BIGGA's annual show at Harrogate last week attracted a record attendance with a total of 10359 through the doors. It was a great show, with full exhibition halls offering a comprehensive selection of suppliers and manufacturers.
Wednesday was the busiest day with overall attendance up by over 1500 people during the three day show. There were many new product and machine launches at the show, details are below. Feel free to e-mail or phone the company for more information or e-mail email@example.com and tell us what you would like.
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Careers on Course
A new information pack for those interested in a career in golf course management and greenkeeping was launched at BTME/ClubHouse 2003.
Funded jointly, by the BIGGA Education and Development Fund, the Greenkeepers Training Committee and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland, the information is available on CD ROM and/or DVD.
The CD ROM contains a 12 minute video, narrated by Peter Alliss, which shows the work of greenkeepers, information on qualifications, information on training providers and examples of career progression. The DVD includes an additional Greenkeeper master class.
The pack will be distributed to all careers offices and training providers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Other interested bodies may request a pack from BIGGA, the GTC or the GCSAI.
"The industry has been waiting for a careers information pack for some time. The CD ROM/DVD should appeal to the target audience of school leavers and spread the word about careers in greenkeeping," said BIGGA Education and Training Manager, Ken Richardson.
David Golding, the GTC's Education Director, added, "The new career CD and DVD promotes Greenkeeping as an excellent profession to join and with education and training opportunities for persons at all levels I hope that the career advisors will help our sector to recruit Greenkeepers, some of whom will become the Course Managers of the future."
Huw is BIGGA's 33rd Master Greenkeeper
The latest Master Greenkeeper is Huw Morgan, Course Manager at the Wildernesse Club, in Sevenoaks, Kent.
There are now 33 BIGGA Master Greenkeepers in the World, two in Germany, 11 in the United States and now 20 in the United Kingdom.
A native of South Wales, Huw joined the Master Greenkeeper Scheme in 1999 and quickly achieved Stage 1 from a combination of experience, formal qualifications and Continuing Development. He moved onto Stage 2, the Assessment of Golf Course Operation in October 2000 and passed the Stage 3 Examination in March of 2002.
Huw was presented with his Master Greenkeeper jacket and plaque by the President of BIGGA, Sir Michael Bonallack and BIGGA Chairman Richard Barker, at a ceremony at BTME/ClubHouse 2003
Among his other achievements Huw was the 2001 Toro Excellence in Greenkeeping Award winner.
George Brown becomes new BIGGA Chairman
The BIGGA Chairman for the forthcoming year is George Brown, Golf Estate Manager at the Westin Turnberry Resort, in Ayrshire, Scotland, who combines his year in office with his 50th year in the industry.
A much respected figure within the golf industry George has prepared Turnberry for two Open Championships - the 1986 Open won by Greg Norman and the 1994 Championship which was won by Nick Price - as well as a host of other major events including The Amateur Championship; the British Ladies Open and the British Seniors Open, which incidentally he will again welcome to Turnberry in his year or Chairmanship.
One of the very few Englishman to work in greenkeeping north of the border, George began his career at Princes Golf Club, in Kent, before becoming pro/Greenkeeper at Alton GC in Hampshire. He returned to Princes as Course Manager in the 70s before moving to Broome Park Golf and Country Club, near Canterbury, where he managed the construction of the golf course before taking on the role of Director of Golf. He was approached by Turnberry six months before the -86 Open Championship following the sudden death of the previous Course Manager.
A talented amateur golfer his is a multiple Club Champion at Princes Golf Club and a course record holder, a feat he repeated at the Arran Course at Turnberry when he shot a round of 64 at the age of 58. He can claim to have played golf, with Open Champions, Royalty and Presidents with Prince Andrew and President Clinton among those to have teed up with George.
"Greenkeeping has been extremely good to me and I see this as an opportunity to put something back into the industry," said George.
Machinery and Work Equipment Training and Assessment Manual
Thanks to the support of Ransomes Jacobsen BIGGA has produced a Machinery and Work Equipment Training and Assessment Manual which gives guidance to Golf Course Managers and Head Greenkeepers on training, assessment of competence, training providers and on qualifications and an Individual Record of Achievement.
Each Manual will include a disk so that managers will be able to produce Individual Records of Achievement for each member of their staff.
"BIGGA puts Greenkeeper training at the top of its list of priorities, believing that training should start as soon as greenkeepers commence employment and that it should continue throughout their careers," explained BIGGA's Education and Training Manager, Ken Richardson.
"Training in the safe use of golf course machinery is essential, not only to ensure high standards of golf course preparation and maintenance but also to ensure the safety of greenkeepers, golfers and the general public," he added
The Manual complements the, recently introduced, GTC Machinery Training Wall Chart and it will help to improve Health and Safety on the Golf Course.
Copies of the Manual will be distributed to all Course Manager/Head Greenkeeper members of BIGGA during February.
For further information contact Scott MacCallum at BIGGA HOUSE Tel: 01347 833800 Fax: 01347 833801 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ?art? of quality greens
Exceptional high quality slender creeping fescue variety for golf greens, Cezanne, that is included in the highly rated mixture Green Velvet, is featured on the Cebeco Seeds stand at this year?s BTME as part of an unprecedented initiative for course managers and Greenkeepers.
A living example of Green Velvet will enable BTME visitors to see first hand its density, winter colour and fast recovery from wear.
In the 12-months since Green Velvet was re-formulated and further improved with the inclusion of the class leading variety Cezanne, sales of the mixture have doubled on figures for the previous year and exceeded all expectation and forecasts.
The Royal & Lytham St Anne?s Head Greenkeeper Paul Smith was one of the first to recognise the benefits of Cezanne and used it with great results following the Club hosting the 2001 British Open.
Roger Peacock, Amenity Product Manager with Cebeco Seeds, says: ?This year?s BTME gave us the opportunity to give visitors? senses a treat, with displays of many of our leading varieties and mixtures and our very own Green Velvet putting green too!
?We are positive that BTME will be the start of yet another buoyant year for Cebeco in the amenity and turf markets. 2002 saw record sales of our range of mixtures and with our increase in resource for the national sales and technical team, we?re sure 2003 will continue this trend for the company."
In order to assist with this growth in product demand and sales, Cebeco has recently expanded its national sales and technical support team, with the appointment of Keith Berners, who is based in Hertfordshire and responsible for customers in the South East of England.
More information for high quality greens
Leading amenity seed company Cebeco Seeds, is unveiling a new portfolio of ?Technical Information Reports?, available free to all Course Managers, Greenkeepers and turf growers at this year?s BTME. The Reports incorporate summary information for each of the company?s key grass varieties for golf courses and turf producers, including the latest STRI data and ratings and recommended variety application and usage.
This is the latest stage in Cebeco?s commitment to customer support and quality, that already includes a pledge to provide exceptional quality seed from its rigorous selection and cleaning processes.
?We make a commitment to supply seed that is only of the highest quality,? says the company?s product manager Roger Peacock. ?As part of this commitment, we have created a quality certification scheme for our key varieties and mixtures for the golf and turf sector.
?This scheme provides our customers with an additional level of assurance that our claim of exceptional seed quality can be supported and so they can be sure that the seed they get is not only exactly what they want but is also of the highest quality.?
The certification scheme ensures that a number of processes and procedures have been undertaken and adhered to by Cebeco at each stage of selection.
This extends to the rigorous seed cleaning processes at the company?s head office and breeding centre in Vlijmen, Holland, through to selection in the UK.
?We will undertake multi-searches for each customer?s order so that we can maintain the ultimate in seed quality,? says Roger. ?Certificates of purity and germination are always available to our customers, and post mixing samples are taken as a matter of routine.?
The company?s commitment to quality extends beyond the breeding and selection facilities, as its technical manager John Hughes explains:
?All customers can tap into our technical expertise and resource and our technical support is essentially part of the overall experience of dealing with Cebeco. The technical support service is available to whatever level our customers prefer ? either on the end of the phone or face-to-face and on site.
"The latter includes site evaluation, species identification, specifications for mixtures and maintenance requirements. Our technical advisors will submit reports wherever necessary.
?Furthermore our technical staff are available to give lectures and talks at a local and national level such as colleges or individual golf courses or turf growers.?
Cebeco catalogue has grown up
The Cebeco Amenity, Grass and Wild Flora catalogue that is new for 2003 and launched at this year?s BTME, has grown up since last year to be even bigger and better and packed with invaluable variety and mixture information and data.
Now A4 size and 24-pages, the colour catalogue carries information on the company?s portfolio of more than 25 mixtures, together with simple ?snapshot? summaries for each that provide a quick reference to key usages and applications, together with a brief technical overview and short appraisal of key characteristics.
It also offers guidelines on wildflower establishment and conservation, which continues to be a growing sector for Cebeco, and an outline of the company?s technical support and breeding programmes both in the UK and from its head office in Holland.
Also new for the 2003 Catalogue is a section that provides an insight into how to achieve effective low maintenance grassland based on the many issues behind such a strategy, as the company?s technical manager John Hughes, explains: ?Low maintenance grassland is more than a simple reduction in the number of cuts required to keep a sward acceptable.
?Our range of low maintenance mixtures have been created to offer a mixture to suit different growing conditions and substrates, both of which have an enormous impact on tolerances.?
Cebeco product manager Roger Peacock, says: ?We want to give customers more information about our varieties and mixtures to support them still further throughout the selection process. Moving to a larger format for our 2003 catalogue not only enables us to achieve this, but it also gives us the facility to introduce more detailed technical information on general matters for professionals within the Greenkeeping and turf-related industries.?
For more information on Cebeco , contact Roger Peacock, Tel: 01522 507300, or Email: email@example.com.
All-ELECTRIC PEDESTRIAN GREENS MOWER
This new walk-behind has been granted an exclusive US patent and features independent, weather-sealed 48v brushless DC motors with integral control electronics. Power is supplied from a quick-release snap-in/snap-out sealed battery tray containing four 12v lead-acid batteries, wired in series providing mowing speeds of 1.21-5.47 km/h. An easy-to-read charge level meter provides a constant battery condition indicator.
The electronically balanced, 11-blade reel, manufactured from hardened high-manganese carbon steel for durability, can deliver tournament quality, 1.98mm height of cut. With the reel rotating at 2200 rpm (factory setting), the frequency of cut can be varied dependent upon the ground speed, providing 452 cuts per metre at 3.22 km/h to 266 cuts per metre at 5.47 km/h.
The ergonomic layout of the integral OPC increases operator comfort, reduces fatigue and provides instant control of the reel/traction drive systems. Two 27.9 x 10.2 pneumatic transport tyres are standard as is the 2 Amp, 48v charger.
Tim Lansdell for Ransomes Jacobsen said, ?This new electric greens mower is ideal for golf courses close to or adjoining residential areas. Electric power provides a consistent and exceptional quality of cut and the absence of an hydraulic system and petrol engine results in pollution-free operation with low noise levels. Costing just a few pence a day to operate and with over 70% of its parts in common with Jacobsen?s Greens King pedestrian mower, the E-Walk combines quiet operation, economy and performance.
?Without doubt legislation, pressure groups and technology will ensure that our profession looks more closely at alternative fuels, something that we at Ransomes Jacobsen have already embraced. Many of our turf utility vehicles and golf cars can be adapted to run on LPG. Our LPG-powered Ransomes Highway triplex mower is a first in the municipal turf sector and the Jacobsen E-Plex II, our ride-on electric greens mower is unique to the golf sector.
?The launch of the new Jacobsen E-Walk continues our commitment to leading edge technology and alternative energy uses.?
The NEW Jacobsen SLF-1880
Super light, super efficient, superb cut.
The new SLF-1880 is the lightest of all the Jacobsen fairway mowers and is ideal for undulating fairways. Its failure to make any impression will please course managers and golfers alike, as it produces manicured and extremely playable fairways that are visually attractive as well.
Greens mower precision and fairway mower productivity come together in the Jacobsen SLF-1880, the lightest 5-gang fairway mower on the market. This new mower meets the growing demand for finer, tournament-level fairways and does it more efficiently than less-productive triplex greens mowers. Weighing just 996 kg (2,200 lbs), the SLF-1880 delivers a 2.03 metre (80?), greens quality cut, while minimising turf compaction.
A new reel-lift system works with patented, articulating 18-inch Jacobsen Classic reels to precisely follow ground contours and deliver a smooth, uniform finish on undulating fairways, approaches and surrounds. Large, high-flotation tyres cushion delicate turf and help improve traction. Optional four-wheel drive ensures sure-footed performance on sloping ground or in wet conditions.
The SLF-1880 features a powerful, high-torque, 26hp Kubota diesel engine and the welded, tubular-steel frame ensures rugged durability. The 7.62cm (3?) diameter grooved steel front and 5.08cm (2?) diameter smooth rear rollers can be combined with groomers, vertical cutters and rear roller cleaningbrushes to create the finest tournament-quality finish.Smooth power steering and an ergonomic cockpit with high-back suspension seat enhance operator comfort and productivity. Quick and easy access to the engine and major service points simplifies maintenance. Biodegradable hydraulic fluid protects turf and is friendly to the environment. The full complement of optional accessories includes front and rearroller scrapers, a fairway turf groomer with 1.27cm (½?) spacing, rear roller cleaning brushes, grass catchers and a two-post rollover protection system.
TYM tractors are finding increasing favour in the grounds care sector, being found in a wide variety of venues from football clubs, including Southampton and West Ham, and golf clubs to public authority parks departments and livery yards.
TYM offers a range of tractors from 31HP up to 70HP, powered by either Kubota or John Deere engines depending on the model, which, with high standard specifications and a comprehensive range of options, provides excellent value. All models have a flat floor design for easy access, and all cab units are fitted with air conditioning and stereo as standard. Headland management is another standard feature across the range as are D/A spools.
Competitive pricing is supported by a 2-year manufacturer?s warranty, plus ?in-house coverage? which includes spares for both the Kubota and John Deere engines used in TYM tractors. Product confidence is further enhanced by the experience of a long established importer with over 30 years experience in the tractor import business.
The next diary date for TYM is its first ever national dealer conference to be held at the NEC Hilton in Birmingham next month, when the growing network of UK TYM dealers will come together to discuss marketing campaigns for the coming year.
TYM tractors are manufactured in South Korea by one of its leading engineering companies, Tong Yang Moolsan, which manufactures 10,000 tractors a year together with over 40,000 other items of powered machinery.
These tractors are imported exclusively into the UK and Eire by Motokov UK, which markets them through a growing number of specialist dealers where QualiTYMatters.
For more information contact: Craig Pickles, Tel: 01553 817701, Fax: 01553 817702, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MJ ABBOTT, specialist in golf construction, irrigation and land drainage, has been working on the establishment of an 18 hole championship golf course. Designed by Californian Kyle Phillips the course is at The Grove, which is set to become 'London's country estate' when it opens in 2003.
The Grove will include a five star hotel, a health spa and the course, which is expected to quickly be established as one of the country's leading golfing venues. Conservation concerns "There were constraints on the site," says Nigel Wyatt, contracts director of MJ Abbott, "the main one being it is set on areas which are of great archaeological interest. Where this happens no cut and fill is allowed so the golf course had to be designed around it. "The conservation of bats, badgers and snakes also formed part of the planning considerations," he says.
At the height of their contract Abbott's had in excess of sixty people working on the site. A full turnkey project, they lifted the first sod, carried out earth moving, land drainage replacement of top soil and seeding on greens, fairways and tees. "There were also constraints on the ecological side," says Nigel, "as part of the course is built on a flood plain. All operations relating to cut and fill had to compensate for this."
To encourage natural wildlife and maintain their habitats, large areas were seeded with wildflower seed from Perryfields. Their mix, Pro Flora 4, is made up of 20 different cultivars. "A major concern from the Ministry of Agriculture related to the three different grades of top soil on the site," says Nigel. "MAFF grade soil from 1A to 3B, and they did not want different grades of top soil mixed. "For this reason, we had to replace soil where it was taken from, rather than introducing new soils."
Restoring lakes As part of the landscaping scheme designed by landscape architects Liz Lake Associates, two historic lakes on the site were restored. "We cleared all the scrub and woodland and found an outline of the historic lakes so we dug them out, removed the rubbish and relined them with a pvc-type liner," says Nigel. Excavations went down to 2.5 to 3 metres to maintain the quality of the water and then an underliner was used - with an overliner and top soil over the whole thing, for added protection. A major challenge arose in the autumn of last year. As the historic lakes are in the flood plain, the amount of rain which fell during that period meant the ground water level was extremely high. "It was vital we maintained a low level in order to be able to put the liner in," says Nigel, "so we had to control the ground water." Four 6in pumps were pumping 24 hours a day during construction, with each pump putting 200 cubic metres an hour into the River Gade. "We then had to pray it did not rain and there were no flash floods," he says." A week before we were due to finish the Environment Agency, who determine the level of the River Gade, said it had got to the stage where the river was too full. "Once lined everything was fine because we introduced a pumping system," he says.
Outside the lakes there is a series of pumping chambers, so water can be pumped away if it comes up to a critical level. To fill the lakes, water was taken from the discharge from the land drainage system installed within the golf course. Water-wise Land drainage and irrigation systems were a design/build contract. To cope with surface water run-off and ground water, the drainage system is based on a system of smooth bore, twin walled main pipes and connecting into the main drain are sub-mains and laterals at 10m spacings. A full greens, tees, approaches and fairways irrigation system was installed with over 1,000 heads and included the latest Rain Bird central control weather station. "Secondary drainage works will be required in certain areas, as it is impossible to do it in one hit," says Nigel. "Time demonstrates where works will be necessary. "Budgeting has taken into account the need for a sum of money in years 2 and 3 to upgrade the system," he says.
For more details please contact Nigel: Tel: 01722 716361, e-mail: email@example.com,
WITH MORE THAN 40 mower units to keep operating at optimum performance levels, Stoke by Nayland Golf Club has recently taken delivery of Bernhard precision grinders - Express Dual and Angle Master 3000 European. Delivered in November 2002, mechanic Andy Fields has virtually completed his winter's grinding programme already.
Greater convenience and halving the cost of their grinding were key benefits which made the club opt for an in-house facility. CASE STUDY: STOKE BY NAYLAND GC, privately owned. Opened in 1971 Course: Two 18-hole golf courses, Facilities: Fitness centre, leisure centre and hotel, The Course Manager, Kevin King, has been at the course since 1978. His mowers include Forty units - mainly Toro Previous grinding A club member used to undertake grinding the mower units, but when he left Kevin King looked at the options available. "We realised an in-house facility would be much more practical," says Kevin, "and give us far greater flexibility. "Following a cost analysis exercise, we saw we were going to halve the cost of our grinding, so the saving was significant."
Selecting grinders Selection was purely through talking to other people using them. "Most people said Bernhard were the best," says Kevin. "We had them down for the day to give a demo and then asked for quotes from several companies. We felt Bernhard was the best." Training Bernhard went down to the club workshop to give training to the mechanic, Andy Fields. "It took the grinding of a number of units, on which I made a few mistakes," says Andy, "but I soon learnt the knack. "My time is freed right up now and I can sharpen the units as and when." Flexibility means grinding can be fitted around the mechanic's other work. "I tend to grind the units on a Sunday," says Andy, "so I do not get disturbed. "Mowers can be broken down, sharpened and be up and running in a short space of time."
Kevin has also undertaken some grinding and found the more he used the grinders the better and quicker the job was. Benefits "We had been considering in-house grinding for a number of years, but as a member did this for us we did not proceed," says Kevin. "Having our own workshop facility is far more practical and flexible," he says. "Cost was also a significant factor." Besides reaping vast savings on the grinding process, improvements can be made to the appearance of the turf when mower blades are kept sharp. "Obviously grinding 40 units is quite a cost if you are going outside," Kevin says. "The biggest convenience will be during the summer period when we can get units up and running within hours, rather than a day or two. "Highly successful, we are now looking into the possibility of taking work in from other clubs as well."
For further details contact Kim on: 01788 811600 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
10 greenkeepers sponsored to go to Atlanta
Sponsored by Bernhard and Company, 10 greenkeepers will visit the US in February. Picture shows 10 BIGGA greenkeepers, members of Bernhard including Stephen Bernhard (right of centre) and new BIGGA Chairman George Brown (centre).
A DELEGATION of ten BIGGA members from regions all around the British Isles, together with a member from Denmark, will be visiting the GCSAA show - to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, US, in February.
Mr Tony Mears Dinsdale Spa
Mr Jeremy Hughes Vale of Llangollen
Mr Duncan Smith Cotswold Hill
Mr Mark Ellis Stocks Hotel G & CC
Mr Colin McKay Vejle
Mr Kevin Hodges Weston Park
Mr Kerran Daly MG Gog Magog
Mr Gordon McKie St Andrews Links Trust
Mr Alex McCombie Parkstone
Mr Anthony Woolley Piltdown
"We are delighted to strengthen relationships between the GCSAA and BIGGA by sponsoring this group," says Stephen Bernhard, Managing Director of Bernhard & Company. "The trip provides members at grass-roots level the wonderful opportunity to benefit themselves and the association by sharing information and experiences with their US counter-parts."
Floratine International chose BTME to announce the appointment of two new distributors.
TurfCare Solutions, the recently formed English division of the TurfCare Group which has been in trading in Ireland under the Irish Turfcare banner for the last 12 years, will represent Floratine in the south of England, while Pro Grass, based in Harderwijk, central Netherlands, take sole distribution rights for Floratine in Holland.
Pat Galavan, TurfCare?s M.D. who has been a distributor for Floratine in Ireland for the last three years says that he has found their technology to be second to none. ?TurfCare and Floratine are continuing to move forward, and we are pleased to build on our association,? he adds.
David Snowden, Floratine?s Market Manager is delighted. ?Irish Turfcare are very successful distributors for us in Southern Ireland, and once the decision was made for their expansion onto these shores, we knew they would be ideal to increase our presence in this important golfing area.?
The appointment of Pro Grass, Floratine?s first distributors in Holland, comes as a result of the Dutch company?s good market penetration and technically strong sales staff.
?Like Turfcare, Pro Grass is well established, and deals with a wide range of amenity turf products,? says Snowden. ?On top of this, they are agronomically strong with a good grounding in soil science. As fungicides have been banned in Holland, the importance of plant health cannot be over stated.?
Jan Van Mondfrans, M.D. for Pro Grass says that the time when you could solve a grass-growing problem by just applying fertiliser is over. ?Dutch greenkeepers are very keen fine-grass managers and they like just-in-time management. Floratine represents a step forward in fine turf maintenance and we expect to be a solid partner for the Floratine group.?
Headland?s new Liquid Turf Hardener, introduced at BTME, is a sulphur free formulation, high on Calcium with added Magnesium. Nitrates, used as a carrier, produce a rapid uptake of these two elements, which reduces stress on grass plants, increases strength and enhances disease resistance. Low application rates of up to 40 litres per hectare mean cost effective treatment, applied as and when required, regardless of season.
Should circumstances dictate, the product can be tank mixed with Headland?s Multi-K soluble potassium nitrate and Seamac Proturf, which will add potash, further harden turf and produce excellent colour. When additional nitrogen sources are added, application rates shrink to 20 litres per hectare in 300 to 600 gallons of water.
Trials, throughout the winter indicate that Headland?s new Liquid Turf Hardener is excellent at maintaining a strong, hard grass plant and aiding disease resistance.For further information contact the company on Tel: 01223 597834 Email: email@example.com
Using their Airforce machine, which penetrates to a depth of one metre and employs compressed air to create underground fissures, the company offer a new service, which injects oil-digesting bugs into contaminated soil. Travelling at the end of the final air blast and carried by dried milled seaweed, the bugs, which need air to breath, rise upwards into the fissures, settle at different levels and begin to digest the problem.
As Airforce moves on to a new section, more bugs are spread onto the surface of the original area. These bugs migrate downwards through the newly created fissures, towards those already feeding. Once the area is decontaminated, the creatures die.
Lynda Green, a director with T.A.S. says that working to their usual staggered grid pattern at two metre spacings, the company can ensure total coverage of treated areas to a depth of one metre.
?This service is economical and eco-friendly with no mess,? she says. ?At the moment the only other alternative is the dig-and-dump method which entails using a specially registered land-fill site. Even then, the turf manager is left with an unsightly hole in the ground.?
For further information on this new soil decontamination service, contact Lynda on Tel: 01449 673783 or e-mail TerrainAeration@aol.com.
LASTEC LAUNCHES INTO EUROPE
Lastec, the American manufacturers of the Articulator range of rotary mowers chose BTME to officially launch their new European division.
From January the first, Lastec U.K., the Kent based distribution wing who have been acting for the parent company in England, Scotland and Wales for the last 18 months, will handle all European sales and distribution.
John Millen, Operations Manager for Lastec U.K. says that extra staff will be appointed to look after existing business in the Midlands and North of England, giving him more time to devote to the European market.
?As we are not independent dealers, we can keep consumer prices down, as well as offering customers a direct link to the manufacturer,? he says. ?Golf courses, especially new ones, often want a complete machinery package. There are advantages in being able to supply everything from one outlet, and we are working along these lines.
In Sweden and Denmark, for the first time, our products are available as part of a complete grounds-care package, alongside well known makes of cylinder mowers, utility vehicles and turf maintenance equipment, through an internationally recognised dealer network. In this way we can compete with the major grounds-care manufacturing companies.This is the way forward for us into Europe.?
BTME BRINGS £100,000 WORTH OF ORDERS
Lastec U.K. distributors of the Articulator range of rotary mowers, used BTME to launch into Europe, and took 13 orders at the show.
John Millen, operations manager estimates that the business is worth around £100,000. ?It?s very encouraging,? he says, ?especially as eight of the orders were placed by European visitors.?
Contact the company on Tel:01622 812103
Designed to make the most of stylish stainless steel and heavy duty construction, the DJ 1.6m Sarrel Seeder seeds in a random fashion avoiding the tell-tale lines of many other products. This is achieved using the special Sarrel seed drums which have been uniquely designed for the purpose.
The slots left by the Sarrel drum have an elongated base in which the seed lays horizontally providing maximum soil contact and the ideal position for maximising germination. The Sarrel Rollers themselves produce 1585 slots per sq.m. and the seed is brushed into the slots by the use of the contra-rotating spiral brush.
The whole package comes complete with:
Sarrel discs, Non-rusting Seed Box, Powdered coating brushed stainless steel hopper, Contra-rotating Brush.
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For more details contact DJ Turfcare Equipment Ltd Tel: 01483 200976, Fax: 01483 200983 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed for the often harsh ground conditions in Australia this mower is built for robustness and offers the user a powerful yet reliable mower. The Zero Turn market in the United States and Australia are testimony to the increasing popularity of these mowers due the high output which often saves on labour time and costs while producing a very high quality finish. The introduction of the Diesel mower offers the user an affordable machine and keeps running costs at an economical level. There are 2 cutting widths available, 62" or 72" with an option of side or rear discharge decks.
Turfmasters will be responsible for marketing and distributing of these mowers for the European market and will be looking to set up a suitable dealer network.
McCormick F Series powerful compact tractors
for heavy duty grounds care operations
· Five models with Perkins engines from 54hp to 93hp
· Mechanical transmissions with powershift and power shuttle
· Choice of two- and four-wheel drive to suit all applications
Designed to perform a wide range of operations from gang mowing to working large turf aerators and similar implements, the F Series tractors are engineered for heavy-duty work and have a high level of standard specification for performance and operator convenience.
?These tractors are designed for rigorous duties in orchards and horticultural enterprises so are well up to handling the tough jobs undertaken by commercial grounds care operators,? says Adrian Winnett of McCormick. ?They also offer a huge choice of transmissions, power take-off and even wheelbase and track width combinations ? so buyers really can specify the tractor that best suits their needs.?
There are five models from 54hp to 93hp with either one or two track/wheelbase variants in each case, adding extra stability with heavier implements or when operating on hilly ground. All have a choice of five transmissions: these range from a 12 x 12 mechanical system with synchromesh forward-reverse shuttle to the XtraShift option that gives a total of 40 x 12 speeds, three-speed powershift, power shuttle and creep.
In between, there are 24 x 12 speed gearboxes with a choice of creep or overdrive gearing and 30kph or 40kph top speeds.
In addition to the extra gears, XtraShift brings three powershifts in each main gear. Operated by a thumb switch, it saves the operator having to use the clutch pedal. Changes between forward and reverse are also made without using the clutch pedal, simply by moving the power shuttle lever next to the steering wheel.
?These features make life easier and less tiring for the operator,? notes Adrian Winnett. ?But also more productive because the driver is more likely to use easily accessible powershift gears to maintain tractor performance under changing loads and conditions.?
The XtraShift package also brings a more sophisticated power take-off specification that includes a low maintenance oil immersed and simple push-button pto engagement.
And in addition to the standard tractor?s 540rpm/540E and optional 1000rpm pto speeds, there is a ground-drive pto facility. This can maintain constant application rates from spreaders and similar implements by adjusting pto shaft speed as the tractor slows down or speeds up over undulating ground.
All but the most powerful model comes with a choice of two- and four-wheel drive, the latter having brakes at all four wheels ? which, together with simultaneous power engagement of front and rear differential locks, contributes to safe performance from the McCormick F Series tractors both on- and off-road.
McCormick F Series - specification summary
Model F60 F70 F80 F90 F100
Power (DIN) 54hp 68hp 80hp 88hp 93hp
Lift linkage 2600kg 2600kg 2600kg 2600kg 2600kg
Std 1330mm 1330mm 1330mm 1410mm 1410mm
L & XL 1490mm 1490mm 1570mm 1570mm 1570mm
Weight 2wd 2180kg 2400kg 2400kg 2450kg n/a
Weight 4wd 2330kg 2500kg 2500kg 2550kg 2600kg
Note: L variants of the F60, F70 and F80 have wider track; XL variants of the F80, F90 and F100 have wider track and longer wheelbase. Weights are for standard models; optional cab adds 200kg.
McCormick launches cab option for G30R and GX/GXH series tractors
· Spacious cabs with plenty of headroom give weather and safety protection
· Large doors for easy access; big windows for clear all-round visibility
· G30R reverse drive facility can still be used for maximum versatility
Grounds care tractor drivers wanting more comfort and protection from the elements can now have a cab fitted to McCormick G30R and GX/GXH series models.
Providing spacious accommodation despite the compact size of the tractors, both cab designs feature large doors and plenty of headroom to make it easy for the tallest drivers to get on and off easily, and large windows for clear all-round visibility.
They also have top-specification work lights front and rear for early starts and late finishes during the winter months, and are homologated to fully comply with noise level requirements for both private and municipal operations.
?The cabs make a stylish and highly practical addition to these performance tractors,? says Adrian Winnett, newly appointed grounds care specialist for the McCormick range. ?They create a more comfortable environment for drivers who spend long hours in the open, but without hindering the practicality of their machines."
At 23.5hp, the G30R is one of the smallest tractors in the McCormick range (the G25 has a 21hp engine) but also one of the most versatile thanks to its reversible driving position. This allows the driver to choose whichever working direction best suits the implement he is using.
The G30R?s cab is designed to ensure that this feature can still be used: the pedals are folded back, then a lever pulled to release the turntable seat and steering wheel, which are then rotated through 180deg to face either forwards or backwards.
The cab is upholstered inside and prepared for fitting a heater and radio. It also has a pull-down sunblind for the windscreen, which can be opened for extra ventilation.
There are three models from 37hp to 49hp in McCormick?s GX/GXH compact tractor range, and each comes with a choice of mechanical or hydrostatic drive, as well as two- or four-wheel drive.
The roomy cab for these tractors also has an opening windscreen, plus air vents in the roof, and the GX/GXH 45 and 50 models have the added attraction of optional air conditioning to keep the driver cool on hot days.
Windscreen wiper and light switches are located conveniently on the right-hand cab pillar, while curved rear three-quarter windows either side of an opening central rear window ensure drivers have a clear over-the-shoulder view of their implements.
McCormick G30R ? a versatile mini compact tractor
· Three-cylinder 23.5hp Perkins engine and hydrostatic drive
· Reversible driving position for ideal driving characteristics
· Comprehensive range of grounds maintenance attachments
McCormick is adding a second, more powerful, mini compact tractor to its grounds care range. Joining the existing 21hp McCormickG25, which is being used by private and commercial grounds care operators alike, the McCormick G30R has the distinction of a reversible seat and controls.
?This allows the operator to drive 'forwards' or 'backwards', whichever gives the best balance and control of the implement being used,? notes Adrian Winnett of McCormick. ?By tilting then rotating the seat and controls through 180 degrees, the driver still has a comfortable position and a clear view of his work.?
The tractor has a rigid chassis and short wheelbase with smaller wheels and tyres at the front to give a tight turning circle. It can be run in two-wheel drive for low steering effort and minimal front tyre scrub on delicate surfaces.
Four-wheel drive can be engaged when maximum traction is needed, backed up by a lockable rear differential with electro-hydraulic engagement and a limited slip front differential.
Power is from a three-cylinder Perkins engine developing 23.5hp, with hydrostatic drive providing infinitely variable speed control up to 4km/hr (2.5mph) in creep range, up to 9km/hr (5.6mph) in the first range, and up to 19km/hr (12mph) in the second range.
?There is also a cruise control feature, which can be used to keep ground or power take-off speeds constant over long runs, leaving the driver to concentrate on steering and implement control,? explains Adrian Winnett.
With rear implement lift, two-speed mechanical power take-off and remote hydraulic couplings, the tractor can handle a wide range of purpose-designed implements. These include ploughs and cultivators; stone buriers; hydraulic diggers; rotary and flail grass mowers; mini balers; blades and blowers for clearing snow; front-end loaders and a rear-mounted forklift; sprayers and fertilizer broadcasters.
McCormick G Series - specification summary
Model G25 TOP G30R
Engine 3cyl Kubota 3cyl Perkins
15.4kW (21hp) 17.5kW (23.5hp)
Hydro drive 0-4km/hr and 0-9km/hr 0-4km/hr, 0-9km/hr
Gearbox drive 0-17km/hr (forwards only) Not available
Four-wheel drive Permanent Selectable 2/4wd
Power take-off Rear 540/540E, front 1000rpm Rear 540/1000rpm
Lift linkage Front and rear Rear
Wheelbase 1022mm 1140mm
Width* 0.87m 0.96m
Height** 1.14m 1.18m
Weight 600kg 720kg
Reversible drive No Yes
* with 6.5/80-12 and 7.00-12 tyres; ** to steering wheel
McCormick GX / GXH ? midi compact tractors
with choice of mechanical or hydrostatic drive
· Three models with Yanmar diesel engines from 34hp to 45hp
· Choice of robust mechanical or versatile hydrostatic drive
· Three implement mounting positions for maximum versatility
With power take-off points at the front, middle and rear of the tractor, McCormick?s GX / GXH Series midi compacts offer the ultimate in implement operating versatility.
There are three models, all powered by latest-spec Yanmar diesel engines with exhaust emissions to the latest ?green? standards. Outputs are 34hp, 40hp and 45hp from the three- and four-cylinder motors.
?These are highly manoeuvrable, versatile little tractors that are ideal for commercial users as well as private owners with large grounds to maintain,? says Adrian Winnett of McCormick. ?And with a choice of gearbox or hydrostatic two- or four-wheel drive, they can have the perfect package for their needs.?
While the rear three-point linkage and pto is ideal for wide mowers, hedge cutters, soil working implements, scarifiers and turf aerators, the front assembly is useful for earth and snow clearing blades and blowers. The central 1000rpm pto, meanwhile, allows the manoeuvrability and balance of a mid-mounted mower and rear collection bin.
?The tractors have a rear pto system that produces 540rpm at one of two engine speeds ? one for power, one for greater fuel economy and lower noise,? explains Adrian Winnett. ?There is also a ground-speed pto facility that changes the shaft rotation speed in line with changes in ground speed so that spreaders and similar implements maintain the same application rate over hilly terrain.
McCormick GX Series tractors have a robust 12 forward, 12 reverse speed gearbox with synchromesh shuttle. An optional creep gearbox adds four lower ratios for very slow speed work in both directions.
Gear levers are easy to reach but positioned out of the way to the right of the driver, while the forward-reverse synchro shuttle lever is conveniently placed to the left of the steering wheel.
GXH Series versions have hydrostatic drive, giving versatile and easily adjustable speed control using separate forward and reverse pedals.
With three hydrostatic working ranges, this transmission provides ideal operating speeds for different tasks. It also has cruise control to fix the forward speed for long mowing runs and make life easier and less tiring for the driver.
Although four-wheel drive is standard, complete with electro-hydraulic engagement of both differential locks to provide top level traction in all circumstances, buyers can opt for two-wheel drive. Either way, the tractors are highly manoeuvrable, with even the four-wheel drive versions managing a 52 degree steering angle for tight turns.
An open flat deck makes it easy for the operator to get on and off his McCormick GX / GXH tractor, and while aboard he is protected by a foldable rollover bar. Alternatively, a pressurised cab with full glazing and optional air conditioning can be fitted.
McCormick GX / GXH Series - specification summary
Model GX40 / GXH40 GX45 / GXH45 GX50 / GXH50
Engine (DIN) Yanmar 34hp Yanmar 40hp Yanmar 45hp
Drive - GX 16 x 16 creep 16 x 16 creep 16 x 16 creep
synchro shuttle synchro shuttle synchro shuttle
Drive - GXH 3-range hydro 3-range hydro 3-range hydro
Lift linkage - rear 1200kg 1200kg 1200kg
- front 400kg 400kg 400kg
Rear pto 540rpm, 540E & 540rpm, 540E & 540rpm, 540E &
ground speed ground speed ground speed
Mid pto (option) 1000rpm 1000rpm 1000rpm
Front pto (option) 1000rpm 1000rpm 1000rpm
Weight 1520kg 1530kg 1530kg
Minimum width 1320mm 1380mm 1385mm
Note: Options also include 12 x 12 non-creep gearbox, two-wheel drive and safety cab. Weights are for four-wheel drive mechanical transmission models.
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