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Ever wondered how the perfect golf course or football pitch is built – wiring, lighting, sprinklers and all? In the construction of these sorts of establishments, complex installations require trenching.

Chances are if you work in the irrigation trade you’ve used a trencher before. Trenchers vary in size and shape but all share the same base functionality: a trencher slices through soil, roots and ground in its path like a chainsaw would cut through a tree.

 

A trencher is the ideal solution for a business seeking a quick fix or a homeowner doing a bit of DIY and looking to avoid the pain and hassle of shovelling. Ultimately, a trencher saves time, effort and money in hiring the manpower required to manually dig the same distances.  

Tracked trenchers, such as the Barreto hydraulic tracked trencher, are designed with performance and efficiency in mind. The tracks absorb and negate a lot of the impact and movement often experienced with untracked trenchers, with the weight of the machine offering traction and stability when working with potentially problematic conditions. The 7.1” track also provides greater weight distribution, minimising intrusion of surrounding landscape and offers stability on even the wettest soil, sand and clay. The track also absorbs impact caused by obstructions in the soil such as rocks and roots.

The trencher is easy and simple to operate, causing minimal damage to the surrounding environment, compared to an excavator/digger, as the debris is piled neatly in the wake of the new trench and is easily pushed back in once piping or cabling has been installed.

“Set and go” controls mean the machine requires minimal manual control once positioned correctly – as if on cruise control. The driver need only engage a safety clutch and the trencher does the rest of the work.

Reliable even in the most difficult conditions; the Barreto trencher makes the operator’s job simple and ensures brilliant results.

 

See our trencher in action:

Tracked trenchers are a great solution to problematic building projects, reducing margin for error whilst digging neatly and effectively. Irrespective of how you plan to use a trencher, you’re guaranteed to save yourself a lot of grief and man hours.

Plantool Hire Centres is a family owned tool, plant and access hire company with depots in, Daventry, Kettering, Lutterworth, Nuneaton, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon. For more information on our Barreto hydraulic tracked trencher and industry leading services, take a look at our website.

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Perfect Trenching: How to Achieve the Ideal Trench

Ever wondered how the perfect golf course or football pitch is built – wiring, lighting, sprinklers and all? In the construction of these sorts of establishments, complex installations require trenching.

Chances are if you work in the irrigation trade you’ve used a trencher before. Trenchers vary in size and shape but all share...

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As February progresses and the year marches swiftly on, we’re headed face-first into the wet season. This means it’s much more difficult to maintain a sheen on our cars, our drives look a margin glummer than usual and our patios don’t gleam as they should. Situations such as these do not call for a simple scrub - they require more heavy duty equipment to preserve the high standards of any respectable home or business premises.

Que the pressure washer; a pressure washer is a lot less complex than one might expect and typically consists of a pump powered by either an electric motor, compact petrol engine or diesel engine. These super-powered hoses blast objects or surfaces sparkling clean with water typically between 1500-3000psi (pounds-per-square-inch), which in laymen’s terms is 100-200x the pressure of the air around us. They are brilliant on many varieties of surfaces and are a safe piece of reliable equipment when used properly.

 

Typical build for a pressure washer:

 

  • Water inlet: This is a hose that bridges the pressure washer to the water supply, there is typically some form of filter within this part to stop dirt and any potential debris from entering and blocking the parts of the washer. Grit and debris are the last things you would want inside of your washer as it would cause damage and stop the machine from working.
  • Electric motor or a petrol/diesel engine: Most compact pressure washers run off domestic electricity but more heavy-duty models can be fuelled by petrol or diesel engines which can be very useful if you are working outside where electricity may be scarce or an extension lead may be inconvenient or even dangerous. If you are working up to 10 metres away from a power source you can use an extension lead providing it is a heavy duty 2.5mm cable but any further away and you should use a petrol or diesel machine.
  • Water pump: These pumps are designed to handle flow of circa 4–15 litres per minute. In a similar way to how a manual water pump would work, this pump is instead driven at high speed by the motor or engine.
  • High-pressure hose: A high pressure resistant hose is typically strengthened with a wire mesh and normally has several coats of high-density plastic in order to reinforce it against the powerful levels of pressure. Pressure washer hoses typically boast a 300% safety margin, so if a washer is rated at 2000 psi, the attached hose should withstand pressures of 6000 psi.
  • Cleaning attachment: These variable attachments can be changed to suit the current use of the washer and are powered by the flowing water jet produced by the pressure washer itself. Some rotate, spin and oscillate to suit the task at hand. There are also attachments for clearing out drains and cleaning patios.

 

Plantool hire out an industry leading range of pressure washers to suit all your needs, starting out with a light duty electric machine to suit more conventional cleaning needs around the home. The light duty electric washer is a cold-water pressure washer ideal for smaller jobs such as garden paths, smaller patios or even your car.

All our pressures washers are supplied with a standard lance but if you are cleaning a patio or driveway the roto jet patio cleaner is a must. This brilliant attachment cleans flat surfaces quickly and efficiently without blasting dirt into the air and onto your clothes. This attachment can be used with hot or cold water and cleans up to 20 metres per minute.

The light duty petrol washer is a light weight petrol powered pressure washer ideal for cleaning driveways, paths and patios similarly to the light duty electric, with the added flexibility of not requiring a power source for use. It can be used with a standard garden hose or a pick up pipe from a water container. Perfect for a larger garden or job requiring extra mobility.

Alternatively, we offer a hot water electric washer to handle the dirtiest cleaning tasks with reliability and ease, with the added washing power of hot water. This machine is ideal for oil and grease removal from machinery, vehicles or engine bays but will also do a great job of driveways or patios.

Onto the bigger cleaning duties: the heavy-duty petrol washer is extremely powerful and will remove the most stubborn of grime – it can be used with detergents for cleansing grease-covered surfaces. This is the best machine to use with the roto jet patio cleaner as it is much more powerful so it is quicker and gives the best results.

The heavy duty diesel pressure washer/bowser is both powerful and convenient in the fact that it is connected to a water bowser and can be put to use in almost any location provided that it can be suitably towed into position. The diesel engine starts with a key and gives better fuel economy than the petrol machines. It also connects with the professional roto wash, similar to the roto jet patio cleaner but much larger for bigger jobs such as car parks or yards.

To view Plantool’s array of pressure washers and enquire to see how we can assist you with other tool hire packages, check out our dynamic range here.

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Pressure washers: Keeping your car, drive and patio pristine during the wet weather months

As February progresses and the year marches swiftly on, we’re headed face-first into the wet season. This means it’s much more difficult to maintain a sheen on our cars, our drives look a margin glummer than usual and our patios don’t gleam as they should. Situations such as these do not call for a simple scrub - they require more heavy duty...

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When working in cold conditions, particularly during the winter months, adequate heating, (whether it’s on a building site, a warehouse, an office or at home) is vital. However, all heaters are not equal in size or specification and selecting the right one for the job can make a real difference. Before you jump into purchasing or hiring a heater, it might be worth asking yourself a few questions:

  • What exactly do you want to heat?
  • Why do you need the heater?
  • What sort of space are you going to be using it in?
  • Are you going to run it in short or long bursts?

The answers to these questions matter when deciding which heater you should choose. You might simply want to heat a workspace to make it a pleasant environment to operate. In which case, you’re looking at generally heating up the air in a room, with the likes of a convection heater. Then again, if you are looking to heat a particular area - to dry out a section of wall, for instance - then you’ll want a heater that can apply its heat directly, like a radiative heater.

Space itself can make a difference: is it big or small? Is it ventilated? If so, how? Finding the ideal heater for the job can be quite difficult with these variables. You need something powerful enough to heat the space, but you must also consider safety aspects and you don’t want to be wasteful with the heat produced. With all of this in mind, let’s look at some different types of mobile heaters.

 Oil-filled radiators

If you’re inside and you’ve got available power, an electric heater is probably a good option. Oil-filled radiators can be found in many homes as an ideal source of additional mobile heat. Radiators heat up the air in a room, warming up a space fairly evenly. Radiators, however, work best in areas where the heat can’t escape, be it through open spaces or thin, poorly insulated walls.

 Fan heaters

Fan heaters can heat up a room quickly and can deal a little better with poorly insulated environments, but are, of course, more expensive to run than oil-filled radiators, particularly when used for an extended period. Used together with a dehumidifier, they can be an effective way of drying out damp rooms.

 

Radiative heaters

Radiative electric heaters give a very powerful direct source of heat, particularly useful for drying out areas of damp on walls or heating a worker at their workstation. Again, requiring more power than an oil-filled radiator, safe use is also something to consider with both fan and radiative heaters. They should be placed carefully and, ideally, not be left unattended. Alternatively, radiative gas heaters or cabinet heaters are also an option if an electricity supply is not available. These heaters are fueled by butane gas cylinders.

 

Direct gas and oil fired heaters

Direct gas and oil fired heaters are powerful and fan assisted. They can heat up a space extremely quickly, but do require an electricity supply. They also need to run in well-ventilated areas. Direct gas heaters use a naked flame, so care must be taken with the risk of introducing carbon-monoxide into the workspace. They are perfectly safe if their environment is well-ventilated, but potentially dangerous if not.

 

Indirect gas and oil fired heaters

Indirect gas and oil fired heaters take the issue of a naked flame away, but are correspondingly more expensive. They provide clean, dry air, but do still require some method of exhaust ventilation when used indoors. We are also back to the problem of a power source, as they do need an electrical supply. Provided you can overcome these issues, indirect gas and oil filled heaters have enormous heat output, and are perfect for heating large indoor spaces such as warehouses.

On a side note, direct and indirect gas and oil-filled heaters often come with an inbuilt thermostat, meaning that – provided you have followed the safe procedure in placing and setting them up in the first place – they can be left to run without supervision.

Plantool have a full range of heaters at our disposal, from electric fan heaters to industrial-strength direct gas systems.

If you are interested in hiring a new heater – we are currently running our “Winter Warmer” heater offer: hire any heater for three weeks and you will receive the fourth week free of charge. Take a look at our full range today, and find the solution best suited to the task at hand.

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Heating your workspace – finding the right solution for the job

When working in cold conditions, particularly during the winter months, adequate heating, (whether it’s on a building site, a warehouse, an office or at home) is vital. However, all heaters are not equal in size or specification and selecting the right one for the job can make a real difference. Before you jump into purchasing or...

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