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Texas Specification No. 485-10-01A

Effective Date: May 28, 1991

Reformatted: March 1, 1996




1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for three (3) types of wooden handle, upright brooms made of broomcorn fiber, intended for medium to heavy duty floor sweeping.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: References to specifications, standards and test methods shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitation for Bids. Copies of the referenced documents may be obtained from the issuing organizations at the addresses shown. The following documents form a part of this specification to the extent specified herein:

2.1. AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS (ASTM), 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103:

2.1.1. ASTM D 2016 -- Test Methods for Moisture Content of Wood.

2.2. FEDERAL SPECIFICATIONS, Superintendent of Documents, U.S.Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402:

2.2.1. H-B-51B -- Broom, Upright, Corn.

3. CLASSIFICATION: Corn brooms shall be classified by type (based on weight) as follows:

3.1. Type:

3.1.1. Parlor No. 1: 20 lb/doz

3.1.2. Parlor No. 2: 28 lb/doz

3.1.3. Warehouse No. 3: 36 lb/doz

3.1.4. Parlor Angle Cut No. 4: 20 lb/doz

4. DEFINITIONS: Terminology used in this specification is intended to be generic in nature and consistent with meanings that have been defined through general use and/or accepted trade practices. Where variant meanings may exist, the applicable interpretation shall be determined by the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

4.1. Commission: Texas Procurement and Support Services.

5. REQUIREMENTS: Products furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following requirements:

5.1. General Requirements:

5.1.1. All corn brooms shall be new, unused, and a currently standard product of an established manufacturer except for such deviations as may be required by this specification.

5.1.2. Brooms shall present a neat, well-finished appearance inside and outside and shall be free of all imperfections and/or defects which might affect appearance, normal life, or serviceability.

5.1.3. Handles shall be straight and of uniform diameter, have a smooth surface, and shall not crack or chip.

5.1.4. Details not specified herein shall be in accordance with standard commercial practices for products of this type.

5.2. Material:

5.2.1. Broomcorn: The broomcorn for parlor brooms shall be free from seed, with the greatest possible amount of seed fiber retained in the broom. The hurl, both inside and outside, shall be made from broomcorn of light green or greenish yellow color (except ripe yellow), fine or medium fiber, and free from defects. Then underwork (or inside) shall be light green, greenish yellow (except severe ripe yellow), fine or medium fiber, and shall be free from all defects except that it may contain in medium degree fibers that are bleached, red, wavy, or stained. All broomcorn shall be free from shorts and spikes. A light green broom dye will be permissible.

The broomcorn for warehouse brooms shall be free from seed, with the greatest possible amount f seed fiber retained in the broom. The hurl, both inside and outside, shall be made from broomcorn of light green or greenish yellow color, medium or medium coarse fiber, and free from defects. The underwork (or inside) shall be of any natural growth color, medium or coarse fiber, and may contain minor defects except that it must not contain burly growth, large spikes, mold, or severe degree burn. A light green broom dye will be permissible.

5.2.2. Handles: Broom handles shall be No. 1 straight grained, made from thoroughly seasoned Douglas Fir, southern yellow pine or hardwood, free from knots, splinters, pitch, splits, and other imperfections. The moisture content shall not exceed 15% (ASTM D 2016).

5.2.3. Broom Wire: Broom wire shall be galvanized or tinned steel broom wire, minimum No. 18-1/2 American Wire Gauge, and shall be corrosion resistant.

5.2.4. Band Wire: The galvanized steel wire band shall be No. 8 American Wire Gauge.

5.2.5. Twine: Broom twine shall be uniformly spun. All broom twine shall have a breaking strength of not less than 40 pounds and shall be made of size No. 19, 100% polyethylene fibers - 12 ply.

5.3. Dimensions: Dimensions shall be as shown in Table 1:



Parlor 1 Parlor 2 Warehouse Parlor Angle Cut
Weight: per doz, lb. min. 20.00 28.00 36.00 20.00
Neck length: in., min. 2.00 2.00 2-1/2 2.00
Broom Body:
Width at brush end, in length, in. 10-11 11-12 12-14 10-11
Degree on Angle ± 2 ° -- -- -- 12 ° - 13 °
Diameter (straight turned) in., min. 15-16 15-16 1-1/8 15-16
Overall length, in., min. 42.00 42.00 42.00 42.00
Distance handle extends into neck and body, in., min. 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Number, min. 4.00 5.00 4 Sewed

1 Steel

4 Sewed


Distance from neck to first band, in. ± 1/2 3-1/2 3-1/2 5.00 3-1/2
No. stitches in first band, min. 8.00 9.00 12.00 8.00
No. stitches in last sewed band, min. 10.00 11.00 14.00 10.00
Distance between sewed bands, in., max. 1/2 1/2 3/4 1/2
Distance between steel and sewed band, in., max. -- -- 1-1/2 --

5.4. Construction:

5.4.1. General: All broom handles shall be finished with at least one coat of clear or pigmented broom lacquer (best grade). All broomcorn shall be carefully evened up to insure maximum seed fiber in the brush of the broom and all shorts shall be removed prior to being wound on the handle.

5.4.2. Handle Corn: The handle corn shall be evenly distributed around the handle and shall be firmly held in place by a minimum of four turns of wire.

5.4.3. Shoulder Corn: The shoulders of the broom shall be made from two equal portions of broomcorn placed opposite each other on the handle, and firmly held in place by a minimum of four full turns of wire.

5.4.4. Turnovers: The turnovers shall be equal in quantity and shall be situated opposite each other on the shoulders of the broom. They shall extend under the wire approximately 1/2" prior to being turned over. The ends held by the wires shall be carefully trimmed or so placed that they do not protrude through the burl of the broom. The turnovers shall be held in place by a minimum of four turns of wire. One No. 12 gauge roofing nail or one proper size broom staple shall be used to secure the wire at the handle corn after the turnovers have been put in place.

5.4.5. Cutting Shoulders and Handle Corn: the shoulder corn and handle corn shall be cut and trimmed in the standard manner to produce a well shaped broom. the inside construction of the broom shall be symmetrical and well balanced.

5.4.6. Inside Hurl: The inside hurl shall be held in place by at least two full turns of wire, and shall be evenly distributed around the handle and firmly placed against the cut shoulders of the broom.

5.4.7. Outside Hurl: The outside hurl shall be evenly distributed over the inside hurl in sufficient quantity to thoroughly cover the inside hurl. The outside hurl shall be fitted firmly against the shoulders of the broom on top of the inside hurl and shall be held firmly in place by a band of not less than five turns of wire.

5.4.8. Finish on Parlor Brooms: Parlor brooms shall have a finish consisting of five turns of wire at the shoulder, and an all straw bead, and a run-down finish of at least 20 turns of wire. The wire shall be firmly secured at the end of run-down by a standard broom nail minimum 5/8" long. The run-down shall be symmetrical and free from divided and stacked wires.

5.4.9. Finish on Warehouse Brooms: Warehouse brooms shall be finished with a neck from 2 to 2-1/2" long consisting of two plain straw beads firmly bound with at lest five turns of wire at the shoulder of the broom, five turns of wire at the center of the neck, and five turns of wire at the end of the neck. The hurl shall extend past the wire bands at the upper end of the neck by 1/4" and shall be neatly trimmed. The wire turns at the end of the neck shall be secured by a nail minimum 5/8" long. A galvanized steel wire band shall be placed around the broom in such a manner that the band remains firm, tight and completely filled, after the broom is manufactured and the broomcorn is dry.

6. TESTING: Testing shall be done by or at the direction of, the Commission and/or the receiving State agency. Tests shall be performed on products from shipments to ordering agencies. In the event products tested fail to meet or exceed all conditions and requirements of this specification, the cost of the samples used and the cost of testing shall be borne by the supplier. Testing shall be in accordance with ANSI / ARI 810, 815, and 820 and UL 563.

7. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for Bids, no prepurchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be obtained from products supplied on regular orders.

8. INSPECTION: Products furnished under this specification shall be inspected by, or at the direction of the Commission and/or the ordering State agency either at the destination or place of manufacture.

9. WARRANTY: All cornbrooms shall carry the manufacturer's standard warranty and shall be guaranteed against defects in materials, workmanship, and performance for a minimum of one year. The warranty shall begin on the date of acceptance of the unit by the ordering agency. During this warranty period, the vendor shall repair or replace defective components/units at no cost to the State of Texas.

10. PACKING / PACKAGING: Packing for shipment shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's standard practice and in a manner readily accepted by common carriers engaged in interstate commerce and as specified in the Invitation for Bids. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during shipment due to rough or improper handling.

10.1. Bundles: Brooms shall be bunched in bundles of one dozen each, securely tied, and the straw ends protected with suitable paper or burlap wrapped around the sides and securely held in place. The brooms shall be bunched in the customary manner commonly practiced by the broom trade, using the best grade of bunching twine and the heaviest grade of broom bags or good quality burlap material.


11.1. MARKING: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with:

11.1.1. Name of contents.

11.1.2. Quantity ordered.

11.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping documents shall include:

11.1.4. Order number or contract number.

11.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.

11.1.6. Agency requisition number.

11.2. LABELING: A label, firmly glued around the lower part of each broom handle adjacent to the broom head, shall contain the following data:

11.2.1. The type of broom.

11.2.2. The name or trademark of the manufacturer.

12. BID LITERATURE: All bids shall be accompanied by a complete and illustrated description of the products being offered.

13. COMPLIANCE: In order for consideration to be given to the bid on an item under this specification, the bidder must comply with the following conditions:

13.1. PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION: The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or trade name, etc., as applicable, of the item which the vendor proposes to furnish must be stated as part of the bid.

13.2. EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification must be stated and described in detail as a part of the bid. If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this manner, the items must be furnished exactly as described herein.

13.3. PROOF: The bidder shall bear the burden of proof of compliance with this specification.

14. ORDERING DATA: When ordering a product conforming to this specification, the requisitioning agency must specify the following:

14.1. The number of this specification (485-10-01A).

14.2. Type (See Paragraph 3.1.).

14.3. Quantity of each type required (in multiples of one dozen).

15. AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS: Copies of this specification may be obtained by calling or writing:

Bid Services

Texas Procurement and Support Services

P.O.Box 13186

Austin, TX 78711-3047

(512) 463-3416

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