Newlands Holidays, a family-run caravan park, has recently invested in a Toro Groundsmaster 3500-D to help maintain its 23 acres of landscaped grounds and keep customers happy and coming back.
Newlands Holidays' Rex Ireland, centre, with Reesink Turfcare's John Pike, right, and Devon Garden Machinery's Robert Guntrip, with the Toro Groundsmaster 3500-D
Situated near the World Heritage village of Charmouth in Dorset and a short walk away from the stunning Jurassic Coast, Newlands Holidays is a popular vacation destination. As such, maintaining the grounds to a high standard is vital says business partner, Rex Ireland.
"The appearance of the park is of the utmost importance for our business," says Rex. "It's a significant factor in customers choosing to holiday here and it's essential the park looks its best. That's a major factor in keeping our customers happy and coming back."
With that in mind, Rex was in the market for a reliable machine which could easily cope with the undulating terrain, bank cutting and general maintenance cutting around the 23-acre site.
Having briefed his local dealer on his requirements, Devon Garden Machinery brought in the Toro Groundsmaster 3500-D, amongst many, to trial and despite tough competition the GM3500-D's performance won in the end.
"The performance of the Toro machine was just great compared to the other brands," says Rex. "It did really well on the banks which was very important as we have a fair amount of undulating terrain. Overall, the GM3500-D showed itself to be a really reliable machine and since it will be used for the bulk of the work here, that was really important. It was clear it would provide the best fit for us."
The combination of the machine's ground-following design of each free-floating contour cutting deck and the unique parallel traction drive system means it can tackle the most challenging of terrain in all weathers without scalping. As a triplex rotary mower, the GM3500-D has the added benefit of producing the quality trimming you'd expect from a reel mower as well as the easy maintenance of a rotary mower, something which proved to be a key consideration for Rex.
"We've had cylinder mowers before, but they've proved to be quite high maintenance," Rex continues. "With the GM3500-D we've been able to move away from that and I can already see that it's going to save us a lot of time on maintenance."
"When it came to finding a new machine, Devon Garden Machinery provided us with a range of options and simply put, we chose the best," Rex concludes. "From Toro, we've got a good machine that does the job well and will make sure we're in the best position for the start of the season."