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  • Ventrac

    Ventrac dealer network continues to grow

    The UK Ventrac dealer network continues to grow with the appointment of SGM Contracts in Scotland. The family-run business is one of the leading providers of both groundcare and garden machinery, offering a range of products and related services to councils, contractors, turf maintenance professionals, golf clubs and domestic home gardeners. Based on the Belleknowes Industrial Estate, Inverkeithing near Edinburgh, SGM has an established customer base, including an extensive hire business featuring equipment from a number of the major manufacturers such as John Deere, Ransomes, Jacobsen, Toro and Scag. Rupert Price, managing director of UK importers Price Turfcare said: “From…

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  • Isuzu

    Record breaking 6th consecutive success for Isuzu’s award-winning Grafter

    The Isuzu Grafter 3.5t rigid truck has won the 2017 ‘Best Builder’s Truck’ award for a record breaking sixth time in succession. The multi-award winning trophy for Isuzu Truck, presented by leading UK business van magazine ‘Trade Van Driver’, is unprecedented in the history of this publication’s awards programme. Isuzu Truck UK’s managing director Pete Murphy and Noriko Ishida from Isuzu Motors Ltd received the prestigious award from TVD’s editor Matthew Eisenegger at last month’s CV Show at the NEC in Birmingham. According to this year’s judging panel: “In the eyes of the judging panel, the Isuzu is everything any…

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  • Machinery specialist launches new depot

    One of the leading groundcare machinery specialist, Gibson’s Garden Machinery Ltd has officially opened a new North West depot, as it celebrates a 40-year partnership with top manufacturer Kubota. The new depot will allow GGM to increase its Kubota area coverage and expand its operations across the North West to include Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Lancashire and Cheshire while operating out of a new state of the art premises in Haydock, located just off the M6. The depot was officially opened at a prestigious event last week, which was attended by customers from right across the new region. The event also saw the…

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  • CE marking for Classen aerator

    The new Classen TA18 aerator now has CE marking in compliance with EU health and safety requirements. This follows the conformity assessment and issue of the EC Declaration of Conformity, so dealers can be assured each machine will come with CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation. The CE has been done by an independent company to confirm the vibration figures at only 3.6ms². The assessment complements the innovative features of the new aerator, with its compact, streamlined design and steerable tine bank. The width of the aerator is 27.2 inches, allowing it to fit through most gates and doors…

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  • Toro introduces new TITAN HD zero-turn mowers

    Toro, a global leader in turf and landscape maintenance equipment, has announced its new line of TITAN HD zero-turn mowers. These all-new machines can be equipped with unique tool-mounting brackets for unprecedented versatility and increased efficiency. Specifically designed for landscape professionals looking for great results and durability at outstanding value, the new highly maneuverable TITAN HD is available in two cutting widths – 122cm and 132cm. TITAN HD mowers are built to last with rugged, reliable frames and Toro’s highly acclaimed TURBO FORCE® cutting decks that offer excellent quality of cut and durability. The TITAN HD lineup is powered by…

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  • The Turf Tiger 2 – Latest version of the long-running model  

    STM Co Ltd in Warwickshire represent SCAG grasscutting machinery in the UK and Europe, so much so that they were given the award International Distributor of the Year by SCAG in 2016. SCAG maintain a policy of continuous development for their grasscutting machinery and debris clearance Giant Vac product range, and a significant series of changes come with the arrival of the Turf Tiger 2, to take the place of the long-running Turf Tiger ride-on model. As well as improvements like extra strength for the double-tube steel frame, increased fuel tank capacity and heavy duty oil cooler – it’s all…

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  • Heligan invests in its future

    Cornwall’s award-winning The Lost Gardens of Heligan estate has re-established a working partnership with John Deere and local professional turf equipment dealer Masons Kings after more than 20 years. The 200-plus acre estate at Pentewan near St Austell has invested in a new fleet of 10 machines plus ancillary equipment valued at over £200,000, in a John Deere Financial five-year lease hire deal including PowerGard protection. Its first John Deere machine, an 855 compact tractor, was provided in 1995 by the previous dealer, Cornwall Farmers, to help in the restoration of The Lost Gardens after their rediscovery in 1990. This…

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  • New Harrier 41 Pro rear roller mower from Hayter

    Hayter, makers of the finest mowers, are proud to introduce the Harrier 41 Pro to their range. Designed for landscape professionals, this mower is an all-new addition to the Harrier rear-roller mower line-up that’s been integral to the Hayter portfolio for more than 30 years. Available February 2017, the Harrier 41 Pro is specifically designed to meet the needs of landscape contractors and gardeners wanting to achieve a high-quality, striped turf finish in small to medium gardens and grassed areas. Class-leading collection is paramount to the Harrier 41 Pro’s design. The new shape cast aluminum deck, designed using aerospace airflow…

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  • Makita’s new DAB jobsite radio sounds even better

    The latest version of Makita’s very popular jobsite radio features the DAB digital broadcast system and with twin large 76mm diameter speakers will generates a massive 3.5watts from each speaker when powered by a Makita 18v Lithium-Ion battery. This radio can be mains powered with the AC adaptor jack built in, but most practically for site use, will happily operate on most of the Makita batteries from the 7.2v and 10.8v Li-ion stick batteries to the 10.8v, 14.4v and popular 18v slide type batteries. It is not compatible with the older Ni-Cad, Ni-MH or G-series batteries. The new Makita DMR109…

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  • Charge and go with new ECHO lithium-ion

    What are the virtues of choosing battery powered garden and groundscare tools above petrol? Two-stroke power used to win hands down but the advancement with lithium ion batteries is proving to be a game changer. ECHO has introduced a new range of 50V lithium ion battery products, including a hedgetrimmer, a trimmer and power blower that take on their petrol counterparts with a wealth of added benefits. The DHC-200 hedgetrimmer and DSRM-300 trimmer each come with a 2Ah battery as standard and the option of a 4Ah battery for a longer run time. The DPB-600 Power Blower has a 4Ah…

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  • Etesia

    Etesia launches the SKD ExxDrive remote control brushcutter

    The Etesia Attila mower has become synonymous with cutting high, dense vegetation in difficult terrain. Now, Etesia UK has announced it is available as a fully automatic robotic mower with the use of an iPad. The Etesia SKD ExxDrive has been developed with partners FeBroLift GmbH and is a completely new type of external operating concept that allows the user to operate the device reliably and precisely by means of a gesture-controlled operation via an app on an iPad – without having to sit on the mower itself. All functions, which the device contains serially, can also be accessed via…

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  • Kubota

    Cut costs this spring with Kubota’s cashback mower offer

    Kubota’s popular ride-on mower offer cashback programme is back by popular demand again this year, offering professional lawn-keepers the chance to take advantage of this fantastic incentive scheme. The groundcare manufacturer is offering cashback opportunities across a number of its powerful, versatile and economic ride-on mower solutions, allowing operators to achieve high quality finishes quickly and efficiently, for less. The incentive is open to anyone who purchases a T or GR Series ride-on mower from a Kubota dealer across the UK. Available from the 1 February until the 30 June 2017, customers can claim a significant £300 cashback on the GR2120(S), whilst…

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  • Makita

    Makita’s new 4-stroke back-pack blower has even more air flow volume

    The new Makita EB7660TH back-pack blower has increased air flow and air speed, with the maximum power output speed from the innovative Makita MM4 75.6cc 4-stroke engine increased to 7,200rpm. Maximum air flow volume is raised to 20m³/min and the maximum air speed velocity increased to 92m/s. Vibration has been reduced to 3.5m/s² with the engine mounted on four damper springs effectively isolating the engine and fan to reduce vibration on the operator’s back, even during long hours of use. The back-pack carry frame has a comfortable harness with adjustable straps. The long telescopic pipe and nozzle gives accurate control…

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  • Cub Cadet

    Cub Cadet launches new product classifications

    With a new year comes a new look, new names and new machinery for Cub Cadet as it continues to develop its products and customer engagement. This year will see three new series names to distinguish more clearly between its product categories – with these new series names orientated towards the requirements of the respective users. This means customers can quickly determine which products are the right ones to meet their specific needs. The product categories have been divided into the Force Series, the Enduro Series™ and the Pro-Series. The Force Series is the ‘entry level’ range, which consists of…

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  • Cub Cadet

    Cub Cadet’s new range receives sought after accolade

    Despite only being on the market for a matter of weeks, the new models from Cub Cadet have already received recognition from a leading gardening organisation. BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has recognised both the XT2 PS107 and the CC114HA, with the latter receiving the “Best Buy” badge in a recent ride-on mowers test. The models were scored against competitors’ ride-on models and were recognised for having a very tight turning circle, superior handling and an excellent range of cutting heights. The XT2 PS107 was praised for its powerful twin-cylinder engine and cruise control facility, AND the CC114HA was described as…

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  • Ransomes Jacobsen

    Ransomes Jacobsen celebrates 185 years of mower manufacturing at Ipswich

    This year sees a major milestone in the grounds care industry with Ransomes Jacobsen celebrating its 185th anniversary of mower production at Ipswich. Edwin Budding’s historic lawnmower design was patented in 1830, and JR & A Ransome was the first company to obtain a licence to manufacture this remarkable invention. The first Ransomes-manufactured machine for domestic use was produced in 1832, and this signalled the beginning of commercial mower production in the UK. Although the company no longer produces domestic lawnmowers they are one of the leading commercial mower manufacturers supplying equipment to golf courses, local authorities, landscape contractors, sports…

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  • Stihl

    Viking brand to merge with STIHL in 2019

    As from 2019, the STIHL Group will market the entire product line of garden tool manufacturer VIKING exclusively under the STIHL brand name. The change enables it to concentrate all sales and marketing activities on one brand. STIHL executive board chairman Dr. Bertram Kandziora said: “We will take advantage of the existing unit sales and turnover potential of the present VIKING product line under the better known STIHL global brand – internationally.” Unlike global player STIHL, VIKING currently concentrates on the European market. This one brand strategy will see significant market growth for VIKING products, capitalising on the strong STIHL…

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  • GreenMech

    GreenMech wins patent action against Jensen

    GreenMech Patent Infringement action against Jensen in the German Patent Courts to protect its ‘Safe-Trak’ European Patent has been successfully concluded. Jensen has stopped production of its ‘X’ track. GreenMech’s unique Safe-Trak wood chipper is the world’s most successful tracked wood chipper of its type. Designed to safely access, and operate on, difficult terrain the patented Safe-Trak system incorporates two independently adjusted track mounted legs. By extending one track at a time embankments up to 35° can be traversed in complete safety. With both track mounts fully extended a massive ground clearance of up to 600mm can be achieved for clearance…

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  • Makita

    Makita’s new twin 18v cordless chainsaw matches petrol performance

    The new Makita DUC353Z Twin 18v Brushless motor chainsaw sets new standards for the cordless chainsaw and matches the logging performance of similar size petrol powered saws. At the same time this new saw offers the many values of cordless machines which have become recognised throughout the industry:  zero emissions; super-quiet operation; total control and high levels of efficiency and safety as standard. The Makita 36v direct-drive Brushless motor has a rated output of 1,100 watt, similar to a 32cc petrol machine, and comes fitted with identical 35cm length bar and a chain speed of 20 metres per second. The…

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  • Bomford Turner

    Bomford Turner launches two new models

    Bomford Turner has revealed two new models to strengthen its grip on the UK’s remotely-controlled mower market. The two new models consist of a compact 40hp model, and a much larger Supreme 70hp model. Each of the two tracks can be independently extended by the operator by 250mm / 10”. By widening the footprint to aid stability and grip, the mower can operate on inclines up to 55 degrees. With a powerful Perkins 40hp/70hp engine variants, twin-track grip, excellent manoeuvrability and flexible tool attachment options, Flailbot delivers robust all-terrain performance. Rubber and studded steel track choices offer the best traction…

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  • Kubota

    ANB Groundcare invests in Kubota

    Over the last decade, ANB Groundcare has continued to go from strength to strength thanks to on-going support from market-leading supplier of groundcare machinery solutions, Kubota. Back in 2006, Alastair Brooker founded ANB Groundcare with just £20,000 in the bank and an uncertainty of which direction to take the business. Today, the Berkshire-based company is well on its way to a £1m-a-year turnover, a feat achieved with dedication, hard work and a diverse fleet of machinery. The site team has now grown to seven, with Alastair’s wife Lucy in charge of the brand design and website and financial support, whilst…

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  • Ransomes

    Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk keeps coast cut with Ransomes

    The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has purchased five Ransomes Parkway Meteor flail mowers to maintain King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Hunstanton and surrounding coastal areas. Local Ransomes dealer, Bartram Mowers, made the delivery. The council has implemented a new grass cutting regime, which now sees the borough’s green spaces being cut six to 12 times per season. With a total of 650 acres to maintain, the council chose to purchase the Ransomes Parkway Meteor flail mowers to increase productivity whilst maintaining a high-quality finish. Chris Durham, operations manager for the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk,…

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  • nurseries

    Wyevale Nurseries staff member goes plant hunting in South America

    A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has recently just got back from a plant hunting in South America. Ben Gregory, product development coordinator at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, visited three nurseries in the country searching for some unusual plants while on holiday in December. The 24-year-old from Worcester explained: “Darwin Colombia in Bogota is an indirect supplier of ours. I wanted to experience the production style, techniques and quality of the nursery. I also wanted to explore if there were any further opportunities with them for the future that we are not currently…

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  • T H White

    T H WHITE Machinery Imports strengthens mowers team

    T H WHITE has announced the appointment of Laurence White as account manager South West and Wales, based at the Stockbridge branch. Laurence brings a wealth of experience to the team, having been employed as an area sales manager in the groundcare machinery trade for 22 years. Following an apprenticeship in the Agriculture industry, Laurence gained knowledge of the retail groundcare machinery trade, spending six years with Oakes Bros & Loxston Groundcare. He also gained experience of the agricultural machinery sales business, both in retail and as an area sales manager for a distributor. He brings strong product knowledge combined with good industry…

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  • Makita

    Makita UK marks 45 years in UK with power tool market leadership

    2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the UK sales, training and distribution centre for global power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation. An unbroken record of annual sales growth confirms that today the Makita brand is market leader in the UK’s competitive professional power tool league. Just two years ago Makita worldwide celebrated a century of growth since the Company’s foundation in 1915 at Anjo, Japan. Since 1972 Makita UK has delivered a consistently successful and ever expanding range of power tools for the professional tradesman. Today, there are more than 600 tools in the Makita UK range…

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