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    • Hedge trimming

      Exeter council using new kit to help city become carbon neutral

      Parks staff in Exeter are moving away from traditional petrol-driven equipment and helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. It is investing in battery powered equipment such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers. The plan is to introduce battery powered strimmers, chainsaws, mowers and pruning shears in the future.   The council is looking to be a carbon neutral city by 2030. Using battery powered equipment will help towards this and it is also cheaper to run, quieter and causes less vibration for the operator.   The public & green space team in Exeter currently have two battery powered hedge…

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    • D Turf - DSM2

      A look at the D Turf Care System

      SCH Supplies tells Pro Landscaper about its D Turf Care System.  The D Turf Care System comes with a variety of interchangeable attachments, from corers, slitters, aerators, sorrel rollers and more.This cost effective solution allows you to care for your grass in numerous ways, all in one machine. The robust frame has a category one three point linkage tractor mounting as standard, with other categories supplied upon request. A weight tray is incorporated in the design which gives the option to add up to 250kg of top weight to gain the desired penetration depth.This tray is also extremely useful for…

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    • Husqvarna launches two new battery-powered brushcutters

      Husqvarna have announced the launch of two new powerful battery-powered brushcutters. Increased levels of productivity are available for professionals when using the Husqvarna 535iRX or 535iRXT, thanks to the Husqvarna-developed high torque motor, large cutting diameter and effective anti-vibration system.   The new Husqvarna 535iRX and 535iRXT brushcutters are part of the 500-series product range and offer Husqvarna’s first anti-vibration system on a battery brushcutter. This feature further reduces strain on the user allowing for smoother operation during extended hours of use. These products are also equipped with a new user interface, allowing the user a constant view of the…

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    • Government responds to petition to stamp out tool theft

      Today ( 28/10/19) the Government has responded to a petition to ‘stamp out tool theft with the introduction of tighter regulation & greater fines‘ which currently has over 30,220 signatures.    The Government responded by saying:   “The Theft Act 1968 includes robust measures for dealing with crimes of theft and handling stolen goods, including tool theft. The Act provides a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment for theft and a maximum penalty of fourteen years’ imprisonment for handling stolen goods.   Also, the act provides powers to tackle the threat of people going equipped to steal, with a maximum…

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    • New Husqvarna battery mower series offers a robust option for professionals

      Husqvarna extends its range of battery walk behind lawnmowers with the new Husqvarna LB 548i and LC 551iV. The new mowers will have dual batteries, a robust aluminium deck with cooling effect and the possibility to fit a bracket for an additional battery. Being all electric and equipped with a 1500W cutting motor, both mowers boast all the sustainability benefits of battery while the built in PowerBoost™ technology offers power equivalent to petrol when needed.   The new mowers have been designed to offer professional users a reliable and robust product with an aluminum deck and heavy-duty commercial powerhead. The…

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    • Kubota

      VIDEO: Conservation and habitat management at WWT Wetlands Slimbridge with Kubota

      Nathan Dixon, Grounds Manager at WWT Wetlands Slimbridge and John Creedon, WWT’s Corporate Relations Manager talk through the organisations Kubota machinery. The fleet includes a G26-II ride-on mower and M Series tractor which are used for day-to-day duties required to ensure that its sites balance the duel requirements of conservation and habitat management. Find out more about the Kubota range

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    • PSD Groundscare bring innovative landscaping solutions to Saltex

      PSD Groundscare are giving visitors to Saltex the opportunity to view a fantastic range of innovative, time-saving solutions to assist with a host of landscaping requirements including the launch of the next evolution in green waste shredding from innovative Belgium manufacturer Eliet, that follows the proven Eliet shredding principle and gives improved functionality and performance.   Showcasing on the stand will be a range of high-quality machinery to manage the challenge of long grass and banks mowing. Including the New Taurus 2-wheel tractor with optional remote control functionality from innovative German manufacturer Koppl. This addition to the range is popular…

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    • Gateshead council trial battery powered machinery

      Council workers in Gateshead have been trialling new electrically-powered machinery – in a bid not to wake the neighbours.   Work on the central reservation and verges on the A184 Askew Road was able to start from 4.00am.   The busy dual carriageway which links the Redheugh Bridge with the A1 has housing close by and the council was concerned that the noise of grass cutting and other horticultural machinery so early in the morning might disturb local residents.   Instead of using the normal petrol-powered equipment, workers will be using a range of electrically-powered machinery currently on trial with…

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    • New regulations on the import of forestry machinery

      From 1st September 2019, machinery or vehicles that have been used for agricultural or forestry purposes will be subject to plant health regulations when imported from any third country. Importers must ensure that machinery or vehicles of this kind are accompanied by an official statement such as a phytosanitary certificate, detailing that they have been cleaned and are free from soil and plant debris. The requirements do not apply to new machinery and vehicles. All plant health import inspections of controlled agriculture and forestry machinery and vehicles landing in England and Wales will be performed by Animal and Plant Health…

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    • Glasgow Botanic Gardens now home to two robotic lawnmowers

      Glasgow Botanic Gardens is the latest high profile location in the UK to introduce Husqvarna Automower® to its maintenance process. It joins a growing number of places which are adopting robotic lawnmowing technology. Glasgow Botanic Gardens, located in the West End of Glasgow and managed by Glasgow City Council, covers 50 acres and is renowned internationally for its architecturally outstanding glasshouse, tropical plant collections and rose gardens. To add to the already impressive location, Glasgow City Council has recently installed two Husqvarna Automower® robotic lawn mowers, to ensure year-round results are delivered to the Garden’s lawns. The battery-powered robotic lawnmowers…

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    • Ransomes TR320 provides the perfect balance of power, manoeuvrability and cut quality

      Ransomes tells Pro Landscaper about the TR320. The Ransomes TR320 triplex cylinder mower has been designed for many uses across the sports turf industry including rugby, football, cricket outfields, parks and gardens.   Cutting these areas requires a mower that offers strength, longevity, durability and a high-precision cut and with these features combined with the industry’s narrowest transport width, the TR320 is the perfect multi-area cylinder mower.   The industry leading machine uses a powerful 24.8hp Kubota diesel engine that sits transversely in the chassis enhancing the low centre of gravity and helping even weight distribution between the wheels. These…

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    • VIDEO: How Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery

      Find out how Merchant Taylor’s School use their expansive fleet of Kubota machinery to maintain the large areas of ground. Find out more about the Kubota groundcare range here  

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    • Robotic mowers revive lawns at Hatfield House

      Hertfordshire’s Hatfield House has deployed a number of robotic lawnmowers over the past year in order to maintain the property’s lawns. Head gardener Andrew Turvey saw an opportunity last year to galvanise the gardens of the Jacobean property, which was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I. Following a Husqvarna demo day in North London organised by dealer RT Machinery, he chose to install Husqvarna Automower®. Andrew tested two Husqvarna Automower® products on the north side of Hatfield House, a location which was challenging for the grounds team to maintain…

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    • VIDEO: Kubota professional grounds maintenance

      Head Groundsman Lee Evans and ex Wales and British & Irish Lions captain, Sam Warburton, talks about the importance of good pitch maintenance. Find out more about the Kubota ground care range and latest promotions click here.   

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    • Kubota UK announces appointment of two new dealer managers

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    • Irrigation

      Considerations for landscape irrigation

      Peter Longman, Rain Bird’s northern Europe landscape area manager talks to Pro Landscaper about considerations for landscape irrigation.  Irrigation technology is likely to play an increasingly important role in ensuring that water is used to maximum effect in the commercial landscaping, sports turf , residential and golf markets. With efficient irrigation products and practices, it is possible to reduce water consumption by 25% or more without having to give up the plants, trees and gardens that add so much to the landscape. A fundamental requirement is to know the soil type involved as this is a factor in determining how…

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    • Green-tech and gt Specifier assist York City Council

      Green-tech and gt Specifier have assisted York City Council with urban landscaping in the town centre. York City Council is in the process of regenerating parts of the Shambles in Roman city York in North Yorkshire – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma gate, Walmgate and Fossgate. The direction of traffic was recently changed along Fossgate to reduce the volume and the area was overhauled, including relaying the road surface and repaving the York stone paths, widening the footpaths, and introducing street furniture and tree planting. It is hoped this will make the area more pleasing to the residents and attract more visitors to the…

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    • Water Garden Ltd wins Otterbine Contractor of the Year 2018

      Portsmouth based family business Water Garden Ltd has won Reesink Turfcare UK’s Otterbine Contractor of the Year award. The company achieved the highest Otterbine sales figures for 2018 thanks to its knowledge of the product, belief in the brand and support from Otterbine and its UK distributor Reesink Turfcare. Andy Staves, managing director of Water Garden Ltd, says: “We were delighted to hear we’d won the award as the whole team has been working really hard this last year. We pride ourselves on having an expert group of staff who have a deep technical understanding of all the products we…

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    • Leguan

      LEGUAN 135 Neo

      Leguan Lifts is releasing a new access platform – the Leguan 135 Neo, which is Leguan’s most user-friendly platform to date. All key operations are made with a single joystick, which allows multiple boom operations to be made simultaneously. The platform is equipped with both automatic, and manual levelling. The automatic levelling is made simple, since all this operation requires is a single push of a button. The automatic levelling function operates seamlessly on sloped surfaces as well. Leguan’s in-house designed automatic outreach control system measures the cage load and the maximum outreach is dependent on this automation. Taking the…

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    • Avant 800

      Avant Tecno introduces new Avant 800 series

      Part of Avants continued growth can be attributed to its continuously developing modular product range. We take a closer look at what we can expect from the new 800 series which will be launched at bauma 2019 exhibition in Munich, Germany on 8-14 April. The completely new 800 series is the largest and most powerful loader series from the Finnish manufacturer Avant Tecno. It pushes the limits of compact loader’s performance with 1,900kg lift capacity and 3.5m lift height. Still, its dimensions – width 1.5m, length 3.4m, height 2.2m and weight starting from 2,500kg – and articulated design make the 800…

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    • Avant Tecno

      Strong growth continues for Avant Tecno

      Following on from the news that Avant Tecno is launching a €10m investment plan, we delve into the reasons for the growth, as well as the details of the plan.   Strong growth continues for Avant Tecno Finnish compact loader manufacturer Avant Tecno Oy continues to grow strongly. The revenue of the company exceeded €100m for the first time in 2018, showing a growth of 17% compared with the previous financial year. The total revenue of Avant Tecno group which also includes three subsidiary sales companies and access platform manufacturer Leguan Lifts Oy was €123,5m. Exports account for 80% of…

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    • Avant

      Avant launches new products as part of 10m investment plan

      On 14th February Avant invited Pro Landscaper to visit their factory in Tampere to reveal some of their new products and talk about the company’s investment plan.   Sales have grown steadily for Avant over the last decade. Main reasons for the success are a large market area with a continuously developing modular product range. Avant’s Vice President for production Saku Vastamäki says: “The current investment plan is about €10m. Our target is to increase weekly production by 50% from today’s figures. In practice this means a gradual production growth from 100 loaders a week to 150 loaders a week”.…

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    • SoRoTo

      SoRoTo Mixers UK launch trade-in deal

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    • Heated jacket

      Makita announces smart heated jackets

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    • theft

      How much theft is costing the landscaping industry

      Theft is rife in landscaping, with expensive tools and equipment targeted for their resale value and lack of traceability. This year has seen a sharp increase in tool theft, with a reported rise of over 30% in incidents. Pro Landscaper speaks with landscapers from across the UK to find out just how much this problem is costing the industry.  How big is the problem? To calculate the financial cost that theft puts onto the landscaping industry, one must consider several factors. These include the cost of any equipment that needs replacing, the increased insurance premiums from claims made and the…

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