Where can I buy weed brushes?

Presuming you mean "mechanical" weed brushes, I suggest you have a look at the rotary wire-brush attachments offered for two-wheel tractors and sweeping machines. Kersten Machines, of Reading, supplies such attachments for use with several of its power units, including the K-Line 1200pro and K-Line 2000. Prices range from £995 to £1,095 ex VAT.

This company also supplies a pto-driven, heavy-duty weedbrush for use with UBS two-wheel tractors. This unit is 50cm in diameter and costs £1,695 ex VAT.

Agria Werke (its UK representative is based in Nottinghamshire) offers weed brushes for use with its two- wheel tractors.

Using a two-wheel tractor and weed-brush attachment offers better manoeuvrability in small areas as well as the ability to carry out a range of tasks, from mowing to snow clearance, simply by changing the implement. If you wanted to use a compact tractor, Kersten also offers 50cm and 70cm weed brushes with linkage/A-frame mounting. These pto-driven units have ex-VAT price tags of £4,495 and £4,695 respectively.

Weed-brush hand tools are also available. The JoBo Brush Company, based in the Netherlands, manufactures weed brushes specifically for removing weeds, moss and dirt from patios and driveways. The long-handled tool has a V-shaped ridge of wire bristles, plus a scraper tool for tackling the crevices.

- Sally Drury has reported for HW and its forerunner GC&HTJ for 25 years, and has spent more than five years testing machinery for HW and What Kit? The advice in this helpline is independent.

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