The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper
Finally! An affordable, high-quality version of the popular friction mat sweeping system that busts your FOD, not your ground support equipment budget.
Durable construction. Streamlined hitch assembly. Superior wheel design. New lower pricing structure.
FAA Compliant! The FOD-Razor™ meets the equipment specifications for friction mat sweepers in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5210-24, Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Management, section 5.2 b. (1) and appendix B.1 a. (b).
Save money! The FOD-Razor™ is competitively priced and comes in several configurations. Use the savings to upgrade your other GSE assets, fund additional projects or make savings on your budget.
Frequently Asked Questions Page
How does the FOD-Razor capture FOD?
When you tow it along a tarmac or other surface, a flat panel covered with specially-designed bristles latches onto debris, pulling the debris underneath the panel. Then the force of friction drags the debris back into a series of durable plastic scoops, which collects it for later disposal.
How efficient is The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
We estimate a 95% to 98% capture rate in a single pass. It is most efficient at picking up small surface FOD, such as sand, safety wire, hardware, hand tools and pavement chunks. It is not designed to collect large “bouncing” FOD such as soda cans, or FOD in recessed areas such as post holes.*
*(Check out our innovative CrackSweep High Suction FOD Killer, a special-duty sweeper for collecting embedded FOD in recessed areas.)
How accepted is this technology?
Friction mat sweepers are regularly deployed for foreign object damage prevention by US, NATO, and other air forces, civilian airports and airlines of all sizes, aerospace manufacturers and automotive proving grounds. The FOD-Razor™ meets the equipment specifications for friction mat sweepers in Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular 150/5210-24, Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Management, section 5.2 b. (1) and appendix B.1 a. (b).
What is the sweeping width of The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
Single Assembly = 8 ft (244 cm); Duplex Assembly = 16 ft (488 cm); Triplex Assembly = 23 ft (701) cm.
What kind of vehicle can I hitch The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper to?
Just about anything on wheels with a tow hitch. If you can drive it, you can drag a FOD-Razor™ behind it. Plus, we supply a range of hitch adapters that allow you to connect our sweeper to pintle hooks, couplers, tow-balls and straight hitches.
How fast can The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper be towed?
Operational towing speed is between 5 and 25 mph (8 and 40 kph). We have found that keeping your towing speed between 10 and 15 mph (16 and 24 kph) results in the best combination of capture rate and sweeper wear.
Does The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeperwork in rain, wind and snow?
It collects FOD just as efficiently in rainy, damp or dry weather. Monitor it for stability during windy conditions. It is not designed for snow removal.
How portable is The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
The mat weighs approximately 60 lbs (27 kg) and can be rolled up and carried by one person. The tow-hitch adapters weight much less and can be carried in a sturdy cardboard box. The optional Triplex Trailer is collapsible for easy transport. All equipment can be deployed to remote locations via a helicopter or light pickup truck.
Do you provide training for The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
The FOD-Razor™ is simple to operate and requires no special training or licensing. The included Operator’s Manual provides all necessary set-up and sweeping instructions.
Do you provide technical support for The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
We provide unlimited free tech support via phone, email and fax during normal business hours for as long as you need it. No registration or password is required. If you or anyone on your crew has a question about setup, operations, maintenance or anything else, just ask us!
What is the lifespan of The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper mat?
It depends upon the sweeping surface and operating conditions. We estimate approximately 1500 to 2500 miles (2500 to 4000 km) on a concrete or asphalt-concrete flight area. Rough surfaces may increase wear. To assure a long lifespan, operate and maintain the equipment according to the Operator’s Manual instructions.
What kind of maintenance does The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeperrequire?
There are no motors, engines, fuel or hydraulics to worry about. The mat can be periodically washed with soap and water. Your team can spend their time cleaning the tarmac, not the sweeper. Plus, the savings on parts and maintenance will add even more smart dollars to your bottom line.
What about replacement parts for The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
You can purchase replacement mats from us. However, even damaged or worn mats may continue to collect FOD, and repairs can sometimes be made on an industrial sewing machine. So, please contact us to discuss its condition before ordering a replacement. We’ll save you money if we can!
You can also order replacement parts for other components, such as wheels and hitch adapters.
Do you offer a Guarantee for The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper?
Yes, if you are not 100% satisfied with your sweeper you may return it within 30 days for a full refund.
Does The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper come with a Warranty?
Yes, they certainly do! Here it is:
For ONE YEAR from date of purchase, Manufacturer will repair or replace (at Manufacturer’s Option) for the original purchaser, FREE OF CHARGE, any part or parts found upon examination by the factory to be defective in material and or workmanship. Should defects develop, parts must be returned to our factory prepaid for inspection. Manufacturer will not be responsible for repairs made outside of the factory without authorization. This warranty does not cover customary wear and tear on the unit, nor does it cover any damage caused by accident, use or misuse of the equipment.
Where is The FOD-Razor Airport Runway Sweeper made?
We manufacture the FOD-Razor™ in the United States of America. The FOD Control Corporation is a domestic corporation with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas.