The beaches in Galveston, Texas have been buried by feet of Sargassum seaweed that wash up on the shore daily. After front-end loaders remove the bulk of the weed, contractors are using the SURF RAKE to clean the sand. Check out the full article on the event on our beach cleaner informational website.
The video below depicts how the SURF RAKE is able to help with heavy seaweed problems.
While Barber team prides itself on providing stellar customer service with a high level of personal attention, we have found that our clients have benefitted greatly from visual aids that go above and beyond what can be accomplished in literature or over the phone. Consequently, Barber has developed a full line of operation and maintenance videos that provide current SURF RAKE owners with clear step-by-step instructions that detail how to operate and maintain their machine.
Specifically, the new Customer Service Resource presents videos that detail how to install the SURF RAKE with a tractor, how to operate it to clean specific beach conditions, and how to perform routine maintenance on the machine.
We encourage current owners and prospective customers to explore this new resource and, as always, to contact one of our team members if we can be of assistance.
Tripadvisor.com's Travelers' Choice 2012 Top 10 Beach Destinations in the US have been announced. Almost all of them are cleaned by Barber SURF RAKEs! Here's the list:
The "Bondi Eye" publication in Australia recently posted this article about the workload their Barber Surf Rake tackles every week. Here's the article:
The beach rake (Surf Rake) collects litter along Bondi beach 5-6 days a week, between 5am and 12.30pm. Tamarama and Bronte beaches are usually raked on Wednesday mornings.
At Bondi, the primary focus first thing is raking the high tide mark and the lower part of the beach. After that, the beach rake then operates at the back of the beach where there are fewer occupants at that time of the day.
Bondi beach takes approximately 12 hours to completely rake, so the beach rake needs to be in operation for at least six hours a day to keep up with the amount of litter that is left on the sand.
The tray on the back of the beach rake has a capacity of one and a half cubic metres. On an average week the beach rake would collect four cubic metres of litter and stormwater debris. On a busy week, collection would double to eight cubic metres. After Australia Day 2012 the beach rake collected 12.5 cubic metres and that was just litter, not stormwater debris. And all from one day!
(republished from http://bondieye.com.au/ Mar 7, 2012)
The Orlando Sentinel recently mentioned how Cocoa Beach's sand has been cleaner of late due to the city's use of a beach cleaner (Surf Rake). It has been especially useful removing flotsam that washes on shore.
Orlando Sentinel Article
The Los Angeles times recently picked up a story from Ft. Lauderdale that discusses how effective the SURF RAKE is at picking up seaweed and other beach debris. In addition to removing man-made garbage from the beaches, it highlights an environmentally beneficial use for the massive amounts of seaweed the SURF RAKE removes from the beach--compost. Some highlights:
"The seaweed is constant. In November, said Almy, the beach patrol picked up 300 tons of seaweed, which is moved from the bucket of the Surf Rake into a dump truck and hauled off for composting."
"Beach cleanup begins at 5:30 a.m., when Bennie Lynch fires up one of three new Caterpillar Challenger tractors: ... rubber-tracked yellow and black behemoths that pull a Barber Surf Rake so sensitive it can pluck a cigarette butt from wet sand."
Find the full article here:
BeachCleaner.com: A resource to learn about mechanical beach cleaning methods and applications