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Clients talk about the KLEISER®bh

The municipality of De Wolden on the KLEISER®bh

The municipality of De Wolden was the first municipality where the KLEISER®bh was introduced. Andre Horstman of the municipality of De Wolden observed the entire development of the KLEISER® from close quarters. “The KLEISER was born as a result of the problems faced by Jan Kleis. He thought things could de done differently. Our first reaction on seeing the prototype of the KLEISER®bh in action was “FANTASTIC!” The machine is very simple, but very functional at the same time. It just needed someone with a creative mind to invent it!"

In many municipalities, verges which have been damaged by vehicles are filled by foreign material, even though there is actually already enough material present in the verge. The verge then becomes too high, and can no longer drain water off the road properly. The municipality of De Wolden therefore uses Kleisers whenever possible. Previously, verges were only lowered and supplemented. That was done by a crane with a narrow bucket followed by a dump truck with material. The crane scooped material from the truck, and used it to fill in the verge. Then the whole area was compacted. The whole convey then moved slowly along the road in this way. In this respect, the KLEISER is much more efficient, because almost everything is done in one pass. One of the great advantages of the KLEISER® is that nothing gets damaged because it works with rubber. The KLEISER® is highly flexible. Trees or other obstacles encountered on the verge are no problem.

The costs of repairing verges since we started using the KLEISER® are much lower than before. It costs a fraction (+/- 20%) of what it first cost, partly because of its speed and the 1 operator-machine combination. In addition, the machine is very compact and provides no or only limited inconvenience to the surroundings. Cars can easily pass by without any road signs being needed. The KLEISER®bh crumbles material in a controlled way, so that the turf is not killed but can easily fill in holes in the section being worked on. All in all, the road starts looking good very quickly.

In fact, it’s stupid that no one thought of it earlier! The KLEISER is so simple, yet so effective. In terms of work, a great step forward and characterised by its simplicity.

  • works using rubber
  • compact and flexible
  • cost-effective
  • single pass
  • no foreign material
  • rapid recovery of the turf 

The municipality of Kampen on the KLEISER®bh

“Since 2013, the municipality of Kampen has returned every year to contract the repair of dangerous verges with the KLEISER®bh.

Many verges in the rural areas of the municipality have semi-hardened surfaces, usually milling asphalt. The rest of the substrate is composed of peat, sand or clay.

As with many other municipalities, our biggest problem with verges is that they become too high and can no longer drain water. In addition, it poses risks to road safety because of the emergence of dangerous gullies adjacent to the road surface because traffic drives over the verges. The municipality’s policy is to provide some of these roads every year with verge concrete (ribbed concrete edging). This type of dangerous verge was repaired in the past by filling in the gully at the edge of the road surface with new material, usually milled asphalt. However, this was a fairly costly exercise. Adding new material also accelerated the process of the verge becoming too high, leading to additional costs for verge reduction.

Often, there is sufficient material in another place in the verge to be able to make a smooth transition between the verge and the road surface.

Reason enough to try out the KLEISER®bh in 2013. Since this date, Kampen has identified a number of benefits:

  • cost-effective
  • high operating speed of more than 4 km per day
  • limited disruption to traffic
  • good price/quality ratio
  • semi-hardened verges become greener
  • no damage to road surfaces, trees and objects in the verge
  • also promotes drainage

Given the benefits and absence of significant disadvantages, there is every reason for Kampen to continue using Kleisens to maintain verges.

Ommen-Hardenberg Administration Office and KLEISER®bh

Ommen-Hardenberg Administration Office (contact Mr D. Luisman) has been an important client in repairing dangerous verges with the KLEISER®bh since 2013.

Ommen-Hardenberg Administration Office manages its own verge repairs, and has in-house equipment for the purpose. For regular verge maintenance until June, the municipality uses its own equipment. If there is any damage not covered by standard maintenance, the KLEISER®bh is called in. Beforehand, sections of verge are studied to see which are suitable for the machine.

"The simplicity of the KLEISER®bh and the rapidity of the machine are the main reasons that the municipality uses the KLEISER®bh for jobs not covered by standard maintenance.

The KLEISER®bh is perfect for quickly making dangerous roadsides - a common problem in most municipalities - safe.

The KLEISER®bh can deal with about 3 or 4 km per day. That is quite a bit quicker than traditional methods, such as rebuilding a verge with crane and excavator bucket. In addition, the machine is manoeuvrable, and inconvenience to traffic is limited. The concept, this compact machine, is perfect!

Good weather is obviously important when repairing verges, but if these are favourable, the verge is green again within two weeks!

Good weather is obviously important when repairing verges, but if these are favourable, the verge is green again within two weeks!

  • quick
  • easy to manoeuver
  • cheaper than traditional options
  • green verges

The KLEISER®bh is a combination of modern technology and rural ingenuity! If you want to quickly make a dangerous situation in the verge safe again, hire in a KLEISER®!”

Waar gingen de KLEISER®s aan het werk?

  • Gemeente De Wolden
  • Gemeente Ooststellingwerf
  • Gemeente Emmen
  • Gemeente Midden Drenthe
  • Gemeente Staphorst
  • Gemeente Westerveld
  • Gemeente Kampen
  • Gemeente Olst-Wijhe
  • Gemeente Brummen
  • Gemeente Zuidhorn
  • Gemeente Achtkarspelen
  • Gemeente Winsum
  • Hoogheemraadschap Noord-Holland Noorderkwartier
  • Waterschap Rivierenland
  • Bestuursdienst Ommen-Hardenberg
  • Gemeente Dalfsen
  • Gemeente Zwartewaterland
  • Gemeente Vlagtwedde
  • Gemeente Stichtse Vecht
  • Gemeente Littenseradiel
  • Provincie Drenthe

Op grond van gesprekken met wegbeheerders verwachten we dat bovenstaande lijst in 2016 ruimschoots zal zijn verdubbeld.

Where have KLEISER®s already been deployed?

Verges have already been repaired with KLEISER®s in many places, including:

  • Municipality of De Wolden
  • Municipality of Ooststellingwerf
  • Municipality of Emmen
  • Municipality of Midden Drenthe
  • Municipality of Staphorst
  • Municipality of Westerveld
  • Municipality of Kampen
  • Municipality of Olst-Wijhe
  • Municipality of Brummen
  • Municipality of Zuidhorn
  • Municipality of Achtkarspelen
  • Municipality of Winsum
  • North Holland Noorderkwartier Water Authority
  • Rivierenland Water Board
  • Ommen-Hardenberg Administration Office
  • Municipality of Dalfsen
  • Municipality of Zwartewaterland
  • Municipality of Vlagtwedde
  • Municipality of Stichtse Vecht
  • Municipality of Littenseradiel
  • Province of Drenthe

Based on interviews with road managers, we expect the above list to more than double in 2016.