Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Survey looks at battery-powered cleaning equipment

April 23, 2012

CHICAGO — An April 2012 survey asked cleaning professionals their thoughts about battery-operated cleaning equipment, such as those found in autoscrubbers, according to a press release.

Asked the type of battery now found in their cleaning equipment, 52 percent indicated it was a "deep-cycle flooded" battery, the release stated.

According to the release, the other respondents were divided equally, using either absorbed glass mats (AGM) batteries or gel batteries.

Respondents indicated the two main benefits of using battery-powered cleaning equipment were the greater flexibility of the machine and the fact that it had "no cords to worry about," the release noted.

However, 45 percent said their biggest dislike of battery-powered cleaning equipment is that some machines have short run time; 26 percent said battery-powered machines are more expensive than non-battery machines; and the rest complained "they need frequent recharging," the release added.

"These are problems with some battery-powered machines. However, new technologies have resulted in improvements in battery performance, lasting power, and the cost differential has receded," said Daniel Frimml, technical service coordinator for Tornado Industries.

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