Kubota’s New RTV Is X-actly What You’re Looking For This Summer

Kubota’s new RTV is X-actly what you’re looking for this summer – Kubota UK is setting the standard in power and versatility with the launch of its new four-seater utility vehicle, the RTV-X1140. 

Kubota’s new RTV is X-actly what you’re looking for this summer

The new model, from the market-leader in diesel powered utility vehicles, builds on the popular predecessor (the RTV1140), demonstrating its ongoing commitment to developing exceptional machinery which not only supports professionals in their day-to-day activities, but provides exceptional comfort and safety as standard.

Designed to provide greater power and performance, the RTV-X1140 enables operators to easily transport both cargo and crew with its versatile two or four passenger configurations. Users can single-handedly transform the 1102” cargo bed to two additional back seats in three simple steps, allowing for the safe transportation of four adults.

Dedicated to delivering a higher standard of performance across all tasks, its four-wheel drive and unrivalled 10.8” ground clearance enables smooth travel over any terrain, whilst its hydraulic bed-lift makes light work of dumping tasks. The three-cylinder liquid-cooled Kubota diesel engine also offers a robust 24.8 HP, supported by its Variable Hydraulic Transmission for increased power and traction.

To celebrate its launch, the RTV-X1140 will be travelling across the UK this summer, debuting at a range of national shows including Royal Highland, Royal Welsh and the Game Fair, providing visitors with an exclusive insight into its first-class features and capabilities.

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Greetham Valley Just Got Greener

Greetham Valley Just Got Greener – Environmental Golf Course of the Year invests in Toro’s Reelmaster 5010-H 

Greetham Valley Just Got Greener

The Environmental Golf Course of the Year, Greetham Valley Golf Club, gained its title at the prestigious national Golf Environment Awards 2017 for its extensive efforts to increase biodiversity and reduce its carbon footprint. The club’s conscientious environmental attitude is also evident in its recent decision to purchase the Toro Reelmaster 5010-H hybrid mower, known for its ability to cut fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.

Ecological best practice is important to all staff at Greetham but none more so than course manager Adrian Porter who, among many other ecological projects, has implemented iniatives ranging from reducing chemical usage and controlling pests, disease and weeds using holistic methods, to creating wildflower meadows and constructing 17 new ponds.

Adrian says: “The environment and sustainability is at the forefront of the club’s mind in every decision it makes. As an industry-leading innovator with greener mowing options, Toro matches our forward-thinking approach.

“We invested in the Reelmaster 5010-H as its PowerMatch technology greatly reduces fuel consumption and therefore our impact on the environment. We really value biodiversity, so the fact that the more fuel-efficient electric cylinder drive reduces exhaust pollution and removes oil leaks are bonuses that won’t upset

wildlife or players.”

The 5010-H boasts environmental benefits without sacrificing results: “The after-cut appearance remains superb because the cutting decks follow the undulations of the course. Plus the lightness of the machine means no turf damage and reduced soil compaction,” says Adrian.

Greetham Valley Golf Club has been a Toro customer for 23 years and Adrian says he’s “always been able to rely on Reesink’s customer service”: “Any issues or queries are resolved quickly and our relationship with Reesink representative Andy Humble is great. He often pops in to make sure we’re happy and is always on hand to answer any questions.

“We remain exclusively loyal to Toro thanks to this service and the machines’ reliability. The machines are always of great build quality and the investment is worth every penny – especially as Toro’s reputation means they will have a great resale value in years to come.”

In addition to the Reelmaster 5010-H the club purchased a Groundsmaster 4500-D, Workman HDX, ProCore 648 pedestrian aerator and a Greensmaster TriFlex 3400 to join its existing Toro fleet.

Adrian speaks of the latter: “We bought another 3400 because we were so impressed with the versatility of the two we already had. Together, the three machines do the job of five thanks to interchangeable cutting heads that can be swapped quickly to a series of different groomers, verticutting or tees units.

“It’s made a big difference to our day-to-day productivity: we go out in the morning using 11-blade units on the greens and swap them later in the morning to 8-blade units for the tees, surrounds and approaches.”

He continues: “We invested in all the machines because we have a replacement period of five to eight years to ensure reliability and keep downtime at a minimum. We have a small fleet and Greetham’s 276 acres to maintain, so we can’t afford for machines to be off-duty!”

Adrian heads up a team of nine greenkeepers, one gardener and one mechanic. On top of maintaining 45 holes, Greetham’s greenkeeping team use their skills and Toro machinery to tackle sports pitch maintenance and landscaping jobs in the surrounding area.

According to Adrian: “Our Toro [MultiPro 5800-D] sprayer is an old favourite that’s been invaluable for this side of the business. Its accuracy is excellent as the machine’s Pro Control calibrates everything on the move. The team and I have our hands full, but the extra work is possible thanks to great people and reliable, innovative Toro machines.”

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Neary 555 SRI Grinders Brings Cheshire Turf Machinery Into Sharp Relief

First of the new Neary 555 SRI Grinders in the UK, brings Cheshire Turf Machinery into sharp relief

Neary 555 SRI Grinders brings Cheshire Turf Machinery into sharp reliefStockport based Cheshire Turf Machinery Ltd can get down to some serious relief grinding now they have installed a Neary 555 SRI professional grinder, complete with workstation tail lift – the first of its kind in the UK. The new addition from the Neary stable raises the standard of table-top style grinders to a different level. It delivers the quality of spin expected of a Neary grinder and provides professional relief grinding with automatic blade indexing to make the job even easier.

What sets the Neary 555 SRI apart from similar machines is the integrated relief grinding facility. Not only is this excellent value for money grinder incredibly easy to set up, it is the simplest machine on the market to use. It has a fast, efficient action for spin grinding and delivers an even sharper, longer lasting relief angle on all professional mower blades.

Director of the TORO dealership Mark Woodward knows how important it is to return the cylinder blades back to manufacturers specification. All TORO professional mowers leave the factory with relief ground cylinders and most mower servicing contracts include a requirement for relief ground edges. “We are sharpening more than 2000 cylinders annually, from all different sports, all demanding the highest standard. Football clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool as well as many prestigious golf clubs and local authorities come to us because we deliver excellent technical support. The new Neary relief grinder is part of our continuing strategy for improving the services we offer.”

Foley and Neary grinders are synonymous with quality, performance and high specification. But not everyone knows you can have Foley/Neary top of the range performance at a price that suits your budget and be as simple to operate as your current spin grinder.

The success of the Foley grinders worldwide delivers the Accu-Sharp 605 and Neary 181 Spin/Relief and combined Bed knife grinder from as little as £15,995.00.

The latest Foley United and Neary Technology range of professional grinders bring speed and simplicity of setup, to add to the already superb quality of build and reliability of operation. The Foley range includes the new flagship fully automated and computerised models such as the Accu-Master 653/633 spin and relief grinders and Accu-Sharp 673/672 Bed knife grinders. Whereas the Neary range is topped by the super quick and super simple to use 555 SRI spin/relief grinder and the 277 semi-automatic Bed knife grinders.

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Forest Green: Groundsman Nominated For Groundsman Of The Year award

Forest Green groundsman Adam Witchell has been nominated for the Football Association’s Groundsman of the Year award.

Forest Green: Groundsman Nominated For Groundsman Of The Year award

With Forest Green’s pitch the world’s first organic playing surface, Adam produced an excellent surface for FGR’s promotion winning campaign without the use of pesticides or chemicals used by many groundsmen in the UK.

Following his first season in charge of the playing surface at The New Lawn he has been nominated in the National League category and will appear at the awards ceremony at the FA’s St George’s Park base.

The six judges for the awards are all groundsmen at Premier League or Championship stadiums. The awards are now in its 11th year.

Last year Grimsby Town groundsman Mike Phillips scooped the top prize for his pitch at Blundell Park.

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Two More TYM Tractors For Oundle School

Two More TYM Tractors For Oundle School – Tractor specification remains “unrivalled” for independent School

Two More TYM Tractors For Oundle School

Less than a year after purchasing three TYM tractors, Oundle School, one of the UK’s leading independent Schools, has invested in two more as it aims to create the finest sports facilities of any independent school in the UK.

Head of grounds and gardens at Oundle School, near Peterborough, Nick Tebbs says: “Our existing TYM 50hp and 35hp tractors have proved to be popular with our operatives; head gardener Mark Bird and head groundsman Stuart Palmer. That, coupled with the fact that, after like-for-like comparisons and evaluations against other brands, no other supplier came close to matching the TYM specification, so we have purchased two more TYM tractors.”

The School has opted for two T503 tractors as it approaches the second phase of its Sports MasterPlan. Stage one included a new cricket pavilion and the drainage and levelling of the School’s pitches and now the School has been granted planning permission for a new multi-purpose sports centre as well as an athletics track, eight tennis courts, AstroTurfs and six netball courts. Work will commence this autumn, with completion expected by the end of 2019.

Nick says: “This investment is part of the School’s broader Sports MasterPlan, all complementing the award-winning cricket pavilion which opened in 2015. The large-scale development includes significant landscaping and aesthetic considerations while maintaining the visual appeal of the campus and all the different sports pitches. Our aim is to have the finest sports facilities of any independent school.”

The team masterminding the development and management of the new facilities includes Amy Scott as project manager and Danny Grewcock as the School’s director of sport. Amy will draw on her experience working on the London Borough of Brent Primary School Expansion Project, as well as redevelopment projects for Battersea Power Station and Universities of East Anglia and Hertfordshire to ensure the project is completed on time, within budget and to client satisfaction.

Danny, MBE, joined the School last year from Bath Rugby Academy and is highly regarded for his leadership nurturing young players and the importance he places on their wider education and development. Having achieved 69 England caps as part of a distinguished career in professional rugby this will come as no surprise!

The expectations placed on the performance of the School’s machinery fleet will be extremely high, says Nick. However with TYM having already demonstrated itself to Nick and the team with its: “proven reliability, power-to-weight ratio, first class operator platform with cab air conditioning, great visibility, an ergonomic design that provides excellent working conditions, plus compliance with hand/arm vibration and noise at work regulation,” means it is unlikely to be a problem.

There will also be back up from Stewart Jeffs from Reesink Turfcare, the UK distributor of TYM and his colleagues, who Nick says: “have already demonstrated their support and worked hard to meet our expectations.” In addition to this there is onsite maintenance support as Nick explains: “The TYMs provide easy access for routine maintenance, but should we need it we are fortunate to have the skills of our own groundsman and mechanic, Sam Wyles. We will also take advantage of Reesink’s training programme and Sam is enrolled on a workshop management course.”

Given the size and capacity of the campus, the team will also be supported by selected Service Level Agreements for cleaning and maintenance of the athletics track, hard courts and Astros as well as floodlighting.

There’s a phrase: a plan is only as good as the people who see it through. Not only does Oundle School have an ambitious Sports MasterPlan it also has the expertise and experience of an extensive team – and five very capable TYM tractors! – to see it through.

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Jacobsen’s Tournament Support At The Open De France

Jacobsen’s tournament support at the Open de France at Le Golf National – Jacobsen is providing tournament support to the greenkeeping team at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris, during the HNA Open de France tournament being held between 29th June – 2nd July. Technical staff from Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich will assist staff based at Ransomes Jacobsen France (RJF) in Toulouse throughout the competition.

Jacobsen’s Tournament Support At The Open De France

In 2016, Le Golf National signed a preferred supplier agreement with Jacobsen for the next five years following a tender late in 2015. The prestigious golf course, which belongs to the French Federation of Golf and will host the Ryder Cup 2018, has demonstrated its confidence in Ransomes Jacobsen France, who has supplied equipment since 2010.

One of the main contractual commitments made by Ransomes Jacobsen and its French branch concerns the preparation and support for the HNA Open de France tournament. This obligation will take the form of regular technical training for the Golf National staff to ensure the correct use and maintenance procedures for the entire fleet in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

As well as operating a full fleet of Jacobsen equipment, a further 13 machines and 14 utility vehicles have been delivered as part of the tournament support. The additional machinery includes four SLF 1880 fairway mowers, eight Eclipse greens mowers, 12 Cushman Haulers, and two Jacobsen Truckster XD vehicles.

Alejandro Reyes, Golf and Courses and Estate Manager at Le Golf National commented on the support provided by RJF, he said:

“Ransomes Jacobsen France has always provided us with exceptional service, and it will go above and beyond to not only meet, but surpass our expectations. It is important to me that the technical support offered by any partner company is first class, and this is one of the many reasons that we have signed two preferred supplier agreements with RJF since 2010.

“Jacobsen is also an official supplier of the Ryder Cup 2018, and I am confident that the machinery we use will assist us in making the Albatros course absolutely spectacular for such a huge event. We are prepared for the HNA Open de France, and we will make sure that the we maintain high standards all the way through until the Ryder Cup in September next year.”

In the run-up to the HNA Open de France, the products have been tested in tournament conditions and 24-hour technical support will be provided by representatives from both Ransomes Jacobsen in England and France during the entirety of the tournament.

Having opened in 1990, Le Golf National has hosted the Open de France 24 times since 1991. It consists of three courses: the Albatros – 18-hole championship course, which the Open de France will be played on; the Eagle – a second 18-hole course and the Oiselet – a 9 hole course mainly used for training.

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Harpenden Common GC Turn Trilo SG400 Into Multifunctional Machine

Harpenden Common GC turn their Trilo SG400 into a multifunctional machine – The 18-hole parkland course on Harpenden Common in Hertfordshire features a mixture of mature woodland and gorse.  The club has used a Trilo SG400 vacuum sweeper to deal with the substantial leaf fall for many years now, but the introduction of a scarifying unit has changed the dynamics, says Head Greenkeeper Sean Brocklehurst.

Harpenden Common GC Turn Trilo SG400 Into Multifunctional Machine

Golf has been played on Harpenden Common since 1895, with the golf club formally founded in 1931.  The majority of holes are set on common land, posing numerous challenges when it comes to maintenance.  Therefore, any machinery that can quickly and efficiently deal with some of the larger tasks is a welcome relief for Sean and his team of 7.

“The hundreds of trees we have which line the fairways and other areas means that every autumn we have a huge problem with leaves” explains Sean.  Prior to the Trilo’s delivery leaves would be blown into large heaps and vacuumed into a trailer – a 2 or 3 man job.  “We knew we needed a multifunctional unit to speed up the process so looked at a number of machines, but the SG400 ticked all of our boxes.  We’ve never looked back.  The size has really suited our needs, as has the good working speed and easy manoeuvrability compared to some that we demo’d. We can blow leaves into lines or piles, and then with the main deck or wander hose we can remove and compact them in one pass, even those under trees – the whole course can be cleared in just 2 or 3 days.”

This year, for the first time, they have fitted the Trilo SG400 with the optional Verti-Cut unit to scarify the fairways and semi-roughs on the course. Sean again, “It does a very neat job, handling the contours very well and removing masses of dead organic material that is collected at the same time. It takes under a week to do all the fairways, all of which show signs of recovery very quickly after the operation.  Utilising the machine for both scarifying and leaf collection means the SG400 has become a very useful multifunctional tool for all year-round operation and has allowed us to keep all areas of the course spotless.  It has also freed up labour and time that we have been able to put into other projects on the course. It’s also worth adding the back up support we’ve received from Jon and Jeremy at Trilo.  They have been quick to respond to any problems or questions we’ve had and will visit if needed.”

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Alan Ferguson Has Agreed To Part With The FA

The FA have confirmed that Head of Grounds & Estates Alan Ferguson has agreed to part company with the FA by mutual consent.

Alan Ferguson Has Agreed To Part With The FA

This agreement follows a further restructure of the FA’s operations.

The FA stated that they would like to wish Alan well going forward and that Alan had asked them to share the following:

“I’d like to thank The FA for the opportunity to practice at two top venues. I have really enjoyed my time at both St. George’s Park and Wembley Stadium, where I have been fortunate to work with a great group of people.”

“I would like to thank both the playing and non-playing staff throughout The FA for the support you have given the grounds teams over the past six years. I also thank the various partners who have supported all projects and allowed us to develop both venues to a high standard.”

“Finally, I would like to pay specific tribute to my grounds staff for their tireless work all year round and wish everyone at The FA the very best wishes for the future.”

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Fleet Line Markers Launches New Kombi Classic

Fleet Line Markers Ltd. Launches New Kombi Classic – Industry leading line marking manufacturer, Fleet Line Markers Ltd, is excited to announce the launch of the new Kombi Classic: Its latest pedestrian line marking machine that guarantees ease of use, whilst producing quality, well-defined lines with adjustable widths. 

Fleet Line Markers Ltd. Launches New Kombi Classic

Developed by Fleet Line Markers’ innovative in-house team, the new Kombi Classic includes a number of key functionalities to aid hassle-free line marking. As standard, a 25 Litre paint tank, an anchor point for marking circles and the adjustable tool-less quick fit wheeled knib for excellent line definition.

Additional features include heavy duty adjustable stainless steel handle bars to suit all users, with an on/off switch that can be positioned to suit the operator.

The machine also eliminates any risk of pump and nozzle blockages by flushing clean water from the rear tank through the nozzle assembly, saving both time and costs.

Managing Director of Fleet Line Markers, Iain McGuffie, said: “At Fleet Line Markers Ltd we pride ourselves on creating innovative line marking machines and paint, that guarantee excellent line marking for all Grounds staff.”

“The new Kombi Classic is no exception – producing quality results on all surfaces, including natural grass, concrete, asphalt, wood, artificial grass and EPDM rubber tracks.”

The new Kombi Classic officially launched at the beginning of June 2017, and to date has received excellent feedback from customers across the UK.

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Golf Bunkers Made From Crushed Beer Bottles

Golf Bunkers Made From Crushed Beer Bottles – A Taranaki golf club has hit on a novel way to promote the game and encourage more memberships.

Golf Bunkers Made From Crushed Beer Bottles

Kaitake Golf Club, west of New Plymouth, has invested in 30 tonnes of fine grain crushed glass sand to fill three new bunkers on the 5500 metre long course.

The crushed glass sand was given to the club, free of charge, by beer brewers DB which launched a campaign last summer to recycle used beer bottles. Kaitake Golf Club committee member Craig Waite said the club members saw the promotion and approached DB.

“It just seemed like a cool thing to to do to have bunkers with glass sand in them,” he said.

It also fitted into a new direction the club is taking to encourage new members, which include dropping subscriptions, and introducing more younger players to the game.

Waite said the brewery had provided the sand and organised it to be trucked down to the golf club.

“We’ve never had a sand bunker before and the new committee decided to do something different.

“After we rang DB it all happened pretty fast.”

The majority of the 300 club members have supported the new glass sand bunker layout, he said.

“There was some uncertainty at first but the committee thought it was worth a crack.

“Our members have always struggled in the past playing out of bunkers on other courses.”

Course convenor Jono Heath said the Kaitake course is regarded as a parklands country course with well drained soils.

“It is an easy walk and has reliable weather conditions,” he said.

“Now the bunkers will now give the players a bit more of a challenge.”

Greenkeeper Domenico Squatriti​ added two glass sand bunkers surrounding the 18th green, with a practice bunker in the making.

There is between 300mm-400mm of glass sand in each bunker, enough to get a good lift on the ball, he said.

“We’ve revetted the faces of the bunkers to make it a bit more of a challenge to get out of.”

Adding the strategically placed sand hazards had improved the course overall, he said.

“We’re not blessed for length on the course so the next best thing to do is getting golfers to think more about their shots, and the bunkers do this.”

Squatriti said the sand was firm with a “fluffy” feel to it.

“The only time we can’t play on it is after a heavy frost when there is a hard layer of ice sitting on the top.”

DB brand PR and digital manager Simon Smith said the company wanted to promote recycling of beer bottles to help save the world’s beaches.

Sand was facing a global supply shortage due to huge growth in construction in the Middle East, China and India.

Recycling empty beer bottles into crushed glass sand helped replace using beach sand, he said.

“Most of our empty bottles are recycled into new bottles but we wanted to find a use for the bottles that cannot be re-used and go to the landfill.”

Crushing unwanted bottles to produce fine glass sand seemed to be the best option, he said.

Kaitake Golf Club was the first club to contact the company to use the crushed glass sand after the advertising campaign in January, he said.

Since then more clubs have shown interest.

Crushed glass sand has been used under the grass turf at Trafalgar Park in Nelson, and under vineyards in Canterbury.

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