed magnet. Comes with highly visible “MAGNET” signage, and safety yellow colored lid. Flat proof 10 inch x 3 inch caster wheels. Utilizes your UTV winch or other lifting device to raise and lower the magnet.

Sweeping height is adjustable from 1 inch to 4 inch, in 1/2 inch increments. Stainless steel magnet housing and magnet pan (all sides except the yellow lid). Maximum lifting height of 7 ½” inches (using a 2 ½ inch nail).

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A Front mount UTV magnetic sweeper!

Yak magnetic sweeper for UTV

A Tough, Off Road Ready ATV Accessory!

$3,499.99 USDAdd to cart

(all prices in USD)

Available in 1 size: Longhorn 54″

Taking debris by the horns.

The Longhorn is a front mount, off road, all terrain, ATV magnetic sweeper.

It has a 54 inch sweeping width and a fully enclosed magnet. Comes with highly visible “MAGNET” signage, and safety yellow colored lid. Flat proof 10 inch x 3 inch caster wheels. Utilizes your ATV winch to raise and lower the magnet.

Sweeping height is adjustable from 1 inch to 4 inch, in 1/2 inch increments. Stainless steel magnet housing and magnet pan (all sides except the yellow lid). Maximum lifting height of 7 ¼ inches (using a 2 ½ inch nail)

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Taking metal debris by the horns

Longhorn magnetic sweeper is completely visible from ATV rider position-bluestreakequipment

Hydraulically Controlled Magnetic Cleaning!

$19,999.99 USDBuy Now

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Available in 1 size: Ocicat 76″

With Yard Grooming Debris Digging Rake

The Ocicat is a front mounted magnetic sweeper that attaches to any skidsteer or track loader with a universal adapter plate and standard auxiliary hydraulic hose fittings. The Ocicat has a powerful C8 magnet that can pick up a 2.5” nail from 13” off the ground and drop it into a scrap metal bin without having to touch the nail using the hydraulic clean-off system.

Low maintenance design and 4 easy tie-down points make the Ocicat ideal for transport between sites where the magnet is needed for collecting metal debris in rough conditions.

Included debris digging rake digs and loosens embedded debris so the magnet can pick it up and also grooms gravel and hard packed areas at the same time.

Low profile design provides high visibility from operator cab.

Heavy Duty Construction with wrap around design to prevent collected debris from being wiped off the bottom before it can be disposed of.

Available in one 76” inch magnet sweeping width. See CAD Drawings for details.

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Hydraulically Controlled Magnetic Cleaning!

Front Mount Magnet Comparison Tablev

Product Namelonghorn-series-magnetic-sweeper-bluestreak-equipment-250px
Longhorn
yak magnetic sweeper bluestreak equipment
Yak
Ocicat Magnetic Sweeper by Bluestreak Equipment
Ocicat
Maximum Lifting Height (using 2.5″, 8 penny nails)7 1/4 ” inches7 1/2 ” inches13"
Sweeper Weight206 lbs249 lbs1652 lbs
Sweeper Width54"66"76"
Sweeper Height AdjustmentYes, 1 to 4 Inches, in 1/2” incrementsYes, 1 to 4 Inches, in 1/2” incrementsContinuous, using lift arms
Sweeper Wheel TypeFoam filled flat proof 10” x 3”10” x 3“ foam filled flat proof - centered hub with 5/8" ball bearingNone
Clean Off MethodDebris Release HandleDebris Release HandleHydraulic debris release using auxiliary hydraulics
Terrain SurfaceAll TerrainAll TerrainAll Terrain
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$3,499.99 USDAdd to cart

$3,799.99 USDBuy Now

$19,999.99 USDBuy Now

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