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Which Kersten sweeper will fit my tractor?
It's as easy as 1. 2. 3.
There are a few things we need to consider when choosing the correct sweeper for your tractor.
Use the Catalogue or the website to help you.
1. What Horsepower is the tractor?
We have grouped our sweepers by brush diameter. The larger the horsepower of the tractor, the larger diameter brush it has the power to operate. Below is a table of which sweeper diameters relate to which horsepower bracket.
It is not an exact science, and there is some overlap. Things like the physical size of the tractor and the hydraulic flow will also be factors to consider when deciding which brush is most appropriate.
|Ride on Mowers||37cm Diameter (Front)|
|15-40 HP||45cm (Front) - 40cm (Rear)|
|30-50 HP||50cm (Front) - 52cm (Rear)|
|50-80 HP||60L cm (Front) - 52cm (Rear)|
|70-130 HP||60 cm (Front) - 60cm (Rear)|
|130 HP +||70 cm (Front)|
2. Front or back?
Once we have narrowed down what diameter of brush we want, we must then decide how it will fit.
There are two key questions here;
How will I lift and lower the sweeper?
Sweepers must be lifted and lowered by some kind of linkage. This linkage can be fitted to the front or the rear of the tractor, it might use an A frame, or 3 point linkage, it could be the lift arms on an out-front mower, it could be the loader... Whatever it is you will need to choose the correct bracket to fit between the sweeper and the tractor. Some brushes are only designed to go on the rear, or the front of a machine (as indicated in the table above).
How will the sweeper be powered?
A sweeper needs power in the form of hydraulics or mechanical PTO. You must consider whether this can be supplied easily at the same place as the linkage. Often tractors will need to be fitted with additional hydraulic fittings to power the sweeper and accessories. Do you have enough connections? Is there enough oil flow?
Sometimes a front PTO might need to be connected to an existing mid PTO, or run off an engine. Each tractor will have a slightly different standard configuration, so it is important to check what is on the tractor and what solutions are available to get the correct solution.
After deciding which how you will power the brush, you can choose a hydraulic drive or PTO drive brush to suit the tractor on the front or the rear of the tractor.
3. What width sweeper?
We offer sweepers from 75cm all the way up to 3.0 meters. It is important that the width is matched to the brush. This is a simple case of making sure that the sweeper is just slightly wider than the tractor. It is important to note that tractors can be different widths depending on what tires are fitted, so putting a tape measure across the front is helpful.
Some power units, such as out-front mowers don't have a very large lift capacity, if you are looking to add a collector box, this will add quite a bit of weigh to the brush, so a narrower model might need to be chosen in some circumstances.
Let's take an example;
In the picture is a TYM T293.
1. What is the horsepower?
We know this is 29HP, so according to the table and the book, we might either fit a 45cm Diameter brush on the front, or a 40cm Diameter brush on the rear.
2. Front or Back?
The TYM T293 has a rear linkage as standard, with a rear PTO, so this might be a simple option.
But the tractor can also have a linkage fitted to the front with a Cat 0 A-frame connection. The tractor also has a mid mounted PTO as standard. We can get a kit to extend this to the front, giving us a front Mechanical PTO to drive the sweeper. This all adds expense, but in many cases it would be worth it. So now we have two options.
Let's assume we chose the front mounted option;
We can now narrow the diameter down to only the 45cm series brush, with Mechanical drive as we know it is being mounted on the front and powered by a mechanical PTO.
We know the linkage uses a CAT 0 A-frame connection, so we must choose an "ABR 45 KD" bracket in order to fit the sweeper to the linkage.
3. What width sweeper?
A front linkage like this has plenty of lift capacity, so even if we go with a collector box we can lift a full width brush.
Therefore we want the width of the sweeper to be just wider than the tractor. Which in this case is 143cm.
The closest size above this is a 150cm sweeper.
So now we know that we need a 150cm brush, 45cm diameter, with mechanical PTO Drive fitted to a front CAT 0 A-Frame linkage.
There is only one model that fits the description.
You will need this sweeper - KM 15045 M-ABR 45
and this bracket - ABR 45 KD
If in any doubt, please call us and we will be happy to help you identify the correct sweeper for your tractor.
Integrated Weed Management Is coming... But what is it?
Weed management is going through a transition... the mindset is shifting from strict reliance on treating existing problems, to placing a much greater emphasis on prevention and reduction of weed emergence. In conjunction with this change, public pressure is building to reduce or even eliminate the amount of pesticides used to control weeds.
Out of this mindset change; is emerging an approach called Integrated Weed Management, which uses a holistic approach to managing weeds through Cultural, Biological, Mechanical and Chemical controls. All with a focus on Prevention.
How can you prevent a weed?
A weed is simply a plant in the wrong place. Weeds are opportunists and will grow wherever conditions allow, so we can reduce the weeds by controlling the environmental conditions to make growth less likely.
One way this can be done is by removing the soil that the weeds grow in. By sweeping we can keep hard surfaces clean and free from detritus that could decompose and become soil. By removing the soil we can greatly reduce opportunities for weed growth. Thermal weed control also comes under the mechanical umbrella. Heat can be used to prevent a seed from producing a plant. At about 70-80 degrees the cells within the seed coagulate and are no longer able to function, so seeds are rendered useless.
Cultural prevention might include anything we can use in the environment to reduce weeds, such as a membrane under gravel surfaces, which allows drainage, but prevents weeds from growing up from underneath. Other things might involve getting locals involved in keeping their own areas tidy, hedges pruned etc to prevent detritus build up. Controlling traffic flow and effective water drainage can also have an impact.
This involves the use of natural enemies to different plant types; for example deer, sheep or different types of insect can be used to control certain types of plant. Natural ecosystems are a delicate balance and introducing a predator of some kind into the chain can have great benefits to the overall ecosystem; in this case, a reduction in weeds.
Chemical prevention refers to herbicides that are applied to the plant or surface to control the growth or germination of weed species.
An integrated approach uses all or a mixture of these techniques to prevent weed growth. Different strategies work well at different times of year and an annual plan can be put in place if the specific conditions of your environment are known. Sometimes it is more appropriate for one approach to be dominant, at others a more balanced approach is required.
Check out our Surface maintenance handbook for a more in depth look;
If you would like help in planning an integrated approach to weed control please get in touch!
0118 9869 253
Product focus - The PathPro plough for UTV's
The PathPro has been designed specifically for utility vehicles with a 2" receiver. It has been designed along the principles of the classic Meyer highway ploughs, which ensures it moves snow quickly and easily.
The Meyer PathPro is not "just another Plough. It has many features that really make it stand out as the best commercial UTV blade on the market.
- Self Angling automatically positions the plough to optimize performance
- Self Angling allows the operator to keep eyes on the road and providing safer operation
- Self Angling is quicker and faster than traditional lock-out mechanisms
- Attaches or detaches in well under a minute
- No need to leave the vehicle to angle the plough
- Push button control
- Patent Pending blade Design (Scoop & Funnel)
- Self Angling automatically positions the plough to optimize performance
- Five position Lock-n-Go allows you to angle the moldboard in five fixed positions as needed
The height and attack angle of the moldboard provides optimum funnel action discharging snow faster and more efficiently.
The Mounting system for the UTV Plough allows you to connect straight into the 2" receiver, which is common on all many types of UTV from John Deere, Kubota, Kawasaki and Kioti. The height is adjustable to suit different vehichles, and 3 choices of lift are available; Hydraulic, Electric winch or Manual winch to suit the vehicle.
For more information please get in touch;
0118 9869 253
Kersten to launch new weed control product at Saltex 2019
The unique High Velocity Heating System designed by Ripagreen insures speed, comfort and efficiency for all your thermal weed control operations.
The Ripagreen system may be used in a similar way the a knapsack sprayer but provides many advantages.
- Ripagreen is effective when applied in the rain.
- Ripagreen may be applied in moderate wind conditions.
- Ripagreen system does not require specialist qualifications or licencing to apply it.
Thermal weed control should be used as part of an integrated weed control system and may be considered “chemical free”.
The Ripagreen Technology
The use of heat to control unwanted plant growth has been around for many years and was certainly in use before the widespread use of inorganic chemicals.
A common misconception is that the plant has to be visibly scorched before it will suffer. The fact is, a plant leaf only has to be briefly exposed to a temperature of around 80°C to suffer terminal damage.
This exposure to severe heat bursts the cells in the plant leaf. This in turn renders the plant incapable of converting light energy in to chemical energy (Photosynthesis) effectively causing starvation.
Further thought and research on this subject will reveal this method is most effective on young, fleshy, hungry plants rather than old established woody plants, which may have sufficient amounts of stored energy in their stems and roots to overcome temporary food shortages.
The Ripagreen technology utilises simple propane gas combustion alongside a natural air pressure differential effect (venturi) to surround the targeted weed with a high velocity of heated gas (air). The large amounts of air being passed through the lance ensure that the lance is safe to touch. This patented technology ensures maximum effect using the minimum amount of fuel.
The innovation and goal to make this an effective weed control solution does not end there. Ripagreen have developed every detail of their products to be simple to use and comfortable to operate. Operator effort, fatigue and discomfort is reduced to an absolute minimum when the unique Ripagreen kits are used.
Three styles of storage and application systems are currently available.
1) EASY KIT - Consists of a trolley which mounts the 13kg LPG fuel cylinder and provides a support for the thermal hand lance. The trolley may be pushed or pulled. The thermal lance includes a 4 metre gas hose and may be used two handed to work around the trolley.
2) MOBILITY KIT - Consists of a high specification backpack to support the Ripagreen Mini thermal lance for one hand operation and a light weight LPG cylinder with 5kg capacity. The whole kit with a full gas cylinder weighs less than 12kg.
3) AUTONOMY KIT - Consists of vehicle mounting system for the LPG cylinder with a 15 metre automatic hose reel and a Ripagreen thermal lance.
Ripgreen Kits start at £1995.00 available from Kersten UK Ltd
Kersten are inviting interest from UK dealers to distribute Ripagreen.
THE NEW MEYER CATALOGUE IS HERE!
We're delighted to introduce our 2019 Meyer catalogue.
The catalogue includes a great range of both pedestrian spreaders and mounted spreaders along with a selection of snow ploughs and winches, making the winter struggle that much easier!
THE BACKPACK & LANCE WITH A DIFFERENCE
Mobility Kit is a direct replacement for the nap sack sprayer - without
With a lighter burden on your back, more comfort and able to be used in a greater range of weathers.
The NEW Mobility Kit has a patented ergonomic harness, making work considerably easier and ensuring comfort to the operator.
It does this by;
Carrying a propane tank which gives the operator true mobility during use
A rotating support arm capable of 180 degrees of sweeping motion allowing the user to operate the Mini-Thermal Lance with one hand.
Adjustable pneumatic back support to promote comfort, posture and reduce fatigue.
Using adjustable bungee cables from the support arm to the Mini-Thermal Lance allowing the user to change application angle and height at will.
The Ripagreen Mobility Kit can be used in conjunction with the Easy Kit Mobile Cart, allowing a larger amount of gas to easily be transported. This enables the user to control much larger areas of weed and vegetation growth at a time.
Because this method uses hot air to burst the cells in the plant - there is no problem using it in wet conditions. In fact, the water even helps conduct the heat.
Speak to our sales team today to discuss the models available.
GREAT INCENTIVE ON BLOWERS THIS SEASON
More information about the LBV can be found here;
NEW TECHNOLOGY IS SWEEPING THROUGH OUR RANGE
The KM 60 series sweepers are fully adjustable for height. This is normally achieved by a single lever which adjusts the height of both heavy duty gauge wheels simultaneously. This reduces the possibility of uneven brush wear. KM control take this one stage further. The Kersten KM hydraulic‐electronic control system adjusts the height of the brush automatically according to the conditions, surface undulations and brush wear. The operator may vary the parameters of the system from the cab mounted panel whilst sweeping if required. This automatic brush height control can considerably reduce brush wear and increase operator comfort.
The sweeper height is maintained by its rear, heavy gauge wheels and the collector box is normally mounted to the sweeper housing by fixed points. However, this type of assembly forms one ridged structure; resulting in the collector box rubbing the ground or the sweeper leaving the surface in undulating conditions. The solution to this may be found on the KM60 sweepers, where an innovative floating arm mounting system ensures the collector and sweeper follow ground contours independently of each other. This independent movement allows both items to remain constantly parallel to the surface being swept. The collector maintains a constant clearance from the ground irrespective of the brush working height.
NEW KM 70 SWEEPER DEMO UNIT
These machines are built to handle the toughest jobs and the toughest operators.
The robust design with CNC folded and welded heavy gauge steel makes it a true "heavy duty" sweeper, and the optional KM control automatic height adjustment system means that it keeps constant pressure with the ground. Not only giving a fantastic clean finish, but also protecting the brush from heavy handed operators and allowing much longer brush life.
Collector emptying is a simple operation. The integrated hydraulic system requires just one double acting hydraulic service from the tractor to operate both the sweeper and collector. The collector box floats independently of the sweeper allowing closer following of contours and protecting the collector from damage.
NEW INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT COURSE
It's never been more important to take an integrated approach to weed management;
find out why with LANTRA's dedicated training - developed with many industry stakeholders including Kersten UK.
Members of the Kersten team were involved in supplying information regarding methods of maintaining surfaces and weed removal using sweeping and heat.
For More information please contact us;
Phone: 0118 9869 253
What is the De-Moss 390?
The De-Moss 390 is a simple, light to use, petrol engine weedbrush. It has six quick release hawser brushes in a machined aluminium housing, that is encased in a 2-part shield. When the left head cover is removed and the swinging axle has been re-positioned, the wall/kerb edge cleaning can begin.
What does it do?
The De-Moss 390 is used for speedy removal of weeds, moss and detritus from hard surfaces such as block paving, tarmac and concrete. The material, both dead and growing, on and above the surface will easily be removed by the heavy-duty hawser brushes. Once the overburden has been removed a clear weed free surface will be revealed.
Why is it different?
The De-Moss 390 a physically light and powerful, high speed weedbrush capable of removing moss as well as plant matter. The belt drive to the weed head keeps the RPM well below engine speed, as well as limiting the torque that can be applied so reducing the potential for damage. The individual wire hawsers can be replaced in seconds using the tool attached to the machine and can only be fitted one way.Adjustable handles allow different height operators to work comfortably and then can be folded flat for transport and reduces size for storage.The large wheels on the swinging axle, give easy forward motion as well as simple adjustment of the weed head position; this adjustment gives the ability to work in a varying terrain.
Uses for the DE-Moss 390
- Moss removal
- Surface weed and plants removal
- Reinvigorating the visual appearance of tired block paving
- Wall to path, or kerb edge weed/grass removal
- Path edge recovery
- Improving kerb appeal
- Chemical free weed control
- Clearing dead plant stalks on block paving
Where to use the DE-Moss 390
- Caravan Parks, pathways parking areas and bases
- Holiday homes and parks
- Public parks with little used block paving
- Home drives
- Block Paving
- Paths Concrete
- Car Parks
- Hard surface areas to remove overgrown weeds.
- Foot paths
- Church Yard paths
Best Areas for use
- Block paving drive
- Holiday Caravan park
- Caravan parks
- Tarmac paths
- Hard solid foot paths
- Weed overgrown concrete
- Hard surface area where there is very little loose hard material
The De-Moss 390 is a machine for rapid removal of moss and over surface weeds, especially the dead stalks, from hard solid surface. The over burden will quickly be cleared to the base, where it can be swept or blown away.
Artificial Sports Turf Pitch Care
For our latest news on Maintaining Artificial Surfaces see or Blog page here..........
All sports surfaces need care and attention, not just real turf pitches. New artificial surfaces are a considerable investment designed to provide extended periods of use in all weathers.
Natural surfaces just cannot compete with this performance.
Whether we are talking about 2G sand filled surfaces,
3G sand and granular rubber filled or
4G long pile unfilled synthetic grass surfaces, the planned maintenance will dictate the players comfort, the speed of game, the cleanliness of the surface and the expected life span of the playing surface before renewal.
Kersten Power unit with KRB250 folding brush with Trailing seat on hockey pitch levelling surface
to remove unevenness, divots and improve play.
Brushing – the regular regime. The Kersten pedestrian brush is Ideal for
smaller artificial surfaces like 5 a side pitches. the brush wings fold up for easy gate access.
Simple fast brushing like this improves play enormously.
Why brush the surface?
The most frequent maintenance operation is brushing the surface. There are a number of issues that may be addressed by brushing regularly.
1. Heavy foot fall on the pitch may cause depressions in the in-filling creating an uncomfortable playing surface and a significant reduction in ball speed.
2. On the whole, the blades of “grass” are designed to be laying vertically to the ground supported by the infilling. In this state each strand provides the maximum amount of support to the foot and ball and is subject to the least amount of wear.
3. The pitch must drain freely to allow the surface to dry out rapidly after rainfall. Surfaces remaining damp for longer periods of time are more likely to become infected with moss and algae spores, unplayable in freezing conditions, and expedite the decomposition process of any organic material lodged in the surface fibres. Compaction of the in-filling causes rapid deterioration of the surface by restricting free drainage.
4. Filling material can migrate over the surface especially in heavy play areas such goal mouths, edges, corners and tennis base lines leaving these locations devoid of material. If this situation is left unaddressed it may seriously damage the surface, affect play performance and cause a hazard for players.
Brushing – How Often do I need to brush?
A 3G five-a-side pitch being played by energetic adults 8 hours per day could require attention every 2 days.
A sand filled 2G tennis court played for a hour every couple of weeks would benefit from a brush up to half a dozen times per years. The pitch manager is the best person to gauge the required regularity after considering the 4 points above.
It is important the brush is supported (rather than just relying on gravity) enabling the height and pressure applied to the surface to be adjusted to effectively carry out the above operations. The brush must have the facility to be lifted and lowered to enable filling to be redistributed across the surface where it has migrated in to corners and around goals etc. A drag brush towed behind a tractor/mower is unable to access the corners effectively or relocate filling accurately.
The Kersten KRB250 Folding Brush fits the bill perfectly. It may be mounted on any of the Kersten K-Series Two Wheel Tractors From the 5.5hp K820 to the 9hp K2100 or, using the Kersten FKDR front linkage kit, it may be fitted to certain models of Ride-on Mower.
The working width of the Kersten KRB250 is 2.5 metres. The outer brushes may be easily folded up in seconds to a transport width of less than 1.1 metres.
Additional surface penetration may be achieved when required by adding weight to the weight tray and adjusting the height wheels.
Powered sweeping the pile to prevent compaction
Both sand and rubber crumb will compact with intensive use, and the ability of the surface to drain adequately will be reduced. 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 provide ideal conditions for moss and algae to flourish.
This can result in dangerous slippery conditions and produce an unpleasant odour.
In extreme cases the algae can cause puddles leaving a thick black sticky residue that can solidify when the surface does eventually dry out. This solidified alga binds the surface and the infilling rendering the shock reduction characteristics the surface should provide as ineffective.
Debris collection – as required
Therefore it is essential to remove any organic debris before it contaminates the surface. At the same time remove any litter and potentially injury causing debris before play on a regular basis. Sources of debris include that can contaminate the surface include
1. Wind blown material such as leaves and litter,
2. Animal excrement from birds and other animals gaining access to unsecured sites,
3. Debris carried on to the surface by users of the facility.
4. Loose fibres from the surface often found following a new installation.
5. Debris carried on to the surface on maintenance machinery used in other applications.
6. Debris that can wash on to the surface in heavy rain or flood conditions from higher ground
Secure barriers can help to prevent some debris entering the area but can also prevent any captured from escaping. Light loose debris may be quickly blown off the surface. The material that is heavy, damp or sticky tens to remain on or in the grass pile. A Kersten sweeper is a very effective means of picking this material up. All the Kersten sweepers may be fitted with a full debris collector which collects all swept material or a filter collector.
The Kersten pedestrian sweepers all feature a collector box made from robust polyurethane.(PE) The box is attached to and removed from the sweeper easily. It can then be emptied into a bin. Larger tractor mounted sweepers can feature hydraulic emptying.
Sorting the debris from the filling
Kersten De-Moss 90
Front Sweeping Machine 90cm Hydraulic Drive suitable for K2100, UBS Easy 9/13
Specially designed to remove moss from hard surfaces.
• Fully adjustable for height and angle
• 32cmØ Suitable for sweeping hard and soft surfaces including artificial sports surfaces.
Click here for download the video
The filter collector accessory allows smaller particles through a filter including the sand or rubber filling and returns to the surface while the larger debris such as leaves, sticks fabric, hair, etc. remain in the collector for disposal of the surface
Debris collection frequency will be governed by the local environmental conditions in and around the surface and the hygiene regime applied to the users of the surface by the pitch manager. There may also be a seasonal effect regarding volumes of debris found on the surface.
It is always surprising the amount of debris which is collected but cannot be easily seen when laying on the surface prior to the operation.
Looking after the edges
It is common the find a build-up of debris around the perimeter fence of the sports surface. Modern surfaces may feature a kickboard to prevent damage to the lower part of the perimeter fence. It is essential this board has a clear gap between it and the surface. The gap is designed to allow surface water to drain off the surface very quickly in the event of extreme rainfall. Failure to maintain the edges often results in weed growth encroaching on to the surface.
All Kersten sweepers may be fitted with the side gully brush accessory which carry out this function quickly and easily. The accessory can fold up in and out of work and works effectively with the solid or filter box collector. Han one hour.
Kersten Machines Inside and out
Keeping the access paths, roads and edges clean in and around the playing surface are also essential to prevent ingress of debris on to the surface. Debris may easily be transported on to the service by Shoes and tyres of maintenance equipment. All of the sweepers in the Kersten range can carry out the same sweeping tasks on most types of surface collecting debris.
After the event
The result of not maintaining your artificial sports surface can be seen below. It can take several years of neglect to produce results as established as this. The causes, however, are fundamental and have been outlined in this document. The Kersten sweepers are ideal machines for preventative maintenance but their benefits don’t stop there. If you find yourself responsible for trying to revive a surface that has already suffered from neglect then the Kersten sweeper is robust enough to remove to refresh some of the worst infestations of moss and algae Weather conditions can affect the moss and algae very drastically which can some times make it easier or harder to remove from the surface so you should not expect to get a perfect result in one operation. The results can be quite amazing.
Above: The Kersten sweeper cuts through the mass of accumulatd debris.
Several passes are required to undo months of neglect and reveal the surface.
Tarmac and painted surfaces.
It is not only artificial sports surfaces that suffer degradation from organic material remaining on the surface Any surface can be affected. The same sweeping regime should be adopted and the Kersten pedestrian or tractor mounted sweeper is ideal for the preventative maintenance and rehabilitation. It is important to note that tarmac surfaces can be damaged by lack of maintenance.
Organic material left on a surface decomposes into fine particles. This material washes deeper in the porous surface and retains moisture similar to a sponge. The surface takes an ever longer time to dry out after wet weather. During winter conditions this moisture freezes and expands. The result is to dislodge the stones from the tarmac eventually turning the smooth playing surface in to an uneven hazard with many loose stones on the surface. The sweeper will collect these loose stones but the craters left by the loose stones are not easily repairable and the damaged surface is more likely to create puddles which quickly lead to further damage.