Sports Grounds Contractor ups the power

Mike Birdin Industry News

Kestrel 3.jpgTractors designed and built originally for use in agriculture are proving an increasingly important asset for non-farming applications as evidenced by the 125hp MF 7465 tractor added recently to the machinery fleet of Hampshire-based sports ground construction and turf drainage specialist, Kestrel Contracting.

Supplied by local Massey Ferguson dealer, Lister Wilder, the new tractor replaced a seven-year old 115hp MF 6265 in spearheading the company's contract drainage operations on sports pitches and playing fields throughout the UK.

Powering an AFT Wizz Wheel 75 wheel-type trencher, the additional muscle and advanced Dyna-VT transmission of the MF 7465 is proving invaluable in sustaining high workrates while promoting consistently good results in a wide range of surface conditions and soil types, points out Kestrel founder and managing director, Richard Veitch.

"The extra horsepower comes in very useful when laying mains drainage pipes measuring up to 150mm diameter at depths anywhere between 500mm and 700mm below ground level," said Richard. "Most sports ground and playing field contracts require us to be in and out as quickly as possible so it is great to have a tractor that appears to be spot on for the job, taking every task comfortably in its stride."

Echoing Richard's comments, tractor driver, Bruce Burrows, added that MF's Dyna-VT continuously-variable transmission was a delight to use, producing infinitely-variable speeds from zero to 30mph at the touch of a lever with no interruption in traction or power delivery.

"This facility is ideal for drainage works where one has to go from creep speeds one moment to fast forward the next to get back quickly to the start of the subsequent run," he said. "The transmission is great also for road travel and haulage. I really like the tractor. It's been designed with a lot of thought for the operator and has definitely made my job easier, faster and more comfortable."

Picture :-Kestrel Contracting's new MF 7465 tractor laying mains drainage pipe at a depth of 600mm beneath a sports training facility in west London. The tractor's Dyna-VT continuously-variable transmission is helping the contract team maintain drainage workrates approaching 2,000m/hr.

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