I received several comments about my article on batteries. I will try to summarize the comments and suggestions in this article.

In my opinion and of some of my readers, batteries can be a blessing or a curse based on need and use.

A battery certainly helps to cut the power cord on major equipment such as burnishers. The technology has improved to the point that the operating life has increased considerably over the last few years. This has greatly enhanced productivity in areas where finding a power cord might be a challenge at best.

Another example is the increasing use of battery powered vacuum systems, including backpack, canister and upright units. Not only is noise reduced, but the possibility of tripping over a cord is eliminated.

Of course, one downside is that all batteries have a limited storage life resulting in frequent replacement or recharging based on the system being utilized. Many of us have struggled with the knowledge that as soon as the unit starts, it begins to lose power. The latest units have a cut off switch when suction or power drops below a predetermined level. This means that one must monitor the power drain and be ready to replace or recharge before reaching a critical level.

I usually recommend that when purchasing battery powered equipment that the same brand or type be used so that there can be interchangeability due to standardized connections. It can be very frustrating to have a battery lose power before the task is completed and not have a backup plan. Always have one or more fully charged back up units ready. Another alternative is to have corded unit that performs the same task.

Using batteries wisely can improve productivity and lower labor costs. Think through each application and make your decision based on the most effective program for your needs.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.