Weedtechnics design, manufacture and distribute our patented applicator heads and Satusteam©* Weeder machines – *Satusteam© is a patented method of producing a mixture of saturated steam and boiling water for weed control.
We have a vision of a cleaner and greener world for future generations, where heavy chemical herbicide use has become a thing of the past.
Our machines are replacing chemical sprays in retirement villages, schools, hospitals, farms, orchards and cities.
With over 80 projects across New Zealand and Australia, we are expanding into the US, Canada and Europe.
Where it all began – by Jeremy Winer
I have been working with hot wet weed control since about 1996.
I started by having a boiler made to heat water to make steam. We used an LPG gas cylinder and burner flame to heat the boiler tube, pumped the water with an expresso machine pump and wrapped steam pipe in multiple layers of insulation to keep the heat all the way through the 10m/ 30 feet of hose.
I thought that I was on to a real winner. But the real problem with steam is that it rises. Unless it’s under pressure it is really hard to get it to hit the weeds that are on the ground.
So, then I had to encapsulate it in a metal head so that it was trapped in there to do my bidding as a steam weed killing expert or looney, depending on who you talk to. But the other problem with steam is that it is vapour and vapour loses its heat uber fast. It’s practically useless when it is less than 90° C/ 195° F for damaging plants. And it’s slow to penetrate plant tissue so I had to hold the cover over the weed for 4 seconds, unless it was a tough weed which took 10 seconds.
Having full faith in my invention, in 1998 I tendered for and won the contract for I believe the world’s first council to have non- chemical weed control of all their footpaths and parks. Leichhardt Council in the inner west of Sydney. Well done Leichhardt Council at least 20 years of chem free footpaths! With kilometres of sidewalks to do, at 4 seconds a weed and a fixed contract price, I knew that I needed another plan.
You can see where the evolution has progressed to.
Now our clients are achieving savings and results with the SW range of Satusteam weed control systems.
Jeremy Winer, Managing Director
Jeremy Winer has 30 years of practical experience in implementing integrated holistic approach to weed management across urban landscapes, recreational parklands and wetlands. He currently runs Weedtechnics, specialising in providing chemical reduction and non-toxic weed control programs to municipalities across Australia. He has developed, patented, manufactured, and commercialised the Steamwand method of creating saturated steam for vegetation control.
Recently, Jeremy undertook an extensive review of scientific research on chemical and non-chemical weed control methods, and compiled an industry-first weed management methodologies matrix and research paper on sustainable weed management in urban water catchments. You can download it here.