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May 17, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Bus washing made easy

Today’s systems include features that enable users to maintain a spotless fleet quickly, all while reducing water and energy consumption.

by Brittany-Marie Swanson


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NS Wash Systems’ Big Mini bus washing system can be adapted to include the company’s Air Wiper drying system, which provides a high-pressure air stream that strips off water.
<p>NS Wash Systems’ Big Mini bus washing system can be adapted to include the company’s Air Wiper drying system, which provides a high-pressure air stream that strips off water.</p>

NS Wash Systems
NS Wash Systems’ Big Mini bus washing system, released just last year, is energy efficient and easy to install, CEO Thomas Ennis says.

“You can hook it up with a water hose and you can plug it in,” Ennis explains. “It has two side brushes that wash the side of the bus, and the top [of the bus] gets done by the scrubber curtain.”

The Big Mini is powered by two 1-horsepower motors and uses minimal water. Also, it can be quickly adapted using a variety of other NS Wash Systems’ products.

“And we have the ability to put brushes on it or we use lambs cloth, which is a synthetic type fur and it actually polishes the vehicle rather than brushes it clean,” Ennis says. Wheel washers can also be added to the system.

Additionally, NS Wash Systems’ new dryer system, called the Air Wiper, can be used with the Big Mini.

The Air Wiper provides a high-pressure air stream that strips water off the bus before a squeegee removes the excess water. The Air Wiper “keeps the nozzle the proper distances from the vehicle so we’re getting a very good dry vehicle,” Ennis says.

Belanger Inc.
Belanger Inc.’s wash system for buses uses fully boxed I-Beam supports extruded from aircraft-grade aluminum, with a yield strength of over 40,000 psi and elongation rating over 6 percent, according to Marcus McLaughlin, a member of the company’s marketing team.

“This means the ‘backbone’ of a Belanger Bus Wash is able to withstand repeated operational stresses, is compatible with all common wash chemicals and is inherently corrosion resistant,” he explains.

Also, because Belanger’s wash system is drive-through, “if you can drive the bus, you can wash it — quickly and safely,” McLaughlin says.

The company’s hybrid friction/touchless wash recycles 85 percent of wash water and utilizes just 50 gallons of fresh water per wash.

“In terms of fresh water use, that’s like washing a bus in a 6-foot bathtub,” he says. 

Belanger Inc.’s hybrid wash system for buses recycles 85 percent of wash water and utilizes just 50 gallons of fresh water per wash.
<p>Belanger Inc.’s hybrid wash system for buses recycles 85 percent of wash water and utilizes just 50 gallons of fresh water per wash.</p>

The system’s wash wheels and oscillating roof mops are driven by PowerMeter™ sealed electric motors, which use 60 percent less energy than the motors used in most wash systems, according to McLaughlin.

“Because efficient wash equipment deserves powerful control, our Conserva™ controller shuts off power and water in less than one second between buses — for the ultimate in conservation,” he adds.

“Clean, well maintained buses speak volumes about your district, while bolstering the resale value of your fleet,” McLaughlin says.

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I have alot of gum on the floor of my bus... what the best way to get the gum off?

Zane Thackeray    |    Feb 28, 2013 06:38 PM

In reading June 2012 issue of School Bus Fleet,article Bus washing made easy. Could you send me more ingformation about Awash's Power-brush 20 and what the cost of this unit would be.

Howard James    |    Sep 17, 2012 06:48 AM

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