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I’ve been searching for information on the Sweepster power broom attachment offered for the Powermax tractors. There is not much information on these compared to other attachments. Here are the only photos I’ve found, two of which come from the research section of this website. Does anyone here own the 9020 in the photo?

 

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Here is what I know so far from the Twin 20 Catalog in the research section:

  • Sweeps 54” path with brush set a fixed angle of 30 deg. right
  • 26” diameter polypropylene bristles
  • 5 ft. long brush
  • Shipping weight: 280 lbs

 

I’d like to compile more details and came up with a few questions to get the discussion started. Please consider contributing any information you may have. Thanks in advance.

 

  1. Has anyone seen or used a power broom on the Powermax series of tractors?
  2. What is the model number(s) of the factory Seepster broom?
  3. How many models of brooms were offered for the Powermax tractors? (fixed angle, adjustable angle, brush size and width, etc…)
  4. Do gauge wheels set broom height? I don’t see any caster wheels in the photos.
  5. Are lifting and angling done with hydraulic cylinders, electric actuators, or some other method?
  6. How is the broom mounted and powered?

Photos, literature, or other information would be fantastic.

 

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Talntedmrgreen

I have seen a few.  The last one to sell actually took a very long time and went very cheap ($300?) in the end. 

Its an obscure attachment, even moreso in the power angle model (there were TWO Sweepsters offered for Powermax)

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Any ideal what the model numbers are for the power angle and fixed angle brushes? I'd like to contact Sweepster to see if they have manuals for these old units. The sweepers do appear to be rare. I wonder if it’s because they don’t work well or just that not many were sold. It seems that a power broom would be ideal for snow events under 4” (typical around here). A major upside of a broom over a snow thrower is that it can be used for other tasks such as dethatching the lawn.

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Talntedmrgreen

I can look at some Sweepater literature I have on these as soon as Im able to dig through my paperwork.  Im not sure if they call out a model number or not. Generally, sweepster gave the broom a model number based on the size and then put hitches to them, specific to a tractor.  The hitch had no labeled model number and the folks I know who have called simply have to tell them what tractor the broom was for. 

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According to a 1973 price list, it looks like Sweepster models C-48 and B-60 were offered for Simplicity tractors. The 48” C-48 model was fixed angle and the C-48TW (two-way) could be angled up to 30 deg in either direction.  The 60” model was fixed 30 deg. to the right and designed for the Simplicity 4041. I don’t think an angled version of the B-60 was available.  Both models used 26” diameter brushes. Caster wheels were an option for the C-48 model only.

 

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720nut

Just a thought but have you guys contacted the company that took over Sweepster they tell me there till available.

I don't remember the name right off but I can find out if interested.

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Talntedmrgreen

Sweepster hasnt offered these older hitches or parts in a very long time, according to them.  They still make brooms and offer one for the Legacy and countless others.  

I have had 3 different varieties of the C-48 with Simplicity hitches on them, and a handful of others for Deere, Massey etc.  the broom heads are universal and so the model number carries over.  The 60 and 60TW for Pmax do pop up.  

I cant tell if that hitch would fit a Pmax or not.  Awful close.  

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S-A

I would love to find a 60TW for collecting purposes, though the chances of finding one in good condition are probably slim at best. The new style Legacy brooms with power lift and angle are really nice from a utility standpoint.

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Here are more photos of what I think is the correct B-60 Sweepster mount on the Powermax. These were saved over the years - source unknown. If anyone recognize these photos please chime in with details.

It looks like the drive pulley is on a right-angle gear box. The intermediate and final drives are chain driven. The sweeper pins onto the front axle in a similar manner as the mule drive for the belly mower but using the front two (of 3 per side) mounting holes instead of the rear two holes.

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@S-A bringing this older topic back to the top.  I was finally able to bring a B-60 home today and can now speak to how they work and mount up.  I can tell you it is the easiest front attachment to mount by hand. I hope to give it a test run tomorrow. 

 

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