After demonstrating a variety of different ride-on mowers, Steve Mackey, Head Greenkeeper at Wellingborough Golf Club, found the one he was looking for in the ISEKI SXG323+.
"We don't have ties to any company, and we never will," said the straight-talking Steve. "We simply buy what does the job and the ISEKI mower does the job for us."
Steve is the man in charge of the 18-hole, par 72 rolling parkland course situated at the 18th century Harrowden Hall in the heart of Northamptonshire. The course, which hosts several premier PGA & county golf events, is positioned amongst five acres of beautifully maintained gardens and woodlands. It is partly for this reason that Steve was looking for a new ride-on mower.
"With it being a parkland course and with a vast number of trees, we get a lot of fallen leaves on the formal gardens and on the course," he said. "Therefore, we needed a mower that could collect them quickly and efficiently through the season. In addition, we needed it for other work on the course such as collecting debris from scarifying tees, approaches, and general other tasks."
"We demonstrated several different machines and found that the ISEKI ride-on mower was the best operator-wise for everybody that works here. It did a better job than its competitors and quite simply it was the best out of the lot."
The ISEKI SXG Range is the ultimate in cut and collection mowers and the newly designed SXG323 + offers power, performance, and unsurpassed productivity. A 48" (1.22M) mower deck with wider overlapping provides a superior quality of cut while the large capacity, high torque 1123cc diesel engine is powerful and fuel efficient.
The new ergonomic design, increased leg room and dial-in height of cut adjustment all provide excellent operator comfort and the automotive-style instrument panel gives clear information, including a fuel gauge. Furthermore, the SXG323+ performs exceptionally even in the wet conditions, allowing you to work without the weather restricting you.
"Whether it be dry or wet, it does a good job every single time," said Steve. "It is so comfortable, straight-forward to use and it is easy to change the height of cut with the dial rather than messing about with pins. This machine has no gimmicks and I like that."
"The high tip is very handy because we can collect leaves or debris and then put them straight into a trailer. It saves a lot of transport and time.
"We've not had one single issue with it, and never had any blockages," he continued. "We do all our own maintenance and servicing, and it is easy with this machine - every component it very much accessible."
"Ultimately this ISEKI ride-on mower is well-built, bullet proof and it performs - and that is what I look for in machinery."