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AS Motor Powered by EGO

AS Motor Powered by EGO: When two outdoor power equipment specialists and technology leaders meet, great things can come of it. This is exactly what happened when the high grass specialist AS-Motor and the cordless specialist EGO worked together for AS-Motor’s next generation of battery powered high grass mowers.

AS-Motor is electrifying its successful professional mowers with the new ‘Electric’ product line, focusing on the future technology of batteries. AS-Motor and EGO thus offer their first cross-brand and cross-manufacturer battery platform range of mowers and weed removers for the professional sector.

AS Motor Powered by EGO

AS Motor Powered by EGO

AS-Motor and EGO have used their decades of experience and expertise to jointly develop a high-performance battery powered range of professional mowers and weed removers. The result is the AS-Motor ‘Electric’ line and with it a new power class of professional battery-powered machines.

The new ‘Electric’ line from AS-Motor is powered by the recently developed EGO Power Unit, which draws its energy from the highly successful EGO 56V ARC lithium battery range.

The cooperation between AS-Motor and EGO offers professional users a significantly increased range of applications of battery powered tools. From EGO’s own hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, brush cutters, lawn mowers and more to the inclusion of new product families from AS-Motor to include professional lawn mowers, mulching lawn mowers, weed removers and high grass mowers.

Thanks to its high performance, the new EGO Power Unit offers the possibility of replacing conventional petrol units up to 200cc with a modern, emission free, high-torque, electric powertrain equivalent. For AS-Motor the EGO Power Unit offers a simple solution for the rapid electrification of its product range.

EGO’s exchangeable battery is available in 5 different capacities and is optimally equipped against overheating thanks to the unique, patented arc-shaped design, large surface area and cooling slots; unlike conventional “brick-shaped” batteries, in which cells are tightly bundled, quickly overheat and switch off.

Actively absorbing heat with Keep Cool™ Technology – Each and every cell is surrounded by EGO’s unique Keep Cool™ phase change material (PCM) that absorbs heat energy and keeps individual cells at their optimum temperature for longer, while increasing battery life.

The integrated software and microprocessors combine to create the intelligent power management system that constantly monitors each cell to ensure maximum energy and runtime is always available.

Durability is ensured by a robust, rubberised battery housing that absorbs shocks and vibrations, as well as resin-coated electronics that are protected against dust and moisture.

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Indigrow signs on as BIGGA Partners

Indigrow signs on as BIGGA Partners: The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) has welcomed specialist fertiliser manufacturer Indigrow as the association’s latest Partner.

BIGGA Partners offer the highest level of support available to members of BIGGA, with the funding the association receives going a long way to underpin the Continuing Professional Development programme and all educational activity.

Indigrow signs on as BIGGA Partners

Indigrow signs on as BIGGA Partners

Indigrow is a specialist manufacturer of fertilisers and nutrients for the sportsturf market with over 75 years’ experience of operating around the world. Covering five continents and over 40 countries, Indigrow employs over 35 staff with qualifications covering all the aspects of agronomy required to promote healthy growth.

Bradley Foster, Indigrow, said: “Indigrow has long been a firm supporter of the activities of BIGGA and its members as the principles of highly-educated and qualified professionals are ones we appreciate and encourage across our own team. The desire to expand upon our own knowledge and innovate with new products and new methods of working is key if we are to overcome the challenges of the coming decade and I’m delighted that BIGGA and Indigrow will be working closer together to support the needs of the UK’s greenkeeping community.”

BIGGA Business Development Manager Lauren Frazer said: “Indigrow is a company that BIGGA has enjoyed a close relationship with over many years as the team was previously an education supporter. Their continuous product development helps create innovative, efficient and cost-effective products to suite the demands of the modern greenkeeper and so I am delighted the Indigrow team has made the decision to step up to Partner status. We are hugely proud of our relationships with all our Partners and we’re grateful for the incredible support they provide our membership, so I’m thrilled to welcome Indigrow to the line-up.”

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Soil Scout introduce TurfCare as Ireland reseller

Soil Scout introduce TurfCare as Ireland reseller: Soil Scout are pleased to announce that we have introduced TurfCare as reseller of our wireless underground soil monitoring solution.

Backed by a dedicated and experienced team of professionals TurfCare are ideally placed to introduce the industry-leading Soil Scout solution, the new partnership starts immediately.

Soil Scout introduce TurfCare as Ireland reseller

Soil Scout introduce TurfCare as Ireland reseller

Soil Scout VP of International Sales, Adam Sedgwick said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with TurfCare and expanding our European distributor network to Ireland. The TurfCare team have shown an unbelievable amount of enthusiasm for the benefits that the Soil Scout solution can bring to Ireland’s golf and sports turf maintenance professionals.

“Soil Scout currently operates in more than 15 countries and this partnership is part of the companies plans to scale up operations in Europe throughout 2021.”

TurfCare have a proven track record of supplying innovative products and services in a professional manner to the golf, leisure and amenity industries. They do this using environmentally sound practices in order to provide a sustainable and profitable future for all – a perfect fit with Soil Scout’s mission to give soil experts the sub-soil information they need to effectively manage their turfs and grounds.

TurfCare, Sales Manager, Jim Holden said: “TurfCare are delighted to partner with Soil Scout and offer these unique fully wireless sensors. We feel this technology offers end users excellent real-time data directly to your phone without having to go to the field.

“When managing moisture, soil temperature and salinity you can dramatically increase your efficiencies and inputs by using Soil Scout sensors. They are simple and easy to use and offer end users sustainability going forward in managing and improving their turf while saving money,” he concluded.

For more information about the wireless underground Soil Scout solution please visit; www.soilscout.com

Contact TurfCare – www.turfcare.eu email: info@turfcare.eu

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JCB stops production as demand slows

JCB stops production as demand slows: JCB is today stopping production at all of its UK manufacturing plants as disruption resulting from the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic causes an unprecedented reduction in global demand.

The company is halting production for the rest of this week and the whole of next week at its nine manufacturing plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham.  Shop floor employees affected by the move will be paid in full during this period.  No decision has yet been taken on what happens from the week commencing Monday, March 30th and beyond. Office staff will continue to work a 39-hour week, with many working from home, in support of the Government’s social distancing policy.

JCB stops production as demand slows

JCB stops production as demand slows

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “These measures are unprecedented in the history of JCB but are absolutely necessary to protect the business. As we continue to deal with the health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more challenging to maintain business continuity in this volatile economic climate. JCB is a global exporter and worldwide demand for our products has dropped sharply as customers cancel orders and defer deliveries. This is not just a UK issue, it is worldwide and with countries like France, Spain and Italy going into lock-down, those key markets for construction equipment disappear overnight.

“In light of this fast-changing situation, we need to re-plan our production and, as a result, manufacturing at all UK factories will cease for the rest of this week and all of next week. This will allow us to take stock of the situation, re-plan our order book, prioritise products that are definitely required by customers, and ensure parts and components are reassigned to support the production of these products.”

JCB’s plant in Pudong, near Shanghai, ceased production last month as the impact of the pandemic initially took hold. After several weeks of disruption, the factory is now fully operational again.

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T H WHITE announced as Pellenc dealer

T H WHITE announced as Pellenc dealer: T H WHITE has been appointed as an authorised dealer for the full range of professional battery powered tools by Pellenc.

T H WHITE is a leading specialist in the supply of groundcare and arboricultural machinery, and other related equipment, to a wide range of sectors including local authorities, golf courses, private estates, contractors and many more.

T H WHITE announced as Pellenc dealer

T H WHITE announced as Pellenc dealer

The company’s roots can be traced all the way back to 1832 when founder Thomas White formed an agricultural ironmongery business. An incredible 188 years later and T H WHITE now operates in 13 branches, with more than 580 employees and over 4,000 suppliers.

From its humble beginnings, T H WHITE has diversified greatly over the years and in particular the company’s groundcare division continues to go from strength to strength. It has become synonymous with quality and expertise and this reputation is enhanced by its decision to work with only the finest manufacturers in groundcare – such as Pellenc.

Over recent years, Pellenc has gained market recognition by offering a unique range of ‘zero emission’ battery-powered tools, thanks to the development of Lithium-ion ultra-high performance batteries. This exclusive Pellenc technology allows for a drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases and noise pollution.

The extensive Pellenc product range features an impressive portfolio – from chainsaws, pole saws and hedge cutters to grass strimmers, brushcutters, blowers and mowers. The innovative equipment is comfortable for users, meets new sustainable development demands and offers excellent economic profitability. With a record capacity of up to one day’s use on a single charge, these quality products are a perfect fit for the T H WHITE groundcare division.

The full range of Pellenc equipment will now be readily available from all four of the company’s groundcare depots and Rob Iddeson, Head of the T H WHITE Groundcare division, is excited about adding the Pellenc brand to its vast offering.

“We are delighted to join with the Pellenc business as a dealer at our Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Berkshire Groundcare depots,” he said. “We know that our customers will see huge benefits in adopting these premium battery-powered products, supported by our exceptional sales and servicing teams as always.

“We are seeing an increased demand for zero-emission products that can compete with the performance of traditional technologies. Our customers are looking for products that are warrantied for the professional user, and Pellenc offers exactly that.”

Pellenc is exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Etesia UK.

For further information, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680120 or visit www.pellencuk.com

You can also follow Pellenc on Twitter and Instagram @PellencUK for much more news, reviews and insightful views.

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Football Club Furious As Vandals Hit

Football Club Furious As Vandals Hit: Bosses at a football club have been left furious, and have hit out at vandals who tore up their pitch.

Yobs used a vehicle to churn up the pitch used by Bishopton FC, which runs teams for men, women and kids.

Football Club Furious As Vandals Hit

The site, which is operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, is also home to several other clubs in Bishopton and neighbouring Erskine.

However, the mindless vandalism means it may now be out of action for weeks.

Nori Fian, Bishopton FC’s vice-chairman, said: “We think this may have happened on Friday night and I reported it to the police on Saturday afternoon.

“It looks as if someone has got on something with two wheels and driven round the pitch several times.

“I was filled with revulsion when I saw it. There is a lack of facilities already in Bishopton and now one of its only pitches has been vandalised.

“I don’t think we will be able to use it for the foreseeable future but I’m hoping repairs can be made before we play at home again next month.”

Joyce McKellar, Renfrewhire Leisure’s chief executive, said the damage is being assessed.

She said: “Hopefully repairs can be carried out so the park can be made playable by this weekend.

“The pitch is used by several teams from the Bishopton and Erskine areas and, if repairs cannot be completed by the weekend, other parks are available.

“We don’t expect any games to be cancelled because of the damage to the pitch.”

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IOG Welcomes Lantra As End Point Assessment Organisation

IOG Welcomes Lantra As End Point Assessment Organisation: Lantra has become the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the new Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship Standard developed by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and a large employer group.

There are already more than 50 apprentices undertaking a learning journey to achieve this high-quality standard.

IOG Welcomes Lantra As End Point Assessment Organisation

Commenting, IOG learning programme architect Chris Gray, said: “After sustained work by the IOG which has included advocating for a solution as well as making representation to government and key stakeholders, the initiative of Lantra becoming the government-approved EPAO for the standard is welcomed.

“The development provides further reassurance to the industry that we are on a sound footing to raising standards within our industry and further promoting this as a sustainable career for many.”

IOG chief executive Geoff Webb, added: “This announcement complements our work in developing a national natural turf Pitch Grading Framework, which charts how grounds personnel can progress from volunteer to professional level – by linking the standards of surfaces to the necessary skills needed to ensure surfaces reach their optimum levels through a blended learning approach to education and training.”

Lantra marketing development manager, Jo-Anne Bryan, said: “Lantra is committed to supporting the development of skills in the land-based sector. Building for the future by developing the next generation of industry specialists is a fundamental business driver. We are therefore delighted to have been approved as an EPAO for the new standard and look forward to continuing to work closely with the IOG in helping to meet the industry’s needs.”

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SCH Trailer As Popular As Ever

SCH Trailer As Popular As Ever: SCH (Supplies) Ltd have recently supplied a customer with a galvanised version of their popular hydraulic tipping trailer.

The customer had asked for the manual tipping version of the trailer – which is also available in two tractor powered versions (one and two pipe) and an electric version. 

SCH Trailer As Popular As Ever

All metal work on the trailer was galvanised including the mesh extension sides. In the standard version, SCH supply the trailer metalwork in a paint finish (usually red, but green can also be specified at time of order so that the trailer can match the customer’s tractor). The mesh sides on a standard model are painted black.  

The standard HTRL has a carrying capacity of 1000kg (1 ton) and is 915mm (36”) wide by 1800mm (72”) long. The customer also requested wider 20-10 x 8 wheels instead of the standard 600 x 9s. 

SCH say they are happy to take orders from any customer requesting variations to standard builds. This means the companies’ huge array of trailers, turfcare systems, sprayers, water units and their other products can usually be customised to suit their own requirements. 

For more information, visit: www.schsupplies.co.uk

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Jobs Lost As Sports Turf Contractor Slips Into Administration

Jobs lost as sports turf contractor slips into administration: The majority of the workforce has been made redundant after a 47-strong sports turf contractor with an operation in Cheshire slipped into administration.

Souters Sports entered administration on 3 November 2017, with Paul Dounis and Steve Ross of RSM Restructuring Advisory appointed joint administrators. The business provides turf for sporting venues across the UK with services including construction, reconstruction, drainage, aeration and maintenance.

Jobs Lost As Sports Turf Contractor Slips Into Administration

At the date of administration, Souters Sports had 47 employees across sites at Cumbernauld in Scotland and Knutsford in Cheshire.

RSM said that the decision to appoint administrators was made due to increased competition from artificial pitches and creditor pressure.

Dounis said: “Following a difficult trading position, measures have been taken to protect assets and maximise realisations for creditors through the administration process.

“Regrettably due to viability and the seasonality of work, we have had to make the majority of the workforce redundant and we are assisting all employees with their claims. We have however retained a small number of employees to complete certain high-profile contracts and to assist the administrators in their duties.

“The business has a strong pipeline of projects for next year and we would invite any interested parties to get in touch.”

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APEX Zero-turn Cuts Time As Well As Grass

APEX Zero-turn Cuts Time As Well As Grass: Designed and built with the professional in mind, Ariens Company has recently introduced the new APEX zero-turn mower to the UK.

The Ariens name has been built on a reputation for engineering excellence and the APEX zero-turn continues this tradition with its ‘built to last’ quality. Well-crafted components, Hydro-Gear® transaxles and a robust 4-point cutting deck bring you commercial performance. The APEX features an industry-leading frame design, with large formed tubular rails serving as the backbone to support the loads of the machine.

APEX Zero-turn Cuts Time As Well As Grass

The highly durable 10-gauge steel deck is 14cm (5 ½”) deep with a reinforced leading edge providing the airflow needed to tackle tough mowing conditions. It boasts fifteen cutting positions in 0.6cm (¼”) increments. These are easily selected using a foot-operated deck lift and vertical pin system. There is a Constant Belt Tension System to ensure the belt is always at the right tension to minimise wear and heat, while providing enhanced belt life with minimal adjustments necessary. The category leading large tyres provide superior traction and ride quality.

The APEX is comfortable too, featuring an adjustable high-back seat with padded arm rests helping to reduce operator fatigue. The frame on the APEX can also be fitted with a Rollover Protection System (ROPS) for added protection. Powering you through the work is a reliable premium grade Kawasaki V-Twin (726cc) engine – ideal when you have a lot of ground to cover. The APEX zero-turn is available in two models: APEX 48 with a 122cm (48”) cutter deck and the APEX 52 with a 132cm (52”) cutter deck. With its commercial grade DNA, the APEX is a highly durable zero-turn and will outlast most other machines in its class.

The Ariens brand has been family owned for over 80 years and is rapidly growing in the UK with a large network of dealers. To find your local dealer visit www.ariens-uk.com, or for more information contact Ariens Company on 0800 597 7777

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