Founded in 1979, Scarab has been providing the market with a wide range of compact and truck-mounted road sweepers with excellent build quality, superior performance, optimum payload and capacity with minimal noise and exhaust pollutions for 40 years

Today, Scarab has a distribution network all around the world. Sweepers can be manufactured to suit a customer’s individual needs too with a wide choice of common options available or bespoke modifications that can be crafted in dialogue with the design team.

Scarab does not just provide superior products with impeccable service; it creates new ideas and brings the whole market forwards. Scarab were the pioneers of the environmentally friendly single-engine truck mounted sweeper and continue to dominate the market in this field. They were also the first road sweeper manufacturer to supply all their sweepers with a CANbus control and diagnostics system. Now on the third generation of CANbus systems, the company continues to utilise it today.

“We are proud to say that we innovate while others copy,” Andrew Farley, Branch Manager, Domestic Sales & After Sales told FACTS. “Twin-engine models have to follow two different environmental standards – a more stringent one for the on-road engine and a less stringent one for the off-road model. By using a single-engine, the more environmentally friendly on-road engine is used for all purposes, producing less fine particulate matter and NOx. Using a more efficient engine also helps reduce fuel consumption.”

Scarab has also pioneered the Hydrostatic gearbox; first experimenting with the system 30 years ago and now using it all single engine of its vehicles.

“In 1988 we introduced our own bespoke gearbox designed and built in-house which gave the optimum performance for the vehicles and allowed us to tailor gear ratios specific to the vehicle size and payload, and also depending on terrain to allow for specific hill-climb requirements,” Andrew added. “It’s 100% reliable as long as maintenance schedules are adhered to. There is no more complexity than a standard truck. In fact, as the hydrostatic operates from 0-15mph completely variably with its own braking effect, there is significantly less wear on the drivetrain, brakes and clutch than on an equivalent twin-engine vehicle.”

Reducing fuel consumption and more pressingly emissions is a key focus for the industry nowadays, and Scarab is switched on to this too: “We are actively working with new technologies,” Andrew continued. “For example, we recently sold a CNG-powered truck mount in central London and we are actively looking at both electric power and hydrogen fuel cells. The beauty of the Scarab single-engine product is that we directly follow the latest in emissions technology as we don’t add anything to the vehicles that increase emissions.

“All of our focus has to be on this development as that is the future of the industry, and we will be ready for it. We are working directly with every manufacturer on the subject and in fact one leading manufacturer used our vehicles as test beds for duty-cycle testing prior to introducing their Euro 5 solution. We will continue to be at the forefront of harnessing the latest in emission technology alongside the manufacturers to ensure that their vehicle with our equipment remains some of the least-polluting and fuel-efficient in the industry.”

It is not just the manufacturers that enjoy a close relationship with Scarab Sweepers however. Scarab have built themselves a reputation for listening and reacting to customer’s needs and possess a willingness to explore and embrace new technology. A great example is the introduction of CANbus control technology across the whole range, further improving reliability by simplifying the operating systems, improving vehicle ergonomics, and reducing maintenance.

“Our after sales service is second-to-none and we constantly strive to keep customers our number one priority,” Andrew said. “We provide a full range of product support, including operator and technician training as well as contract maintenance packages to keep your vehicles at their best.”

The product range itself is incredibly diverse. From everyday street cleansing, building sites, quarries, airports and road construction, Scarab’s range of road sweepers and street cleansing equipment can be found making a difference to people’s daily environment in a variety of ways. Each truck mounted road sweeper is capable of being mounted to a chassis of the customer’s choice with a selection of power sources that will best suit the vehicle’s purpose available.

Having pioneered the use of Hydrostatic Technology and later developing the Unidrive PTO concept, Scarab Sweepers are proud to be the world’s largest manufacturer in the single engine field. To complement this success, Scarab have also created an excellent reputation for twin-drive sweepers: The Mistral, M6 and more recently the M65T which has been designed with features to enable it to be easily and rapidly mounted on virtually any internationally available chassis.

“Our compact cleansing range includes the Scarab Minor M25H with its unique ability to combine the small dimensions of a ‘compact sweeper’ and a four brush sweeping system whilst still maintaining the power and performance of a truck mount,” Andrew explained.

“Our compact range also includes the Scarab Azura; a two front brush mounted sweeper now complete with a Euro 5 power plant and numerous revisions that further enhance its exceptional abilities. High amongst these improvements are increased hopper capacity and enhanced functionality, features shared with the Aquazura and Aquadyne; a scrubber-dryer and street-washer, all based around the same unique four-wheel steer compact chassis, which is both economical and quiet. It is perfectly suited to the rigours of modern urban street cleaning.”

Scarab Sweepers also have 7.5-tonne, 10-18-tonne and 18+-tonne sweepers available in a variety of specifications and configurations. An operator’s manual for each can be viewed and downloaded on Scarab’s website, where an online support system is also in place for technical and warranty queries.

In short, Scarab Sweepers are the premium choice for all your sweeper needs. Innovation has helped steer Scarab to where they are today, and it is that innovative spirit that will ensure they remain ahead in years to come when the entire market evolves towards new technology.

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