Versatile Vacall Allsweep Machine Is Busy Every Day At Milwaukee Airport

A versatile, productive sweeper is an important maintenance tool for a busy airport, including the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The state’s largest airport, which also serves many people from Chicago, and sees over 6 million travelers a year with over 200 daily departures using eight airlines.
“Every day, we clean up everything every passenger sees, and a lot more that passengers don’t see,” said Damien Van Dusen, assistant airport maintenance supervisor. “Having a powerful sweeper that can help us clean up a lot of areas is critical.”
The airport purchased a Vacall AllSweep model with a 10 cubic yard debris tank, a dual gutter broom system and a catch basin cleaner assembly at the rear of the unit.
The dual 36-inch gutter brooms provide the Vacall sweeper with the industry’s widest sweep path – 154 inches – along with the industry’s greatest sweeping power with a maximum air flow of 31,000 CFM.
“This machine is phenomenal,” said Van Dusen. “The wide sweep path helps us clean up foreign object debris, rocks and pebbles every day from our 24,591 feet of runways, along with our taxi ways, security gates, perimeter roads, fire access roads and even the roads in and out of the airport.”
With the catch basin cleaner attachment, the machine is also busy picking up litter and leaves in ditches, cleaning out sediment pits and collecting pieces of asphalt and stones during pavement repair projects.
“It does very well on a lot of different jobs, ” said Van Dusen. “Because we use it so much, we have an active employee retraining program. But the simplified operation of the machine makes it easy to learn.”
AllSweep machines also benefit from the Vacall “Green That Works” advantages, including standard smart controls to build operating efficiency and a cost-saving design that uses the chassis engine to also operate the vacuum system. The hydrostatic drive design also provides vacuum, water spraying and variable drive speeds while maintaining a lower constant engine speed.
Vacall machines, meeting world-class standards for quality, are designed, manufactured, sold and supported by Gradall Industries, Inc.
To learn more about Vacall industrial sweepers, call 800-382-8302. Or visit