Seeking out the oldest working Nilfisk machine
29 June 2017
With over 110 years of history Nilfisk have complete confidence in the quality, reliability and durability of their product range. To put this confidence to the test the company recently ran a competition to find the “Oldest Working Nilfisk Cleaning Machine” with the winner receiving a new equivalent Nilfisk cleaning machine from the 2017 range as a replacement.
For 60 years a Nilfisk GAE vacuum cleaner has been used daily to collect dust and debris in industrial environments by the Rose family.
In 1958 the machine was purchased by Charles Rose of Weldon Quigley & Co Ltd. The company based in Cambridge manufactured printed circuit boards and for over 40 years the vacuum was regularly used to clean production areas. On Mr Rose’s retirement he passed the Nilfisk GAE to his daughter Isobel who to this day uses the vacuum cleaner both on site and to clean company vehicles belonging to I & C Watts Limited, a building contractor based in Harrogate.
Isobel Rose remarked: “I am absolutely delighted the machine which I inherited from my late father is the winner. He used it every day in his manufacturing business and I now use it in our building & joinery business….plus cleaning the company vans! Nilfisk is synonymous with quality and durability and this proves the machine has stood the test of time. I am however equally as excited to discover the advantages the new Nilfisk vacuum will bring to our business.”
Isobel is now the owner of a new Nilfisk VHS42 dust extractor which is designed to meet the tough requirements in building & construction and other industries when picking up hazardous M class dusts. The machine offers more suction power, a sealed dust system, automatic filter cleaning and a significant boost in productivity and user friendliness to its predecessor.