0 Ransomes Jacobsen spreading their wares

Ransomes Jacobsen, the distributor of Turfco products in the UK and Europe, is now offering the all-new WideSpin 1550 top dresser. The 1550 is the most advanced addition to Turfco's WideSpin family, offering unprecedented control and precision. It features more capacity, easier hopper loading, programmable presets, rate calculation and a wider range of applications.

The new hydraulic system and spinner design of the patented WideSpin technology provides more versatility, delivering a consistent, even spread. Operators can now switch between a new, superlight application to ultra-heavy, and everything in between.

A new electronic controller also makes adjusting the application rates simple. Without leaving the seat, operators can adjust 95 percent of the application rates for spreading on tees, greens and approaches, ensuring effective results again and again. Additionally, the WideSpin 1550 features instantaneous width and rate control for topdressing tee boxes, greens and approaches.

As well as featuring the widest hopper opening in the industry, it also includes a larger capacity hopper to increase productivity and efficiency. The wider opening prevents sand and material from spilling over the sides and makes loading easier in general. The WideSpin 1550's 20% increase in capacity gives operators the ability to top dress more area without the need for reloading. It provides more consistent spreading, enabling greenkeepers to top dress 18 greens in less than 90 minutes.

"Turfco has listened to the needs of greenkeepers and addressed all of the issues they have with their topdressing programmes," said John Quinton, Ransomes Jacobsen's UK and Ireland Sales Manager. "They have been able to take the guesswork and complicated mechanical adjustments out of topdressing and assist greenkeepers with achieving their agronomic goals."

The optional electronic control has the industry's most advanced and intuitive system for calculating topdressing rates. Using the operator's input of spinner, belt and metering gate settings, the controller automatically calculates the rate of the application and how much material is needed. Nearly all applications can be made without a mechanical adjustment, and operators can save up to four different rates.

Additional WideSpin 1550 Tow-Behind features include:

• Galvanized hopper for worry-free rust proof durability - no paint to get sanded away.
• Patented three-position switch guarantees spinners turn on before conveyor, ensuring a clean application every time.
• Trench filler attachment available

The 1550 top dressers are available in three options: with an engine to power the hydraulics resulting in a self-contained unit for towing behind a vehicle; as a hydraulic-driven tow-behind unit powered by the towing vehicle's hydraulics or a hydraulic truck-mounted unit. All offer spreading widths from 2.13-13.72 metres (7-45 feet) and spreading ranges from as little as 0.08mm to more than 5.00mm. All units are also available with manual or electronic control.

The WideSpin top dresser range is covered by Turfco's three-year warranty.

Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) company and more information on the product offering can be found at www.ransomesjacobsen.com

About Turfco Based in Minneapolis, MN Turfco Manufacturing is the top dressing leader in the golf and sports turf industry. Turfco built the first mechanised top dresser in 1961 and continues as the first choice of professional turf managers worldwide. By offering the best machine in each category, Turfco provides products that allow turf managers to accomplish top dressing and material handling objectives. For more information visit www.turfco.com

About Textron Inc. Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com

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