Crocodile Golf Products held its most successful Open Day so far, as over forty greenkeepers, agronomists, service engineers and students toured the factory yesterday to see the quality and manufacture of its growing range of cylinder mower blades and bottom blades.
Ahead of the Winter Service Maintenance and with the onset of the recent frosts, greenkeepers were able to leave the temporary greens behind and meet for coffee before being introduced to the manufacturing capabilities of this long-established engineering firm.
Originally starting out in 1874 as a manufacturer of sugar cane harvesting knives and farming machetes, the company has developed the same 'cutting-edge' technology to make cylinder lawn-mower blades, bottom blades and rotary blades to fit original equipment as well as a whole range of replacement parts to fit both greensmowers and fairways lawn mowers. Using hot-rolled steel which is produced in its own steel rolling mill in nearby Willenhall, the company is unique in the industry as having complete control of quality and flexibility from raw material through to after sales service.
So confident in its control of the whole of the process, Crocodile replacement lawn mower blades carry a life-time guarantee against breakage.
Local agronomist David H. Bates commented that 'the day was extremely interesting and highly informative" and added that he had "never appreciated the degree of skill involved in making such a precision engineered product"
Following a brief presentation of the history of the company, a video of the hot steel rolling mill and an explanation of the manufacturing process, the visitors were split into smaller groups to tour the factory premises.
Peter Honeyman, Instructor in Agricultural Engineering at Reaseheath College, Nantwich said that the tour was particularly informative for the students as it provided a complete diversion to their normal Greenkeeping and agronomy lectures.
Working closely with the Greenkeeping fraternity, Crocodile Golf Products has re-engineered a range of agronomy tools and hole-cutters and is currently developing brush systems for both fairways and greens mowers. In addition to replacement lawn mower blades the product range is now including tines and slitter blades, filters and rollers as well as bunker rakes and general tools and more products will continue to be added.
Managing Director, Ian Marshall commented that 'the demise of the automotive industry within the West Midlands has required considerable diversification and the manufacture of this type of product has provided a perfect opportunity for growth, particularly at a time when everyone is trying to make savings!" Marshall added that 'the response to Crocodile Golf from within the Turfcare Industry since its launch in April 2009 so far, has been tremendous.'
Crocodile Golf Products will be exhibiting its range of turfcare products for the first time at the at Harrogate Show in January, Stand M17b. The range of turfcare products offered by Crocodile Golf can be seen on their web-site www.crocodilegolfproducts.com