Mighty mower cuts maintenance to size
By Sue Meeken
Nick Rayner is cutting both the grass and his mowing time as he maintains the Cheshire Polo fields in Tarporley, thanks to his massive new Trimax Pegasus mower.
This latest version of the Pegasus has a 6m cutting width, nearly 2m wider than the standard machine, and is the biggest Trimax unit sold in the UK to date.
As soon as Nick's local dealer, Campey Turf Care Systems of Macclesfield, demonstrated the Pegasus to him, he knew he was on to a winner. "It will cut my mowing time by approximately 50%," he says. "The Pegasus gives a perfect finish for the Club, which requires a smooth playing surface for fast ball speed and true direction."
"I understand the polo players themselves have been suitably impressed with the results too." he adds.
The Pegasus wide-area mower has three decks, each housing a series of rotary blades. These operate at high speed for precise results and the sort of finish normally associated with cylinder mowers. The decks are mounted on castors to follow ground contours.
Nick's company, Nick Rayner Contracts, will now be able to take on additional business in his locality, thanks to the time saving that the Pegasus achieves.
Peak of achievement
Buxton High Peak Golf Club in Derbyshire has increased the efficiency of its top-dressing operations thanks to the precision and versatility of its new Dakota 410.
Supplied by Campey Turf Care Systems of Macclesfield, the Dakota 410's width of spread can be set anywhere between 2 metres to 9 metres, handling heavy and light dressings. All settings can be adjusted from the operator's seat by electro hydraulic controls, saving time and boosting efficiency.
Steve Norton, High Peak's Head Greenkeeper, evaluated several different spinner-type top-dressers before deciding that the Dakota 410 was the best. "Some models on the market try to over-complicate the job with pre-set angles and settings, but none comes close to the accuracy and quality the Dakota offers."
"With the Dakota 410, I can fine-tune operations in order to improve the greens and tees at High Peak. They will benefit from regular light top-dressing combined with aeration work."
The Dakota 410 is offered in several versions. Steve Norton chose a dedicated unit that fits on to the Club's Toro Workman utility vehicle. Other variants that fit different vehicles are available, as well as tractor-towed models.