Kersten had a very successful Royal Highland Show!

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Kersten machines were featured on two of our dealer’s stands this year.

Thanks very much to Agri Services and Fraser C Robb for showcasing the products! The four-day show was extremely busy, with a great deal of interest in the Kersten range from a mix of customers.

We spoke to Councils, Housing Associations, Contractors and many other types of business; several were already customers and looking to expand their Kersten fleet!

It was great to hear so many positive comments from customers putting their machines to good use across Scotland and even beyond.

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Agri-Services stand was occupied by three of our best selling products. All for chemical free weed removal. All the products (shown in the picture above) are available for demonstration, so please contact us to see how we can help deal with your site maintenance problems.

I am looking forward to speaking with many of the people we saw at the show over the coming weeks. Thanks for taking the time to come and see us!

Meyer – The Revolution’s Here!

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Last week we visited the Danish Meyer Distributor near Copenhagen to discover what exciting new product developments we can offer our customers.

The event in Copenhagen was possibly the best Meyer Conference so far.  There are plenty of new products for our customers to get excited about.  Below are some of the new ones I can talk about.  There are also some great things in the pipeline, which I cannot reveal just yet.

In the new season, we will be launching our latest plough for 4x4s’

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This Revolutionary new plough uses Ultra-light High Strength steel to make it even lighter than our current Ploughs.

  • It has an industry leading 22.5 cm ground clearance when lifted to prevent bottoming out.
  • The drop speed can be easily adjusted to suit your style.
  • The Patented Cable Management system makes wiring up the plough fast and simple

Introducing The Only Box Plough That Will Go To Any Length To Get The Snow

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This new Plough allows you to change your approach when it comes to tight squeezes and open spaces without getting out of the cab.

  • This containment plough is adjustable from 1.5m – 2.4m width
  • It can flip over for efficient back dragging
  • It fits Telehandlers, Skid Steers and Front Loaders

I can’t wait to launch the other products later in the year!

For more information on these ploughs, or to organize a demonstration please get in touch on 0118 9869 253 or email info@kerstenuk.com

 

See our new products at your dealer open days

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See our new products at your dealer open days

In April, we will be showing our products at two of our Dealers Open Days.
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Kersten will be showing some fantastic new attachments to make you more productive and increase fleet utilisation;
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The Hoaf  Weed Burner attachment – Public support for the ban of chemicals in treating weeds is growing fast.  But these weeds must be dealt with effectively to keep our parks and pavements in a useable condition.  Thermal control of weeds offers a solution…..

For more information visit our website:
http://www.kersten-machines.com/moss-weed-removal.htm

blog-april3The Rotary Mower attachment – Mowing is the staple of many grounds maintenance teams.  Now you can have a mower for all seasons.  Our attachments are easy to change, so you can utilize your new mower all year round.

We Look forward to seeing you at these events!

The Mower for all Seasons


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This new Mowing attachment for the Kersten UBS Range if full of great Features:

Kersten -march -The Mower dor all Seasons.inddBut best of all – the mower can be removed from the power unit within seconds and replaced with a multitude of other attachments, keeping your staff utilized all year round.

Wherever your maintenance takes you, your Kersten machine can follow.

Save money on duplication of power units
Save money on keeping a wide range of spare parts
Save money on re-training staff to use different kit
Save money on storage space for duplicated power units
Save money on servicing of machines sat un-used
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Book your demonstration today and see how we can get your fleet and
people utilized all year round.
Call us on 0118 9869 253 or email info@kerstenuk.com
for more information on the mower you won’t want to put away in the shed.

Special Event – Open Days – Bartram Mowers

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This Month at Kersten;

The shoots of annual weeds are just starting to show up through the block paving, so now is a great month to look at Weed Burning!  If you haven’t seen it already, check out our latest newsletter;

please click here to view it in your browser

 

OPEN DAYS

We are at Bartram Mowers Open Days this Month, if you are around Ipswich or Norich, drop in for a chat and see what we can do for you.

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  • K820 Pro
  • Sweeper/Collecter
  • Weed Burner
  • Weed Brush

All for Only £9995.00 + VAT
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For more information or a demonstration call us on 0118 9869 253
or email info@kerstenuk.com

Kersten – Getting the best from your spreader

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Spreading salt is a tricky business, the tips below should help you get the best from your spreader;

Make sure the wiring is well protected;
The wiring from your spreader will usually run under the vehicle and be exposed to the elements.  It is important that none of the casing for the wire gets damaged… Run the cables away from the exhaust, where they could be exposed to hot metal and cable tie them out of the way, so they cannot drag on the ground.

Cover any connections, including the earth with Dielectric grease to protect them; these are the first places a wire will usually corrode giving inconsistencies in performance.

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Keep the salt dry;

When salt is wet, it sticks together in clumps, which makes it very difficult to spread.  Ensure that your salt is as dry as possible by following these tips;

  • Store it inside, preferably with an extractor running
  • Make sure the inside of your spreader is dry before the salt is poured in
  • Keep a lid on your spreader to prevent water getting to the material while in transit
  • Clean out and dry your spreader after use

Use the right Auger;
We provide many types of auger for our electric tailgate spreaders.  These are available to deal with different types of salt.  If you are using the wrong auger, the result won’t be what you are looking for, so it is important to get this right.

See the picture below to identify the correct type for you;

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Keep the spreader clean;

Due to the corrosive atmosphere that spreaders operate in, they require a regular clean for them to work at their best;

 

  • Clear any passages of excess salt or dirt which maybe constricting the flow of material.
  • Wash down the whole spreader to prevent salt from attaching to corrosive parts.
  • Cover any electrical connections with dielectric grease for protection
  • Spray maintenance grease on any moving parts
  • Dry the spreader out before it’s next use

 

Get the spreader serviced by your local agent;

Your spreader should be given the once over by an approved dealer before and preferably after the season to sort out any problems and make sure the spreader is performing to its best next time it is needed.

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If you have any tips for maintaining your spreader, or need some more information let us know at; seanf@kerstenuk.com

 

Kersten – Paving the way for maintaining mono-block!

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On a recent visit to Germany we tackled a footpath along the Rhine.

This site provided many challenges for weed and moss removal.  Since its development, block paving has been used as an economic, long life alternative to asphalt or monolithic concrete. The gaps in paving are generally filled with sand, which can be compacted over time and reduce drainage properties.
This can be compounded when organic matter contaminates the infill material. This not only restricts the drainage capacity but also retains moisture in the filling material.
This prolonged moisture
retention and organic material provides ideal conditions for moss and algae to flourish. This can result in dangerous slippery conditions.

In extreme cases the algae can cause puddles leaving a thick black sticky residue that can solidify when the surface does eventually dry out.
Because the gap between the block allows for it, in many cases other weeds may appear and cause further damage to the surface rendering it unusable and even dangerous.

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The Kersten weedbrush is the perfect tool for removing weeds and moss from this type of environment. It is anaggressive brush which can be set up to get between the cracks in the block paving and wrench out the offending moss or weeds as well as the detritus it has grown in. Thus restoring the drainage properties of the surface. After a sweep, the surface will be presentable and usable again.

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Recovering the edges of the paths is also no problem for the weedbrush. It can reclaim the original surface by removing the excess turf. This is done by ripping it away from the material that is intended to be there. A neat finish can be achieved with the weedbrush, allowing the surface to be restored to its original state..
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Pedestrian machines can be used for the same tasks. Our UBS tractor unit has hydraulic drive to the wheels, allowing fingertip control of the speed. The mechanical PTO drive to the implement gives the grunt necessary for the most demanding tasks.  All our weed brushes rotate at an optimum speed, allowing the surface to be cleaned without debris being flung far across the path.

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The attachments can be changed over easily, so cleaning the surface after a task like this is very simple.  The paving can be swept with our tractor mounted or pedestrian sweepers.  All our sweepers come with simple height adjustment to suit different surfaces and account for brush wear.  Gully brushes can be used to clean the edges and collector boxes can be fitted to pick up the debris.

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Blowers are also available to move the debris onto the verge, where it can be hidden in the grass.  Kersten Vento blowers have noise levels of less than 84db. At this level ear protection is not normally required. The lightweight aluminium impeller produces an air velocity of up to 230 km/h.  Blowers are an efficient way to move loose material when it is not necessary for it to be collected.


For more information please contact us on 0118 9869 253 or email info@kerstenuk.com


 

Cleaning a rubberised playing surface with a Kersten sweeper

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January 2017

Cleaning a rubberised playing surface with a Kersten sweeper

The surface presented was a stippled rubber play area used for ball games. In the past demands upon the staff were such
that good versatile quality equipment was now required to maintain all areas of the school, not just the artificial surfaces
but also the paved and playground areas.

By using a Kersten sweeper and when required a Weedbrush attachment on the path edges and moss, the ground staff
will take control again and improve the safety and presentation of the whole school

Benefits of Kersten Sweepers

  • Chemical free weed control
  • Safer play areas with moss and debris removal
  • Easy way to clear paths of snow
  • Easy Maintenance all hard and sand filled artificial play areas (tennis courts & football pitches)
  • Guaranteed long life and easy maintenance of equipment.
  • Low vibration to user so fatigue is reduced allowing all day usage (due to low vibration)

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Plant nursery gets a spruce up

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January 2017

Kersten K1500 demonstrating how quick and easy it is to clean black (Geotex style)
ground cover fabric at a large plant nursery.

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The hydraulic variable speed drive allows for the variation in surface debris, the gulley brush enables cleaning to the edge and under irrigation pipes around the beds. Collection achieved with the collection box.

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  • Better result than manual cleaning in most cases.
  • Massive reduction in direct labour costs.
  • Fast turn round of the cover bed for re stocking.
  • Reduces risk of disease transfer.
  • Effective weed control

 

Orkney Islands Council Choose Kersten

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January 2017

Orkney Islands Council are pleased to have taken delivery of their new K1500 with Sweeper and Weedbrush this month.  Following a demonstration last year, the council made the decision to purchase the machine for moss and weed removal in and around Kirkwall. There are lots of pathways, pavements and car parks in need of regular maintenance, which was a struggle with their previous machinery.

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Orkney Islands Council receives their new K1500

 The council loved the low vibration figures, which mean that operators can use the machine for far longer and be  much more productive.  This had been a big problem for them in the past, with operators only being able to use the machine for about an hour per day.
With so much work to do they needed a machine that could be used for most of  the day by the same operator if
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  The council team getting to grips with the machine in training 

Their previous machine was not self-propelled, so the hydraulic drive on the K1500 made the machine much more comfortable to operate, easily navigating the curbs and slopes with its large diameter tires.
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  The team familiarising themselves with the weedbrush on their new K1500

A large advantage of the Kersten machine is the ease with which you can change attachments, this turns the machine from  being single use into an all year round machine, saving a lot of money on different machinery.  The concept was a big influence in Orkney’s decision to purchase the machine, which can be used for moss and weed removal and cleaning up after the job, not to mention a variety of other tasks such as snow clearance, sweeping, and path edging.

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  Path edging and then collecting the debris with the same machine on our demonstration.

The council were given training on the correct maintenance and operation of the machine, which is typical of any product installation.  We go through the whole machine, from the control panel right through to the adjustments on the  attachment, then we allow each operator to get used to how the machine operates in different situations.  This was very important for Orkney who have several different operators who could be using the machine.

For more information or to book a demonstration please call us on 0118 9869 253 info@kerstenuk.com