0 New player joins Charterhouse golf team at BTME

Verti-Drain 7215.JPGCharterhouse Turf Machinery will showcase a new addition to its industry-leading range of equipment on stand B37 at BTME. Details are being kept under wraps until the opening of the show, but this proven machine will be of significant benefit to greenkeepers and groundsmen, offering a turf renovation solution which can dramatically improve conditions on golf courses and sports fields.

Charterhouse Sales Manager Nick Darking says: "This new addition will enable greenkeepers and groundsmen to improve playing surfaces in a cost-effective and efficient way and we look forward to revealing all to BTME visitors. It is a well-respected machine and we believe it fits into our range of top quality maintenance equipment well."

Charterhouse's existing stable, spearheaded by the iconic Verti-Drain range will also be on show. A popular choice on golf courses, the Verti-Drain 7215 boasts a working width of 1.56m (61in) and can aerate up to 250mm (10in) deep, for maximum productivity on the green when used with a 25 hp tractor. The unique adjustable parallelogram forced heave shatters compaction in any ground conditions, and this versatile machine features single-point adjustment for optimum results and hollow coring. A three speed gearbox matches the tractor's ground speed exactly to achieve the desired hole spacing.

With models suitable for work on tees and greens from the 1.2m 7212 which can be pulled by an 18hp tractor to the high capacity 1.6m 7416, there is a wide choice of Verti-Drains for greenkeepers.

Charterhouse also offers a range of re-seeding solutions to renovate and improve fine turf, and the Verti-Seed is the ideal machine for greens and tees. A disc seeding system with seed fed through funnels and released just above the slit makes for highly accurate placement and the Verti-Seed can be precisely adjusted to give exact rates even for very fine seed such as bents and fescues. Models are 80cm and 1.2m working widths, suitable for tractors from 17hp.

Topdressing is an essential task on the golf course and Charterhouse's extensive offering includes the Rink DS800 pulled model, suitable for tractors from 30hp. The 0.80 cu.m capacity DS 800 has dual spinners with a spread pattern variable up to 10m (33ft) for maximum productivity, and is capable of handling wet materials. Operation of the belt and spinners can be done from the tractor seat, via a hydraulic lever, and the material release gate automatically closes when the belt is stopped, avoiding unnecessary losses of material.

Artificial turf is beginning to make inroads into golf, with synthetic tees and greens providing a useful solution for corporate and hospitality applications in particular. Charterhouse Turf Machinery has considerable expertise in synthetic turf maintenance equipment and will showcase its pedestrian Verti-Top WB, ideal for golf applications. Quickly and effectively removing debris and top layer infill, the Verti-Top WB gently brushes and grooms the turf fibres. The removed material is sifted out in a vibratory shaker screen with the clean infill being returned to the turf and the debris removed into an easy-to-empty bin. Power is supplied by a Briggs & Stratton Intek 6.5 HP engine for long life and trouble-free performance.

BTME visitors should make a point of visiting stand B37 to inspect the most comprehensive range of advanced turf maintenance machinery at the show.

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