Frequently Asked Questions


The Mark 2 version has a longer, more maneuverable tow-arm.

How does the FOD-Razor® friction sweeper capture FOD?

When you tow a FOD-Razor® friction sweeper across paved surfaces, a series of custom engineered narrow panels, covered with nylon bristles, latch onto debris and pull the debris underneath the panels with the sweeper as it moves. Kinetic energy is then imparted into this debris causing it to be deflected up and into a series of durable Thermoplastic scoops.  Debris is trapped within the scoop capture zones by a durable and removable mesh cover, where it collects for later disposal.

This unique method of sweeping allows for unparalleled capture rates that greatly exceed other types of mechanical or vacuum powered sweepers.

How efficient is it?

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, small 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 Walk Behind Vacuum Sweeper a high fuction FOD killer for collecting embedded FOD in recessed areas.)

How accepted is this technology?

Friction 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 maximum sweeping capacity?

If the vehicle is towing the FOD-Razor® at the maximum operational speed of 25 mph (40 kph):

  • A Single (8 ft) Assembly can sweep 1,056,000 sq. ft. per hour;
  • A Duplex (16 ft) Assembly can sweep 2,112,000 sq. ft. per hour;
  • A Triplex (23 ft) Assembly can sweep 3,036,000 sq. ft. per hour.

This does not include any time spent during vehicle stops to empty the mat or for other reasons.

Tow Ball Adapter attached to standard 50mm tow ball.
Tow Ball Adapter attached to standard 50mm tow ball.

What types of vehicle can a FOD-Razor® hitch 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 I tow it?

For Airport, Military, and Motor Sport sweepers , the operational towing speed is between 5 and 25 mph (8 and 40 kph). We have found that 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. So that is what we recommend.

For Industrial and Turf Sweepers, the operational towing speed is between 5 and 10 mph (8 and 16 kph). 

Does it work in rain, wind and snow?

The FOD-Razor® collects FOD just as efficiently in rainy, damp or dry weather. It is not designed for snow removal.

Monitor it for stability during windy conditions. The assembly incorporates a weighted hitch-arm with a proprietary retention spring that holds the sweeper in place during usage, rendering a “ground force” adapter unnecessary.

Can I digitally track sweeping operations?

Yes! Our sweeper is compatible with any GPS tracking app.

How portable is it?

A typical 8 foot wide friction sweeper 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?

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?

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 kind of maintenance does it require?

There are no motors, engines, fuel or hydraulics to worry about. Periodic replacement of the tracking wheels (if applicable) may be necessary depending on usage. The mat can be periodically washed with soap and water. Your team can spend their time cleaning your facility, not the sweeper. Plus, the savings on parts and maintenance will add even more smart dollars to your bottom line.

What is the lifespan of the mat?

It depends upon the sweeping surface and operating conditions. We estimate at least 4,500 miles (7,242 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.

The FOD-Razor™ collects debris so small that you might not have noticed it.
The FOD-Razor® collects debris so small that you might not have noticed it.

What about replacement parts?

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. 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.

What if I just need a replacement mat for my existing FOD*BOSS® assembly?

Give us a call! We also supply a replacement mat (part number RZR-B) with a FOD*BOSS® compatible tow-arm that you can use with your existing hitch adapters. Learn more here.

Do you offer a Guarantee?

Yes! If you are not 100% satisfied with your sweeper, you may return it within 30 days for a full refund.

Do these Sweepers come with a lifetime warranty?

Yes, they certainly do! Read it here.

Where is it 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.