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INFINICUT® FL22 proves to be a silver lining

INFINICUT® FL22 proves to be a silver lining: An INFINICUT® FL22 was purchased by the team at Stanedge Golf Club to equip the Derbyshire venue with a mowing solution for periods of wet weather… and in reality, its delivery in the autumn of 2023 could not have been more timely!

The prolonged and persistent rainfall has seen Head Greenkeeper Lee Williams and his team turning to the INFINICUT® to maintain HOC and presentation while the triple green mowers are resigned to sheltering in the shed.

INFINICUT® FL22 proves to be a silver lining

INFINICUT® FL22 proves to be a silver lining

Located in the picturesque Peak District, the moorland/parkland course like many has seen unprecedented rainfall levels over the last six months. “With no ability to control what mother nature throws at us, all we can do is equip ourselves with the tools and techniques to be able to deliver surfaces no matter the weather” explains Lee, who took over as Head Greenkeeper two years ago. “We knew that we needed to look at hand mowers and spoke to our local dealer Balmers GM about the options available. We trialled the INFINICUT® and were sold straight away! The quality of cut was unbelievable, like nothing we’d ever used before.”

The floating-head FL22 forms part of the INFINICUT® golf range, designed to deliver the ultimate precision for fine-turf surfaces. Engineered to suit the specific set of requirements needed for modern golf-course maintenance, the FL22 is equipped with INFINICUT’s SMARTCut™ cylinder reels, produced in-house and dynamically balanced for unbeatable accuracy.

“On top of the quality of finish, the fact that the INFINICUT® is battery-powered has been another big plus-point for us. While it wasn’t a necessity initially, we have now all-but eliminated issues with noise and vibration levels, as well as saving ourselves money on fuel.” Lee continues, “John Hobbs at Balmers was excellent at getting us all set up, including showing us the many features of the INFINIApp which we’ve been enjoying using and is just another thing that makes the INFINICUT® stand out from the competition.”

At the time of writing, Lee explained that softer ground conditions had seen the club unable to use the triple green mowers this year to date. “The fact we’ve been able to get out twice weekly and in any breaks between showers with the INFINICUT® has been critical. I’d love to be able to hand mow year-round but with such a small team we are limited by our resources, however, should we be able to go down that road it would be an INFINICUT® fleet without doubt!”

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Be in it to win it

Be in it to win it: Entries for the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards 2024, the industry’s most recognisable and longest standing awards for student greenkeepers, are now open.

One of the key prizes awaiting the winner of the awards is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at one of the world’s most innovative universities.

Be in it to win it

Be in it to win it

There are extraordinary benefits to attending the online course at The University of Massachusetts Winter School for Turf Managers, says Toro and Reesink Turfcare who between them cover the costs of all the prizes.

“We always knew the prizes for this award needed to carry weight and this one has a century-long legacy behind it,” explains Alastair Rowell, managing director, Reesink Turfcare. “By sending the winner on this course we are investing in the promise they demonstrated in the awards process.

“The nine-week course brings significant benefit to the winner and the club they work at. They will learn to convey concepts that are essential to producing and maintaining high performance turf, with an emphasis on enivironmetal stewardship, input reduction, efficiency and fiscal responsibility.”

It’s easy to see how this is one of the biggest prizes available in the industry: the course fees alone amount to almost $3000 including tuition and all course materials; an all-exenses paid trip to America to visit the Toro headquarters, research and development facilities and manufacturing plant, plus a one-week work placement at a golf club at home or abroad.

James Gaskell, winner of the 2022 award who has recently completed the course, says: “It is a great learning tool to advance your knowledge and it always stands out on a CV. It has been the most insightful and enjoyable learning experience.”

If that wasn’t enough to convince student greenkeepers to enter the awards, there are plenty more! The awards provide the opportunity to meet and compete with the best student greenkeepers in the country and network with influential industry leaders. Participants can increase skills and knowledge to enhance professional development and build lasting relationships in the greenkeeping community, too.

As Alastair concludes: “That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the investment we make in these student greenkeepers. There are also international trips for the young award winner too, plus prizes for the runners up and those who endorse the winners’ applications. It’s an investment worth making in the futures and potential these young people demonstrate.”

The finals for the 2024 event will be held at Oulton Hall in Leeds. Apply online at bigga.org.uk/education. All appplications need to be endorsed by your college tutor/assessor or employer. Closing date for entries is Friday 12 April 2024.

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Vanmac stand promises to be a ‘one-stop shop’

Vanmac stand promises to be a ‘one-stop shop’: Whether mowing, cut and collect or scarification are on the agenda, then a conversation with Vanmac at BTME 2024 is a must – with a range of solutions from leading brands including Progressive and Trilo on display on stand 526.

A particular highlight promises to be the Progressive TDR-X which leads the way for cut quality, finish and contour-following ability.

Vanmac stand promises to be a ‘one-stop shop’

Vanmac stand promises to be a ‘one-stop shop’

The Progressive TDR-X roller finishing mower features three independently floating decks which deliver outstanding cut quality over large areas, closely following undulations to leave a superior finish without risk of scalping. A combined cutting width of 3.2m and an easily adjustable HOC from 10mm to 85mm makes the TDR-X a versatile and highly productive choice on all types of fine turf and sports turf surface. Renowned for outstanding build quality, the TDR-X also features Progressive’s unique Pro Lift-N-Turn technology, allowing the decks to be temporarily lifted for the avoidance of pathways and obstacles without disengaging the PTO.

Also on show from the Progressive range with be the Pro-Flex 120. With five floating rotary decks delivering outstanding uniformity of cut, including on uneven ground, the Pro-Flex 120 has become the go-to for courses looking for a highly productive solution to contour and rough mowing.

Besides the Progressive range, and showcasing multi-functional machinery at its very best, will be the Trilo M3. Part of the multi-purpose collection, the M3 with a range of interchangeable shafts is the perfect partner for a number of operations around the golf course – including leaf collection, scarification or cut and collect. Equipped with a flail rotor, the M3 offers a cutting width of 1.5m and convenient collection of clippings in the large 3m3 hopper for quick and simple disposal.

For more information on any of the equipment mentioned, or other brands available from Vanmac including Brouwer Kesmac and Ecoclipper, be sure to speak to the Vanmac team at BTME 2024 who will be on hand and ready to answer your technical questions.

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SISIS innovation to be showcased at BTME

SISIS innovation to be showcased at BTME: At BTME 2024 SISIS will be presenting a selected range of products designed for fine turf surfaces and sports pitches.

With a rich legacy in the industry, SISIS is renowned for its commitment to simplicity and efficiency, and these attributes can be seen in the range of products on display at their new location on Stand 216 in Hall 2.

SISIS innovation to be showcased at BTME

SISIS innovation to be showcased at BTME

The 1.2m Multitiner, a drum-type tractor-mounted aerator, stands out for its uncomplicated design and low maintenance requirements. Ideal for fine turf and sports fields, this aerator offers versatility in various aeration methods, including solid, chisel, and hollow tining, with a maximum depth of 100mm and minimal surface disturbance. Fast and effective, this aerator will leave minimal surface disturbance.

The TM1000, a tractor-mounted scarifier and linear aerator, takes centre stage with its unrivalled ability to remove and control thatch, helping to reduce standing water by improving water infiltration. Equipped with a collector box, floating unit, and contra-rotating reel for a clean, consistent groove, the TM1000 features interchangeable blades and a tool-free depth setting, ensuring an excellent finish.

Ideal for renovation and repair work, SISIS also presents the Variseeder, a versatile tractor-mounted seeder with a variable seeding rate, perfect for golf course maintenance, lawns, and amenity areas. This low-maintenance seeder boasts a fast work rate and enables overseeding without taking ground out of play.

The SISIS Flexibrush, a tractor-mounted brush with a 5.35-meter working width, emerges as an ideal solution for both synthetic and natural turf surfaces. Floating brush sections follow ground contours efficiently, making it effective for controlling worm casts, dispersing top dressings, and standing grass up before cutting, ultimately enhancing the cut and presentation.

Throughout the event, knowledgeable SISIS staff will be on hand at Stand 216 to offer valuable insights and advice on the showcased machinery.

For further information or a no obligation demonstration, please contact SISIS on 01332 824 777 or visit www.sisis.com

For more news, reviews and insightful views, you can follow SISIS on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn @SISISMachinery and like the company’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SISISMachinery. You can also view the latest SISIS videos by visiting www.youtube.com/SISISMachinery

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Hybrid pitches to be used in County Championship

Hybrid pitches to be used in County Championship: Hybrid pitches will be used for the first time in the 2024 County Championship season.

Read the full article from The Guardian here

Hybrid pitches to be used in County Championship

Hybrid pitches to be used in County Championship

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Henton & Chattell to be appointed Baroness dealer

Henton & Chattell to be appointed Baroness dealer: Henton & Chattell, a well-established family-owned company founded in 1931, is delighted to announce its forthcoming appointment as a Baroness dealer in the East Midlands region.

With decades of experience in serving golf courses, ground care contractors, and local authorities in the Midlands, Henton & Chattell has earned a respected reputation for its customer-focused approach and exceptional after-sales support. It is this reputation that led to Baroness’s decision to welcome Henton & Chattell to its dealer network.

Henton & Chattell to be appointed Baroness dealer

Henton & Chattell to be appointed Baroness dealer

Adam Butler, sales director of Baroness adds, “It’s very exciting times for Baroness. To stay in line with our company’s business plan for the continued growth of Baroness & AgriMetal products in the UK, and our association with other Japanese made products. We really feel our new partnership with Henton & Chattell is a great fit for all and very much look forward to working with the whole team. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team at PS Marsden, who have done a fantastic job supporting Baroness in the area over the past few years, and wish them all the very best for the future.”

Baroness, renowned for its high-quality mowers and meticulous craftsmanship by Japanese engineers, has gained recognition worldwide for delivering impressive cutting quality. The longevity of Baroness products is exemplified by their durable cylinder blades and bed knives. With over a century of successful operations, Baroness continues to be a market leader globally.

“We are excited to be joining the Baroness dealer network later this year,” said Peter Chaloner, Managing Director of Henton & Chattell. “Baroness machinery is well-regarded for its market-leading cut quality and impressive blade durability, which has led to a growing number of golf courses making the switch to Baroness. Additionally, the shorter lead times on deliveries from Japan present a major advantage for our customers.”

As a family business with strong roots in Nottingham, Henton & Chattell takes immense pride in its 85-strong workforce. The company is actively engaged in developing its presence in golf course, ground care, and agricultural markets. Additionally, the company operates a successful wholesale and distribution business, serving the needs of over 1,500 garden machinery dealers across the UK and Ireland.

The upcoming partnership between Henton & Chattell and Baroness promises to provide customers in the East Midlands with top-tier expertise and reliable solutions for their diverse needs.

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GreenBest Ltd to Showcase Innovative Fertiliser Solutions

GreenBest Ltd to Showcase Innovative Fertiliser Solutions: GreenBest Ltd, a leading provider of cutting-edge fertiliser products, is thrilled to announce its participation in SALTEX 2023. You can find us at Stand C100, where we will be unveiling our latest advancements in the world of turf care and fertiliser solutions.

One of our company goals is to further expand our organic and biostiumlant range and move to more sustainable sources. That’s why this year we’ve expanded our Velvit range to include four new organic/organo-mineral products: Shea Spring/Summer, Shea Autumn, Fulvic Acid and Humic Acid.

GreenBest are proud to be back at SALTEX

GreenBest are proud to be back at SALTEX

Shea Spring/Summer & Shea Autumn are meticulously crafted from the byproducts of shea seed processing, often discarded as waste, to create a valuable and eco-friendly resource. Our Shea products demonstrate excellent levels of organic matter, promoting a healthy carbon-to-nitrogen ratio. Available in 1-2 mm and 2-3mm for use on fine turf or larger areas, ask our team for more details.

We have also been working hard to produce content, courses, and webinars for the GreenBest Academy; an educational provision brought to you by our FACTS-qualified team of experts. The GreenBest Academy will grow your knowledge in all areas of fertilisers, turf management, lawn nutrition and ornamental horticulture. Find out more about our latest courses in ‘Designing fertiliser treatment plans for football/rugby pitches and bowling greens/croquet lawns’.

“We are thrilled to be part of SALTEX 2023 and look forward to engaging with the turf management community,” said James Whittick, Sales & Marketing Director of GreenBest Ltd. “Our commitment to sustainability, product quality, and custom solutions has made GreenBest a trusted partner for turf professionals. We invite everyone to visit our stand and discover how our offerings can enhance turf health and performance.”

Visit the GreenBest team on stand C100 to pick up our latest Velvit brochure and for guidance on how to find or become a Velvit distributor. You can also take away a FREE trial pack of our Purity Soil Conditioner, a sample tower of our Velvit Fertilisers and a FREE gift.

Contact details:

sales@greenbest.co.uk

www.greenbest.co.uk

+44(0)1963 364788

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Vanmac not to be missed at SALTEX

Vanmac not to be missed at SALTEX: A stop by the Vanmac stand at SALTEX 2023 is one that can’t be missed… literally! Retaking their place on K070 directly in-front of the show entrance, the stand will be jam-packed with equipment from leading brands including Progressive and Trilo.

Particular highlights promise to be the multi-functional Trilo M4 collector and the Progressive TDR-15 – the ideal roller finishing mower for local authorities, estates and sports facilities.

Vanmac not to be missed at SALTEX

Vanmac not to be missed at SALTEX

Where other vacuum collectors spend the months outside of leaf-fall season in the shed, the M4 from Trilo works on. Proving that multi-purpose doesn’t have to mean a compromise in performance, a range of shaft options are available for the M4 making it ideal for tasks around the maintenance calendar. When not collecting leaves, clippings and other debris in the autumn, the modular unit can be equipped with a scarifier shaft for the effective scarification of large areas such as parks or fairways – with all material collected into the 4m3 hopper on the same single pass. Alternatively, a flail shaft can be fitted for quick and convenient cut and collection of areas such as golf roughs and roadside verges.

If it is leaf collection on the agenda, then Vanmac will also be showcasing a number of other solutions in the form of the towable SU60 vacuum collector and the BL960 blower. As the largest blower in the Trilo range, the BL960 requires a 50hp tractor, has a capacity of 385m3/min and delivers an airspeed of 75m/s which makes it a popular choice for large areas. In addition, the exhaust spout can be hydraulically adjusted to deliver powerful airflow in any desired direction.

From the Progressive portfolio of trailed and mounted rotary mowers, the TDR-15 will be the focus. With a combined cutting width of just over 4.5m across the three decks, the versatile TDR-15 combines efficiency with superior cut quality and presentation thanks to the high-tip speed blades and full-width, heavy-duty rollers which deliver an impeccable stripe. Changing the height of cut is easy, while Progressive’s Pro Lift-N-Turn™ feature allows the decks to be raised slightly with the PTO still engaged to make manoeuvring around the course or around obstacles quick and simple.

The Vanmac technical team will be on hand on stand K070 across the two days to discuss the full range of machinery from their grounds and greenkeeping portfolio.

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Cain Markings claim Aspen Fuel to be the perfect choice

Cain Markings claim Aspen Fuel to be the perfect choice: After choosing Aspen Fuel to power their business just six months after opening in 2017, Cain Markings now claim to be firm believers of the product and the benefits it brings to the operator, their machinery and the surrounding environment.

Fuelling a range of 2 and 4-stroke equipment for sports maintenance and line marking, Owner Sam Cain explains how efficiency and reliability have improved saving the team time and reducing costly repair bills!

Cain Markings claim Aspen Fuel to be the perfect choice

Cain Markings claim Aspen Fuel to be the perfect choice

Young GMA Board Member Sam Cain founded Cain Markings alongside his parents six years ago, the three-strong team providing a range of contract services to commercial customers in Hertfordshire and across the South East. “We were undergoing training on some new equipment with High Five Training who asked us whether we’d considered using Aspen Fuel” explains Sam. “The first thing I thought was the advantage of Aspen 2 being pre-mixed which eliminates the risk of getting the ratios wrong but the more I read, the more benefits I discovered, and it quickly became a no-brainer. We’ve never looked back.”

Being virtually free from sulphur, benzene and other solvents means Aspen Alkylate Fuel burns cleaner, reducing harmful emissions – important for many businesses, but a necessity for Sam who delivers a large number of contracts in schools and other enclosed environments. “The reduction in pollution and smell is a major plus and makes for a much more pleasant environment for the operator and those in and around the worksite.”

“We’re using Aspen in all of our petrol equipment including blowers, strimmers, hedge cutters and some of our ride-on artificial turf equipment.” He continues, “The majority of our work is conducted between the spring and autumn which sometimes means our kit will spend periods of the year in storage. Because Aspen is ethanol-free, we find that we can get equipment out after being dormant for months and it will still start first-time.”

“That extends more generally to the overall health of our machines. We definitely see fewer engine-related issues and, when we do, as soon as we tell the mechanic we use Aspen they all-but eliminate it being a fuel problem.”

Sam purchases the Alkylate Fuel from Hertfordshire Garden Machinery, adding convenience and control to their supply. “We easily keep track of how much we’re using which helps us with budgeting etc.” He concludes, “We tell other contractors about the benefits and as soon as people try it, then see exactly what we mean… Even down to the can and automatic stopping nozzle which reduces spillages – it’s great!”

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OAS will be making their mark at GroundsFest 2023

OAS will be making their mark at GroundsFest 2023: Origin Amenity Solutions (OAS) will be exhibiting at the first ever GroundsFest with two stands. Their new branded trailer can be found in the outdoor arena on stand 250, whilst their indoor presence on stand 20 in hall 1 will be highlighting the wealth and breadth of the Origin Amenity Solutions brand.

In an exciting strategic development for OAS, the company will be launching their new Line Marking division at GroundsFest. With an enhanced team of line marking specialists, they are positioned to provide the most comprehensive line marking product and support offering in the UK.  The team will be on site with a range of line marking machines, from pedestrian spray markers to the latest technology in GPS guided robot line markers; alongside its industry-leading line marking IMPACT ready to use paint range.

OAS will be making their mark at GroundsFest 2023

OAS will be making their mark at GroundsFest 2023

Well known for their commitment to educating the industry, Chemicals & Digital Technical Manager Peter Corbett will be presenting at 2pm on day 1 in Theatre 2 about the changing face of Chemicals and the effect this will have on the industry. Whilst OAS Research & Development Director Geoff Fenn will discuss Microdochium Disease management and winter fertiliser recovery in Theatre 1 on day 2 at 11am.Continuing on the education theme, OAS will be working with Grounds Training to support them with their line marking interactive training sessions. Grounds Training deliver independently accredited training courses across the UK. OAS will be supplying line marking machinery, paint, and accessories for participants to ‘have a go’ at their training sessions with an Introduction to Sports Line Marking (Winter Games) on day 1 and an Introduction to Sports Line Marking (Athletics) on day 2.

The company has announced it will have a number of special show offers, as well as a competition to give away a free iGO Premier pedestrian line marker and two 10 litre drums of IMPACT paint – a fantastic prize and one that is sure to keep the stands busy.

OAS Portfolio Director Jayne Leyland comments, “It’s a really exciting time for OAS. The transformation within the business following the merging of four individual brands has been fantastic to see.  Behind the scenes we are making a lot of strategic changes which will bring significant benefits to our customers. The launch of a dedicated line marking division is hugely exciting. We will have the largest choice of line marking equipment, paints and accessories and the biggest sales and support team in the UK. I am incredibly proud to be able to offer this service to the industry.”

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