The All-You-Need Bus Wash Systems
LAZRTEK offers multiple powerful and eco-friendly bus wash solutions that suit your needs.
Keeping a clean school bus fleet provides benefits ranging from a better public image to improved vehicle upkeep. Regardless of the size of the fleet, researching bus wash system choices can help establish whether the time and resource savings. The various bus wash systems provided makes economic sense.
While many organizations and ISDs are concerned about the initial investment, another school of thought is that operational costs such as chemicals, power, water, and maintenance should play a larger factor in making a good decision.
Many ISDs make the initial capital investment and attract adjacent districts to wash their equipment also, in order to recoup their initial capital costs faster. A clean bus can affect a driver’s impression of it, causing him or her to take better care of it. It is well known clean equipment lasts longer and gives the public a better image of the ISD. A manual single brush bus wash system or automatic drive-through and gantry systems are available as wash options: brush cleaning, touchless high-pressure low water.
Touchless Drive Thru Bus Wash Systems
LazrTek touchless drive through bus wash systems are state of the art. LazrTek touchless “gives operators the ability to safely and successfully wash a variety of vehicle shapes and sizes while conveniently fitting vehicle attachments,” according to LazrTek.
LazrTek touchless Gantry (also available in a drive-through variant) is built on an overhead gantry platform that keeps wash equipment off the floor, resulting in higher system reliability, cheaper maintenance costs, and a longer working life than floor-mounted rollover washes.
Drive-through touchless wash solutions are available for agencies with limited wash bay area. To protect mirrors and hybrid systems, Belanger also makes friction washes with retractable side brushes.
Basic systems start at $75,000, and LazrTek collaborates with each fleet operator to custom design a wash system that matches their specific requirements.
Hybrid Touchless/Brush Bus Wash System
The Hybrid System is another drive-through wash system for school buses. The Hybrid System is made up of two vertical brushes that clean the vehicle’s sides and back. The most delicate hood and mirror surfaces are cleaned with touchless water pressure.
“We’re seeing that [the Hybrid System] is where a number of ISDs want to go.” A drive-through system has the advantages of being speedier and requiring less maintenance because the equipment is stationary.
Drive-through bus wash systems, according to Ross, can wash buses as quickly as they can be scheduled through – at one foot per second, almost 160 60-foot buses can be washed in eight hours. The LazrTek Hybrid System is priced at around $150,000.
Gantry Bus Wash System
Limited Driver judgment is eliminated with gantry bus wash systems.
Gantry-style wash equipment, where the vehicle remains fixed while the brushes move around it, is a viable option for school bus fleets, according to LazrTek. “A gantry style system gives you a reliable and consistent wash outcome with the mirror setup on buses,” Evans explains. “The driver is not left to make any decisions.”
LazrTek’s gantry technology cleans all bus sections using two vertical brushes and one horizontal brush. A LazrTek Gantry system washes around mirrors to prevent damage, and programmable logic controller technology constantly monitors and changes brush pressures to deliver a consistent wash.
LazrTek’s gantry bus wash systems are low maintenance, even in wet environments. “Instead of chains and air cylinders, we employ belts and wagons, which considerably minimizes system maintenance.”
Each wash takes roughly five minutes with the system. A LazrTek Gantry Bus Wash system installed is around $100,000.
Mobile Bus Wash
The Mobile Wash solution from LazrTek is a spinning, upright brush that an operator walks around the vehicle once to wash and once to rinse. The wash unit is all stainless steel, 14’ tall and is electric self-propelled facilitating a single operator to wash a full-size school bus in 6 minutes using only 35 gal. of water.
Washing a school bus takes only five to six minutes, according to LazrTek operator Chad Erie. Because only five gallons of water are used per minute, a total bus wash should only use 25-35 gallons, far less water than automatic bus wash systems and hand washing.
“It will provide [staff] more time to clean and detail the inside of the bus.” “Alternatively, you can have fewer people doing the work,” Erie suggests.
The mobile bus wash system’s adaptability is one of its key advantages. Installation requires only a 220-volt power source, water supply, and a shared operation surface. The unit can be transported conveniently between several locations if required and takes up very little storage space. Even a mechanic’s bay with a drain can be used as a wash bay at night if it has tarps and curtains to protect the walls and equipment. Outside washing with the mobile unit is often the preferred wash medium, weather permitting.
Clients range from big fleets of hundreds of vehicles with multiple systems to companies with only one or two vehicles. The total cost of the system is expected to be less than $40,000.
Traditional Brush Bus Wash System
A traditional brush bus wash system is an option. The system includes two vertical brushes for the sides and rear, as well as a scrubber curtain for the hood and top.
“You can modify the grade of cleaning that you require by being able to adjust the pace of the bus moving through.” A muddy bus, for example, can be driven slowly, whereas a dusty bus can be driven quickly. He goes on to say that this control enables for utility, chemical, and power savings.
Brushes can be conventional plastic brushes, or custom Lammscloth brushes, which are safer for paint finishes and help shine the bus.
The standard automated brush wash system has been improved with a 50% reduction in horsepower, which has now been reduced to a one-horsepower motor to save electricity. The basic system can wash any vehicle up to 12 feet tall and can wash a bus in three minutes or less. The system is estimated to cost $85,000.
A high-pressure blast-off system, which uses recycled water and a 20 horsepower motor pump to remove about 90% of dirt and muck before the wash, is another option from LazrTek. It’s best for places where there’s a lot of mud or bad weather. The reverse osmosis final rinse, which purifies clean municipal water so that the car dries spot-free, is an end-step option that is advised for areas with hard water.
How Much Water Needed?
Water consumption with the various wash options varies. Touchless bus wash systems with low volume high pressure pumps are more efficient in water consumption than other systems. The mobile wash unit is most efficient. What happens to the unclean water that collects after so many buses are washed? Water can be filtered before it drains to sewers, and LazrTek offers water recycling systems.
LazrTek Water Treatment Systems recycle water for reuse by electrifying drain water from the wash cycle, which separates water from impurities and renders contaminants non-hazardous. Water from the wash and rinse cycles is recycled to the holding tank. This treatment system recycles 95% of the water, and a 24-hour monitoring system allows LazrTek’s specialists to phone into the treatment system and resolve difficulties at no additional cost.
Lazrtek also offers a water filtration system. The system removes all heavy metals, oils, carbons, and other dangerous impurities from water, allowing it to pass uncontaminated to the sewage. Despite the fact that many organizations recycle water for the washing process, LazrTek estimates that 20% of the water ends up in the sewer.
LazrTek also has an above-ground water clarifier that removes impurities from water before it enters the sewer system. For new facilities, an above-ground system eliminates the need for a more labor-intensive and costly underground system.
LazrTek Mobile Bus Wash System
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