Herder vacuum flail

Efforts to clean up busy roadside verges could be carried out more safely and cost-effectively by using the Herder vacuum flail mower.

Newly introduced to the UK by Mastenbroek Environmental, the Herder was recently demonstrated in Yorkshire, where its litter-picking capabilities were also tested.

Richmondshire District Council's street scene department supervisor says: "Maintaining the roadside environment usually means manual litter-picking, with inevitable health and safety issues. The Herder offers an attractive alternative."

Local plant hire contractor Johnson Ramsay put the machine through its paces. He says: "It is able to pick up all manner of waste from the roadside in a single pass. There are obvious safety benefits. In the long term, there would be cost savings."

The machine is based on Herder's Grenadier MBK 512 tool carrier, capable of accommodating 15 different attachments including flail mowers, weed mowing baskets and verge maintenance systems.

The vacuum flail is available in widths of 1.3m, 1.5m and 1.8m, weighing between 500kg and 600kg. The Grenadier articulated boom comes in five lengths - 5.7m, 6.4m, 7.2m, 7.9m and 8.5m - giving it the capability to reach most roadside situations. Three hydraulic sliding arms offer customers a wide selection of reach, travelling height, flexibility, weight and cost choices.

The flail, operated by dual hand controls, can be positioned either side of the host vehicle or directly in front of the driver's vision. Once a job is complete, the arm can be folded behind the cab.

Herder recommends using host vehicles above 145hp. A trailer is needed to collect the waste. Hydrostatic drive is preferred to adjust operating speed relative to the volume of rubbish and the presence of obstacles. A 1,000rpm PTO is required and the unit is fitted in the three-point linkage as standard.

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