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Types of Commercial Truck Magnets
There are 3 types of commercial truck magnetic sweeper differentiated by their mounting position;
Front Mounted Magnets
Front mounted magnets are mounted in a similar way as a snow plow, they allow you to pick up debris before you drive over it, but they also tend to be more expensive because of the unique connection mounting assemblies required.
Tow Behind Magnets
Tow behind magnets come in on road or off-road types with different features to suit different uses.
Hanging magnets usually hung from the front of the Commercial Truck like a Front Mount magnet to allow you to pick up debris before you drive over it. They can be simple or contain many features to improve their ease of use and usefulness. They are usually the most economical option.
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Top 8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Commercial Truck Magnetic Sweeper
1. How much suspension does your truck have?
Trucks obviously have suspension and they absorb bumps but when they do, the height of the truck from the ground changes, and therefore any hanging magnet can hit the ground. And the rougher the ground, the more likely this is. So what’s going to prevent the magnet from hitting the ground if your truck suspension compresses 4 inches, or if it does what will protect the magnet? It’s something to consider when selecting a hanging magnet.
2. What is the danger posed by the debris problem?
If you have an extensive debris problem that will almost certainly cause a flat tire if you run over the debris, then a front mount magnetic sweeper or hanging front mount is a necessity and may be the only consideration in your choice of magnet. A front mounted magnetic sweeper will pick up debris like nails before you run over it, something that seems obviously and practically much better than running over the debris before picking it up.
3. How much do you want to spend on a truck magnet?
Hanging magnets are the most cost effective because a hanging magnet is essentially just a big magnet bar without most of the other mechanism’s that accompany a tow behind magnet or Front Mount magnet.
4. How easy is it to mount and secure the magnet?
A Commercial Truck must be used for other tasks. Therefore it’s important that the magnet can be mounted and dismounted from the Commercial Truck quickly and easily, or alternatively, the magnet can be locked into a position where it will not interfere with normal operation of the truck when not being used for sweeping. If not, then the tow behind solution may be best for you because it can be easily and quickly hitched up when needed.
5. How easy is the truck magnet to clean off?
A magnet may work very well at picking up debris, but how easy is it to clean off? Think through how you would clean the magnet off step by step. Make sure it makes sense to you and your situation. We try and do this for you so that clean off isn’t a difficult or time-consuming task, but some manufacturers don’t. Pay attention to the details of how this will work from start to finish, right up to the point of getting the debris in the garbage or scrap bin.
6. How good is the truck magnet at hanging on to the debris that it picks up?
You are not going to be cleaning your magnet off constantly, so it’s important that when your magnet does pick up a nail or screw that the magnet secures the debris so that it won’t fall off if the magnet is suddenly shaken because of a bump or if the bottom of the magnet hits the ground and the debris is wiped backward on the magnet. The last thing you want is for the debris to fall off again. Make sure your magnet has some feature like our “Wrap Around Feature”, it not only makes sure debris doesn’t get wiped off the bottom of the magnet, it makes the debris holding capacity higher and you’ll find in practice that most of your debris ends up on the side of your magnet not the bottom of it. And that’s a good indication to you why we have this feature.
7. How far off the ground will the truck magnet be positioned?
We want to make sure our products meet your expectations. Therefore, make sure you look at our “maximum lifting height” specifications for each magnet option. We bench test every one of our magnetic sweeper models to determine their maximum lifting height of a two-and-a-half-inch standard nail. Everyone knows what a two-and-a-half-inch nail looks like which is why we use this standard measure of magnet strength and it will give you a very good idea of magnet performance. Many times, we have videos of our products picking up various other materials so take a look at the videos in the video galleries. They give you a chance to “kick the tires” and see how the products perform. Many of these videos have been submitted by previous customers.
8. What terrain and in what conditions will you be working in?
The rougher, dirtier terrain your Commercial Truck operates in the stronger the magnet your likely going to want, because the magnet will have to be set higher to avoid constantly hitting the ground. The magnet will also need to pick up debris through some dirt therefore you need a stronger magnet. The rougher the terrain that exists because of things like bumps and pot holes, more you will want or favor a magnet that has some protection built in to the design to either deal with the abuse of hitting the ground or being able to move out of the way when it does hit the ground to prevent damage.
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Commercial Truck Magnet Comparison Table
Wrasse 2" x 5"
Wrasse 3" x 3"
Wrasse 4.5" x 4.5"
|Maximum Lifting Height||9"||12"||10 1/2"||4 3/4"||6"||8 1/2"||9.25"||9"||6"||9 1/4"||9"||9"|
|Sweeper Weight||210 lbs, 251 lbs, 292 lbs, 332 lbs||1056 lbs||P96 = 678 lbs|
P120 = 832 lbs
|24lbs, 35lbs, 47lbs, 58lbs, 70lbs, 81lbs, 93lbs||28lbs, 40lbs, 53lbs 65lbs, 77lbs, 89lbs,102lbs,||65lbs, 93lbs, 120lbs, 148lbs, 175lbs, 203lbs, 230lbs||124lbs, 158lbs, 192lbs, 226lbs, 259lbs, 292lbs||230 lbs, 264 lbs, 297 lbs, 330 lbs||42 lbs, 54 lbs, 66 lbs, 79 lbs, 91 lbs, 103 lbs||126 lbs, 160 lbs, 193 lbs, 227 lbs, 260 lbs, 293 lbs||191 lbs, 225 lbs, 258 lbs, 291 lbs||328 lbs, 361 lbs|
|Sweeper Widths||62", 74", 86", 98"||96"||P96 = 72" sweeping width|
P120 = 96" sweeping width
|26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||62", 74", 86", 98"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||62", 74", 86", 98"||86”, 98”|
|Sweeper Height Adjustment||Continuously adjustable.||1.5" to 6" Continuous Adjustment||2 to 3″ clearance with sweepers down, 6.5” clearance when traveling with sweepers up and not in use.||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 3".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 4".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 5".||Yes – by changing mounting height||Yes, by changing hanging height. Minimum 2.5“ recommended hanging height 3” to 5“ maximum.||Change suspension height by raising or lowering the hanging chains to a maximum of 4"||Change suspension height by raising or lowering the hanging chains to a maximum of 5"||Yes, minimum 2.5" with wheel on the ground, 3" recommended, 5" inch maximum||Yes , 2 ½” minimum, recommended from 3” to 5” maximum, remote controlled raising and lowering of magnet from raised travelling to lowered sweeping position.|
|Sweeper Wheel Type||5” Dynatread Thermoplastic Rubber wheels with polypropylene hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 300 lbs capacity each.||16.5" x 6.5" flat proof, hub and spindle wheels||20.5" x 8.5" - 5 bolt wheels||None||None||None||10” x 3” foam filled flat proof wheels with Steel hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 100kg (220 lbs) capacity each||10” x 3” foam filled flat proof wheels with Steel hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 100kg (220 lbs) capacity each||7" diamond tread lawnmower wheel with steel hub and 1/2 inch ball bearings||5" Dynatread Thermoplastic Rubber Wheels with Polypropylene Hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 300 lbs capacity each||10” x 3” Foam Filled flat proof bump wheels with steel hubs and 5/8” ball bearings rated at 100 kg (220 lbs) capacity each||10" x 3" foam filled flat proof wheels with 5/8" ball bearings, each with a 100 kg (220 lb) rating|
|Clean Off Method||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Automatic||Slingjaw clean off system. Magnetic housing rotates up side down, debris falls into debris holding trays.||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Quick Clean Off Sleeve comes standard||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Optional Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory also available.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Optional Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory also available.||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Quick Clean Off Sleeve|
|Terrain Surface||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain||All Terrain||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain||All Terrain|
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