One of the West Midlands' largest local authorities has purchased 12 new Allett Buffalo pedestrian mowers to help with its prestige grass-cutting contracts over the coming season.
Set to go work for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council's Grounds Maintenance Services, the Buffalo 27 mowers will be used to maintain Sandwell's many parks and gardens, cemeteries, traffic islands and other high-profile open grass spaces
The new machines are being supplied to Sandwell MBC by Allett dealer, Oakley's Ltd, and will join an existing fleet of Allett Buffalo and Shaver mowers that has grown steadily over the past 20 years. The Shavers are used almost exclusively on the council's bowling greens.
"We carry out an extensive amount of prestige mowing across the Borough from March to November," explained grounds maintenance manager, Martin Brayford. "The machines used for this job have to be safe, reliable and easy to handle while producing a first-class finish. We've used Allett mowers since the late 1980s and they've given us no reason to look elsewhere."
Day-to-day responsibility for the mowers lies with Sandwell MBC's plant workshop supervisor, Keith Collett, who follows a strict three-year replacement cycle to ensure that the council extracts the maximum from its investment in terms of productivity, reliability and ultimate trade-in values.
"We run a total of 30 Allett machines and the 12 new Buffalo mowers will be a direct replacement for similar models that had completed three years' hard work," commented Keith. "Working with Allett's new owner, Turfmech, is proving a great success as the firm is prepared both to listen to our comments and act upon them whenever possible."
Examples given by Keith include steps taken to further reduce noise and hand-arm vibration (HAV) levels, uprating the chaincase covers and strengthening the handles to give improved durability over long working hours.
"We have an excellent relationship with Turfmech and the results are clear to see in the upgrades made to the mowers over the past few years," he said. "Most important, also, is the fact that the operators really like using the machines. I like them, too, as maintenance is quick and simple and does not cost the earth."
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