Below are various questions Virnig Manufacturing receives on a regular basis. Browse through the following questions and click on a question to see the answer. If you do not see your question listed below please contact a local Virnig dealer or call 800.648.2408.
Angle Broom Frequently Asked Questions
ARE VIRNIG BROOMS DIRECT DRIVE? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR SYSTEMS?
Yes, Virnig Brooms use direct drive motors. Direct drive systems have less replaceable wear parts and are more powerful than other drive systems. They are safer than mechanical systems because there are no belt or chain pinch points and no stored energy if hydraulic pressure is properly relieved.
IS THE ANGLE BROOM BI-DIRECTIONAL?
The Virnig Angle Broom can be used in either direction, but is designed to sweep away from the operator. When reversed, the Broom will have limited power when contacting the ground. This is a safety feature intended to protect the operator and the skid steer.
HOW EASILY CAN THE BRISTLES BE REPLACED?
Bristles can be replaced quickly and easily without disconnecting the hydraulics. To remove the bristle core, simply unbolt and remove the hydraulic motor assembly, then unbolt and remove the shaft assembly and bearing to free the bristle core from the brush head. See the product manual for step-by-step instructions.
CAN I USE THIS BROOM WITH HIGH FLOW?
Virnig Brooms are designed with a flow tolerance of 15-25 GPM. All hydraulic motors used by Virnig Manufacturing are rated with zero overflow tolerance. Operating at a higher flow rate can lead to premature failure and will void the motor warranty.
HOW IS THE BROOM’S HYDRAULIC MOTOR GUARDED?
The motor is protected on the top, front, and bottom with a ¼ inch plate welded to the motor can. The guarded design allows motor component protection as well as easy access for maintenance. Additionally, the motor on the broom is inset about 4”, which makes it less likely to get hit by obstacles or obstructions while sweeping.
WHAT PROTECTS THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM FROM PRESSURE SPIKES?
Standard pressure relief valves protect the motor and the loader’s hydraulic system from damaging pressure spikes. When the maximum pressure point is reached, the valve opens to prevent pressure from rising any further. This prevents seals or other internal components from breaking due to excessive pressure.
WHAT WIDTH SHOULD I PURCHASE?
For efficient operation, purchase a broom with a sweeping width that is wider than the tires or tracks of your loader.
Loader capacity should also be considered. Selecting a skid steer attachment that is too wide will add weight, volume, and surface area, all factors that could affect performance.
WHICH ELECTRIC ADAPTER OPTION DO I NEED?
Virnig offers several adapters, which are designed to work with different brands and models of skid loaders. If a brand or model is not supported, Virnig also offers a universal cab mounted switch box that operates off a 12V accessory port. Call a local Virnig dealer or contact Virnig at 800.648.2408 for more information about adapter options.
WHAT BRISTLE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE ANGLE BROOM?
Convoluted poly/wire combo, and all poly. Virnig Angle Broom’s are equipped standard with the poly/wire package. Virnig Angle Broom wafers have an outside diameter of 32” and and inside diameter of 10”.
WHICH BRISTLE OPTION SHOULD I GET?
Virnig Angle Broom’s are equipped standard with poly/wire combo wafers, and are the best all-around option for most jobs. Wire bristles are used to “cut” material, and poly bristles are used to “flick” loose material. Some jobs may not require the use of wire bristles, and having all poly wafers will give more sweeping power. In these cases, all poly wafers would be a better choice.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF A DEFLECTOR?
A Deflector gives the operator 30 degrees more coverage of flying material and prevents overspray of gravel and snow. The Deflector also increases an operator’s visibility by reducing the amount of airborne dust and debris. The Deflector is easy to lock into place or flip up for storage without removal. For jobs requiring dust control and increased operator visibility, a Deflector is a great choice.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF A HYDRAULIC ANGLE?
The Hydraulic Angle option uses an electrical adapter and a hydraulic valve/cylinder linkage which allows the broom angle control inside the cab. This means the operator doesn’t have to get out until the job is complete, a valuable luxury in dusty environments or when using the Virnig Angle Broom in cold weather.
Virnig Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I PURCHASE VIRNIG SKID STEER ATTACHMENTS?
Virnig sells skid steer attachments through a network of independently owned dealers. Call 800-648-2408 for assistance in finding a dealer or use the online Dealer Finder.
WHAT TYPE OF ATTACHMENT INTERFACE/HOOKUP DOES VIRNIG USE?
Virnig skid steer attachments are manufactured with a universal mount to fit most skid steer loaders. Mounting frame is built to ISO 24410 and SAE J2513 standards.
DOES VIRNIG BUILD MINI-SKID STEER ATTACHMENTS?
All attachments have a universal skid steer mount. Use the recommended loader capacity listed per attachment to determine if it is properly sized for the machine in question.
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED LOADER CAPACITY?
Virnig skid steer attachments are rated to provide maximum performance and protection from damage when used with an appropriately sized skid loader.
Go here to find skid steer capacity and specs for 2015 models.
Contact a local Virnig dealer for the most accurate specs, or contact Virnig at 800.648.2408.
WHY DOES VIRNIG USE NITROSTEEL® CYLINDER RODS?
Virnig uses NitroSteel® rods because they are a superior performing alternative to chrome plating. The finish offers improved corrosion resistance and better grease retention.
Chrome plated cylinder rods can flake or pit and destroy the seals or other internal components; resulting in downtime and expensive repairs.
A NitroSteel® rod will perform better and increase the service life of a cylinder, making it the cost-effective choice.
WHAT IS THE SETUP TIME FOR A VIRNIG SKID STEER ATTACHMENT?
Most Virnig attachments are ready to work right off the pallet.
To minimize set up time, Virnig Manufacturing requires the machine brand and model to be listed on each order for attachments with hydraulic components to ensure proper hose length, routing, and coupler sizing. In addition, all hydraulic Virnig Attachments are tested for leaks and proper operation before leaving the factory. There may be specific scenarios in which additional setup time will be required.
HOW QUICKLY CAN I GET REPLACEMENT PARTS?
Most parts for Virnig skid steer attachments are available in-stock and can be shipped as early as the same day the order is received. Fabricated and back ordered parts are available with a reasonable lead time. Virnig uses several shipping options to provide timely and cost effective delivery to customers.
Check with a local Virnig dealer for replacement part availability.
WHAT WARRANTY DOES VIRNIG OFFER?
All Virnig parts and attachments are warranted for one year from the end user’s date of purchase, or the dealer’s date of first rental/demonstration. If the warranty period has expired, a sales receipt or first rental slip will be required for warranty consideration.
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