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What to look for in a shop broom?

I've got a broom in my shop which looks fine, but annoys me that it holds dust in the bristles and seems to drop it where I don't want it. I'm guessing it's what the bristles are made of which makes the difference. Any recommendations what to look for in a good sweeping broom?

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Depends what kind of dust you have, real fine stuff will get caught in the bristles easier. Look for a vinyl or nylon broom bristles, they will hold less dust I find.
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get that super broom at the fair. The one with the rubber bristles. I have one in my shop and it works great.

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$20 Sam's Club special works great for me!

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Mine has the (plastic?) bristles. Works great. Need to find one that comes with someone to wield it.
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I've been using a plain old corn straw broom ever since I can remember. Maybe technique has something to do with it.
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Just one won't do..

I've got the typical push broom, dust pan and hand brush and a metal scraper like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
This one handles small scraps, glue drips and doesn't kick up the dust. It does leave a small amount on the floor, but other types do also. Then it's time for the shop vac with the floor nozzle. bill

BTW mine is homemade from an aluminum handle and a 3"x 14" of spring steel from a drywall spreader what went bust.
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I've been using a plain old corn straw broom ever since I can remember. Maybe technique has something to do with it.
Yep, me too.

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I have a horse hair push broom, and a horse hair brush, but I mostly use my good ole corn broom. Does an awesome job. Personally though, what I look for in a good broom, is someone else to use it for me.

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It all depends upon what type of floor that you are sweeping.

If the floor is smooth like the inside of most garages, fine bristles natural or synthetic.
If the floor is like your sidewalk or driveway then rather coarse bristles and usually synthetic are best.

Use the right tool for the job.

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What to look for in a shop broom?

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Somebody to push it. For a broom, a hair type push broom (for concrete). Better yet, an electric billy goat.








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"Self starting" would be nice.BW
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Virtually any broom will take care of the larger trash.

However, it takes a horse hair broom to really clean. It will even find dust to move after the place has been blown clean.

The one I have is over 70 years old and my grandchildren will still be using it.

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The broom I use most is a shop vac. The regular plastic bristle broom gets used so infrequently I have a hard time finding it.
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i sweep it under my tablesaw then when i want it gone i fire up the blower, you have to evacuate after you do it though lol
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Wife has a little vacum robot-Roumba-I suggested it could get a real test in my shop-She had some unrepeatable comments but the jest of it was that Roumba would commit suicide if it just saw my shop. I quess I could assume I struck out on that one.
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I guessed that plastic bristles would build up a static charge which make it hard for them to let go of the dust.

And the Toolbar folks actually do make a workshop version, but when I saw a picture of it I just laughed that it must be for man cave shops, not real sawdust producers.
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hey im looking myself anyone have an opinion on this?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dirt-Devil-...oAAOSwijBdhjyR
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hey im looking myself anyone have an opinion on this?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dirt-Devil-...oAAOSwijBdhjyR

We have had things like that for the house and they are a waste of money.


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hey im looking myself anyone have an opinion on this?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dirt-Devil-...oAAOSwijBdhjyR
There is a reason that it is no longer made by Dust Devil. There is a reason that it is not for sale on Amazon. There is a reason someone wants to get rid of it on eBay.

Don't waste your money.
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