A new K1500 for St Edwards School

Kevin Mills receiving a brand new Kersten K1500 Sweeper for St Edwards School of Oxford. Mike Leach was there on behalf of Turney Ground Force to hand over the machine, which will be used to work on the schools’ artificial surfaces and sports facilities.

A brand new K1500

A brand new K1500

Kersten Sweeprite at new Ikea Reading Opening

The final clean up before the big opening of the new IKEA store in Reading – tomorrow!

Sweeping the Ikea car park one last time before the big open.

Sweeping the Ikea car park one last time before the big open.

Pressure washing the floor of the car park to get it squeaky clean!

Pressure washing the floor of the car park to get it squeaky clean!

 

New video of the Kersten UK Weedo in action.

 

We have uploaded a new video of the latest addition to the Kersten UK range. The Weedo has a lower price point than the more professional end of the K-series range.  It is light and powerful, being easy to use but also effective in its role as a chemical-free, weed remover.

Watch the video and get in touch with the team if you have any questions!

Demo day at Ernest Doe

Ernest Doe Demo Day

Come down to the Ernest Doe Open Day in Cambridge on Wednesday 22nd June! A wide range of machinery will be on display, with working demonstrations taking place throughout the day – including our Kersten machines! Come and take the opportunity to meet the teams!

Brand New UBS Hydro delivery to Phoenix Surfacing

Phoenix Surfacing have taken delivery of a brand new Kersten UBS Hydro.

Phoenix Surfacing take delivery of a new UBS Hydro

Phoenix Surfacing take delivery of a new UBS Hydro

Attached to the UBS is the newly re-designed and updated version of the classic WeedBrush. The working width has been increased to 60cm from 50cm and its lower profile means easier access to weeds and detritus underneath obstacles such as benches. The PTO shaft is also now encased meaning that both the machine and the operator are better protected.

UBS Hydro with new WeedBrush

UBS Hydro with new WeedBrush

The drive system has been updated and the WeedBrush head now holds 12 brushes instead of the previous 10, increasing the abrasive effectiveness. Handling adjustment has also been improved, making it easier for the operator to change the height and angles, without the need for extra equipment. All around performance has been increased and we hope more customers can benefit from this updated design in the future.

 

New Kersten Weedbrush attachment for the Reform RM8

Kersten Germany have manufactured and released a new Weedbrush attachment for the Reform RM8 two wheel power unit. This will add another level of functionality to your machine – giving it the Kersten touch. The Weedbrush offers an environmentally friendly  method of weed, moss and algae removal from pathways, pavements and other hard surfaces. As well as removing the offending weeds, the Weedbrush effectively gets to the root of the problem, attacking the organic detritus buildup which causes the weed growth.

Kersten WKB 60 fitted to the Reform RM8

The new Kersten Weedbrush fitted to a Reform RM8

For more information and enquiries please visit our website or get in touch via email – we will be happy to help.

Successful demonstration of the Karcher B40 W Scrubber Drier

This Distribution Centre had a problem with dust!  It was being blown into the warehouse from the yard,  and brought in on the tyres of WP_20160317_001forklifts.   The company found that brooms were just kicking the dust into the air.  It would then settle again a short time after, leaving the same mess.

The Karcher B40 W Scrubber Drier removes the dust and cleans the floor, leaving a nice finish.
A short demonstration was enough to prove its performance.

The staff were surprised how easy the machine is to use and how effective it is.  It is a joy to operate, so keeping the floor clean is no longer a chore.  With the eco-mode setting you can save power and detergent, while still achieving a great result.

There are many sizes of machine in the range to suit different applications and you can choose from self propelled options, or even a ride-on.

 

 

Tennis Court moss removal for Sherfield School

The team recently visited Sherfield School to carry out a common maintenance job – de-mossing and cleaning the tennis courts. Maintaining school facilities is a classic example of one of the many site management and maintenance uses of our machinery.

MIC 34C at Sherfield School

MIC 34C at Sherfield School

The schools tennis courts are a popular playground for the children and as such need a fair bit of maintaining. In total, 6 tennis courts were swept using two of our workhorses, the K2100. The standard 1 metre sweeper attachment was used to remove the moss on the surfaces, in this case without collector boxes to minimise the time spent emptying – something which can be an issue for larger areas. Our Karcher Municipal Implement Carrier, the MIC 34C, then followed behind with its sweep and vacuum combination to clear the left-over detritus from the court.

Kersten and Karcher Tennis Court Maintenance

Kersten and Karcher Tennis Court Maintenance

MIC 34C on the Tennis Court

MIC 34C on the Tennis Court

The MIC 34C is a compact multi-function machine that can be equipped for a variety of jobs including sweeping, grass cutting, snow moving and gritting, or for use as a compact pick-up truck. The MIC 34C features a powerful Kubota turbo-diesel engine and cab as standard. A key highlight of using the MIC 34C for this application is that tennis courts usually have quite narrow access points. This was not an issue for our pedestrian sweepers with the 1 metre brush and the MIC 34C vehicle entered easily, with its narrow width of 110cm, a feat that many other municipal vehicles would struggle to accomplish.

Narrow Municipal Machine

Narrow Municipal Machine

 

Top 10 reasons to use Aspen Alkylate Petrol

Aspen - Fuel for professionals

Fuel for professionals

 

 

 

Kersten UK are distributors of Aspen Fuel, an environmental fuel made from the cleanest form of petrol available – alkylate petroleum. These fuels are specifically designed for use in small capacity 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines. Aspen fuel is made in Sweden and is the petrol predominantly used in chainsaws, strimmers, lawnmowers, portable generators, portable stoves and lamps and marine engines. When you bring your machine to us for a service at Reading Garden Machinery we use Aspen and give your machine back to you with Aspen in the tank. We believe in the product.

With all of these potential uses for Aspen fuel, here are the Top 10 reasons to use Aspen:

 

Better for People and the Environment

  1. Virtually free from toxic substances which can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea and damage to the nervous system.
  2. Virtually free from benzene which can cause leukaemia.
  3. 99% less toxic hydrocarbon exhaust emissions compared to pump fuel – this will make you feel much better and drastically reduce the risk of petrol related illness.
  4. Ordinary petrol is classified as toxic – alkylate petrol is only classified as harmful.
  5. Lower emissions of sulphur, which contributes to acidification of lakes. Aspen also reduces the formation of ground-level ozone by 40%.

 

Better for Machinery

  1. Specially designed for small engines, Aspen’s high quality and pure properties provide easier starting, cleaner burning and smoother running – optimising engine performance.
  2. Aspen 2 is premixed with fully synthetic 2-stroke oil at 50:1 and will work in any air cooled 2-stroke engine – this premixed formula eliminates the risk of incorrect mixtures.
  3. Can be stored for up to 5 years without any deterioration in quality. Normal pump fuel starts to deteriorate after 30 days.
  4. Reduces engine wear and prolongs machinery life.
  5. Contains no unsaturated hydrocarbons which means that there will be no build-up of gum in carburettors. Valves and pistons will be kept cleaner with lower carbon build up, lowering maintenance costs as a result.

If the information in this article has made you think more about using Aspen fuel in your machinery then please contact us – or drop in to our store in Reading to learn more!

Kersten Europe Sales Meeting

Last week, representatives of the Kersten UK team made the journey across the flatlands of northern France and Belgium last week to Rees, Germany for the annual sales meeting. Our continental European counterparts from France, Belgium and the Netherlands were also in attendance as well as our hosts, Kersten Germany.

We discussed sales performance for 2015 and forecasts for 2016 as well as sharing best practice on using dealer networks for greater area coverage.  Last year saw a 13% increase in sales and this year we expect this number to increase again.

The demonstration afternoon saw us getting to grips with the Kersten UBS Alpin – a beast of a machine, capable of being used on inclines or slopes up to 45 degrees, in conjunction with the flail mower.

 

The UBS Alpin on a 45 degree slope

The UBS Alpin on a 45 degree slope

 

We were also introduced to the K820’s younger cousin the WeeDo a basic and alternative machine for smaller areas – providing a very good price-performance ratio.

The WeeDo

The WeeDo

The stars of the day were the new front-mounted tractor attachments. We were shown a hydraulically adjusted front-sweeper brush which follows the contours of the surface, adjusting the brush height in correspondence with the pressure on the brush. The sweeper is controlled by an in-cab controller making adjusting as simple as the touch of a button.

The hydraulically powered front sweeper

The hydraulically powered front sweeper

Following this there was a demonstration of the front-mounted, PTO driven, metal weedbrush allows for an aggressive and abrasive edging capability, great for heavy duty jobs such as paths, road edges and runways.

Heavy duty PTO driven Weedbrush tractor attachment

Heavy duty PTO driven Weedbrush tractor attachment

During the meeting we were introduced to a logistics overland transport company, Kuehne + Nagel, who are now working closely with Kersten Germany to ensure shorter, more reliable delivery times from the factory to our office here in the UK. We also have had some exciting news regarding front linkages for a variety of sub-compact tractors, with more information following later on this year – watch this space.

All in all it was a successful trip, providing the opportunity for Kersten suppliers across Europe to network and share knowledge.