Piranha Brooms


Saint-colomban, Quebec Canada


If you haven't yet tried the Piranha gutter broom system, you'll be amazed at what it can do!

The Piranha brush is essentially a series of attachments that work with the help of the normal gutter broom. The attachments are fixed to the gutter broom with the same bolts that hold the gutter brush to the machine.

Piranha is so aggressive that no pressure is needed on the brush to be effective. Less pressure means less wear and tear on the gutter broom. The attachments are made up of 3/16 swaged cable wire. The swaging of the cable hardens the material and the result is a stiff cable that doesn’t unravel at the ends.

Typically you would use a Hedgehog type brush to sweep in difficult situations, but the weight of that type of brush is hard on the machine. Let’s face it, those brushes finish isn’t as good as the regular gutter brooms either. Our attachments weigh in at +/-2lbs each. Typically sweepers will use between 6 and 12 attachments depending on how many bolts hold the gutter broom.

We have combined the best of both worlds. The other advantage is that the brush attachments will fit most bolt on gutter broom machines. Eliminating the need to inventory different sized brushes as the Hedgehog type brushes require.


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Looking for a weed-killer alternative?

Piranha is a better choice, since herbicides have no effect on weed seeds but only selectively kill emerged weeds. The Piranha, by contrast, aggressively removes the roots of weeds, even those embedded in pavement cracks.

"Cities currently using Piranha brushes year-round on their sweepers practically eliminate the conditions needed for weeds to grow," says Christian Robertson, owner of Balais Nomad Sweeping and inventor of the Piranha system. "By emptying the gap between the asphalt and concrete curb, Piranha removes potential seeds and future generations from ever germinating."

Here is a list of the many positive aspects of Piranha brushes:

*Piranha is a segmented attachment that is added to a regular bolt-on gutter broom. The Piranha is bolted between your regular gutter broom and the drive plate. A piranha brush segment gets installed at every bolt that holds the gutter broom in place. Typically 6 to 10 segments per gutter broom depending on the model of sweeper.

*Piranha is light but very aggressive. Piranha only weighs +/- 2 lbs each.  The low weight reduces stress on hydraulics and joints on sweepers. Warthog type brush plates can weigh up to 80 lbs each

*Piranha is stiff and holds up the gutter broom extending the gutter broom life up to 200 hours of sweeping. Saving on inventory costs and brush changes.

*Piranha has small wires that fit in the crack between the asphalt and the concrete border and clears it out. The brush eliminates weeds and grass at the roots, therefore delaying the regrowth.

*Piranha is universal! No longer a need to inventory different types Warthog type disks.

*Warthog-type brushes are good at stripping the surface but lack the ability to do any finishing work. Many contractors have to have a second sweeper behind to clean up the mess the Warthog type brush didn’t clean.

Piranha has solved that problem! Piranha being attached to a regular gutter broom which is designed to clean thoroughly is able to strip with the outer diameter of the disk and the inner gutter broom does the fine cleaning.

*Municipalities sweeping year-round with the Piranhas are seeing that there isn’t a weed season because they have cleaned up the edges all year and have essentially eliminated the conditions that promote weed growth.

*Piranha makes your sweeper versatile and is able to deal with any situation it encounters of the spot. The sweepers can often clean up in one pass what typically would require several passes. This ability saves time and energy which equals money saved.

Piranha is the obvious choice for anybody requiring a heavy-duty does it all brush!

For more info call 450.530.9873 or send email to info@balaisnomad.com.


Contact Person: Christian Robertson
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