The Chronicles of Kaptain Klean

The Chronicles of Kaptain Klean - Episode 1 (Weeds by the Water)

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Testimonials from our customers

What our customers say about our machines:

Thames Water

 "This is the best machine combination that we have used ... and it coped well with the inclines. Plus, we swapped the attachment and used the sweeper to collect all the debris that we had extracted from the concrete of the reservoir."

Tyne Valley Garden Centre

"We could be spending up to 20 hours a week removing moss and dirt from the pedestrian areas and it seemed nothing we did made much difference." Following a demonstration by Kersten, John saw an immediate improvement. "I was so impressed, I needed the machine there and then and simply bought Trevor's demonstrator."

Ascott Under Wychwood Parish Council

"I was soon to discover that keeping roads and pavements clear of snow and ice was not simply a case of throwing some salt or grit down."

Powys County Council

"The major benefit of these new vehicles is that we are able to provide a service to people who we haven't been able to help before. We are hoping now that we can keep access to schools, old people's homes and emergency services buildings clear of snow, even in the must rural of places."

Crawley Council

"Our staff worked extremely hard over the winter when snow twice seriously affected movement across the town. This equipment will help us to be much more effective should we experience similar conditions in the future. Our machine has been invaluable, particularly for clearing snow on the steep drive. The secret for removing moss and grime from the block paving is to shovel on fine sharp sand and spread either with brush or weed brush on bad areas. Wait for continuous rain and brush again - comes up like new!”

Oldham Council

“To comply with European directives we needed to find a way to remove weed and moss growth from Oldham's paved and tarmaced areas. And to do this without too much chemical use.This is a problem that can be very labour and time intensive and we are always looking to give ratepayers best value. So Kersten's extensive range of machines easily fulfilled our needs.”

FFL Services

"It does what it says on the tin. The 16hp twin cylinder engine has loads of power for this job."

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Kersten UK to attend Scotplant 2020

The final preparations are being put in place for ScotPlant 2020, the most important event of the year for the Scottish construction equipment sector.

Kersten will be in attendance at stall R3 across from our partners at Balgownie.

Scotplant 2020 looks set to be the largest in the events 20+ year history. For the first time the avenue between the indoor and outdoor arenas will also be hired out for exhibitors - meaning there will be more than ever.

Sales & Marketing manager Sean will be in attendance alongside Operations Manager Doug with additional support from the marketing team. 

With a larger stand than we have had at previous events, we will showcase a range of new products from Kersten and our partners at Ripagreen as well as some of our existing weed control and surface maintenance equipment. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of Sean and Doug and get a sneak peak at innovative new products which will be released later in the year.

Best of all, we will also be giving away a selection of free products throughout the day so make sure you swing by and say hello.

Additional information can be found at the Scotplant website - make sure you're following us on social media if you're unable to attend. We will be posting all our updates there - Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube!

See you there!

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Use your machine for winter maintenance

Use your machine for winter maintenance!

The great thing about a multi-attachment machine is that it can be utilised all year round.
The Kersten two-wheel tractors can be fitted with snow chains and winter attachments to transform your machine into the ultimate winter companion for paths and car parks. The hydraulic drive is extremely useful for slowing the wheel speed to avoid slipping on the icy surface when using the winter attachments.
The snow sweeper - For light snow fall, the sweeper is a perfect tool and clears access paths quickly. The sweeper will deal with up to 5cm of snow quite easily by angling the brush and wind-rowing it. The gaps in the rows of bristles allow the sweeper to deal with the large volumes of material that need to be moved by the brush. When used on fresh snow the brush can sweep down to the surface dries quickly is therefore less likely to be slippery.
The snow plough - A snow plough attachment can be fitted to the K-series or UBS for dealing with heavier snow drifts. The snow plough is a straight blade with a sprung “break-back” system that allows it to ride over obstacles such as drain covers or speed bumps. The plough can be positioned for ploughing forward or can be angled to the left and right.
The salt spreader - A hydraulic drive salt spreader is available for the K-series machines, which can carry up to 70 litres of salt. The spreader is fitted with a mesh for breaking up large clumps of salt before they go through the machine. A special agitator has been designed to deal with damp salt, using a chain to break up the material. Guards allow the spread width to be adjusted to suit the application.
The snow blower – For deeper drifts of snow the UBS machines can be fitted with a snowblower. This uses a two-stage tooth and fan system to break up the snow and then pull it through the machine. The snow is then blown through a chute by the fan, the chute can be adjusted to place the snow in the desired direction. A snow blower requires at least a few inches of snow before it will work effectively.

For more information on any Kersten articles or products, please contact us directly:  Email: Phone: 0118 9869 253

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Creating a weed control strategy for all seasons; Pesticide Free

If you are used to a spraying schedule, then putting together another sort of Weed elimination strategy can be a bit daunting. But if you go back to basics, it's quite simple.

Weeds use a combination of natural processes to grow. If we can disrupt these processes we can eliminate the weeds effectively.

1. The soil cycle.

It is soil which provides most of the nutrients and water storage that gives weeds the opportunity to grow on hard surfaces. A clean hard surface such as tarmac or block paving has no nutrients to offer an opportunistic weed.

But how does the soil get there?

This video gives us a good display of what occurs over the course of just a couple of months to organic matter from trees, grass, hedges and other plant sources when it is left to decompose.

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In the Summer and Autumn, organic debris is constantly being left on the surface in the form of grass cuttings, hedge clippings, leaves etc. When these decompose into soil, it gives an opportunity for weeds to grow.

The easiest way to reduce weeds is by eliminating these opportunities. Collecting detritus shortly after it is dropped by vacuuming or sweeping is a simple way to tackle this. When the soil is firmly established, such as a build up on path edges, or in gaps between block paving then it must be removed by another method such as weed brushing.

Weed brushing can be done in the winter. All the annual plants will be gone, so it is easier to see the offending soil and remaining established weeds. Doing this in winter also gives you a head start, as the first new weeds won't begin to grow until spring. If they have nothing to grow in, you have won half the battle already.

2. The plant life cycle.

 While plants life cycles are continuous, a plant’s life begins with the seed. With water, right temperature and right location, the seed grows. It becomes a seedling. Roots push down into the ground to get water and minerals. The stem reaches for the sun, and leaves begin to unfold. A bud appears. The plants then produce flowers. The flowers are then pollinated in many ways – by bees, moths, butterflies, insects, moths, bats, butterflies and even by the wind. The pollinated flower turns into fruit. The new seeds are inside the fruit. The ripe fruit drops to the ground and the cycle begins again.

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For annual plants the plant life cycle will all happen within a few months. Our best chance at interrupting this cycle and preventing new growth is to eliminate the plant before it seeds.

Most seeds will germinate and begin to grow in the spring and will be dropping seeds by late summer. Therefore, the best time to kill the plant is in spring. We can do this in one of several ways.

  • A plant needs; Light, Air, Water, Nutrients and Warmth in order to survive. We can kill a plant by depriving it of any of these things.

If a plant has soil, it is quite difficult to deprive the plant of water, nutrients, water and warmth when it is outside. The easiest one to go for is light. We can do this either by;

  • Covering the plant so that no light can reach it.
  • Destroying the chlorophyll in the plant which does the job of processing the sunlight and turning it into energy (Photosynthesis).

Option 2 is by far the more viable for larger areas and can be achieved by exposing the plant to high temperatures.

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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 earlier in the plant life cycle we treat the plant, the more effective the treatment will be.

As plants emerge at different times in spring and different plants will take varying numbers of treatments due to the energy stored in the roots, it is good practise to carry out several treatments of heat throughout the spring season.

From all this knowledge we can determine the most effective strategy for weed elimination.

The effective regime;

Winter - Weedbrushing and collection of soil, which will prevent opportunities for weed growth.

Spring - Several treatments with heat such as a weed burner, which will kill the emerging weeds before they seed.

Summer - Sweeping grass cuttings, hedge clippings and other organic debris to prevent this from being allowed to decompose and form more soil.

Autumn - Collecting dead leaves and other organic debris that naturally falls from deciduous and annual plants in Autumn to prevent this from being allowed to decompose and form more soil.

For more information about maintaining surfaces; check out our surface maintenance handbook click here.

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Mud on road prompts warnings

Mud on the road won't make you popular with the neighbours!

Mud on the road is, understandably, a biproduct from a range of businesses. From farms and construction sites to haulage companies and builders yards it is inevitable that some kind of debris will end up being left behind.

Kersten equipment is best placed to help with this problem and stop you falling foul of both Highways Act 1980 and Road Traffic Act 1988 which can lead to imprisonment if not adhered to.

Farmers in Yorkshire, for example, have been warned that they must:

  • Be prepared to hire equipment promptly to remove deposits
  • Keep to their own farm roads whenever possible
  • Keep to low speeds and prevent mud from being deposited by removing any excess before driving on to roads
  • Use authorised signs positioned to give maximum visibility to road users
  • Clean the road as necessary during the working day and always at the end of the working day

Kersten sweepers have been specifically designed to remove soil and heavy debris on hard surfaces. This is achieved by several very important design features not typically found on other sweepers such as the 5 rows of bristles found on our sweeper brush, ability to fine tune the pressure of the brush and fantastic dexterity, allowing you to angle the brush to sweep forwards, left or right.

We have a selection of front mounted sweepers to help with this problem that can be fitted to machinery that will already be on site - there are attachments for tractors, forklifts, tele-handlers and unimogs depending on your lifting system.

Our sweepers can also be fitted with a range of accessories for making the job even easier:

Floating Collector Box

Adding our floating collector box allows you to follow the contours of the road as you sweep meaning a cleaner finish which won't damage the road surface and gives users an easy way to dispose of the debris. Perfect for soil, moss and sand.

Gully Brush

Our gully brush pulls material from the edges of the path or road in order for it to be collected by the main sweeper reducing the amount of passes needed to remove the debris.

Brush Guard

In place of a collector box a brush guard can be fitted to prevent debris being flicked into the air, with the material instead being contained close to the brush. This is extremely useful when trying to wind-row material.

Mud Scraper

Sitting ahead of the brush, our mud scraper loosens mud, soil, sand and other organic compounds to make sure you get a clean sweep first time and reduce the amount of passes required.

For more information on any Kersten articles or products, please contact us directly: Email: Phone: 0118 9869 253

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Why is a clear kerb important?

Kerb Edging - Why is a clear kerb important?

Wow! There's a kerb!

A kerb is expensive to install, so someone put it there for a reason...
In low-speed environments, kerbs are effective at channelling traffic and can provide some re-directive capacity for low-speed impacts. On higher speed roads, the main function of curbs is to provide drainage and they are mostly used in areas of a bridge approach or other locations with erosion risk. In both these cases a hidden kerb is not performing it's function. This material will be preventing water run off, blocking drains and will act more like a ramp than a re-directive for traffic! So having a clear Kerb is important.

It also looks much more attractive to have a crisp clean kerb! A weedbrush is the perfect tool for keeping a kerb clear, but some weedbrushes are designed for heavier work than others. The UBS is designed to deal with heavy soil all day long, while being easy on the operator. For more information on the UBS and weedbrush please check out this link;

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Why we're on LinkedIn

We are on LinkedIn to help solve our customers' problems.

We know that every connection we make on LinkedIn is the start of a journey.  

When someone connects with us on LinkedIn it is usually because they are aware of a problem in their business that we might be able to help them solve.  It may be an artificial tennis court that has problems with drainage, or block paving that is slippery and covered in moss. 

Whatever it is, there are several key stages in a customer's journey to solving their problem, and LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to help them get to the next stage.  We love to solve problems, that's why we love LinkedIn!

The stages are;

Problem aware - The customer may be aware of the problem, but it can be very helpful to explore it with them to uncover the cause.  LinkedIn allows us to talk about specific problems like detritus build up, surface compaction and surface displacement, which lead to weeds, drainage problems and cause damage to hard surfaces over time.  An article or a video is a great way to get this information across.

Solution aware - Once we truly understand the problem, we can help the customer to explore the different ways to solve the problem.  Each situation is a little unique and so problems that look similar on the surface sometimes have different solutions.  LinkedIn is a great place to discuss particular scenarios and get into a back and forth discussion.  

Product aware - Once a customer has identified a solution that will meet their specific needs then we can help guide them to a product that will deliver that solution.  We can do this by sharing information on what makes our products different and why this matters.  Videos are great for this.

Fully aware - Once a customer has narrowed down a product, there is still work for us to do.  We can help them find a dealer close to them who will provide great backup and help them purchase the machine.  We can also post content about looking after the machines and getting the best from them.  

By using LinkedIn as a way to build this relationship with our customers, it let's us focus on using the website as a resource for sharing links and documents relating to more than just the product.  

For help with your own grounds maintenance problems, please get in touch.

0118 9869 253

Or check us out on LinkedIn.

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How to choose a sweeper

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.

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What is Integrated Weed Management?

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.

Mechanical prevention;

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;

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.

Biological Prevention;

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;

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

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Ploughing with a Utility Vehicle

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.

Patented self-angling

  • 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)

Two systems, one unit

    Meyer's PathPro has five position
    Meyer's PathPro has five position
    Lock-n-Go feature
  • 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

Scoop & Funnel

The height and attack angle of the moldboard provides optimum funnel action discharging snow faster and more efficiently.
The height and attack angle of the moldboard provides optimum funnel action discharging snow faster and more efficiently.
Dual flared wing moldboard design coupled with the 65º attack angle provides the Scoop & Funnel discharge action.

The height and attack angle of the moldboard provides optimum funnel action discharging snow faster and more efficiently.

Universal mounting system

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

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Ripagreen Weed Control from Kersten

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.

  1. Ripagreen is effective when applied in the rain.
  2. Ripagreen may be applied in moderate wind conditions.
  3. 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.

Find full catalogue here...

Link to Photo Ripagreen Thermal Lance weed control system

Ripagreen Thermal Lance for weed control

"Link to Photo Ripagreen Mobility Kit Thermal Lance weed control system"

Ripagreen Mobility kit thermal weed control


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