Marking the start of a shift over to more battery-powered equipment, the University of Nottingham are now the proud owners of three 26" INFINICUT® FX mowers.
Along with completing the daily mowing on the campuses two cricket squares and bowling green, the purchase of additional UltraGroomer™ and ThatchMaster™ cassettes from the TMSystem™ means that the grounds team can now undertake multiple maintenance tasks - all with reduced hand-arm vibration and fuel costs.
In charge of the maintenance is Interim Grounds Manager Greg Smith, who specified the investment in the INFINICUT's, delivered by George Browns in March 2022. "Sustainability is something that's now at the heart of a lot of the decision making we do here at the university, but switching to electric is only an option if the equipment is up to the job" explains Greg. "With mowing a daily activity, this was an important step for us and, while we explored the alternatives, the INFINICUT® with its excellent battery life and quality of cut was the perfect fit for us."
"Hand-arm vibration and noise are massive issues in our industry and these were things that improved instantly for the team with the purchase of the INFINICUT's - they can't believe how quiet they are! In a relatively short period of time, we are already also noticing the benefits in terms of big savings on our fuel costs."
To get even more return from the three 26" Fixed Head machines, the University also purchased a set of UltraGroomer™ and ThatchMaster™ cassettes from the renowned TMSystem™ collection. Featuring over 80 tungsten carbide tipped blades, the UltraGroomer™ improves the plants immediate environment by removing Poa ingress, lateral growth and organic matter to enhance the movement of oxygen, moisture and nutrients. Also designed to prevent thatch accumulations, the ThatchMaster™ utilises 2mm thick tungsten blades to cut through stolons and rhizomes in fine turf.
"We specified these cassettes as part of the package and all of the training and support we've had from Oliver Hall at INFINICUT® and our local dealer George Browns has been fantastic. We've been passing over the cricket squares and bowling green with these once a week and the results have been superb." Greg adds, "We're a high wear site, with lots of community usage on top of that by the students and the combination of the INFINICUT's and the cassettes mean that the facilities are healthier and presenting better than ever!"