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Introduced in April of 2011 the MicroMag is just as it says compact scrubber but the power beyond its size.
Introduced in Sept of 2009 the TR took the Model 48 sweeper with upgrades, more industrial welds, stronger side brooms, and numerous operator enhancements.
Brett Favre as Spokesperson
The GTX rider scrubber replaced the 250 machine with upgrades, more industrial tanks, side brooms, and numerous operator enhancements.
OnBoard Soap (SUDS)
In ever increasing trend for operator ease and simplicity, we began offering an automatic diluting chemical system on all scrubbers.
Replacing the outgoing 390 chassis, the XR brought many new improvements and innovative ideas to the mid-sized rider scrubber segment.
The underperforming 2023 was replaced after too short a time with the MiniMag. The key failure was resolved, by offering the smaller chassis in both pad assist and traction, and also the inclusion of a cylindrical deck offering. It immediately outpaced the 2023, and combined with the Magnum grew our walk behind sales by 40 percent in a single year.
Magnum Series Introduced
Intended to replace our most successful walk behind scrubber, the 2000 series, the pressure was high to deliver. It's tip back tank design gave us the ability to show off the massive frame and HD components on the machine.
250 Series in Production
The first rider scrubber that is significantly smaller than most walk-behinds. Able to bring the productivity, capacity and comfort of a rider to customers in a package and price that was that of our competitor's walk behinds.
Our first Brush Assist scrubber and tank in tank design, the 2023 brought on HD build to customers with limited space and budget.
29 Stainless Steel
Having been in production relatively unchanged for nearly a decade, it was time for the popular 29 to get a face lift. By offering the body in 304 stainless steel, we were able to further differentiate the machine from ever cheapening competition.
390 Series in Production
It was time to replace the aging Model 40 (7 years old) and apply many of the hard learned lessons. Stainless tanks (60+ gallons) and deck were standard equipment.
With the success of the mid-sized 2000 series, we opted to design a larger version for accounts with larger facilities.
290 Series Launched
Didn't take long for us to add the cylindrical deck and side brooms.
New Building, Again!
With new models and still growing sales we were in need of of our biggest building yet, which we still inhabit today
While the 290 was selling well, many accounts were asking for a larger scrub path, so we introduced the 350 for those larger applications. Somewhat unintentionally, this machine quickly began to cannibalize the Model 40 sales, so we moved to discontinue a machine for the first time.
290 Alpha Scrubber in Development
Our new experience with roto-molding and the ever increasing need for maneuverability and safety pushed us to offer our second rider scrubber. Designed to bring the industrial performance into a compact package, and with the front wheel drive / steering, unmatched turning radius.
Our first attempt at utilizing a roto-molded tank as the primary shape of the machine. We continued to utilize the steel frame as the central mounting point for all components. Also the first time we offered a machine with 7 different scrub deck, including both disk and cylindrical. Second in the industry, we were an early promoter of an Industrial cylindrical scrubbing system, which was a favorite of machine shops who struggled to collect metal chips.
Model 40 Offered Side Brooms
The casual idea of one of our dealers Gary White, this was the first time the concept is offered to the public. Another innovation by Factory Cat, that has now been copied by many other brands.
2nd Dealer Meeting
With almost 150 attendees, it was both education and fun. The first and last time we handed out a disposable camera to each attendee. After having the film developed, we had the negatives destroyed to protect the innocent and silly alike.
First Rider Scrubber-Sweeper
The first cylindrical rider scrubber would save time and money by sweeping and scrubbing at the same time so we were proud to offer it for the first time in 1998.
New Building 50,000 sq/ft
The first time many of our distributors had toured our assembly location, so it was a good chance to show our partners how far we'd come with their help.
Model 29 Goes into Production
Our first walk behind scrubber goes into production.
Model 10 Production
Although a smaller company with fewer resources, we've always tried to offer innovation. The Model 10 was the first Pre-Sweep to be offered with:
1. Dual Side Brooms
2. Pivoting Suspension
3. Active Dust Control
Model 40 Scrubber in Production
Unmatched scrubbing down pressure and stainless steel tanks were features that attracted many customers.
Model 29 Scrubber Design and Alpha
Lovingly referred to as the shopping cart, the test mule for the Model 29 could not have been much uglier. The concept of a steel exoskeleton proved successful with industrial customers, an idea that was retained from initial testing. First time we used (invested in) Roto-Molded tanks.
Sales continued to grow, so we continued to seek additional assembly room.
First Scrubber Design: Model 40 Alpha
It didn't take us long to make a move from sweepers into the scrubber segment. The Model 40 test mule was built in only 3 weeks, by using a donor chassis from a Model 48. A design process that was abandoned for more professional and thorough evaluations. However it did serve as a good learning tool, however painful at times.
Model 48 Testing & Production
Driving around the city of Racine, we put hundreds of miles on the test mules. While our testers were never ticketed by the Police Department, we were stopped on more than one occasion for questioning. After over 1,000 hours and hundreds of miles of testing, we were ready to move into production.
First Dealer Meeting
Historic (first) Dealer meeting in Indianapolis. Attendees included many Hall of Famers in our industry (Gary White, Joe Peters, Gary and Tom Ossege, Gerry Kesselring). Total cost of the meeting was less than $500 which covered plenty of pork, charcoal, beer and ice, and the entry to the city park. Championship horseshoes tournament was the big hit.
1,000th Model 34 Sale!
It made sense to throw a party and enjoy some cake after selling our 1,000th Model 34 after only 2 years.
Model 48 Design & Alpha Creation
Although we thought the Model 34 was perfect for everyone, many customers asked for a larger machine. Thus came the Model 48 Rider Sweeper. We prototyped and tested this rider sweeper. Note the flat front end, which is painted cardboard.
We Got An Office
With a handful of sales we went overboard with new World HQ offices and designer decor. True art connoisseurs will recognize many of Wisconsin's finest furniture designers represented.
Parts Department Established
Contrary to the rumors (we worked so hard to spread), the Model 34 did consume some parts, so a Department with a shelf had to be purchased. Additional investors were brought in to capitalize the investment.
We Establish a Warehouse
The rapidly expanding sales of the Model 34 brought a new challenge of parts inventory, vendor dependability, etc.
First International Shipment
It didn't take long for word of the remarkable Model 34 to spread across the Atlantic Ocean, and soon we were shipping machines to Europe.
1st Piece of Assembly Equipment
325 cfm air compressor to run operate a tool to speed assembly. Note the word is singular, since it only had enough cfm to operate a single air wrench. Of course we only had one employee, so it made sense at the time.
What a relief. After 2 plus years of design, prototyping and testing we find a willing customer to purchase our first production machine. We occupy a grand total of 1,000 square feet, and have no idea where next month's rent is coming from.
More Model 34 Testing
Basic testing for performance, runtime, and durability conducted, along with customer feedback on ergonomics and controls.
Beta Model 34
The first Beta prototype Model 34 built without paint or decals, simple to confirm fit and function on the design.
Alpha Model 34
The first prototype Model 34 built without paint or decals, simple to confirm fit and function on the design.
Model 34 is Designed
After completing a successful engineering career including work for NASA, William Mopps designs Model 34. A machine we still make today and with almost 20,000 units in the field, no other machine has quite the passionate following.
Founded in Racine, Wisconsin
R.P.S. Corp. is founded to distribute and support the larger street sweeper sales.