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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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    • Kubota

      Bumper start to 2017 for GGM Groundscare and Kubota

      Next year is set to be an exciting year for GGM Groundscare and Kubota as the two leading groundcare machinery specialists celebrate a 40 year landmark working in partnership together and the announcement that GGM is further expanding its operations with the orange liveried manufacturer in the North West. GGM’s and Kubota originally joined forces in 1976 when Michael Gibson purchased a horticultural dealer business at Highgate near Kirkham in Lancashire. Over the last 40 years, the relationship between the specialist machinery dealer and the market leading Japanese manufacturer has gone from strength to strength.  This has been based on GGM’s…

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    • Reesink

      Reesink Turfcare’s Clive Pinnock first in industry to be granted LTA Level 4

      Reesink Turfcare’s Clive Pinnock, who has been in the industry for over 32 years, is the first in the turfcare sector to achieve a level four in the Landbased Technician Accreditation scheme (LTA), one of the highest training accolades there is. Clive completed all his training through Reesink, which was recognised as an assessment training centre in 2016 by the administrators of the LTA scheme to offer training to level two and three. Neil Adams, commercial training manager at Reesink Turfcare, said: “Clive has been granted LTA four status by the engineering council for his services to the industry over the last…

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    • JCB

      Magnificent seven JCBs for highways hire firm

      A Somerset-based construction firm has ordered a further three of JCBs new 3CX Compact models after the outstanding performance of its first four models. Connor Construction (Southwest) Ltd, which specialises in the hire of plant and labour to the UK and global highways industry, initially ordered four of the brand new JCB backhoe loaders from dealer Holt JCB in Summer 2016. The company was so impressed by the performance of the new 3CX Compact models, that is has now added a further three to its fleet. Connor Construction (Southwest) Ltd’s director and founder, Ian Webb said: “We selected JCB because in…

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      John Deere firsts for apprentice training

      John Deere’s first female and forestry technicians have been registered in the latest intake for the company’s award winning apprenticeship scheme, managed by training provider ProVQ, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. A total of 34 apprentices have signed up to begin their first year of training in the work-based Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, including Zoe Parker of dealer Ben Burgess Coates and Matthew McPherson of John Deere Forestry in Carlisle. The apprentices, their families and sponsoring dealers attended an induction day at John Deere’s Langar headquarters and were given a tour of…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc launches the Rasion Easy Pedestrian Mower

      Following the successful launch of the Pellenc Rasion Basic and Smart models in 2015, the company has announced the latest pedestrian rotary mower in the range – the Pellenc Rasion Easy. The Rasion Easy is a combination of the previous two models launched last year as Etesia UK operations director Les Malin explains: “We found that the manual operation of the Rasion Basic has been more appropriate to commercial operators yet they also liked the self-propelled element of the Rasion Smart. For this reason, Pellenc has launched the Rasion Easy – a combination from both of the previous models.” The…

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    • Timberwolf

      Timberwolf strengthens UK and Ireland dealer network

      Timberwolf has further strengthened its UK and Ireland dealer network with the appointment of Leinster Turf Equipment as its dealer for Northern Ireland. This new appointment builds on the existing success Leinster Turf Equipment has achieved with the Timberwolf brand over the last three years as the dealer for the Irish market. “We are very much looking forward to working with Timberwolf in both Ireland and Northern Ireland markets,” explains Derek Inglis, director Leinster Turf Equipment. “We have already received significant interest in Northern Ireland following the recent launch of TW 280TDHB, TW 280TFTR and TW 160PH products.” The news,…

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    • Etesia

      Etesia UK dealers rewarded with trip to Japan

      Three lucky Etesia UK dealers recently jetted off to the Land of the Rising Sun and an once-in-a-lifetime trip, as part of the company’s Attila sales competition. With a total of twenty places on offer, entry was open to all Etesia outlets across the whole of Europe. In announcing the UK winners at the Etesia UK ‘Partners in Excellence’ awards held last month, Etesia’s operations director, Les Malin said: “Competition has been fierce throughout the year, so I am delighted that so many dealers from the UK have responded to the challenge and won a chance to visit Japan. Their…

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    • Forst

      Först woodchipper distribution expanded into Europe

      Redwood Global, manufacturer of Först woodchipper, has now expanded distribution of its market leading range of high performance and robust woodchippers into Europe following a period of significant growth. The manufacturer has set up strategic dealer partnerships with industry experts in France, Norway and Denmark that will see arboricultural sales specialists solely distribute Först machines throughout the new territories. In addition, Redwood Global as formed a subsidiary company (Först Gmbh) that is based in Germany to specifically meet significant customer demand in the country. Först Gmbh and each dealership will distribute Först’s premium range of 6” and 8” wheeled, tracked…

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    • ECHO

      New ECHO top handle chainsaw

      The latest top handle chainsaw in ECHO’s range of new generation chainsaws is now available in the UK. Weighing in at just 2.3kg (dry weight w/o bar and chain), the CS-2511TES is ECHO’s lightest and most compact saw to date, highly manoeuvrable and easy to use for long periods with little fatigue, thanks to the compact design. It is the attention to detail in the design that sets this saw apart. The ECHO engineers have taken the approach that user experience, and the environments they are working in, are crucial to the way the saw is designed. The engine produces…

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    • WorldSkills

      Makita tools help finalists of APL WorldSkills UK

      The UK’s largest skills show held at the NEC Birmingham, 17 – 19 November, included the final of the APL WorldSkills UK competition in Landscaping, organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, designed to select Britain’s entrants to the WorldSkills Competition in Russia in 2019. Makita, one of Britain’s leading professional power tool manufacturers, has supported this competition for a number of years and has provided a comprehensive inventory of drills, impact drivers, mitre saws and petrol disc cutters. This year the seven finalists used Makita tools during the two and a half day landscape garden build. The test piece…

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    • iseki

      Iseki TG series of medium range tractors

      Iseki, renowned manufacturer of groundcare tractors and mowers, has introduced a new series of TG tractors, ideal for municipal and grounds maintenance applications as well as light agricultural use. The new range of tractors will be showcased at LAMMA 2017 at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Iseki mowers and tractors are distributed in the U.K and Europe by Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment. The new TG6 series, which replaces the TG5, features a range of four compact tractors – the TG6370 IQ, TG6400 HST, TG6490 IQ, TG6490 HST, TG6620 HST and TG6670 HST. The…

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    • husqvarna

      Husqvarna updates full range of Personal Protective clothing

      Husqvarna — one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products — makes updates to its entire range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for professionals and demanding users, allowing them improved protection and comfort. Out of the range, Technical Extreme receives a major update that improves protection without sacrificing mobility. Husqvarna Technical Extreme gets a great new feature in this update: Tech-Knee. Technical Extreme is Husqvarna’s ultimate range of protective clothing, made especially for professionals who work in the toughest environments on a daily basis. With Tech-Knee technology, Technical Extreme now grants professionals enhanced saw protection, thanks…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc launches smart Battery Park Management

      Pellenc has announced the launch of an intelligent smart Battery Park Management (BMS) system, which will allow users to charge up to ten batteries simultaneously. With Pellenc tools having gained popularity over the past six years since they were launched, Etesia UK – the official UK and Ireland distributor – has found that users are now using multiple batteries that require recharging overnight, as Les Malin, operations director explains: “When operators previously used multiple batteries, it meant having a series of chargers all requiring individual 13amp sockets on a bench taking up valuable space but also using unsafe extension leads…

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    • Ego

      Ego expands product offering with new multitool

      The EGO Power+ range launched under two years ago and has already established itself as a specialist in battery powered garden machinery. In such a small amount of time, this new brand’s industry-leading cordless system has made a massive impact, and changed the sector forever. This success is largely attributed to the brand’s innovative and ground-breaking battery technology, as well as stylish and striking product design, and unrivalled capability that has all the power of petrol. Whilst other brands have introduced battery options, EGO Power+ remains the only brand to consist solely of battery products. As part of its new…

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    • Timberwolf

      Timberwolf launches new compact chipper

      The ‘entry level’ Timberwolf has always been a huge seller. For some it’s their first chipper; for some who only use them occasionally, or for lighter jobs, it’s a vital piece of their armoury. For others, it’s all they can tow on a normal license. Whatever the reason for buying, these entry level compact chippers have always been hugely popular, hugely capable machines. Small size, big appetite. It uses the largest commercial V-twin that Honda produces and has a cutaway funnel top so you can get more in. It will chew up almost anything that’s thrown at it. But the…

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    • kubota

      Kubota introduces 0% finance offer across RTV range

      Kubota UK, a leading manufacturer of agricultural, groundcare and construction machinery solutions, has introduced a 0% finance offer across its full range of utility vehicles. Kubota’s RTV range – which includes the RTV-X900, RTV400, RTV500 and RTV1140 – delivers the perfect blend of power, versatility and functionality, whether you’re hauling heavy loads or negotiating steep hills. These robust machines are developed with industry-leading technology and built to take on any job or terrain, delivering excellent acceleration, optimum traction and unrivalled hill control, thanks to Kubota’s advanced transmission technology. The RTV-X900 and RTV1140 also boasts Kubota’s hydrostatic steering for responsive off-road…

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    • husqvarna

      Husqvarna unveils global report on urban parks 2030

      Husqvarna, a world leader in outdoor power products, unveils a global survey on urban parks and green spaces in 2030. The survey results from landscaping architecture students in 15 countries points to the growth of green spaces in urban areas in size and importance, maintained with the support of sensors, robotics, drones and citizens. To explore the report findings, Husqvarna is setting up a robotic pilot to calculate sustainability and productivity gains, and help in the quest to collect data for sustainability research. Given urbanization, sustainability and the rapid development of technology, what will the future urban park look like…

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    • Kubota

      Kubota and Lloyd Ltd team up to support local charity conservation group

      Kubota UK has teamed up with Lloyd Ltd, one of Kubota’s groundcare machinery dealers in the north of England, to support a local charity that is creating a sustainable conservation site in North Yorkshire. The Wakefield District Badger Group is a registered charity run by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers whose primary aim is the protection and conservation of badgers.  The group is currently undertaking a flagship project to create a wildlife conservation area and approached Kubota and Lloyds for support. Paul Hayward, group secretary for Wakefield District Badger Group, commented: “It’s the first time our charity has had…

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    • Makita

      Makita supports innovative Lake District rural apprentice scheme

      Makita is providing support for an innovative apprenticeship scheme that will provide a comprehensive grounding in rural maintenance techniques to six young people in the Lake District. Organised by the Rusland Valley and Fells Landscape Partnership, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the three year apprenticeship is designed to develop vital practical skills and the knowledge required for a career in the rural sector. With additional support from Makita UK, Electricity North West and local hardware distributor, Thomas Graham, the six new apprentices will be working throughout the south Lakeland landscape assisting with woodland restoration, wildlife conservation and heritage…

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    • boningnale

      Boningale expands vehicle fleet to facilitate growth plans

      Boningale has recently expanded its fleet of vehicles to facilitate growth plans for its expanding portfolio of commercial products and services. These include Boningale GreenSky, the company’s award winning green roof division, and Worfield Plants who specialise in growing quality alpines and herbaceous perennial plants.  The plans also involve VIRIDIS, a brand new business that has recently been created to offer landscape designers a bespoke and professional plant sourcing service. The three new vehicles include two 18 tonne delivery trucks, which will be used predominantly by Boningale Nurseries, GreenSky and Worfield Plants, and a smaller Ford Transit L3 350 for…

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      SISIS Osca is pitch perfect for the ‘Accies’

      William Watson, head groundsman at Hamilton Academical FC, believes that his SISIS Osca has helped the synthetic pitch at the Superseal Stadium stand up to the rigours of an extensive amount of playing time. William, who started as an apprentice groundsman at the ‘Accies’ eight years ago, now finds himself in the top seat. Throughout his time he has witnessed the club promoted to the Scottish Premier League and seen the pitch transform from a synthetic surface into natural grass and then back to synthetic once more. Hamilton Academical along with Kilmarnock FC are the only two clubs in the…

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    • Reesink

      Open day to launch new Reesink Turfcare branch in Scotland

      Reesink Turfcare’s first service branch in Scotland will receive its official launch at a special customer open day on 6 October. At the event, visitors will be able to see a wide range of the latest Toro turf equipment from greens, tees, fairway and roughs mowers to Workman utility vehicles, for golf, sport and other amenity fine turf; as well as examples of Toro groundscare models for councils, contractors and landscapers. Added to this will be compact tractors from TYM. The company says the open day provides the perfect opportunity for customers to look at the latest turfcare maintenance machinery…

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    • chipper

      Timberwolf is on track with another market leading chipper

      Introducing the TW 280TFTR 8”. There are times when the terrain is rough. Not just awkward or uneven, but seriously off-road. You need to get the chipper to the job, not bring the job to the chipper. If you’re looking for the ground-covering performance and the efficiency and work rate you’ve come to expect from Timberwolf, the TW 280TFTR 8” tracked chipper will get in and get the job done. A tough machine for tough jobs. Timberwolf has been setting new standards in wood chipper manufacture for 30 years. In that time they have amassed a huge amount of research…

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    • Ariens

      Ariens Company to host Sales Skills 2016

      Ariens Company is to host a new type of dealer meeting in selected venues around the country. Sales Skills 2016 will focus on selling and product demonstration techniques for Ariens brands, with a series of hands-on seminars based on similar, highly successful events in the US. Recognising that in recent years dealers have had to deal with an ever-changing competitive landscape, Sales Skills 2016 will provide them with proven methods to overcome this problem. This will help establish powerful customer experiences and forge long-term relationships. The proposition Sales Skills 2016 offers to dealers is well-voiced by John Horn, Ariens Senior…

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