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  • Photo of Millboard launches new cladding collection

    Millboard launches new cladding collection

    Millboard has launched a suite of cutting-edge cladding materials. Available in two styles (‘V Groove’ and ‘Board and Batten’) and a wide range of colours, it provides assurances of UV resistance and eliminates the risk of warping, twisting or rotting. The cladding has been hand-moulded from carefully selected natural timbers, to provide an unmistakably organic look. A year in development, this product is designed to stand the test of time and to require minimal maintenance. The distinctive chamfered cut of the profiles enables the rain to wash the boards, dramatically reducing the need for manual cleaning. The boards are made…

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  • Photo of Report uncovers environmental impact of petrol tools

    Report uncovers environmental impact of petrol tools

    The UK’s most widely used petrol-powered outdoor power tools have been put to the test, as part of a new report published by EGO. Bringing together evidence, insight and expert opinion, ‘The Report’ uncovers the environmental impact of petrol-powered tools – and outlines consumer attitudes when it comes to tackling climate change. The research shows that more than 89% of tools used by councils in the UK are powered by petrol engines which collectively use more than 600,000L of fuel every year, and are used to maintain public spaces, parks and even school playing fields. When subject to emissions tests,…

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  • Photo of ECHO launches largest professional chainsaw

    ECHO launches largest professional chainsaw

    ECHO has introduced a new professional chainsaw, the CS-7310SX, which is the largest in the current range and features a low emission, premium-grade 73.5cc engine with an output of 4.1kW. A heavy-duty, rear handle chainsaw the CS-7310SX is part of the ECHO X Series which designates it as a best-in-class product and as such it’s packed with features designed to increase the productivity of the professional user. ECHO says they have built this for the many arborists and landscapers using these types of saws regularly to fell large trees. They add that the professional-grade ECHO 2-stroke engine is designed and…

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  • Photo of BLEC PBR150 makes the grade for landscape contractor Chemquad

    BLEC PBR150 makes the grade for landscape contractor Chemquad

    With two major soft-landscaping projects in the diary, the decision to purchase a Power Box Rake 150 (PBR150) from BLEC was a timely one for Worcester based contractors, Chemquad. Owner Tom Jennings estimates that the PBR’s ability to cultivate and grade even the most compacted ground saved one client almost £30,000, converting topsoil considered ‘unsalvageable’ into ground fit for seeding once again. Chemquad started out 21 years ago carrying out commercial weed spraying but now mainly undertake commercial landscaping projects large and small, for clients in and around the Midlands. “We have a couple of bits of BLEC kit on…

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  • Photo of Heming Engineering named as dealer for world’s first fully electric skid steer loader

    Heming Engineering named as dealer for world’s first fully electric skid steer loader

    Family-run Cotswold company Heming Engineering Ltd is showing the way in challenging times for the economy by being named as a dealer for the world’s first fully electric skid steer loader. The company – which has been in business for 52 years and is based in Willersey, near Broadway – is adding to its burgeoning sales portfolio by becoming sole dealer in five counties for the state-of-the-art Elise 900 loader made by Kovaco Electric Company, which is headquartered in Prague in the Czech Republic. The loader is 100 per cent electric, operates for more than eight hours on one charge…

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  • Photo of Weston Ground Maintenance settles on petrol over diesel with SCAG

    Weston Ground Maintenance settles on petrol over diesel with SCAG

    Weston Ground Maintenance has recently received its new 31HP petrol SCAG Turf Tiger 52 for carrying out the work that the company undertakes. Dave Bill, the owner, explained that a succession of machines over the years have come and gone and steadily he has built up a picture of his ideal machine and, when the time came for a new purchase and when he was disappointed with the service of one dealer, he took the advice of a friend in another grounds maintenance company who said “try SCAG – they’re bulletproof”. He had a machine demonstration by Dominic Mason; petrol…

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  • Photo of Get a free second battery with ECHO

    Get a free second battery with ECHO

    ECHO is offering a free second battery worth up to £199 when you buy a selected ECHO 58V kit of power tool, battery and charger. The offer is available on the ECHO 58V chainsaw (CS-58V4AH) where you get a free 4Ah second battery, and power blower (PLB-58V2AH), double-sided hedgetrimmer (HT-58V2AH) or trimmer (DST-58V2AH) with free second 2Ah battery when purchased with a battery and charger. There are lots of benefits with battery products, namely low noise, low vibration and low running costs combined with zero emissions when in use, plus they are easy to use, with no fuel and no…

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  • Photo of IVECO offers new payment options to help businesses

    IVECO offers new payment options to help businesses

    IVECO is offering six-months deferred payments with two new Hire Purchase options on Daily panel van and chassis cab range. Business users can now take advantage of low-rate 1.59% finance or offers starting from £350 per month. Available on all factory order or stock vehicles from within the award-winning Daily panel van and chassis cab range, vehicles must be ordered before 30 September and registered before 31 March 2021. Business users can upgrade their vehicle and enjoy a low interest rate of 1.59% with the option to defer their first payment for six months.* Also at the disposal of Britain’s…

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  • Photo of Shouting from the tree tops: The benefits of tree pits

    Shouting from the tree tops: The benefits of tree pits

    The specification of trees within an urban area can provide many benefits, from improving inhabitants’ mental and physical wellbeing, to filtering urban pollutants and aiding the offset of carbon emissions. However, the planting of trees within landscaped or paved exterior public spaces can also present a range of potential complications that must be considered at the very initial design stages. Here, Chris George, business development manager at Howe Green, explores the wide ranging benefits tree pits and tree grilles offer and the key elements specifiers should consider. Whilst the planting of trees in urban location can contribute to the reduction…

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  • Photo of Bobcat launches new range of excavators

    Bobcat launches new range of excavators

    Bobcat has launched its new R-Series of mini-excavators ranging from two to four tonne. The company says the range offers “a best-in-class mix of high digging forces, superb stability and smooth controllability of working functions complemented by low weights for easy transportation”. The new excavators – E26, E27z, E27, E34 and E35z – utilise newly developed flexible machine platforms that allow different configurations of models and specifications. Bobcat also says it has enhanced operator comfort and functionality. A new cab has been introduced across the whole of the R-Series range with improved entry/exit thanks to new ergonomic 3D handles and…

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  • Photo of Ground Control rail teams using ‘game changing’ high tech helmets

    Ground Control rail teams using ‘game changing’ high tech helmets

    In a UK first, Ground Control – the UK’s leading supplier of award-winning services – has deployed ‘game changing’ high-tech safety helmets for use in a rail environment. Working collaboratively with Network Rail’s Western Route Works Delivery team, Ground Control has purchased an initial batch of 40 Protos Integral helmets for workers doing essential maintenance work near rail lines. Costing over £500 each, the helmets were stress tested in the field, with workers successfully using the wireless Bluetooth system to communicate while using everyday noisy tools such as chainsaws, brushcutters and woodchippers. “As a national vegetation management contractor, we deliver…

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  • Photo of GGM partners with Roberine for commercial mowers

    GGM partners with Roberine for commercial mowers

    GGM Groundscare is delighted to announce a new partnership with Roberine, the world class Dutch manufacturer of self-propelling mowing machines. The company has a rich heritage in the ride on commercial mower sector and as the business prepares to celebrate its 20thanniversary at its headquarters in Colne, Lancashire, the move sees it return to its roots. Managing Director Chris Gibson explains more: “When the business was relocated to Colne back in 2000, we were suppliers of Kubota and Hayter Professional, which was subsequently bought out by Toro. We described the brands as the right and left legs of the business – the…

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  • Photo of Hayter Harrier celebrates 50th anniversary

    Hayter Harrier celebrates 50th anniversary

    The Harrier range, manufactured by Hayter, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. Since launching its original model in 1970, the Harrier has won various accolades through the years, including the prestigious BAGMA award; in 1998 the Harrier was awarded the ‘Product of the Decade’ title, after a nationwide dealership vote. In 1960, the Hayter company was granted the Royal Warrant for the supply of machinery to HM Queen Elizabeth II, an honour that is still retained, 60 years later. Craig Hoare, sales and marketing manager at Hayter, says: “We are really excited to be celebrating 50 years of the…

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  • Photo of Exeter council using new kit to help city become carbon neutral

    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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  • Photo of A look at the D Turf Care System

    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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  • Photo of Husqvarna launches two new battery-powered brushcutters

    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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  • Photo of Government responds to petition to stamp out tool theft

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

    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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  • Photo of VIDEO: Conservation and habitat management at WWT Wetlands Slimbridge with 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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  • Photo of PSD Groundscare bring innovative landscaping solutions to Saltex

    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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  • Photo of Gateshead council trial battery powered machinery

    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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  • Photo of New regulations on the import of forestry machinery

    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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  • Photo of Glasgow Botanic Gardens now home to two robotic lawnmowers

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

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

    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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