February is 10% off Squeegee Month!

SqueegeesEnter the coupon code “SQUEEGEE10″ at check out and get 10% off your squeegee order.  Factory Cleaning Equipment has parts for all Tennant, Factory Cat, and Bulldog machines online.  Looking for a different brand?  Call us at 800-793-3790 and talk to our parts department and they will make sure you get the parts you need to keep your scrubber or sweeper in working order.  Start shopping now!

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Get 10% Off of Your Floor Scrubber or Sweeper Rental for the Month of January!

Get 10% off of your floor scrubber or sweeper rental when you book in the month of January.  Simply go to our rental page and fill in the quote request for the machine you need.  You’ll automatically receive 10% off your rental price.

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Why Do People Buy Or Lease Automatic Scrubbers…

There are so many reasons a company needs a floor scrubber.  Here are our customers’ top reasons they’ve purchased a machine.

Labor Savings – Over 90% of the cost of cleaning a building is the labor to do it.  Using an automatic scrubber is a far more efficient way to get a floor clean.  We estimate that walk behind scrubbers clean 10 – 20 times faster than mopping.  Riders can clean up to 30 times faster depending on their size.

Clean More Aggressively When Necessary – There is no comparison as to how much cleaner you can get a floor using an auto scrubber compared to mopping.  The brushes on an auto scrubber spin at speeds from 200 – 800 RPM.  Down pressure on these brushes can vary from 70 to as much as 400 pounds if necessary to remove grime or build up.  Imagine trying to duplicate this process using a mop or scrub brush.

Clean with Clean Water and Soap – When you use a mop and bucket the mop water becomes contaminated the first time you wring out the mop.  As the person mops the water becomes more and more dirty.  An automatic scrubber has separate tanks for cleaning solution and dirty water.  Floors are always being scrubbed with clean solution.

When you have an emergency – Pipes break, roofs leak, etc.  An automatic scrubber is great to have around for these situations.  You can quickly vacuum up the water and clean the area and get back to business.

When customers drop in – If you get a call that one of your valued customers is on his way over for one reason or another, wouldn’t it be nice to have a machine handy to scrub the floor quickly before they come?

Cleaning is Contagious and Profitable – Regular scrubbing of a facility sends a message that management intends to run a clean operation.  Employees like to work in a clean environment and tend to get on board with the effort.  Customers associate clean facilities with quality and efficiency.

Clean Floors are Safe Floors – Most floors, even smooth shiny floors, are not necessarily slippery.  Floors become slippery when they are covered in dust or liquids.  Scrubbing daily reduces slip and fall hazards.  Scrubbing with an auto scrubber also leaves floors to dry much more quickly reducing your risk.

Whatever your reason is for a floor scrubber, Factory Cleaning Equipment can help you choose the machine that is right for your application.  We sell, rent, and service all floor machines.  Call us today at 800-793-3790 or visit us on the web at www.thesweeper.com.

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Get 10% Off of Squeegees!

October is Squeegee month!  Enter the coupon code “SQUEEGEE10” at check out and get 10% off your squeegee order.  Factory Cleaning Equipment has parts for all Tennant, Factory Cat, and Bulldog machines online.  Looking for a different brand?  Call us at 800-793-3790 and talk to our parts department and they will make sure you get the parts you need to keep your scrubber or sweeper in working order.  Start shopping now!

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FCE is having a chemical sale for the entire month of August!

For the entire month of August, get 10% off of all chemical and detergents ordered online. NO COUPON NEEDED! Just add the product to your cart and the discount is automatically applied. Ready to start shopping?  Click Here!

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Our federal government is offering some of the best incentives ever to buy equipment this year!

Basically you can purchase new and used equipment this year and write the entire amount off against 2011 profits. It does not matter if you pay cash or finance it the entire purchase price can be expensed.* Here are the rules:


Two congressional acts affecting Section 179 in a positive way for this 2011 tax year passed in late 2010 (The Tax Relief Act of 2010 and The Jobs Act of 2010). The newest changes are as follows:

·    The Section 179 Deduction limit was increased to $500,000. The total amount of equipment that can be purchased was increased to $2 million. This includes most new and used capital equipment, and also includes software.

·    The “Bonus Depreciation” was increased to 100% on qualified assets. However, this can be taken on new equipment only.

·    When applying these provisions, Section 179 is generally taken first, followed by Bonus Depreciation – unless the business has no taxable profit in 2011.

·    Section 179 can change yearly without notice, so it benefits you to take advantage of this generous tax code while it’s available.

What’s the difference between Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation?

·    The most important difference is both new and used equipment qualify for Section 179 Deduction, while Bonus Depreciation covers new equipment only. Bonus Depreciation is useful to very large businesses spending more than $2 million on new capital equipment in 2011; also businesses with a net loss in 2011 qualify to carry-forward the Bonus Depreciation to a future year.

Does the date of my purchase have an impact on the Section 179 Deduction?

·    Yes. To qualify for the Section 179 deduction for the 2011 tax year, the equipment must be purchased or leased and placed into service between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

*Factory Cleaning Equipment, Inc.  is not a certified tax professional. It is recommended that you consult with your tax professional.

Sales of all types of equipment have been good in 2011 due to the improving market and tax incentives. If you plan on taking advantage of this program please plan ahead. Equipment lead times have been getting longer. All equipment must be delivered by 12/31/2011 to qualify.

Factory Cat Magnum                Factory Cat XR                    
From $189/month**                       From $389/Month**                       

**Call 800-793-3790 For Details

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Used/Rebuilt Floor Scrubber Market Undergoes Drastic Changes

Floor Scrubbers and Sweepers are traditionally neglected and abused by many end users. Think about it, a floor scrubber literally spends its entire life in dirt, water, and sometimes corrosive chemicals or salt. Floor Sweepers live in a constant cloud of dust. Sweepers powered by internal combustion engines live or die depending on how their engine air filter is maintained. 
Taking all of the above into account, it is hard to find a good used floor sweeper or scrubber on a good day. Recent market conditions have made it even harder and pricier. In the middle of 2008 the floor sweeper and scrubber new equipment market started to grind to a halt. This slow down continued through about 4th quarter 2009 when it began picking up again. 
A number of things happened. People obviously pulled back on capital spending. Sweepers and Scrubbers generally are not a priority. Many companies that were heavy scrubber and sweeper users shut down. Companies that did need new floor cleaning equipment began to explore used and rebuilt options like never before. In 2009, about 75% of our equipment inquiries were for used or rebuilt machines
You don’t have to be an economics professor to understand how a shrinking supply of trade in floor cleaning machines coupled with demand for used floor scrubbers and sweepers could send prices skyrocketing. We anticipate prices to be high for some time due to this gap of new cleaning equipment being shipped in 2008 and 2009.
The moral of this story is that you should definitely at least consider a new piece of equipment over a used or rebuilt cleaning machine at this point. Floor Cleaning Equipment manufacturers are hungry to grow again. They are offering new innovative technologies at value pricing. Some are also providing simple, very heavy duty machines at great prices to lure the used equipment buyer.
One of our key vendors is offering a number of machines that fit this description. The Factory Cat Magnum disk walk behind scrubber is available with 26”, 30”, and 34” scrub heads. It can be purchased for just a few thousand dollars more than a good quality rebuild. The MiniMag Scrubber and MicroMag Scrubber are smaller but very powerful alternatives. They have scrub paths ranging from 17” to 28” and are available at prices that start at about $4,000.00 up to about $7,400 for the largest model.
If you are interested in looking into these “Used Floor Scrubberalternatives please give us a call at 800-793-3790.
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