ELGIN, Ill. (May 10, 2010) – Elgin Sweeper has introduced a new Road Wizard mechanical sweeper featuring an improved design and available with a choice of chasses – Freightliner, UD, International, conventional or cabover. The new design features improved styling; an improved spray system water pump; more efficient hydraulics; a more robust sweeper, lift and hopper frame and improved service access. The sweeper is powered by a liquid-cooled, low emission Tier 4i engine that provides variable control over sweeper speeds with no effect on truck speed.

New broom design

“The broom placement on the Road Wizard has been optimized for sweep performance, making it ideal for heavy municipal and construction applications,” said Brian Giles, sweeper product manager at Elgin Sweeper. “The improved design also includes chassis wheelbases as short as 132 inches, resulting in a 9-foot sweepable inside radius for cul-de-sacs and islands and a 25-foot sweepable outside radius for cul-de-sac curb lines and tightly winding streets.”

Giles said Elgin Sweeper’s engineers worked directly with their dealers and customers to conduct field testing on the Road Wizard and provide input. “We are pleased with the feedback we’ve received from the field and we are also encouraged that our customers have played an important role in ensuring the ongoing success of the Road Wizard sweeper.”

New elevator design

The new elevator design on the improved Road Wizard provides variable sweep heights – standard, elevated and transport heights – and dramatically reduces machine downtime for elevator service. The modular design of the sweeper’s conveyor allows for rapid removal for repair or replacement.

New water tank and hopper design

The water tank assembly on the redesigned Road Wizard consists of three tanks, eliminating the need for internal baffles and allowing for easy replacement. The capacity on the new water tank has been increased from 340 gallons to 360 gallons for extended operation. The volumetric capacity on the new hopper remains one of the largest in the industry, at 5.4 cubic yards. The new hopper adopts the “tilt frame” concept along with other Elgin products, assuring a robust and long life hopper and lift assembly.

The Road Wizard was designed for the most demanding jobs,” Giles said. “These new improvements to the sweeper deliver increased operator efficiency and productivity and feature the latest technology for superior sweeping results.”

For more information on the new Road Wizard sweeper, please contact your local Elgin Sweeper dealer, or visit to find a dealer near you.

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