Rochdale Council is utilising a Nilfisk City Ranger outdoor machine for non-toxic weed ripping with excellent results. The liveried 4 wheel drive, 35 HP City Ranger 2250 is used almost exclusively for weed ripping, a job that was previously carried out manually.
The Nilfisk City Ranger 2250 is one of a fleet of articulated outdoor machines that are easily adapted for a wide range of functions. A full range of attachments provide for year round use including green maintenance, winter maintenance, and street cleansing. The attachments are quickly and easily changed in minutes, and the hydraulic hoses connecting at the turn of a handle. Weed control, rotary and mulch mowing, lawn edging, hedge trimming, snow sweeping, and salt and sand spreading can all be carried out by the versatile City Ranger.
Rochdale Council had been carrying out weed control by hand before moving to mechanisation using the City Ranger 2250. Transport procurement officer for Rochdale Council, John King, said: “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.”
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 myriad surfaces including cobbles, flags, slants, right angles, kerbs and around lamp posts. A six metre vacuum hose is optional for nooks and crannies but the suction sweeper hopper efficiently removes all weeded material and any new seeds.
Additional options include an integrated high pressure washer and a rear view camera.