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Chewing Gum – Pavement Cleaning’s Sticky Problem

before and after chewing gum removalThe chewing gum market has been steadily increasing in recent years. Many consumers dispose of their gum responsibly; however it is still being dropped onto pavements by many. It is the second most common litter after cigarette butts. Defra reports that gum contributes to pavement staining more than any other litter. Unfortunately this mainly occurs around schools, cinemas and fast food outlets frequented by the young.

Isn’t There a Better Way?

Cleaning chewing gum residue from pavements is time consuming and uses a combination of aggressive techniques. These require areas to be cordoned off, large quantities of water and sometimes additional chemicals. Add to this inconvenience, disruption and wear to the pavement fabric and you will understand why we often get asked: “Isn’t there a better way?”

Now There Is

Well now there is. After many months of co-operation and development with specialist gum removal company CGRS, trials of a new technique using one of our pavement cleaning machines have proven spectacularly successful.

99% of Chewing Gum Residue Removed In One Pass

As the accompanying pictures show the result is remarkable, 99% of gum residue is removed in one pass with the pavement being deep cleaned at the same time. This is achieved without using any chemicals and the waste water and gum residue is collected by the machine. Result: Clean, bacteria free pavements which are immediately usable by the public.

 Significant Breakthrough

For local and city councils this represents a significant breakthrough. Our machine removes gum four to six times quicker than a man with a high pressure lance, and it also deep cleans the pavement in that time. One pass over a width of 1.2metres at a speed of 1mph removes 99% of gum residue and leaves the pavement clean and dry. No high pressure jetting means pavement damage from dislodged sand and grout is non-existent. And all this is done unbeknown to pedestrians who just carry on life as normal.

So, after many years of trying we can now say: “Yes there is a better way; we have a solution to the sticky problem of the chewing gum blight on our pavements.”

LPG Power for Kubota RTV500

At a time when diesel powered vehicles are becoming less acceptable Euromec launches an LPG fuel option for the Kubota RTV500 utility vehicle. For vehicles used in schools, factories and universities, LPG offers clean power without the downtime and cost associated with electric power and batteries.

Customer Driven DevelopmentKubota RTV500 with LPG power

The Euromec LPG powered RTV is the result of development driven by customer demand. Under the front bonnet is a refillable LPG tank, plumbed and wired into the vehicle’s main systems. On the dashboard, controls tell the operator how much fuel is available; the RTV can be switched to petrol if LPG is not available. Refilling the LPG tank is easy using the nozzle mounted just under the front bumper.

Gas Bottle Option

Apart from using the refillable LPG tank the RTV can also use LPG from a bottle. In the front right-hand corner of the load area a simple bottle mount and fuel line make fitting and changing a gas bottle simple.

Better Running Costs, Whole Life Costs and Cold Weather Performance

When considering a clean fuel utility vehicle, battery power is often the only choice. However, this LPG option offers better running costs, whole life costs and cold weather performance. It has the added benefit of 100% availability as it does not need recharging.

Operators also benefit from the LPG choice; cab heaters are available and much more effective, more power means gritters, pressure washers and attachments work harder for longer.

Kubota RTV500 Warranty

This carefully engineered LPG fuel option for the Kubota RTV500 is unique and only available from Euromec. It does not infringe the Kubota product warranty.

Kubota RTV500 with LPG power - shot of motor

British Manufacturing Success Story

We designed, developed and now manufacture a unique washing and scrubbing head for use on compact road and pavement sweepers.

The head was originally conceived around ten years ago. Around this time Councils and cleaning contractors became increasingly concerned about the heavily contaminated water produced during street cleaning going straight into the drains. We knew from our experience providing industrial scrubber driers that using similar technology for street and pavement cleaning would solve this problem.

Our scrubber head is the result and now sells all over the world. Not only do we sell it fitted to our compact road scrubber drier, but it is also sold to other companies selling similar machines. As you can see in the video below it does a great job that no other machine can match.

The story here is simple. At the 2016 Canadian GP meeting a competing car had its gearbox break and deposit all its oil in the pit lane. This was obviously unacceptable so a local cleaning contractor used a machine fitted with one of our head and squeegee kits, built in Market Harborough, to wash the pit lane and collect the waste water and oil. Note the clean line across the white road sector, it’s even cleaner than the surrounding pavement.

British ingenuity and engineering skill at work, brilliant.

New Online Shop Launches

online shop screen grabOur new online shop is now live! Launching 1st March our shop features lawn mowers and tractors from Kubota, Stiga and Mountfield. In addition to the gardening products are sweepers and scrubber driers for the householder or small business owner. In total there are around 100 powered machines to choose from, priced from around £100 to over £15,000. The brilliant Kubota RTV is even available!

Easy Online Shopping

I keeping with the rest of our site the shop is highly visual with big high quality pictures of all the products enabling visitors to spot the differences between the machines on offer. To help the buying process the site has sophisticated search and compare functions so everyone should be able to buy just the right machine for their need.

What you see is what you pay

Again to simplify the selection and buying process all the prices include VAT and delivery – so the price you see is the price you pay at the checkout. All the items on the site are in stock at a warehouse in the UK and will be delivered within 3 days of the order being placed.

Visit the shop now and see for yourself how easy it is to use.

It’s show business. No show, no business.

Euromec factory during open dayDuring 2014 we are out and about showing off! A full programme of exhibitions and shows has been confirmed. In April we are going to the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC. Always good for us to rub shoulders with our clients and friends in the truck and logistics industries.

Commercial Vehicle Show Details:

Tuesday 29th April – Thursday 1st May
The CV Show

Out Door Pursuits

When the warm weather arrives we are outside into the sun(sic). Starting at Rockingham in May and ending at Burghley in September we are doing the rounds of the county shows and horse trials. All the details are as follows:

Thursday 1st May – Sunday 4th May
Brigstock Horse Trials
Rockingham Castle
LE16 8TH

Sunday 1st June
The Rutland County Show
The Rutland Showground
Showground Way
Rutland  LE15 7TW

Sunday 29th June
Blaston Show
Hallaton Road

Thursday 4th September – Sunday 7th September
Burghley Horse Trials
Burghley House
Barnack Rd

Please put these dates in your diary and try to get along and see us at one or more show.