THE BACKPACK & LANCE WITH A DIFFERENCE

THE BACKPACK & LANCE WITH A DIFFERENCE

The new RIPAGREEN range from Kersten


The RIPAGREEN Mobility Kit is a direct replacement for the nap sack sprayer - without the chemicals.  
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.


More information about the RIPAGREEN can be found here

Watch the RIPAGREEN in action 

View the RIPAGREEN catalogue here


Retail from £1995.00 + VAT

Contact us on email; info@kerstenuk.com
or by phone; 0118 9869 253


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GREAT INCENTIVE ON BLOWERS THIS SEASON

GREAT INCENTIVE ON BLOWERS THIS SEASON

The "quiet blower" from Kersten



The Kersten LBV is quieter and lighter than any other unit on the market; making it the perfect option for the lightweight F series mower units. The LBV blowers feature a dynamically balanced aluminium fan in a lightweight polyurethane plastic casing with inlet and exhaust silencing baffles to make it really quiet and smooth to operate.


With two models to choose from you can be sure we can provide a blower that is perfectly balanced to the prime mover of your choice. While the blower chassis design is common, a bracket (ABR) is required to attach the LBV Blower to your tractor front or rear linkage system.  ABR brackets are available to suit common front linkage systems including CAT0 and CAT1 three point linkages, CAT0 and CAT1 "A" frames, John Deere front Quick-Tach system, F series 2 point mounting systems, Stiga Titan linkage, Karcher MIC linkage and many more.


The LBV PTO drive versions uses the tractor or mower front or rear PTO system to power the blower. The input speeds may vary from 540rpm-2500rpm. Gear boxes of various ratios may be chosen to achieve the correct impeller rotation speed. All machines are provided with the correct PTO to suit your application (you may have to cut PTO to length).


Speak to our sales team today to discuss the models available.

More information about the LBV can be found here;
https://www.kerstenuk.com/kersten-machines/pc/Blowing-Attachments-c909.htm

These kits are the perfect addition to a hire fleet, or suitable for a customer who is after a bargain.



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NEW TECHNOLOGY IS SWEEPING THROUGH OUR RANGE

NEW TECHNOLOGY IS SWEEPING THROUGH OUR RANGE

Kersten Introduce a new range of sweepers for tractors 70-130HP



The New FKM 60 range is a front mounted sweeper with a difference.
The KM Control and floating collector box make following the ground contours one really easy task.
With even better collection results and 23% larger collection capacity.
Please get in touch with us to arrange a demonstration or for more information.
Full product information can be found using these links;
https://kerstenuk.uk/files/Kersten-FKM60-sweeper-spec-sheet-August-2019.pdf


KM CONTROL

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.


FLOATING COLLECTOR

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.



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NEW KM 70 SWEEPER DEMO UNIT

NEW KM 70 SWEEPER DEMO UNIT

Kersten expand the demo fleet and go on tour



We have invested in a new KM70 series sweeper for our demonstration
fleet and we are looking to set up a demonstration tour with our Dealers.
If you sell large tractors, this is the perfect tool to show them off.


Please get in touch with us to arrange a demonstration or for more information.
Full product information can be found using these links;


This is our largest range of professional, heavy duty sweepers with
hydraulic drive and manual angling, boasting a width of 2.5m - 3.0m.


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.

Our Ø 70cm, five row combi-brush moves large, heavy debris with ease.


Height adjustment is made in a single operation, with heavy duty height adjustment wheels that support the brush when in use.


Suitable for front three point linkage mounting or front loader quick hitches.
The sweeper comes with built in storage stands for easy maneuvering when detached from the tractor.



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NEW INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT COURSE

NEW INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT COURSE

Kersten have been working with LANTRA to launch a new 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.


With the future of pesticides becoming a hot topic of discussion, it's more important than ever to use chemicals alongside non-chemical alternatives to create an integrated approach to weed management that is both effective and sustainable.

Harper Adams University is the first Lantra Training Provider to deliver LANTRA's Awareness of Integrated Weed Management training course.
On 28 May 2019, the first group of learners who sat the course consisted of fellow Amenity Forum members and like-minded individuals in weed control.

Instructed by Technical Verifier Jonathan Spibey, the course proved a great success and was well received by all in attendance; furthering the ongoing weed control discussion in an industry that’s fighting a battle of restrictions on the use and availability of chemicals.
It has never been more important to look to an integrated approach to weed management, to strike an even balance between safety, success and sustainability.

Ian Pryce, from Harper Adams said: “Harper Adams University was delighted to run its first Lantra Awards Awareness of Integrated Weed Management course. We hope this will be the first of many as we strongly believe that this is a fantastic first step for grounds maintenance managers of private contractors and local authorities to help them to become less reliant on the traditional methods of weed control, such as herbicides, and to move towards a more sustainable approach that is both cost effective and more importantly environmentally friendly.”

More information about the Lantra course may be found here...


Members of the Kersten team were involved in supplying information regarding methods of maintaining surfaces and weed removal using sweeping and heat.

More information  about chemical free weed control may be found here......... 

For More information please contact us;
Phone: 0118 9869 253
Email: info@kerstenuk.com



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Kersten – something very special to kick start 2018

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Kersten News  -  Something very special to kick start 2018
January 2018



The all new KM16560 Sweeper from Kersten Has a few features we think
really going to like....


Kersten have just launched a New Sweeper for the New Year!Kersten - The all new KM16560 Sweeper

Floating Collector BoxThe collector box on most sweepers is rigidly fixed to the front of the sweeper when you
approach a bump or slope, this results in the sweeper losing contact with the ground, leaving some un-swept surface
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Kersten - The all new KM16560 Sweeper


Kersten - The all new KM16560 Sweeper


Kersten - The all new KM16560 Sweeper


Kersten - The all new KM16560 Sweeper

Our new collector box design allows the collector to float on arms from the rear of the sweeper,
allowing it to move independently of the brush.


This ensures that the brush remains in contact with the ground at all times.
Additional benefits include;

less wear to the caster wheels, less impact on the linkage, and a cleaner finish.

Optional KM Controls

What are KM Controls? I hear you ask…

KM controls adjust the brush automatically to keep the same pressure with the ground!

This means that the brush can automatically cope with undulations and hills for the ultimate sweeping performance.
But even better than that, wear on the brush from excessive pressure is eliminated, giving your brushes a much longer life,
and protecting the machine from heavy handed operators!


We hope you love our new sweeper!

UK wide demonstrations can be arranged all year round. All our machines are sold and backed up by our dealer network.




For more information:
0118 986 9253 – info@kerstenuk.com





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NEW De-Moss 90 - Everything you need to know

What is the De-Moss 90?

This hydraulic 90cm 5 row sweeper has a specially developed tough, hard, durable nylon filament that is unique within our range. It's suitable to fit the present K2100 Kersten walk behind tractors. 

What does the De0-Moss 90 do?

The innovative sweeper is designed for primarily removing moss from tarmac paths, drives, tennis courts and similar coarse surfaces without ingression and damage to the underlying surface.  

Why is the De-Moss 90 different?

The DE-Moss 90 is a simple solution for speedy removal and collection of moss from coarse surfaces, working in conditions that were beyond the ability of our standard unit. By steady evolution this 5-row sweeper now allows moss to be collected or swept left or right as required*.  

The tough durable special plastic filaments are greater in diameter, than a standard brush. As the filaments are stiffer, this in turn allows more effort to be transmitted to the tip therefore moving more stubborn material. Speed, no surface marking, ease of use, low cost of ownership and removing moss are the main benefits of this sweeper. 

*For safe operation always use the brush guard if not using a collector box. 

View the De-Moss 90 working here

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Slip Hazard?

How long does it take to deal with a slip hazard like this in a cemetery?

Path covered with moss


A Kersten powered sweeper can be angle left and right. The powerful brush sweeps the surface , in this case depositing the debris safely each side of the pathway. When the Kersten sweeper is fitted with a collector the brush sweeps the detritus that the moss is growing in and collects the debris in the collection box. This surface may now dry much more quickly as nothing remains to store moisture reducing the possibility of future moss growth. A periodical sweep will keep this area free from moss and weeds.


10 minutes later.....


Sweeping moss covered path

Kersten sweepers can be pedestrian operated or tractor mounted. They are available in working widths of 75cm to 3 metres.  See our website for details.........

Chemical Free Weed Control From Kersten



FAQ's about sweeping moss


Question: Does an operative require a special licence to destroy weeds and pests with a sweeping device in the UK?

Answer: We are not aware of any legislation in the UK which prevents any competent person using a mechanical sweeping device to destroy weeds and similar pests.


Question: Is it safe, accurate and effective to carry out weed killing operations with a sweeping device in moderate wind conditions?

Answer: We are not aware of any reasons why sweeping device should not be safe, accurate or effective in moderate wind conditions.


Question: Does sweeping increase the possibility of contaminating ground water with chemicals potentially hazardous to human health? 

Answer: There is potential for ground water contamination by sweeping surfaces by powered mechanical means however the risks are greatly reduced compared with the use of herbicides and other methods.


Question: Why does moss grow in certain areas?

Answer:  Moss requires a growing medium and a water source to flourish. Moss thrives particularly well in shaded areas.


Question: How can you destroy moss without chemicals?

Answer: You can destroy moss by depriving it of critical life dependencies such as moisture. Moisture is often stored in detritus. This detritus drys out less quickly in shady areas.


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Should we spray or should we sweep?

With growing social pressure against using chemicals to control weeds and other pests, the grounds maintenance sector has an opportunity to think about best practice and lead by example.

When faced with areas similar to the one below what are the options?

            1. Spray it with chemicals to kill the moss

            2. Treat it with hot foam or water to kill the moss

            3. Leave it

            4. Sweep it to remove the detritus the moss is growing in


Which one would you choose?


Moss in Tarmac surface


Look at the option we chose......


Kersten sweeper about to tackle moss


Look what it did......


Swweeping Mower with Kersten powered sweeper


A Kersten powered sweeper with a collector and a side gulley brush sweeps the detritus that the moss is growing in and collects the debris in the collection box. This surface may now dry much more quickly as nothing remains to store moisture reducing the possibility of future moss growth. A periodical sweep will keep this area free from moss and weeds.


Kersten sweepers can be pedestrian operated or tractor mounted. They are available in working widths of 75cm to 3 metres.  See our website for details.........Chemical Free Weed Control From Kersten



FAQ's about sweeping moss


Question: Does an operative require a special licence to destroy weeds and pests with a sweeping device in the UK?

Answer: We are not aware of any legislation in the UK which prevents any competent person using a mechanical sweeping device to destroy weeds and similar pests.


Question: Is it safe, accurate and effective to carry out weed killing operations with a sweeping device in moderate wind conditions?

Answer: We are not aware of any reasons why sweeping device should not be safe, accurate or effective in moderate wind conditions.


Question: Does sweeping increase the possibility of contaminating ground water with chemicals potentially hazardous to human health? 

Answer: There is potential for ground water contamination by sweeping surfaces by powered mechanical means however the risks are greatly reduced compared with the use of herbicides and other methods.


Question: Why does moss grow in certain areas?

Answer:  Moss requires a growing medium and a water source to flourish. Moss thrives particularly well in shaded areas.


Question: How can you destroy moss without chemicals?

Answer: You can destroy moss by depriving it of critical life dependencies such as moisture. Moisture is often stored in detritus. This detritus drys out less quickly in shady areas.


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Kersten DE-MOSS 90 Sweeper on Tarmac Drive.

This week, we’ve had yet another request from a customer who gave up the unequal struggle to clear his tarmac drive of moss and weeds. Just imagine you have two nice houses, well maintained and valuable, fronted by a drive that markedly detracts their visual appeal and value.  

The owners of these properties have over the years been tackling the problem by various means, such as pressure washers, moss killer, hand brooms and subsequently decided that they could not solve this problem themselves. Now was the time to call in the professionals. 

This contract required three Kersten machines for speed, but we could have only used one power unit and three attachments. The Kersten DE-MOSS 90 sweeper was used to cover the majority of the driveway. Areas such as under bushes and those affected with thicker weeds were easily tackled by the Kersten Weedo. Once the moss and weeds had been removed the whole area was then swept and collected by the standard 1m sweeper with gulley brush attachment on the Kersten K2100.  

Results were impressive. The DE-MOSS 90 sweeper has ensured the whole drive, approximately 300m2, is now looking as good as it should. Time on site was around three hours. This is a reduction from the estimate which normally would have been closer to a day’s work for the same standard of work; a huge improvement in productivity.  

The customer who previously despaired of this job, after the hand brooms, chemicals and pressure washer was more than impressed. There was no mess, no splashes, no blocked drains, no surface damage and all the kerb edges were clean and tidy. Cleaning the kerb edge too is so important to presentation, the eye always goes to the edge, something the Kersten gulley brush is designed for. Having the correct tools for the job allows these challenging commitments to be accomplished quickly and profitably. 

Kersten machines are “they do what they say on the tin” products, a comment we often hear at demonstrations. “Chemical free weed control” and “kerb appeal” are our goals, which we keep promoting. 

All that is needed in the future to keep this drive looking good is just a quick sweep with a collector box.  


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Tractor Mounted Rear PTO Sweepers

Tractor Mounted Rear PTO Sweepers

A demonstration was requested for a tractor mounted rear sweeper with collector and gulley brush (HKM 12540M) by Lister Wilder. This turned out to be a large farmyard with office building, equipment sheds, barns, stables and horse manège. During the summer months it is more presentable but during the winter, when wet and damp, the whole area becomes dirty and muddy.
 
Lister Wilder’s Kubota STW40 tractor, proved to be the ideal power unit to demonstrate our sweeper, as the gulley brush and collector box could be operated by one set spool valve and the sweeper by the power take off. Care was taken to ensure the sweeper was adjusted for level, both side to side and fore and aft.
After a quick demonstration, the customer then used the sweeper on the more difficult areas, such as the horse ménage sand, raised kerb edges and mud left behind by tractor movements.

The conclusions from the demonstration were easily summarised.
1. Brilliant result, performance exceeded the customer’s expectations.
2. The gulley brush gives ‘kerb appeal’.
3. Collects manège sand and compacted mud, as well as most of the light detritus and straw.
4. The 1.5m sweeper will be more suitable rather than the 1.25m as demonstrated.
5. Happy customer! The whole area can now be kept clean and weed free without chemicals and the gulley brush offers ‘kerb appeal’ around the whole site.

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Proving What We Preach

We're always recommending regular maintenance to reduce moss and weeds building up and causing damage. We suggest that you should be proactive not reactive.

One of our customers requests a visit from us on an annual basis during the spring, to bring his tennis court back to a nice clean playable surface ready for the season ahead. The court suffers from moss and debris from trees and bushes that are in close proximity to the court giving the moss plenty to feed on.


We used our new De-Moss 90, a Weedo as well as our standard 1m sweeper with collector box on a K2100. The De-Moss 90 worked brilliantly on the moss covered edges, any deeper moss was removed using the Weedo. All the debris was moved into the centre which was then collected by the K2100 sweeper with collector box, then a final sweep to finish off.


The tennis court was left moss and dirt free. By using each machine in an order that best suited this job the whole task was completed in approximately 2 and half hours with 2 personnel.


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