- Model HSP - Airport Runway Sweeper



Engineered specifically for superior control of Foreign Object Debris (FOD), TYMCO's Model HSP® (High Speed Performance) Airport Runway Sweeper puts the power of a 250 mph controlled jet of air in your operators' hands. Without the cost and upkeep of main brooms, elevators or vacuums, the Model HSP blasts into crevices for unsurpassed cleaning of even the smallest FOD while prying up the heaviest debris, all at a speed today's busy airports demand. Because the Model HSP was designed around the TYMCO Regenerative Air System, it sweeps without the use of a main broom which can become entangled with tie downs and grounding straps commonly used on airfields. In test after test, the Model HSP Airport Runway Sweeper consistently picks up 100% at 15 mph and can sweep up to 25 mph for faster cleanups. The Model HSP is the most economical airport runway sweeper to operate, bar none.


TYMCO Sweepers are designed in way that truly reflects the culture at TYMCO.  When our engineers approach a challenge or a need on the sweeper, they work to develop straightforward solutions.  For example, all TYMCO Sweepers use True Regenerative Air.  This design delivers the simplest approach as well as the highest performance with the lowest downtime as compared to other sweeper technologies.

  • True Regenerative Air
  • Smart Gutter Broom
  • Easy Access to Components
  • Operator Friendly Design
  • High Productivity
  • Low Maintenance

More About TYMCO Sweeper Design

Pick-Up Head

The TYMCO Model HSP® (High Speed Performance) patented pick-up head incorporates full-width air blast and suction and is designed to work effortlessly with the TYMCO Regenerative Air System to pick up a wide variety of airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) from trash to heavy gravel and hardware at much faster sweeping speeds than traditional sweeping.

The patented HSP pick-up head is engineered to sweep using only air, without the need of a main broom which was required by other runway sweepers, and had traditionally been used on airport runways, ramps, aprons and taxiways prior to the introduction of the Model HSP.

By designing a sweeper that is effective at sweeping at speeds of 15-25 mph, the Model HSP pick-up head eliminated the problems of main broom bristles falling out and creating additional FOD as well as grounding straps becoming entangled and damaging main brooms causing downtime and costly repairs.

The Model HSP pick-up head also comes standard with long-lasting Duo-Skids® which provide increased sweeping performance and longer wear with minimal friction when in contact with the paved runway surface. Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene skids are also available for added safety where absolute spark prevention is a concern.


The Model HSP hopper capacity is over 7.3 cubic yards and ensures owners a payload of over 10,000 lbs. The TYMCO raker-assist dumping system provides smooth discharge of debris from a stationary hopper without requiring unnecessary telescopic hydraulic cylinders for hoisting, hydraulically controlled door latch assemblies, additional hydraulic door opening cylinders, grease points and safety concerns such as pinch points and overhead clearance.

Gutter Broom

The 43” diameter Model HSP gutter broom removes debris from around airport ramps, aprons and gates. An optional tilt adjuster allows you to reach down into the deepest curbs or gutters.

The innovative gutter broom provides excellent performance by automatically determining the “digging” pressure needed for different debris; therefore, owners get maximum gutter broom bristle life and sweeping performance. If the gutter broom encounters an immovable object, it will automatically retract to avoid potential damage and return to the original position once the immovable object has been passed, all without intervention from the operator.

Polypropylene gutter brooms are also available and recommended to help reduce the introduction of additional FOD and sparks from steel gutter brooms in sensitive areas such as airport runways, taxiways and staging areas.

Dust Control System

The Model HSP is the only airport runway sweeper on the market with a high-efficiency centrifugal dust separator for maximum fine dust particulate separation which provides excellent dust control while using less water.

TYMCO’s engineers take several aspects into account when designing for better dust control such as water nozzle design and placement, not just adding more water like other airport sweepers. The Model HSP has a water capacity of up to 330 gallons which provides hours of sweeping while maintaining excellent dust control.

Power Unit

The Model HSP is powered by a 99 horsepower John Deere auxiliary engine. This engine powers all hydraulic functions through a gear driven pump and directly belt drives the blower.

The lightweight aluminum alloy blower that drives the TYMCO Regenerative Air System only requires a modest amount of horsepower; therefore TYMCO’s engineers designed the Model HSP around a smaller, more fuel efficient auxiliary engine.

Blower Wheel

The Model HSP is the only airport runway sweeper that utilizes a super-efficient aluminum alloy blower that is self-cleaning and reduces fuel consumption because of its lightweight design requiring less horsepower. The blower is designed to work with the TYMCO Regenerative Air System to both push and pull air which delivers even greater sweeping performance. The Model HSP blower also has a natural rubber coating providing maximum wear against abrasive debris.

Airport Applications

Lateral Airflow Nozzle (LAN)

In situations where debris needs to be cleared from runways and taxiways as quickly as possible, the TYMCO Lateral Airflow Nozzle (LAN) allows the Model HSP® operator to use a controlled, high velocity air blast to clear debris such as sand, snow and grass clippings off of paved surfaces back into greenspace.

The LAN diverts air from the blower to a nozzle mounted on the left hand side of the sweeper behind the truck cab. The LAN opening can be adjusted and rotated 360 degrees for air blast positioning and switching from sweeping to the Lateral Airflow Nozzle is all controlled from within the cab.

Liquid Recovery System (LRS)

The Liquid Recovery System (LRS) allows the Model HSP to be used for recovery of standing liquids such as glycol that can accumulate around aircraft on aprons or staging areas. With increased environmental regulations on airports in regards to glycol entering stormwater runoff, airport administrators need to have a system in place for glycol recovery.

The TYMCO LRS allows the Model HSP to become even more versatile by making it a multipurpose machine – a machine for both sweeping and glycol recovery. The LRS has a liquid level sensor with a light on the control panel that indicates when the sweeper is full of over 700 gallons of glycol or other deicing fluid.

The LRS assists in pumping off liquid that was recovered while leaving any solids such as sand in the hopper for dumping. A pump is also available to facilitate removal of glycol to a suitable storage location or evacuation tanker for disposal.

Magnet Assembly

The truck chassis mounted magnet assembly comes with in-cab controls for raising and lowering the magnet to the paved surface. The magnet is self-cleaning and comes in standard duty and heavy duty strengths for removal of ferrous metals at fast sweeping speeds up to 25 mph.

Auxiliary Hand Hose

Auxiliary Hand Hose

The auxiliary hand hose is a powerful suction nozzle for hard-to-reach cleaning such as storm drain catch basins, sumps, fence lines and around other areas such as taxiway lighting and grounding points. An optional hydraulic boom assist is also available which makes operation even easier for cleaning out catch basins and sumps.

From the stowed position on the back of the sweeper, the auxiliary hand hose quickly adapts the Model HSP into a powerful suction nozzle for hard to get to cleaning applications. The auxiliary hand hose is 8' in diameter and available with multiple nozzle extensions to reach the deepest storm drain catch basins.

Operator Friendly & Productivity

Gutter Broom Tilt Adjuster – Left, Right or Twin

The gutter broom tilt adjuster uses in-cab controls to adjust the gutter broom to the pitch of the surface being swept. The deepest curbs or gutters along airport ramps or aprons are no challenge when your Model HSP’s gutter brooms are equipped with tilt adjusters.

Hopper Deluge System

The Hopper Deluge System is a high volume water system designed to expedite flushing of the hopper after sweeping.

Camera/Monitor System

Airfields are full of expensive equipment such as aircraft and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) as well as many other objects that need to be seen when backing up. The rear view back-up camera with in-cab display allows the operator to view the area behind the Model HSP while backing up providing additional safety and peace-of-mind to both Model HSP operators and airport administrators. Additional cameras are also available to view the pick-up head and gutter brooms.

Stainless Steel Hopper

For maximum corrosion and salt spray resistance, all hopper body sheets as well as the hopper screen are fabricated with low carbon, high chrome stainless steel. Stainless steel bolt-on blower housing, dust separator and hopper drain are also available.

Variable Speed Gutter Brooms

Allows the gutter broom speed to be controlled from inside the cab to adjust the broom speed to the type of debris being swept; for example, slowing the brooms down in extremely dusty environments to reduce the amount of ambient dust being kicked up.

Alternative Fuel


In our continuing commitment to environmentally conscious sweeping, TYMCO offers a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas alternative fuel option for the Model HSP. The Model HSP CNG option is available as a Dedicated Unit, where both the sweeper and the truck chassis are CNG powered.

The Model HSP has several environmental benefits, features, and options including:

  • Doing More With Less
  • Water Efficiency
  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

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