Do you remember the days when road sweepers just swept roads? Technology has moved on, says Nilfisk.

Products and markets continue to evolve rapidly across all sectors. It’s only right that product development continues to deliver productivity, environmental, ergonomic and cost efficiency savings.

A few years ago it was predicted that sweepers would morph into multi-functional utility machines capable of doing so much more than just sweeping. That prediction has very much become reality for the Nilfisk Group, whose outdoor range has gone from strength to strength following strategic acquisition.


SUB-COMPACT SWEEPERS Nilfisk City Rangers are a fleet of articulated outdoor machines, easily adaptable for a wide range of functions. A full range of attachments provide year round use including green maintenance, winter maintenance and street cleansing.

The objective for the range is true 4-in-1 machines for use 365 days per year. Multi-functional use results in substantially less capital investment and means that a machine is always available for the job in hand.

The attachments are quickly and easily changed in minutes, the hydraulic hoses connecting at the turn of a handle. Weed control, rotary and mulch mowing, lawn edging, hedge trimming, suction sweeping, snow plough and salt and sand spreading can all be carried out by the versatile City Ranger.

The Nilfisk range starts with the base model – the Park Ranger 2150 – available with an all season range of attachments. The articulated machine is just 1m wide and is very easy to manoeuvre with a turning radius of only 1.5m. However it was a bigger model that was selected for weed ripping in Rochdale, in addition to general road sweeping duties.

WEED RIPPING IN ROCHDALE Rochdale Council are utilising a Nilfisk City Ranger outdoor machine for non-toxic weed ripping with excellent results.

The liveried, four-wheel drive, 35 HP City Ranger 2250 is used almost exclusively for weed ripping that was previously carried out manually.

Rochdale Council had been carrying out weed control by hand before moving to mechanisation. Transport Procurement Officer for Rochdale Council, John King commented: “The weed removal tool is a world away from our previous manual methods. The performance and productivity of the machine is fantastic and has made


a massive difference. The staff are very happy with the operation of the unit which consistently gets positive comments from local residents. The results are evident from the before and after photos and all achieved with no use of chemicals.

“Nilfisk sales and service staff are always very helpful and we can call on them to train new staff at any time. We currently have plans in place to replace all of our current fleet vehicles with City Rangers.”

The weed control tool works by scouring weeds loose and destroying new shoots. Regular brushing thereafter keeps areas weed free. The City Ranger sweeper is extremely manoeuvrable and turns in a very tight circle. Brush heads can be easily turned and angled enabling perfect results on a myriad of surfaces including cobbles, flags, slants, right angles, kerbs and around lamp posts.

A 6m vacuum hose is optional for nooks and crannies but the suction sweeper hopper efficiently removes all weeded material and any new seeds. Overall a highly effective solution that cleans up as it goes along.

THE ULTIMATE STREET SCRUBBER The top of the range City Ranger 3570 is a four-wheel drive, 51 HP machine with an impressive transport speed of 38 km/h. It too is easily adapted for a wide range of functions, but setting it apart is its unique ability to literally scrub and dry the street in one pass.

The street flusher solution combines two attachments: a front-mounted spray bar with nozzles that pivot up to 25 degrees, and a large water tank that is fitted to the back of the vehicle.

The 1000l polyethylene tank provides for powerful high pressure washing of up to 40 bar and is aided by a 10m hand lance. Independent suspension maintains constant ground pressure on the squeegee following the ground perfectly. It is therefore perfect for prestigious, high traffic venues and its working width of 1700mm is built to work around the clock.

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