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CLEANLINESS Kärcher’s FRI 30 Me twin-handled surface cleaner provides efficient surface cleaning up to 500 bar at up to 100°C – and even works underwater! Ideal for cleaning out discoloured tiles in fountain bases and community paddling pools.


WEEDING OUT


THOSE WEEDS Penetrating through paving slabs and establishing themselves in corners, nooks and crannies, weeds really are a nuisance - one the prospect of a common weed killer ban has left many councils wondering how they’ll tackle this year. With two distinct growth phases in Spring and Autumn it’s not a one off job to keep these unwelcome visitors at bay, but there is good news: you can drastically reduce treatments by pairing your Kärcher hot water pressure washer with a weed lance to tackle even tall weeds. Available in 20cm (WR 20) or 50cm (WR 50) working widths, they attach to the pressure washer lance and use the heat of the pressure washer - 92°C by the time it reaches the roots - to scald the whole weed. So long as the root hits 65°C, an excess of ascorbic acid forms and is transmitted from the roots to the leaves, destroying the plant.


The lightweight WR 20 is particularly suited to use on walls, whilst the WR


50 is better suited to larger areas. Both are ideal for gravel and sports pitches where mechanical removal by sweepers can’t be deployed.


Prevention is better than cure. Regular kerbside sweeping will remove the plants’ seeds as well as the dirt and dust which, when combined with rainwater, creates an ideal substrate for weeds to grow. Once the roots are established, it will take powerful steel brushes to tear weeds out of the grounds complete with roots. Kärcher’s Municipal Implement Carriers (MIC) have weeding attachments, including a weed brush with intake to remove and vacuum away the weed in one.


Meet the Year-round Multitasking Municipal Vehicle range from Kärcher


Kärcher MICs are designed to serve all the varied needs of local authorities, university campuses and theme parks with a single machine investment. These compact, agile machines have good visibility, small turning circles and intuitive controls. A street sweeper with hydraulic container lift for easy emptying, they can feature an on-board pressure washer; street flushing grime bar - ideal for cities with thriving night time economies; manual or hydraulic flowerbed irrigation; scrub deck to reach deep between paving slabs; manual suction hose to aid litter picking, leaf collection or pond drainage.


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Developed in close collaboration with operators, these machines go the extra mile – and then some; their unique conversion system allows them to transform their purpose from sweeper to mower in no time. The cuttings are vacuumed up and transported to what was the sweeping container which is used for grass cuttings in mowing mode; rotary-mulching, large flail and hedge shearing attachments are also available. Come the Autumn, MICs will tackle all the fallen leaves and come the winter another quick conversion creates a snow plough, snow thrower or gritter.


In times when municipal budgets are tight, the efficiency savings generated through multifunctional cleaning machines constitutes a key cost advantage – as well as saving on training costs, storage space and means with a simple tool-free accessory switch, the right task-specific solution is only ever moments away.


HIRED HELP If your town has a festival season, sporting event or other short term need, hiring machines can be an excellent route to get solutions on site fast. It’s also worth investigating via a contract cleaning specialist if you only perform certain tasks on an ad hoc basis; having the right machine for a short while can save significant manual effort and labour costs.


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