Tips to consider while buying a Dailymag Magnetic Sweeper
As a buyer, you must mind a few factors whether you want to buy a light or a heavy-duty magnetic sweeper. That way, it becomes easier to make an informed decision. We have, thus, curated the following points to make your buying experience a better one.
Sort out your intended applications, i.e., address the fundamental question- What do I need it for?
When choosing magnetic sweepers, have a clear picture of what you will use them for (lifting, cleaning or both) and where. Different designs can help clean in different ways.
Consider the type of surface, the area or space (distance) you need to sweep, the amount & type of debris and more while getting yourself this equipment. Some magnetic sweepers are for pallet trucks that help transport materials within the industrial site.
For instance, if you're working in a confined or dimly-lit area, you will probably need a handheld magnetic sweeper. They feature a compact and lightweight design and are easy to use. If you're looking at a larger cleaning area, pick a magnetic sweeper that has a stronger magnet.
All the magnetic sweepers that you find on the market will have housing to hold the magnet component in place. Now, buyers tend to worry about the size of this holding capacity. Keeping the things in mind mentioned here can help you choose the right magnetic sweeper.
Don't - the size of the aluminum housing does not matter.
Most flat surface sweepers have big aluminum tubes (rectangular or square). But, they hold a small magnet either at the bottom or center of the tube. Very few of these sweeping equipment housings hold more magnets (as much as possible).
Spending more funds on larger aluminum housing is pointless as it does not hamper the sweeper's performance.
Before buying a magnetic scrap collecting tool, check the handle configuration. The type of handle matters for handheld sweepers, especially for small-scale cleaning like a home garage.
First thing- make sure the handle length is appropriate. Try to go with a sweeper that comes with an adjustable handle. It works the best for anyone. Most magnetic sweepers have the advantage.
If you still want a magnetic scrap collector with a fixed-length handle feature, be sure to check that you can hold it perfectly.
Some magnetic sweepers, for instance, come with telescopic handles. They might not be easy-to-use but are easy on the body when using for a longer duration.
If you're focusing solely on the performance, look for a Y-type handle design. Go for a 3-piece Y-type handle for better durability and strength.
You can measure the picking power of a magnetic scrap collector in different ways.
No matter how you want to measure the pickup power, you want to take a look at the magnets.
The best way to measure a magnetic broom's power, for instance, is by checking the lifting height.
Sweepers that work for hardwood floors (magnetic power) may not be perfect for pulling out nails from the tall grass. In that case, you can measure the required picking power that your magnetic broom needs based on the quantity of metal you need to sweep.
For example, if you want to reduce your trips to the scrap for more extensive clean-ups, aim for a least ten pounds. On the other hand, for loose debris, a one-pound lifting capacity is enough if you're dealing with more minor clean-ups.
It is important to trick a balance between less holding power and more lifting power while buying your next magnetic sweeper.
Note: Measuring the magnet's holding is not synonymous with measuring its lifting power. Plus, buyers must remember that a magnetic sweeper's primary goal is picking things up. After that, to transport, the sweeper has to hold on to them. Remember that cleaning off becomes harder if the holding power is too strong.
You need to clean magnetic sweepers, much like your mops.
Do you clean it by hand? How do you get rid of the collected debris? Does the sweeper come with a removable sleeve that I can clean after use? These are some of the questions that can come to your mind when buying a magnetic sweeper.
In this case, you can check customer reviews that address similar questions. If not, you can also choose a magnetic sweeper with a toe-plate design, a detachable sleeve or a load release facility. We will further discuss each of them and their differences in the latter part of the article.
Do you need a magnetic sweeper to sweep through your grassy lawn? For that, check if your shortlisted magnetic broom has the needed sweeping height and 'wrap around' feature. A fixed sweeping height of, say, an inch will not do you any good in pushing through grass. You need at least 2 to 2 ½ of height for use on grass surfaces.
Customers also complain about the wipe-off issue on weed or grass. To address this problem, producers introduced the 'wrap around' feature in magnetic sweepers. If you see that it does not have this feature, but claims to be all-terrain variety, do not bother spending more.
To better understand the value addition of 'wrap around,' you must first get to the bottom of the 'wipe off' problem.
Sweeping through grass or weed pushes the already collected scrap material further back. This detaches the metal debris from the magnetic field of the magnetic sweeper. Thus, the picked-up debris or nails tend to fall off.
The chances of the debris falling off from the sweeper increases because the magnet in most magnetic brooms does not fill the aluminum housing.
That is where the 'wrap around' feature comes in handy. With this trait, you no longer have to worry about wipe-off or fall-offs of the nails in the grass because they simply snap to the sweeper's back.
The magnetic sweeper's build quality is important, especially when you plan to use it for long hours.
Buying a quality magnetic sweeper is essential for better performance. If you go for a cheap one, you might end up spending more on the repairs and tools to fix. Though it's up to you and your budget, an expensive but quality sweeper does prove to be beneficial in the long run. It's an investment that will not go wrong if chosen with the right specifications.
For a first-time buy, remember the primary difference. Heavy-duty cleaning demands a more robust build quality than small-scale cleaning requirements.
Choosing the right accessories can heighten the efficiency of the machine. When you pair it with the right accessory to suit your needs, you can use the magnetic sweeper faster. Remember, an add-on should help you in getting the job done in time.
Depending on your budget, choose the best accessories for the sweeper. It's the extras that are essential to function well. If the job isn't done well in the set time-frame, it's because of the quality of the accessories chosen. Never be reluctant in quality buying accessories for the magnetic sweeper.
Among plenty of magnetic sweeper accessories, some are:
- clean-off sleeves
- mount brackets
- adaptor sleeves
- chain hanging kits
- hanging brackets.
Here's the thing- you know it if you know it!
In terms of design, these magnetic sweepers may look simple. But, don't be mistaken. They make your cleaning job in an industrial setting way easier, efficient.
How? You need minimal physical labor to clear-out big spaces with valuable and dangerous debris in an instant.
Do you know why they are so important for places like manufacturing units, parking lots, construction sites or garages? Here's why.
Active manufacturing or construction units are messy. The floors often pile up with dust, a reason it is easy to lose supplies and dropped tools.
Manual sweeping may not be efficient in wiping out the debris. It is unsafe too. Plus, one might need more workforce to keep the surfaces clean time and again. Metallic junks pile up the floors leading to more harm if not cleaned on time.
This is where magnetic sweepers come in. One can clean large areas of the manufacturing floor in a few seconds. Due to this, magnetic sweepers can reduce labor costs. It filters out clunks of materials and makes them easy to separate. The magnetic parts cling to the sweeper leaving behind the usable materials.
Once its magnetic field gets activated, you can easily collect valuable supplies from the dirt in a ready-to-use condition. That saves you from spending on tools you already have.
Industrial sites have to deal with grinding dust and metal shavings – and it can get difficult to clean it all.
To pick up metal pieces manually is challenging and would mean that you need to spend on more labor engagement and time unnecessarily.
Magnetic sweepers can help with clean-offs within the working space.
Larger spaces often have more than one such magnetic scrap collector in action. They can pull-out metal debris from the dirt quicker than push broom bristles – without worries. The latter, for instance, can misplace necessary metal pieces.
The magnetic scrap collector also works efficiently in darker areas. Thanks to the equipment's magnetic field, you don't have to worry about precise sweeping.
One can not depend and trust on manual cleaning due to its inefficiency and inaccuracy. Machinery cleaning tools are the way forward, especially in manufacturing units. As it's fast, easy-to-use, and takes less time compared to manual cleaning.
Now, an industrial setup can turn out unsafe quicker than you think.
With all the floor mess, the working space can become risky. Along with dirt, you also have to worry about ferrous and other metals. Though they are minute clunks of metal, they pose a threat to the staff working around. Stepping on a small nail or a screw can be dreadful than one can imagine. It's not the dust but these metal pieces that pose a severe risk to the employees' lives on the floor.
Loose metal can lead to cuts, punctures or trips that can cause your company lawsuits or expensive medical bills. It can cost your company's reputation as well.
Magnetic sweepers can help create a safer working environment for your employees.
Why do some users fix magnetic sweepers at the front of their trucks or forklifts?
For one, garage owners need to make sure that the working space is clean. The floor should not be messy with loose metal scrap here and there. It is an effective way to keep the cars functional with extended tire life helping protect valuable pieces of equipment and saving you on maintenance.
It's easy to clean harmful debris quickly that can damage other valuable tools. Take a commercial garage unit, for example. Say you need to get a car tire replaced. Changing tires can be an expensive affair, along with the cost of labor. Pulling your car out of rotation is another expense.
Despite the simple design of these sweepers, they are incredibly versatile in working in an industrial setup. The design of magnetic sweepers is such that they can withstand any environment. It is robust and made of high-quality material, making it easier to use anywhere.
Every industrial facility varies in terrain, temperature and weather (as per their location). Whether you are working in gravel, grass, heat, cold or rain, the magnetic sweeper will work. That is because the powerful magnetic field in its holding can handle it all.
Magnetic sweepers can pick up a wide range of objects or debris just by running the magnet over them.
Hovering the sweeper over the metallic pieces gets the job done in minutes. There cannot be a better tool than this to sift the non-metallic parts from the metallic ones. It's one of the reasons why magnetic sweepers are the best machines.
Thus, having them in your unit can help to a great extent. They can collect screws, scrap iron, nails, nuts, metal shavings, wires, tacks, welding remains, staples and more.
Whether a magnetic sweeper is better with an auto-release mechanism or a quick clean-off sleeve design is only a matter of user preference. As a buyer, you have to keep overhead costs in check. Getting one with a toe plate release feature will cost you about 20 percent extra than an option without this function.
But going with the auto-release sweeper is far better than the latter if you're using it for personal uses. If it's for industrial uses, go with the one that fits well with the organization's budget.
It's easy to clean a magnetic sweeper.
On each side of the one without a load release feature, there is around 1-inch dead space.
In this case, you can simply remove the collected materials by dragging them to one end of the magnetic sweeper. You can remove the collected load by using a rag, glove hand or towel. Some models come with a quick clean-off sleeve to solve the purpose quickly.
If you want to unload them without coming into contact with the loaded metal pieces, buying a magnetic sweeper with a toe-plate load release function will be a good choice. Many users prefer one with the auto-release feature to pick smaller metal pieces like nails.
Once you buy a magnetic sweeper, it doesn't end there. Maintaining is a must for it to last long. Regular cleaning is a must to keep it functioning. It might cost you a lot to replace the parts of the sweeper. What's worse is that it can cost you double the amount to keep it in shape if not taken care of. Maintain your magnetic sweeper right from day one.
Others go with the Quick clean-off sleeve design for the following reasons:
- Without a lift-off from the sweeping position, the quick clean sleeve design works fine. This is true even for the sweep height setting of a more powerful magnet.
- The clean-off sleeve releases the scrap in a neat pile when users pull it to one side of the magnetic sweeper. However, the toe-plate load-release leaves a mess to clean up later, releasing scrap along the complete magnet length. To avoid double cleaning efforts, most prefer the quick clean-off design superior.
- A magnetic sweeper with a toe plate design only functions when the sweeper picks up the magnet before cleaning it off with the toe plate. Why does this happen? The sweeper cannot rotate the toe plate at the sweeping height position, failing to remove the debris from the magnetic field.
- Most buyers prefer a quick clean-off sleeve due to its effective PVC design. It keeps them straight. Toe plates in magnetic sweepers can lose their functionality as they get bent over time.
Let's wipe out the confusion that many buyers face. It is about the difference between permanent and rare earth magnets. Breaking news- they are both the same. In reality, both ceramic and rare earth magnets are varieties of permanent magnets.
They have a lasting magnetism as they comprise varying metal alloys, which are magnetically charged. You will find that most magnetic sweepers in the market have ceramic magnets.
However, rare-earth and ceramic magnets do have significant differences. Let’s check them out here:
Rare Earth magnets are of two types- NdFeb (neodymium-iron-boron) and SMCo (samarium cobalt). They are so named because they consist of rare earth (an element from the periodic table). On the other hand, engineers can shape ceramic magnets as they want.
While ceramic magnets are a good choice, they are not as powerful as rare-earth alternatives. These magnets have barium and strontium ferrites and are also known as ferric magnets.
The magnet inside the magnetic sweeper will eventually lose its picking and holding power when exposed to extreme heat. However, if cooled down below Tmax, they can regain strength. If the magnet goes beyond Tmax heat levels (Tcurie), it will become demagnetized. That means recovering its magnetic power will be next to impossible even by cooling.
The Tmax of both SmCo and ceramic magnets is 300-degree Celcius, while 150-degree Celcius is the Tmax of NdFeB magnets. While the NdFeB magnet's Tcurie is 310 degrees, the Tcurie of SmCo is 750 degrees, and a ceramic magnet is 460 degrees.
BHmax, aka maximum energy product, is the term that defines the magnet's magnetic field. Manufacturers measure the magnet's strength in MegaGauss Oersted. Undoubtedly, rare-earth magnets have a high BHmax (NdFeB- 40 and SmCo- 26). On the other hand, ceramic magnets have only 3.5 BHmax. Despite such low BHmax, most industrial devices like magnetic sweepers have these magnets, primarily because they are cheaper.
Ceramic magnets are also quite resistant to corrosion. Compared to the rare-earth variants, they are also resistant to demagnetization. Rare-earth magnets are challenging to machines due to their brittle nature and so are rarely used to manufacture magnetic sweepers.
- Easily magnetizable
- Corrosion-resistant (doesn't need extra coating)
- Stronger compared to a natural magnet
- Less expensive
Keeping these differences in mind, choosing the best quality permanent magnet is essential. Grades measure quality. Top-quality magnets have the highest grades. For example, Grade 8 magnet lasts longer than a Grade 5 magnet. So, ensure you keep a check on the grades before buying one.
Individual and business needs can differ when it comes to cleaning but whether you’re looking to sweep iron chips, nails or ferrite pieces, nothing does it as good as a magnetic sweeper.
We’ve got one just for you, ideal for both home and business use, here.
Here's hoping that our detailed buying guide helps you make a better buying decision.