Reading Football Club are delighted with their trio of 34" INFINICUT® Fixed Head mowers - reducing noise, hand-arm vibration and lowering the club's fuel costs. For Grounds Manager Adam Grantham, as well as ticking a number of environmental boxes, the mowers have also achieved a significantly improved quality of cut.
Adam has been with the club for 16 years and is supported by a team of four at the club's Madejski Stadium, with a further team of eight looking after Hogwood Park training ground, and their new state-of-the-art Bearwood Park facility. "There's no denying that the industry is moving towards the electric route. We have to be mindful, in a stadium environment, of the decibel levels and the way this pollutes and echoes. Not only that but we should all be looking at methods and machines that are greener and safer for our teams to use on a daily basis."
"We'd been in discussions with Vinny Tarbox for quite a while and trialled a couple of different INFINICUT® models before deciding that the Fixed Head machines were going to be the best fit. They have delivered a superior cut and finish and handle well, dealing with the camber and 'shelf' that surrounds the pitch" he explains. Its lithium battery power means quiet operation comes as standard, with the club's shed now rigged up with easy 'in and out' charging points.
They also purchased a set of TurfClean™ cassettes for post-match debris removal and surface clearance, as well as ThatchMaster™ cassettes from the renowned TMSystem™. "Compared to other similar cassettes I've used, the blades on the ThatchMaster™ are so fine and intricate that they do a fantastic job of pulling everything out that shouldn't be there. These were in use between the end of July and October, weather dependant, cleaning up the canopy and removing any thatch. This meant we went into the new rugby season, and winter months, in peak condition."
Adam concludes, "The support we've had from Vinny and service technician Jonty Norton has been excellent throughout, providing help and advice to my team and I since we took delivery of the units in June 2019. With the combination of cassettes we have at our disposal, and the superior cut quality we're achieving with the INFINICUT®, we're in great shape as we, as an industry, continue to look for greener, cleaner ways to optimise plant health."