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| IN PRACTICE | AREA MAINTENANCE work cut out for them. In addition to the usual dirt and litter, municipal cleaning brigades have all those dead leaves to contend with. As pretty as dried autumn leaves may be, they can pose risks. Especially when it gets wet outside. This is when the sweeper and brush action comes into play again to quickly and efficiently free up footpaths, roads and curbs from the millions of dead leaves, and cart them all away in the hopper. Special requirements for the cold season Winter is also high season for the agile and versatile implement carriers. With the right power configuration, all-wheel drive and same-sized wheels, they can get the job done even in hilly or mountainous regions – and all that white stuff out of the way in a jiffy. Thanks to their ingenious design, they are just as able at performing their winter duties in the streets and paths on level terrain. There are plenty of implements that can be attached in front to take care of the most diverse tasks: snow plows and blowers of all shapes and types. And on the flatbed behind the cab there The cabin on this implement carrier can seat up to two . Photo: Holder is plenty of room for a salt sprinkler, for instance, with a precision system for setting output. However, before looking at the technology that’s available on the about collecting the cut grass. As long as no mounds form during market, both municipalities and service providers are encouraged the mowing pass, the cut grass can remain on the lawn and act like to do a little homework on the various manufacturers and systems. mulch. Otherwise, the cut grass will act as a screen to air and This is the best way you get an idea of what’s out there in terms of sunlight, and that’s bad if you want a healthy, lush lawn. If the cut the tasks that can be performed, size and performance. grass accumulates in blotches, better to rake up the cut grass. After all, what’s the use of a powerful sweeping attachment if the Implement carriers that combine mowing and vacuuming prove a implement carrier you have is practically already at its limits? On big help because they take up the mowed grass in one pass. the other hand, a heavy-duty implement carrier is not necessary And when the hopper is full, carrying it away for dumping is easy, if the attachments you have don’t require heavy motorization. too. The alternative is to use an attachment to convert the mowing Finally, you should also consider whether in some cases specific implement into a mulcher. That way, the cut grass is cut even finer task requirements and low need for versatility might even make and can stay on the lawn as fertilizer. The important thing here is the acquisition of a specialized machine the more sensible decision, to make sure that the grass is not too high before cutting. both in terms of performance and cost-effectiveness. When the autumn comes around, implement carriers have their Niels W. Buhrke | peter.hartmann@holzmann-medien.de Implement carriers The key benefits Today’s implement carriers usually feature articulated steering, perma- transferred to the wheels, so there’s no jerking or slippage. It also results nent all-wheel drive, four same-sized wheels and wheel load compensation. in excellent traction and it’s gentler on sensitive surfaces such as munic- ipal lawns. Bottom line: a smoother, safer and truer ride in any season, when The articulated steering adds to the implement carrier’s agility, so it can ground conditions are difficult as well as in hilly and rough terrain. take very tight corners and easily scoot around obstacles – without com- promising on the cleaning result and leaving out the hard-to-reach parts. Wheels that are all the same size add a measure of safety and precision It also ensures that the implements attached in front always stay aligned because the rear end follows precisely in the tracks of the front end. because it’s not only the wheels, but the whole front end, including the implement, that go into the new direction. This allows for much greater pre- cision with practically any task. Wheel load compensation gives the platform greater stability and a truer track because all wheels always touch the ground. This is especially impor- Having all-wheel drive all the time means that engine power is evenly tant when working on inclines or driving over curbs or sidewalks. 60 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


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