Two is company when it comes to Iseki for Richmond (Yorks) Golf Club

Lucy Selfin Machinery & Mechanics

ISEKI UK & Ireland, distributors of ISEKI compact tractors and mowers alongside their local dealer Rickerby based in Carlisle, recently sold a TLE3410 following an initial TG6490 IQ to Richmond (Yorks) Golf Club.

Established in 1892 Richmond Golf Club in North Yorkshire holds a 18 hole golf course, carefully maintained and constantly improved by a team of three greenkeepers headed up by Rob Spaven, Head Greenkeeper, Iain Leversuch and Daniel Dean. With the course's long history, the team are passionate about continuing to refine the course bringing it back to its natural habitat. Over-looking a valley it is perfectly positioned for stunning views at every hole no matter what the Yorkshire weather throws at it.

Having purchased its first TG6490 IQ tractor from local dealer Rickerby based in Hexham four years ago the club has since grown in popularity and memberships, which in turn means more pressure on the greenkeeping team to keep developing the course.

Commenting on the initial purchase Rob Spaven explained; "One of the main reasons we purchased the TG6490 IQ was because of the tractors low ground pressure ensuring minimal damage on the greens, we are a wet course thanks to the local Yorkshire weather so this is very important to us."

"Another invaluable tool of this particular tractor is the Headland management system when verti-draining. Instead of acting like an octopus having to constantly keep lifting and lowering the implement, starting and stopping the PTO whilst turning and realigning, the headland management system cuts out the PTO when lifted and re-engages on return down all with one simple lever making these repetitive tasks so much easier and safer."

"There is a big selection of 24 gears for the ultimate control, 1,580kg lift capacity perfect for operating implements, moving logs and towing trailers, and most importantly the air con cab is a god send when working in Yorkshire inclement weather!"

With the increased maintenance that was now required due to the club's success, it was decided another tractor was needed to keep up with the workload. This is where the new TLE3410 comes in, commenting on the decision Rob Spaven explained; "again with its low ground pressure and minimal damage on the greens the 40hp TLE3410 with 1000kg lift capacity was chosen for spraying and slitting fairways. A really good, simple tractor that's bomb proof and perfect for operators to just jump on and use."

"As greenkeepers we are all worried about taking tractors on the greens, but when you've got two tractors that barely leave any marks, what more could you ask for! The TG's reliability has been faultless, club's don't have as much excess money anymore, we can't afford big repair bills but we have had no problems with this tractor."

"After the excellent service and back up received from our first ISEKI tractor from local dealer Rickerby, we didn't hesitate to contact them again for the purchase of our TLE3410. The staff at ISEKI UK have also been brilliant, they are a friendly bunch to deal with, happy to answer any questions and there is really good communication from them. I cannot speak highly enough of them to be honest and would highly recommend ISEKI products."

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