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  • Etesia

    Award winning volunteer groundsman puts his trust in Etesia

    Robin Taylor, a volunteer groundsman for Grendon Rangers, a FA Charter Standard Club, has sworn by his Etesia Hydro 100 for the last twenty-one years. In that time he has picked up five awards and believes it is down to his trusty ride-on mower. His pitch has played a large part in ensuring that the club meets the FA pyramid step 7 criteria. Grendon Rangers FC boasts two senior teams and six youth teams from Under 7’s upwards. It’s a good, successful footballing organisation for all ages, but arguably the club’s star performer is Robin, who dedicates up to 12…

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  • Classen

    Spring into summer with Classen

    The combination of three Classen machines, the Aerator, Turf Rake and Overseeder is precisely what turf professionals need as the late spring grass growth puts on a spurt towards summer. Aeration is needed to improve the air exchange between the soil and the atmosphere, to help relieve compaction, reduce water run-off and puddling. The Classen RA 21 Aerator offers a choice of solid or hollow tines so the groundsman can choose according to the work to be done. The core tines reciprocate at 450 revolutions per minute allowing the operator to cover 26,000 square feet in an hour. Self-propelled and quality…

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  • Doosan

    New Doosan DX300SLR-5 excavator helps save castle

    In the UK, a new Doosan DX300SLR-5 crawler excavator that was part of a fleet of machines hired from Fraserburgh-based David Smith Contractors Ltd has played a vital role in helping to save the historic Abergeldie Castle following huge storms in Scotland. Set right beside the River Dee, Abergeldie Castle, an A-listed 16th-century tower house, teetered on the brink of collapse when unprecedented heavy rainfall caused the river to burst its banks, sweeping away around 20 m of the banking and leaving the historic building in a precarious position. Supplied by Balgownie Ltd, based at Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, the local…

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  • GreenMech

    GreenMech QuadChip 160 ‘turns’ heads at Bron Afon Community Housing

    Rob Richards, senior surveyor for Bron Afon, has turned to GreenMech to manage the ever-growing population of trees in the area. Bron Afon Community Housing is a social enterprise, established in 2008, when Torfaen Council tenants voted for Bron Afon to be its new landlord. Since then, it has been bringing homes up to Welsh Housing Quality Standards, covering construction, community regeneration and support. Rob oversees the entire tree stock, totalling around 5,500 trees over multiple tree areas. For a long while Rob and his team of three have used chippers for the tree maintenance work and when the time came to replace their existing…

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  • John Deere

    New wide area mowers from John Deere

    The John Deere 1500 Series II Comfort front rotary mowers are now available in the UK & Ireland, after being sold in a number of other European countries. They are suitable for wide area mowing in the commercial, golf and amenity turf markets where operator comfort, high output mowing performance and uptime are key requirements. Featuring a powerful Yanmar 49hp four-cylinder engine, hydrostatic four-wheel drive and diff-lock, a standard air suspension seat and a spacious operator platform with CommandArm armrest controls, the new 1505 and 1515 mowers are designed to provide a comfortable ride for all mowing jobs. Maximum road…

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  • SALTEX

    SALTEX gets even bigger

    Organisers of SALTEX 2016, which is being held on 2 and 3 November at the NEC, Birmingham, have revealed that the show is expanding to accommodate an increasing number of exhibitors. The extra floor space marks a show growth of 1,120sq/m as exhibitors continue to sign up for the event. In fact, 81% of allocated space at SALTEX 2016, which includes the extra floor space, has already been accounted for. The extra space will not only allow for more exhibitors to showcase an even wider range of products and services, but also provides an extra seminar theatre to accommodate an…

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  • Rise in sales for new Ariens IKON-X Zero-turn mower

    There are a growing number of people for whom the benefits of a Zero-turn mower have become increasingly evident. If you consider you can cut a lawn in half the time without sacrificing the quality of the cut there is a strong persuasion to take a look at one, especially if you have a sizeable area to mow. The IKON-X Zero-turn mower is built by Ariens Company, a family owned brand that has a reputation for engineering excellence. That is reflected in this tough and durable mower which is built with a fully fabricated, heavy-duty tubular steel frame. What’s more…

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  • Tracmaster

    Tracmaster launches new CAMON stump grinder

    Tracmaster has announced the addition of another machine to its expanding CAMON range. The SG30 Stump Grinder is the newest member of the CAMON family and is designed and built by Tracmaster at its premises in West Sussex. Alex Pitt, managing director at Tracmaster, said: “We have taken our 15 years’ experience of supplying stump grinders and developed a machine that provides better performance and cheaper running costs. The SG30 Stump Grinder is also fantastically priced because it is supplied directly by us, the manufacturer, with no importing middle men taking their cut. This, combined with superior parts and build quality, will ensure…

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  • Lely

    Lely’s Neil Adams offers insight into how the SUD’s new legislation changes will affect groundsmen

    As the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD)’s legislation changes around sprayer testing near, Neil Adams, head of training at Lely UK, explains how it will affect grounds professionals and offers advice on how to prepare. Coming into effect on 26 November 2016, the SUD requires that all active pesticide application equipment has an NSTS Certificate. NSTS is the National Sprayer Testing Scheme for the UK and satisfies the sprayer testing requirements of the SUD, which, mandatory throughout the EU, is designed to further enhance the high level of protection achieved through the entire regulatory system for pesticides. Outlining what the new…

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  • Allett

    Allett Lawnmowers advise scarifying now for a green summer

    Scarifying now is the best possible chemical-free tonic you can give your lawn to ensure a healthy and luxurious sward for the summer. The advice from Allett Lawnmowers is that aeration will remove dead grass, roots and rubbish from the lawn and also open up the compacted surface allowing sunshine, rain and oxygen to reach the roots enabling the lawn to maximise its natural spring and early summer growth potential. Allett is the UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of cylinder lawnmowers and, through its UK dealer network, offers lawn owners a choice of aeration and other lawn care aids a part…

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  • Etesia

    Etesia ensures quality for Creative Gardening Solutions

    Creative Gardening Solutions, based in the West Midlands, is the new owner of two new Etesia ride-on mowers and directors Andrew Rossiter and Matthew Tromans have expressed how pleased they are with their choice. Great things are happening at Creative Gardening Solutions in Dudley, West Midlands. The family run business, which specialises in domestic and commercial grounds maintenance, has gone from strength to strength since father and son, Matthew and Chris Tromans, decided to create a grounds maintenance company with a difference. The company now has a dedicated arboriculture team, a landscape team, a number of qualified horticulturists and a…

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  • Bobcat

    Bobcat Zero Turn Mowers offer up to 6 Years Customer Choice warranty

    Bobcat, whose zero turn mowers are renowned for their superior “build quality” on which the company has built its reputation, is so confident about the reliability of its equipment that it is now offering its customers extended warranties. “Customer Choice” warranty means, depending on the product the end customer chooses, they can select the warranty period that most suits their needs. From a 500Hour/5 Year warranty to a 2750 Hour /6 year warranty* a plan is offered. Not only is reliability built in but now extra peace of mind too which make the buying decision just a little easier. *Terms…

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  • Cub Cadet

    The Cub Cadet mini-rider delivers in a compact design

    Modern design, versatility and comfortable mowing – just three of the many assets of the Cub Cadet Mini-rider CC114HA. The compact and manoeuvrable mower delivers the same strength, durability and cutting performance as found on considerably larger models, without needing much more room in your garage than a conventional walk behind mower, thanks to the space-saving design. With a comfortable hydrostatic drive system and transmission, the CC114HA is the ultimate luxury mini-rider, suitable for mowing lawn areas of 1200 sqm in an hour. The powerful, yet smooth, 420 cm³ Cub Cadet engine is equipped with an electric start and offers…

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  • Makita

    Hackney marches to safer green spaces with Makita battery tools

    Hackney Borough Council’s Parks and Green Spaces team now has the best possible safe working conditions equipped with Makita battery powered line trimmers, blowers and hedgecutters, having dropped traditional petrol machines on health, safety and environmental grounds. The Council’s policy is to remove all petrol power from local operations by 2020. Switching to Makita’s 36v cordless tools eliminates the vibration risks that can harm staff with long-term Hand Arm Vibration-HAV injuries such as White Finger and joint and circulation problems. The Makita machines offer a considerable reduction in vibration and can be used all day without harm to the operators.…

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  • DJ Turfcare introduces new Bushranger Edger E35

    DJ Turfcare has introduced the new Bushranger Edger E35, specifically designed for local authority and contracting work. This is an extremely robustly built edger with an advanced 3.1hp Kawasaki FJ100 4 stroke OHV engine delivering plenty of power and long, reliable service. The machine features a number of innovations with new controls developed to reduce operator hand fatigue, notably a ‘dead man’s handle’ with a micro switch cut-out for greater safety and which negates the need for the operator to hold down a lever. The Exposure Limit Value (ELV) of the Bushranger is 567 minutes per day, with low vibration …

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  • EGO

    EGO’s most technically advanced battery system in the business

    As the cordless specialists in the gardening sector, EGO Power+ only make lithium-ion powered equipment. The technology used within EGO’s cordless system bears this out. It begins with the industry’s first 56 volt lithium-ion powered battery. Unlike other battery packs, which are shaped like bricks and retain heat (which is detrimental to the performance of li-ion battery’s), it follows EGO’s patented “arc” design which ensures that more of the battery cells are adjacent to the external housing, keeping them cooler for longer, ensuring greater performance in even the toughest of tasks. Another feature of its battery is EGO’s proprietary “Keep Cool”…

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  • Kubota

    Share your #MyKubota story

    Kubota UK’s popular #MyKubota campaign is set for a return this spring, following a successful launch of the social media competition in 2015. Once again, Kubota is asking fans to submit photos and vote for their favourite ‘day in the life of their Kubota’ story, to be in with a chance of winning £500 Virgin Experience Days vouchers. An impressive 95 stories were submitted for #MyKubota in 2015 and this year is set to be bigger and better. Entrants are asked to upload their funniest, most scenic or creative photos that depict how the machinery is used day-to-day. The entries…

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  • Polaris

    Polaris appoints Bob Wild Grass Machinery

    Polaris has appointed Bob Wild Grass Machinery Ltd of West Yorkshire as the latest authorised dealer to join the rapidly growing Polaris UK network. Bob Wild Grass Machinery is very much a family run business, located in a rural area with many small livestock farms, small holdings, and amenity facilities in the surrounding area. The business is ideally placed to stock and provide the extensive Polaris range, from children’s ATVs to the latest Polaris Sportsman, the 450 HO, and the top selling petrol and diesel Rangers including the three and six seat Ranger Crew. The dealership will also offer a…

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  • Kubota

    Kubota and Northampton Saints partnership goes from strength to strength

    Kubota UK has signed a new partnership with Northampton Saints that will see the market leading machinery supplier become an elite sponsor of the Aviva Premiership rugby team for the next two seasons. Kubota’s logo has been seen on the back of the Saints’ playing shirts since last October, with the company also providing the machinery for the Franklin’s Gardens ground staff to maintain the pitches to the highest possible standards despite some trying conditions during the wet winter. The new Elite Sponsor agreement was officially announced on the pitch at half time during the Saints v Leicester Tigers game…

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  • Cobra

    Get your lawn InStarted with Cobra

    Cobra has launched its new petrol lawnmower that features new starting technology from Briggs & Stratton that eliminates the need for straining and pulling the start cord. The Cobra MX515SPBI mower is self-propelled and, to further maximise the ease of use and user control, it is equipped with Briggs & Stratton’s innovative InStart starting system. InStart eliminates the need for the traditional starting method of pulling the recoil and instead gives your power at the push of a button. The premium MX515SPBI has a 20” hard wearing aluminium deck that is easy to clean and durable so has a longer…

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  • Kubota

    Kubota in bloom at RHS Chelsea 2016

    Kubota UK, a leading manufacturer of tractor and groundcare machinery, will showcase a range of machines at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including its GR2120S and GR1600-II ride-on models. These robust and versatile mowers are proven choices, so are perfect for gardeners looking for a speedy and practical solution to year round lawn care. Kubota’s ever-popular W821-PRO walk-behind mower and its new, slim line sister model, the W819-PRO, will also be on stand, designed to help gardeners keep their lawns trimmed to a professional finish. For those with large estates, paddocks, or stables to maintain, Kubota’s BX2350, sub-compact tractor…

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  • EGO

    EGO doubles trimmer range

    EGO Power+ has introduced two new line trimmers to its range, bringing the total variety within its trimmer product line to four. Previously the range had consisted of a 30cm option and a 38cm brushless model but now two new string trimmers with brushless motors have been introduced to complement the existing two. These are a 33cm option with a 2mm dual line and two speed functionality and a 38cm option, with a 2.4mm dual line and variable speeds, with a bike handle for extra manoeuvrability and operator comfort. All four trimmers boast a free-rotating bump feed cap means that…

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  • Lely

    Keep rotary blades sharp for most efficient cut, stresses Lely’s Michael Hampton

    Michael Hampton, turfcare parts manager at Lely Turfcare, has advised groundsmen that sharp, well-maintained rotary blades are the key to the most efficient and productive cut. And with the new season’s flourish of grass growth fast approaching, Michael says now’s the time to raise awareness of ensuring blades are sharp, as well as the importance of inspecting mowers for signs of blade wear. “Spring sees groundsmen tackle large areas of grass much more frequently than other times of the year; activity that can quickly dull rotary blades down. “If councils or landscape contractors don’t have sufficient stock or aren’t visually…

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  • Cobra

    Enter the lithium-ion garden with Cobra

    Cobra has announced three new products, which sees the brand branching out into the 24 volt lithium ion market for the first time. Cobra currently has 40 volt options but the new grass trimmer, hedgetrimmer and blower are its first 24 volt options. The three handheld models are all powered by one battery which is transferrable across all three products. The battery has both a turbo mode for enhanced power, and also an eco mode to conserve battery life. Eco mode is quieter and powers for a longer period of time, whereas turbo mode is more powerful with stronger, faster…

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  • Cub Cadet

    Unprecedented manoeuvrability, stability and control from Cub Cadet

    The new RZT-S50 from Cub Cadet ticks all the boxes for professional landscapers and groundskeepers alike.  The machine is robust and versatile, whilst perfectly balancing comfort and power with industry leading 360° turning technology for incredible manoeuvrability. This high-specification piece of machinery is equipped with a 726 cm3 Kawasaki OHV v-twin engine delivering a power output of 12kW at 2,400rpm, and has an array of features and benefits that make getting the job done a walk in the park. A key feature is the zero-turn capability, from the innovator of zero-turn. This provides ultimate manoeuvrability and the ability to turn…

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