MJ Abbott Expertise At SALTEX

MJ Abbott Expertise At SALTEX: Specialist contractor, MJ Abbott, are bringing their construction expertise to Saltex 2018 after a year of both large and small-scale projects.  

As one of the UK’s leading specialist contractors to the sports turf industry MJ Abbott Limited, established in 1965, has developed its expertise in a wide range of products and services and now operates throughout the UK and Europe.

MJ Abbott Expertise At SALTEX

Over the years the service portfolio has grown to incorporate sports facility construction and renovation, golf course construction, reconstruction and remodelling, irrigation, water management, land drainage, water and wastewater engineering, landscaping, civil engineering, and a number of other specialist services.

Throughout the last 12-months, the company has completed projects from hybrid pitch construction at Premier League football clubs through to sports pitch construction at schools and colleges. The varied nature of these projects has highlighted MJ Abbott’s ability to provide the best solution possible to meet customer requirements and budgets when working on construction, drainage irrigation or landscaping.

This has led to a number of diverse projects being successfully finished including the construction, installation of drainage and cultivation of four pitches ready for seeding at Zeals Football Club and Alderbury Football Club. Dauntseys School, Wiltshire, also had a football pitch constructed, complete with primary drainage and sand topdressing into re-used topsoil as well as a cricket square renovation.

Both Foxhills Golf Club and Torquay Golf Club had short game areas constructed, consisting of earthworks, green and bunker construction, drainage, irrigation, cultivating and seeding. A specialist irrigation project took place at Abridge Golf Club with a Perott irrigation system being installed. This involved new mainlines pipework and the installation of a controller into the pump station for the irrigation to greens, approaches, tees and partial fairways.

These projects have been joined by hybrid pitch constructions using two different systems. Brighton and Hove Albion FC had their fibrelastic pitch removed at the AMEX Stadium and had the levels graded before a new sand and rootzone layer was added and a SISGRASS hybrid system installed.

 

The Premier League club also installed SISGRASS on two and a half pitches at their training ground, with the construction including the addition of new undersoil heating on the goalkeeping area and work on pitch surrounds.

The increasingly popular hybrid system was also installed at Bearwood Park, the new training base of Championship team, Reading FC, along with a fibre sand pitch, fibre sand goalkeeping area and six topsoil based pitches. This work generally included cut and fill earthwork and trimming, gravel drainage layers, lower sand and upper rootzone levels plus the addition of full drainage and irrigation systems and the installation of camera ducting to each pitch.

Rugby has also been an important sport for MJ Abbott this year with a pitch construction project to facilitate a HERO hybrid mat system at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium, which was laid by County Turf. This involved removing vegetation, cutting and filling existing pitch levels, installing new primary and secondary drainage and adding a new rootzone layer.

MJ Abbott Expertise At SALTEX

A renovation project at Paris Saint-Germain’s training ground had the MJ Abbott team making their now regular trip to the French capital whilst projects at Newcastle United FC and Chelsea FC continued MJ Abbott’s continued relationship with both clubs.

All of these projects are only a selection of examples that MJ Abbott completed in 2018 and a number of key staff who worked at these venues will be representing the company on stand B102 at Saltex. They will be available to give help and advice on projects across every contracting discipline.

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HTS Group Invests In Toro

HTS Group Invests In Toro: At SALTEX 2017, Toro’s LT-F3000 triple flail mower stood out from the crowd to Harlow Council-founded facilities management company, HTS Group Limited. In fact the company, which deals with grass cutting and landscape maintenance for the postcode, was so impressed it promptly invested in two machines.

As Andrew Bradley, landscapes manager at HTS Group, explains: “The LT-F3000 not only stood out with its signature Toro red, but for looking professional and robust. After making some enquiries, it was clear that it would tick all of our boxes, too.

HTS Group Invests In Toro

“Post-show, I got in touch with our local Reesink Turfcare representative, Danny Lake, who took me on a tour around the Spellbrook Toro Factory in Bishop Stortford. Seeing machines hand built before my eyes convinced me that for quality and robustness, Toro was the way to go.”

Two LT-F3000 flail mowers join HTS Group’s fleet of 19 grounds machines and replace a 12-year-old cylinder mower to maintain medium-sized open spaces across the Essex district too small for a tractor-drawn mower and too large for a rotary.

Another box ticked for Andrew is that the LT-F3000 is road legal. He says: “With most sites six miles away, and their proximity to busy roads making parking a nightmare, being able to drive our machines to jobs is a must. A bonus with Toro’s triple flail is that it has a good road speed of 15.5mph.”

And the machines are proving their worth in action too, meaning Andrew’s show instincts were well-founded: “The wet spring has made grass grow like mad, but the flail mowers are chewing through it effortlessly. This would have been too much for our cylinder mower,” he says.

“The Toros, however, make light work of the grass and even leave a beautiful striped finish to really top it all off,” Andrew concludes.

To find out more about Reesink’s groundscare range, tailored to the needs of the UK groundsman, visit: reesinkturfcare.co.uk

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New Ifor Williams Sales Person

New Ifor Williams Sales Person: Fraddon based machinery dealership, Vincent Tractors & Plant has appointed Tim Crewes-Hartland as their new Ifor Williams sales person.

With a background in sales and agriculture and a working knowledge of Ifor Williams Trailers, Tim brings a wide range of expertise to the company.  He will be responsible for sales of Ifor Williams Trailers from the Fraddon depot, as well as looking to expand sales of the well-known trailer manufacturer within the other depots.

New Ifor Williams Sales Person

Tim joins the company just as the current sales person for Ifor Williams Trailers, Trevor Readwin, will be moving to work at the new Holsworthy depot.

Paul Vincent, Managing Director of Vincent Tractors & Plant said “The company is currently going through an exciting and challenging period, with the opening of two new depots in Devon.  With Trevor transferring to Holsworthy to be responsible for Groundcare Sales in North and Mid Devon, we needed a new Ifor Williams sales person, with a strong background in sales, to join the team.  I am delighted to say that Tim is the person who will fill that role”.

Fraddon based Tim said “I am delighted to be joining Vincent Tractors & Plant as they are a well-known and respected company, going through an exciting expansion process at the moment”.

“Ifor Williams have announced the launch of two new horse boxes, the HBX and HBE, which will be arriving in the New Year, in conjunction with the opening of their new production facility in Flintshire.  All in all, it is exciting times ahead all round”.

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New Face In The North For DLF

New Face In The North For DLF: To support their continued investment, growth and increase in sales, DLF Seeds have announced the appointment of Alistair Eccles. Joining the amenity team as Regional Technical Sales Manager for Scotland and the North, Alistair’s new role will see him working closely with both customers and distributors, providing advice and support on the Masterline and Johnsons Sports Seed ranges.

Alistair has a wealth of industry experience in many different areas of agronomy, grass seed and turf production. He joins DLF on the back of 12 years spent at Germinal Seeds where he worked closely with a range of customers including golf courses, sports stadia and landscapers. Prior to this, Alistair spent 18 years in several roles in the crop protection industry. He is a BASIS and FACTS qualified advisor and is now looking forward to putting his expertise to good use in his new role with DLF Seeds.

New Face in the North for DLF

“Over the years I have been fortunate enough to work alongside some fantastic turf managers and I look forward to furthering acquaintances old and new, delivering technical advice and support in my new role.  DLF are continually researching and developing exciting new breeding innovations which I’m excited to be working with in the golf and sports turf sectors.”

A keen golfer himself, Alistair can often be found out on the course in his spare time.

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Milton Jones To Perform At IOG Awards

Milton Jones To Perform At IOG Awards: The 2018 IOG Industry Awards will feature several high achievers although it won’t include scheduled comedian Tom Allen – who regrettably now has filming commitments with the Great British Bake Off.

No worries though, the IOG has signed up an incredible replacement, Milton Jones – the wild-haired ‘Prince of Puns’ who, fresh off his UK tour, will be sharing gags to a sell-out audience at the IOG’s annual Awards night at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on the first evening of SALTEX next week.

Milton Jones To Perform At IOG Awards

Milton is a previous Perrier Best Newcomer, the winner of two Sony Awards, and a British Comedy Award nominee. His TV credits include Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week, and Dave’s One Night Stand.

One of the UK’s most successful ‘one liner’ stand-ups, Milton’s acclaimed live shows have all played to more than 100,000 people, all of whom laughed themselves silly at lines such as: “About a month before my grandfather died we covered his back with lard. After that he went downhill very quickly.”

Commenting on the new act, IOG CEO Geoff Webb says:

“Milton Jones is excellent and his one liners will no doubt have our audience in stitches. We can’t wait to host our 10th edition of the IOG Awards celebrating a decade of achievement in groundsmanship.”

For more information about the IOG Awards please visit https://www.iog.org/awards

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October Update From Scott MacCallum

October Update From Scott MacCallum: SALTEX Week always has a different feel to it than the other 51 weeks of the year. There is a feeling of anticipation about catching up with friends and colleagues from the other end of the country – if not the other side of the world, while knowing that, at the same time, you can top up on your professional development and key into the latest developments in the industry at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.

October Update From Scott MacCallum

Sinead Finnin and I will be out and about both days. We will be filming videos with exhibitors and visitors to show people who couldn’t make it to Birmingham just what they are missing.

So, if you see us don’t hesitate about saying hello. We are always keen to meet with our readers and partners within the industry and if you have ideas of thoughts on Turf Matters we would be keen to hear them.

I hope you have a successful time at IOG SALTEX whether you are there for two days or can free up the time for one day, or part of one day. Let’s face it a little time is better than no time at all.

Best wishes

Scott MacCallum

Editor

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Kubota Dealership Strengthens Sales Team

Kubota Dealership Strengthens Sales Team: Cornwall and Devon Kubota Dealership, Vincent Tractors & Plant has strengthened its construction machinery sales team with the appointment of a new sales person, Dexter Ball.

Dexter is the new point of contact for construction sales in Cornwall for the Fraddon based machinery dealership.  He joins Nick Vincent, construction sales manager for Devon, and strengthens the company’s expanding construction section.

Kubota Dealership Strengthens Sales Team

Paul Vincent, Managing Director of Vincent Tractors & Plant said “Dexter joins the company at an exciting time.  The construction side of the business has steadily grown in recent years and is now an important part of the whole business.  With the opening of two new depots in Devon later this year at Holsworthy and Smithaleigh, we needed to strengthen the construction sales team.”

“Dexter’s appointment means that we will be able to continue to provide high levels of customer service to our existing client base in Cornwall whilst growing our construction sales in Devon.  With a background in customer service and sales in the hire industry, Dexter brings years of industry insight and knowledge with him.  We are delighted to have him join our team.  This new appointment will allow Nick to focus more on construction sales in Devon.”

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Be Pitch Perfect with SCH

Be Pitch Perfect with SCH: The pressure is on for sports ground professionals to create the perfect playing surface whilst sticking to a budget – not always an easy task.

Artificial pitch care specialists SCH (Supplies) Ltd are delighted with the opportunity to sponsor the SALTEX 2018 Best Managed Artificial Surface award. As manufacturers of both real and artificial pitch care machinery, the choice of award was an easy one to make. The SCH surface care range will leave your surfaces in award winning condition at very affordable prices.

Be Pitch Perfect with SCH

The Artificial Surface Grooming Rake (Ref: ASR2) is designed to carry out routine maintenance on artificial playing surfaces with a sand base. The two rows of spring tines tease through the playing surface to remove surface compaction and aid drainage, and the trailing brush will level and groom the play area. A single pass allows for the two operations to be carried out simultaneously, which enable groundsmen to prepare and maintain the pitch to a high standard in very little time.

Each working row of tines may be lifted out of work individually, and a weight tray is incorporated in the design in order that top weight may be added to aid penetration on heavily compacted surfaces. This simple grooming unit may be towed behind 13HP tractors and above, with a variety of sizes available.

The Triangular Brush (Ref: TMB2) is a small, basic machine which gives artificial and natural grass areas that vital ‘scratch’ in between major services. The wheels on the upper side of the brush make it an easy task to transport it to the storage area – simply turn the brush onto the wheels.

SCH products have simple designs for low maintenance. The robust welded steel frames and their dedicated spare parts team will help ensure the life of the machine year after year.

SCH (Supplies) Ltd manufacture a wide range of both artificial surface and natural grass care systems, consisting of many different widths and attachments. With over 250 products on their website, and a selection of hand held and towed rakes, brushes and drag mats in their brochure, pitches of all sizes and budgets can achieve award winning results.

Contact SCH on 01473 328272, email sales@schsupplies.co.uk, or visit their website to find out more www.schsupplies.co.uk

SCH (Supplies) Ltd, proud sponsors of the SALTEX 2018 Best Maintained Artificial Surface award.

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Tyre-Line At SALTEX 2018

Tyre-Line At SALTEX 2018: Tyre-Line will again be exhibiting at this year’s SALTEX show at the NEC Birmingham, stand D082, bringing their extensive knowledge and product portfolio to the UK’s Premier Turf Management exhibition.

Being one of the of the UK’s leading Independent Tyre and Wheel specialists since 1984, Tyre-Line supply both the Original Equipment and Aftermarket sectors with Turf, ATV/UTV, High Speed Trailer and Caravan tyres and wheels, along with Steel Truck Wheels and Alcoa Aluminium Wheels.
They are the Sole Official UK Distributor of Carlisle & ITP Tyres and Wheels and are distributors / stockists for many other quality brands including Wanda, Compass, Maxxis, CST, Bridgestone and Vredestein tyres, with wheels available from Alcoa, Mefro and Vlukon.

Tyre-Line At SALTEX 2018

ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT TYRES & WHEELS

Over the past 30 years, Tyre-Line’s Original Equipment Division have partnered with many of the industry’s biggest names in Groundscare, Trailer and ATV markets including the likes of John Deere, Kubota, Logic, Nugent & Ariens. Supplying customer specific tyre and wheel fitments from their centrally located, 50,000 sq.ft purpose built facility in Daventry, Northamptonshire, Tyre-Line have a wealth of experience, coupled with a comprehensive product range from industry leading brands allowing them to offer application specific solutions. With a multimillion-pound inventory to support ‘just-in-time’ requirements and Full Traceability on all components to BS EN ISO: 9001 2015, Tyre-Line offer their O.E. customers unrivalled support and service.

AFTERMARKET TYRES & WHEELS

Tyre-Line’s Aftermarket sales and support division pride themselves on their vast knowledge and friendly staff that, between them, have over 50 years’ experience supplying the aftermarket tyre industry and specialist tyre sectors. They are able to offer services such as tyre pattern conversions (Agri to Turf and vice versa), bespoke wheel and tyre fitments along with specialist patterns and fitment advice for all Groundscare, ATV/UTV, High Speed Trailer, Agriculture and Construction machinery.

Being the Sole Official UK Distributor of Carlisle & ITP Tyres and Wheels gives Tyre-Line un-paralleled access to one of the world’s biggest specialist tyre suppliers for Lawn & Garden, ATV/UTV and Agriculture & Construction tyres and wheels. Famous names such as Multi Trac, Turf Saver, Turf Trac, Snow Hog, Links, AT489, ACT, All Trail, Turf Tamer, Mud Lite, Baja Cross, Holeshot, Trac Chief and Turf Pro make up only part of the Carlisle & ITP pattern family. With a heritage of supplying many prestigious names with O.E. fitments including John Deere, Countax, Polaris, Can-Am and more, Carlisle & ITP have been at the forefront of tyre development and technology for over 100 years and Tyre-Line are proud to be their Sole Official UK Distributor.

Tyre-Line are also proud to be a UK Distributor for the Chinese tyre brand Wanda. Since 1988, Wanda have been manufacturing tyres for Groundscare, ATV/UTV, Agriculture, High Speed Trailer and other market sectors. Exclusive to Tyre-Line Aftermarket in the UK is the range of Wanda *Aramid* Puncture Resistant tyres designed for the professional user in mind. The *Aramid* range brings with it Wanda’s excellent value for money ethos, along with technology normally only found in more expensive brands. With *Aramid* belting added to the tread area, they offer protection from the majority of tread area punctures, decreasing vehicle downtime and increasing productivity. Available in sizes ranging from 15×6.00-6 to 26×12.00-12, the range is one of the most comprehensive available in the UK.

SALTEX 2018

This year, Tyre-Line will be showcasing their range of ECE Homologated tyres at SALTEX 2018. With new legislation being recently introduced for certain machine types and their respective tyre fitments, tyre markings and homologation testing have seen a huge overhaul over the past 12 months, with many new or updated tyre markings and alternative sizes being produced. With groundscare and utility vehicle sectors being some of the largest to be affected by these changes, Tyre-Line will be on hand to answer all your questions and offer advice on any of the aspects that may affect users and manufacturers now these new tyre legislations are in place.

Visit Tyre-Line Aftermarket on Stand D082 at this year’s SALTEX show at the NEC, Birmingham on 31st October -1st November or contact the team on 01458 250350.

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T H WHITE To Launch New Models

T H WHITE To Launch New Models: The brands Ferris, Wright, Spider and Jensen are synonymous in their sectors with high quality, innovation and problem solving. In 2018, the UK distributor T H WHITE Machinery Imports is delighted to be once again supporting the IOG and SALTEX, showcasing these four brands with an increased visibility at the event, with a huge stand size of 175m2 to give them the space and presence they deserve, including two new product launches from market leaders Ferris and Spider. The team were thrilled last year to be awarded the Best Stand award in the ‘Open Space 60m2 + category’ and are hoping to replicate this success at the 2018 event with an even larger open stand, 50m2 bigger than the 2017 space, located at stand number H190. This year models from all four brands will be displayed together, showcasing the variety of innovative equipment available through the Machinery Imports business, including a range of Ferris zero-turn mowers, Wright stander mowers, Spider slope mowers and Jensen woodchippers.

From Ferris, the stand will feature a range of machines from the smallest model – the 400S, launched in 2018, up to the bigger mowers for larger-scale commercial grass cutting, including the all new ISX®800Z, launching at Saltex this year and available from 2019. Brand new from Ferris, the zero-turn, ride-on ISX®800Z features the latest technology to provide a commercial mower with superior performance, quality and comfort. The 132cm rear discharge deck features a factory-fitted mulching insert as well as Ferris iCD™ technology, with the user also benefitting from mowing speeds up to 16km/h. All new to the industry is the addition of a double wishbone suspension system, providing increased contact with the turf for more uniform, high quality mowing, as well as ensuring a more comfortable ride over bumps and dips in the ground with improved steering and handling.

T H WHITE To Launch New Models

The all new 400S, which was launched this year, features the patented Ferris all-round suspension as well as an innovative ‘Triple Deck’ with easy-to-change deck options including side and rear discharge, mulch and 50/50 rear and mulch discharge options. Not only that, all 400S models bought this year come with a free Service Jack for easy and quick maintenance and deck changes.

In addition, visitors will be able to see a selection of Wright zero-turn stander mowers and remote-controlled robotic slope mowers from industry leading Spider, with the ability to mow uneven, dangerous and sloping terrain up to 55° – all with zero-turn, four-wheel drive (called the ‘Dancing Step’ by its designers in Czech Republic) and ability to cut up to 7000m2/h. Launching from the Spider team this year is the all-new Spider X Line, their smallest commercial machine to date offering a compact profile but a huge performance. With an integrated winch capable of supporting the machine in mowing up to 55°, 6 km/h mowing speed, 65cm deck width and zero-turn drive, this 1m2 robotic mower has the cutting capacity of 3 operatives with brush cutters.
Release date: IMMEDIATE Contact: Cassie Reid cassie.reid@thwhite.co.uk 01380 722381

As well as pioneering groundcare machinery, Machinery Imports are pleased to display examples from the wide range of Jensen woodchippers available in the UK, the largest of any chipper manufacturer in the industry.

In support of the IOG and in attendance at SALTEX again this year, Jensen has models ranging from 6” to 12” in capacity, including trailed, tracked, PTO and custom options, as well as a turntable option on all 8” and above chippers. Jensen really does offer a chipper for all customers and situations and we’d be delighted to talk to visitors about the solutions on offer at our SALTEX stand.

Whilst horticulture and arboriculture can be very distinct sectors, we meet customers regularly that require machinery for both grass and tree care. This overlap affords us the opportunity to present all four of our brands together to provide a varied choice of machinery for those users who require a combination of horticulture and arboriculture equipment within their business, as well as knowledge and insight on both sectors to provide customers with the most accurate and useful information possible to make an informed buying decision.

The team are looking forward to meeting new and existing customers and dealers on the stand, H190, showing the vast selection of machinery on offer and discussing opportunities for free demonstrations and site visits throughout the coming months.

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