Running a successful business and with a variety of customers, from caravan parks to councils, roadside work to churchyards and private estates is no easy task. Based in the north east of England Chris Stamp and his team at CA Stamp Grounds & Agriculture know their clients expect an impeccable finish every time, so the need for a reliable, durable mower is of paramount importance.
Chris explained; "Our previous machine was due for renewal, so following a look around SALTEX at the products on offer, I contacted our local dealer Rickerby for a demonstration of the ISEKI SF224. I knew as soon as I tried the machine it was perfect for what I needed. Being located in the north of the country we get plenty of rainfall, the ISEKI mower really does cut and collect even in the wettest and harshest conditions whilst leaving the same brilliant finish every time with no blockages. This ability is invaluable, it enables us to be flexible when we carry out jobs with no downtime due to weather conditions.
"Along with grass cutting the powerful collector system is fantastic for clearing up after scarifying or collection of fallen leaves, allowing us to get even more value from our machine and excellent service to our customers.
"The high tip collector with a clearance of over 2.1 metres enables us to tip all the waste straight into the back of a trailer saving us considerable man hours. The large 950 litre hopper allows us to mow for longer, enabling us to be more efficient with our time - the SF224 really speeds everything up for us.
"We are all fight to jump on and use the machine, this says it all when it comes to ease of use and makes my life a lot easier when allocating the workload! The drive is very comfortable, even when mowing for long periods of time which is required on many of our contracts."
Noticing a gap in what Chris was offering he then purchased an ISEKI SRA950F 4WD 24hp brushcutter which is being utilised for slope mowing up to 25 degrees and cutting of overgrown, out of control areas. "We saw the machine on demonstration with our local dealer rep Rob. I couldn't believe how powerful and effective it was at tackling thick vegetation whilst leaving such a superb finish, it was a complete impulsive buy. I even surprised myself on this quick decision which was slightly out of character for me! The SRA950F has already been put to good use, I know it will be an invaluable machine for many years to come.
"Our local dealer Rickerby is faultless, Rob and the service team's knowledge of the machinery is second to none, if I ever have a problem they are out and sorting the problem so quickly. As a contractor their brilliant back-up and service is invaluable."
Chris Stamp started his grounds maintenance contractor business as a one-man band, quickly building up his customer base he now employ's two other staff with additional help from other self-employed contacts during the busy months to keep up with the demand. With the addition of the ISEKI machines the business has grown from strength to strength.