Reduce flat tires on your equipment with a shunt/yard truck magnetic sweeper
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Add a magnetic sweeper to your shunt or yard truck and pick up metal debris while you work.
Why use a shunt or yard truck magnet?
Shunt Trucks or Yard Trucks are really a simplified version of a semi truck you see on the road everyday. They are used to move truck trailers on location around truck yards and distribution terminals or short distances from one location to another.
Because these truck yards and distribution terminals usually have a lot debris because of all the truck traffic and the unloading and loading of goods onto and off trucks, the Shunt trucks are usually fitted with a magnet to pick up the debris since it traverses the full scope of the yard already. This keeps flat tires to a minimum.
Types of Shunt or Yard Truck Magnets
There is really only 1 type of magnet suited best for use on shunt or yard trucks:
Hanging magnets are the magnet type of choice for Shunt Trucks or Yard Trucks. They are usually hung from the front bumper of the Yard Truck 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.
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Quick Tip #1
What do the staff of Bluestreak have to say on the subject of yard truck magnets?
Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a Shunt or Yard Truck Magnet
1. How great is your shunt truck suspension?
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.
1. What type of debris do you want to pick up?
Make sure the magnet strength matches the type of debris you expect to be picking up. If you want to pick up heavy metal debris a light weight small magnet probably won’t do the job.
3. How easy is the yard 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.
4. How good is the 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.
2. What is the strength of the magnet?
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.
2. What terrain and in what conditions will you be working in?
The rougher, dirtier terrain your Yard 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.
Quick Tip #2
What do the staff of Bluestreak have to say on the subject of yard truck magnets?
The maximum lifting height of the Shunt/Yart Truck Magnets;
How The Quick Clean Off Sleeve Works
The ISO comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve. And you can purchase an optional Quick Clean Off Sleeve for the strongest Wrasse model (the 4.5″ x 4.5″).
The new Quick Clean Off Sleeve design is made from extruded PVC and infected molded PVC end caps.
Just slide the sleeve off and all the debris falls off on the one side.
Add Optional Hanging Bracket Accessories to Make Mounting Easy
If you have a flat steel bumper as there is on many commercial shunt and yard trucks as shown in the picture to the left you can mount one of our hanging magnetic sweepers using Bumper Mount Bracket A and a Hanging Bracket. There are three different Hanging Brackets; A, B and C. Hanging Bracket B is shown in the picture to the left with the Eiger 86 4.5×4.5 magnetic sweeper, but the Hanging Bracket selection is based on the type and length of magnetic sweeper chosen. See our Hanging Bracket Selection Chart and FIT Guidelines to determine which Hanging Bracket you need.
Best Selection of Shunt or Yard Truck Magnetic Sweepers
Shunt/Yard Magnet Comparison Table
Wrasse 2" x 5"
Wrasse 3" x 3"
Wrasse 4.5" x 4.5"
|Maximum Lifting Height||4 3/4"||6"||8 1/2"||9"||9.25"||9"||6"||9 1/4"||9"|
|Sweeper Weight||24lbs, 35lbs, 47lbs, 58lbs, 70lbs, 81lbs, 93lbs||28lbs, 40lbs, 53lbs 65lbs, 77lbs, 89lbs,102lbs,||65lbs, 93lbs, 120lbs, 148lbs, 175lbs, 203lbs, 230lbs||210 lbs, 251 lbs, 292 lbs, 332 lbs||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|
|Sweeper Widths||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||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"|
|Sweeper Height Adjustment||Change suspension height to by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 3".||Change suspension height to by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 4".||Change suspension height to by rising or lowering the chains to a specified maximum height of 5".||Continuously adjustable.||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|
|Sweeper Wheel Type||None||None||None||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 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|
|Clean Off Method||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||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|
|Terrain Surface||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain|
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