2023 is a special year for Deighan's Caravan Park, as the family-run business celebrate 30 years since the doors first opened on the 5-star resort close to Benone, Northern Ireland. Their first mower - installed by local dealers D.A.Forgie - was a Kubota and three decades on, it remains Kubota at the heart of site maintenance, with a fleet of Kubota F-Series mowers ensuring a picture-postcard start to every holiday.
Open every year from April to October, Deighan's consists of static and touring caravan facilities managed and maintained by Thomas Deighan Jnr alongside a team of four. "From March, I will have two people on full-time grass cutting and strimming duties and when I say full-time, they'll start at one end of the park at 9am on a Monday and will only just get to the other end of the site come 5pm on a Friday… then it's time to start again!" explains Thomas. "We take massive pride in our grass areas. Keeping this well maintained gives the great first impression we're looking for."
Thomas currently has four mowers, including an F3890 and F391 from Kubota's F-Series. The F3890 sets the benchmark for the out-front mower market, featuring a 38hp 4-cylinder engine that delivers unbeatable productivity and impeccable cut quality. The F391 further enhances the F Series' position as the professional's choice for parks, open spaces and local authorities with a high output, maximum comfort philosophy. The newer, stage-V compliant model also offers power steering and an adjustable out-front deck making the F391 highly manoeuvrable - a feature praised by Thomas, "we can cut between the caravans and around the bollards at the back of the caravans with ease, leaving a finish that we can't fault. Kubota is the only brand that has ever cut our grass and we would never use anything else."
Together with an RTV-X1110 used to transport the team around the site, the latest delivery was a Kubota M4063 tractor, fitted with turf tyres, installed in December 2021. "We decided to purchase a second tractor to complement our multi-use M5112 and already the M4063 has proven to be a great addition. With caravans getting longer, we were having to use rubber matting to protect our turfed areas when we moved them around. With the turf tyres, we were able to use the M4063 to move a 41ft caravan a few weeks ago without the need for any protective matting - saving a significant amount of labour and time."
He concludes, "Our relationship with the Kubota brand is longstanding, delivering reliable, well-built machinery backed up with brilliant service and support every time from D.A.Forgie. We look forward to continuing this partnership through our celebratory year and long into the future."