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Denmark Course Wins BTME Draw

Denmark Course Wins BTME Draw: The winner of an Underhill AuditMaster Combo LT sprinkler performance test kit was announced at the recent BTME exhibition.

Entrants into a draw were the attendees at a Rain Bird irrigation workshop ‘Understanding the maintenance and management of your irrigation system’, attended by over 32 golf course greenkeepers, and the winner was Mads Lund Christiansen, head greenkeeper of the Randers Golf Klub in Denmark.

Denmark Course Wins BTME Draw

Receiving the award on his behalf (Mads was unable to stay for the draw) was Peter Robin, Rigby Taylor’s newly-appointed UK Irrigation Products Manager in the company of Alastair Higgs, Rain Bird’s UK Golf Course District Manager.

Details of the Underhill AuditMaster and other irrigation products in the Rain Bird range can be obtained from your Rigby Taylor area representative or via Freephone 0800 424 919.

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Triple Toro Launch At BTME

Triple Toro Launch At BTME: Reesink Turfcare brought visitors to BTME a Toro triple this year: three new launches – two on the machinery side and one for irrigation. And all three reflected what Toro does best – innovation.

David Cole, managing director, says: “It was a first for us to have three launches at one show, but this demonstrates our dedication for bringing our customers the very latest advancements in turfcare technology.”

Triple Toro Launch At BTME

The eTriFlex is a classic example of Toro responding to customer demand by creating a machine which significantly reduces noise. The new hydraulics-free Greensmaster eTriFlex 3360 with lithium-ion battery cuts noise to deliver quiet, leak-free, clean cutting. This allows work to start earlier and may circumvent noise regulations. It will help avoid complaints from area residents and prevent having to delay mowing certain greens early in the morning or during the day. Plus, with greens ready earlier, it could enhance revenue by allowing earlier tee times.

The new Greensmaster 1021 brings a new level of consistency to pedestrian mowing and takes all that was revolutionary, popular and legacy-making about the 1000 pedestrian mower and adds design improvements to make operation smoother, green-to-green cut more consistent and adjustment easier. The 21-inch mower features a new telescoping loop handle which can be easily adjusted to comfortably accommodate operators of all heights and skill levels and handle isolation mounts to give the cutting unit constant contact with the ground throughout the mowing process.

David says: “These machines launch in America at the GIS Show 2019, so they really are the latest in terms of cutting-edge design and technology.”

Visitors to BTME were also given the first glimpse of Toro’s Lynx Smart Module and Smart Hub irrigation setup which provides the flexibility of a satellite controller with the cost savings of a two-wire system.

Based on decades of engineering experience from Toro to deliver high speed diagnostics using rapid two-way communications, the Lynx Smart Module two-wire system is an adaptation on the already successful GDC control system. It’s a forwards and backwards compatible add-on tool which provides backup and operation should connection to the central control be interrupted so irrigation continues.

It comes with attachments to expand the capabilities of the Lynx central control system to another level. The module makes irrigation smart – add it to a GDC system, for example, for extra precision and speed. Meanwhile, the pedestal or wall-mounted Smart Hub enables the system to be segmented into manageable areas by strategically placing up to nine Smart Hubs over the site for simplified maintenance.

David concludes: “To have three such interesting launches at BTME meant we had a consistently busy stand! It was great to see so much interest in the new technology from Toro and for our other brands Otterbine, TYM Tractors and 1st Products.”

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Turfix Launched At BTME

Turfix Launched At BTME: With a stand theme of Your Turf Our Passion Pitchmark report a successful launch at BTME of Turfix, the newly formed subsidiary of The Pitchmark Group.

“BTME 2019 was a huge success for Turfix, with lots of interest in our stand and new product ranges – particularly our range of ICL’s updated ProSelect seed.” Says Darren Rodman, Marketing Director of The Pitchmark Group. “It was great to start 2019 with a bang by launching Turfix, and BTME proved the right platform to do that.”

Turfix Launched At BTME

Turfix will act as Pitchmark’s sole UK distribution arm, offering premium pitch solutions to the professional sports turf sector. This will include bespoke advice, education and the supply of a wide range of products from manufacturers including Pitchmark, ICL, Harrod Sport, Tildenet and BMS. Turfix is set up to offer quality of service with turf support managers, who have been groundsmen or greenkeepers, able to spend more time with customers and implement specifically tailored solutions for all their requirements. Turfix customers nationwide will also have access to a unique GPS pitch-marking service using Pitchmark’s LineMaster system.

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BTME Success For Price Turfcare

BTME Success For Price Turfcare: Price Turfcare, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Ventrac multi-implement compact tractor and Ryan turf maintenance equipment, certainly selected a prime position at the revamped BTME.

Despite a few grumblings from some exhibitors about their location and subsequent footfall, the company’s Managing Director, Rupert Price was particularly upbeat,

BTME Success For Price Turfcare

“We deliberately chose a location in one of the walkways that linked the Purple and Green zones and it worked exceptionally well for us. Many people asked if we were late booking our space, as it was a slightly unusual position, but this was a deliberate decision that paid off brilliantly.

“This is the third time that we have attended the show and there’s definitely a different vibe from the first two occasions. Nobody really knew of us back then, but now they come onto the stand and say that they’ve seen us on social media or in the press and they want to see the equipment in the flesh, so to speak.

“Needless to say, with the amount of footfall across the stand, we’ve had some great enquiries and there’s a lot of work to do over the coming months, when we’ll be following up the leads and booking demonstrations.

“Personally, I don’t think the decision to change the layout of the event was an issue; Jim Croxton and his team did a very good job of trying to ensure that every location was well signposted, but you can’t expect to get it absolutely correct at the first attempt. I’m sure there’ll be a few tweaks next years; it was still BTME, but slightly different.”

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Charterhouse Launch OxyShot At BTME

Charterhouse Launch OxyShot At BTME: Charterhouse Turf Machinery added the OxyShot into their aeration portfolio, launching the new machine at BTME 2019.

Produced in response to industry demand for a machine similar to the popular ‘Robin Dagger’ air-injection unit, Charterhouse’s new machine promises to relieve compaction, improve drainage and revitalise growth.

Charterhouse Launch OxyShot At BTME

Ideal soil conditions should comprise of 45% mineral, 25% water, 25% air and 5% organic matter. Any imbalance in any one of these components can result in the soil becoming inert, restricting growth or even killing the grass plant. For strong, healthy root formation and a free draining soil, maintaining a network of pores and fissures in the topsoil is essential.

The new OxyShot uses a single 25mm probe to inject air into the soil in four directions, at a pressure of up to 110psi and to a maximum depth of 500mm (20”). It can also be fitted with an optional 14mm probe, to reduce the working depth to 250mm. The compact, highly manoeuvrable pedestrian unit can be easily transported to the desired location or problem areas to lift the soil, thus relieving compaction and improving drainage without the need for chemical applications.

The OxyShot is an ideal tool in the armoury of Groundsmen and Greenkeepers alike and is ideal for use on high traffic, high footfall, areas including walkways, bunkers and greens. Perfect for ‘on the spot’ treatments, it is most effective when used in conjunction with other methods of aeration.

Commenting on it’s launch, Sales Manager Nick Darking said, “We are very excited to have added this machine to our range, further extending Charterhouse’s offering in the aeration market. The industry has been waiting for a machine of this type for quite a while and we look forward to getting out and showing it to customers over the coming months.”

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New Headland Products At BTME

New Headland Products At BTME: BTME 2019 saw the introduction of three new products from Headland Amenity to their range of speciality fertilisers and chemicals for golf and sports turf. The new additions include H-Cote and Protec Plus fertilisers and a triple-active selective herbicide, Columbus.   

H-Cote controlled release fertilisers are a new range of mini-granular fertilisers, designed to fill the gap between traditional outfield and fine turf products. The 150 SGN mini granules are easy to apply and rapidly dissipate into close-mown turf. The product’s 3 to 4 month longevity is due to the inclusion of high levels (70-91%) of controlled release nitrogen from Poly sulphur coated urea, providing release characteristics that are gentle and sustained, with minimal risk of flushing or excessive growth. The 3 formulations, 22-3-8, 15-5-12 and 10-5-14 all feature iron and magnesium for strength and colour and have all performed outstandingly in trials on both golf green surrounds and approaches as well as winter sports pitches.

New Headland Products AT BTME

Protec Plus liquid fertilisers feature slow-release nitrogen from a unique liquid source of
methylene-urea. The particularly low salt index of this material renders the finished products extremely safe to apply even under extremes of hot/dry weather and contributes to a consistent, reliable and long-lasting turf response. The Protec Plus range also features 3 formulations, 28-0-0, 15-0-12 and 16-4-8, each containing good levels of slow-release nitrogen for cost-effective results during the summer.

Headland’s new triple-active selective herbicide Columbus is formulated from Clopyralid, Fluorxypyr and MCPA for control of a broad spectrum of common turf weeds. For use on all managed amenity turf, its unique micro-emulsion formulation provides enhanced herbicidal activity to help ensure good control, with treated areas able to be re-seeded from as little as 8 weeks after application.

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TYM T393 Headlines At BTME

TYM T393 Headlines At BTME: Having debuted at the show in 2018, the TYM T393 is not only back at BTME but headlining the TYM tractors stand after a successful launch year.

With its perfect positioning to bridge the gap in the TYM line up from the compact utility range into the mid-duty range, the T393 was the logical choice to bring to BTME, says TYM sales manager, Steven Haynes:

TYM T393 Headlines At BTME

“The T393 has done hugely well in the UK in its first year, the fact that it’s able to do a lot of the tough stuff as a compact is a major benefit which will appeal to the fine turf market. It has already established itself as a comprehensive workhorse, a tractor that can take on the small and big jobs with ease.”

A 39hp Yanmar engine, two transmission options: 12×12 speed manual with dash mounted shuttle lever or a three range HST transmission, and the highest lift capabilities in its class at 1200kg, means productivity is at the fore of the T393’s design. It has one of the highest hydraulic flow rates with a maximum output of 42 litres per minute, making it suitable for use with a wide range of hydraulically driven attachments.

The cab features wide opening doors which allows for easy access on and off the tractor and, unlike larger models, there is no intrusive B-post on the tractor to hinder visibility.

Steven continues: “The T393 brings the utmost versatility to our TYM offering in the UK. It’s more productive per acre and is the ideal choice for those who don’t need a larger framed mid-duty model but need the most amount of power, productivity, versatility and efficiency in a compact package.”

Joining the T393 is the mid-duty T503, still as popular as ever thanks to its ability to competently manage all tractor-based applications on the golf course and strike the perfect balance between economy and performance.

Powered by a four-cylinder Perkins diesel engine and available with either a 16F/16R manual or a three-range hydrostatic transmission, this middleweight compact tractor is economical but powerful. It boasts a range of features and optional attachments too, including a spacious fully air-conditioned cab, independent auto PTO function, independent 4WD, telescopic lift arms, optional front loader and backhoe available and Dromone trailer hitch.

Steven concludes: “This is our biggest show in the UK and represents how far the TYM name has come in a few years. We’re looking forward to welcoming people to our stand to show our products existing and new.”

See this – and more – on stand 202 in the Red Zone.

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idverde Brings Mixto To BTME

idverde Brings Mixto To BTME: Visitors to this year’s BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) will have the opportunity to get their feet on the Mixto hybrid turf system.

idverde, the UK’s exclusive supplier and installer of Mixto, is excited to bring the innovative sports surface to Europe’s leading exhibition for turf professionals and buyers, with a stand featuring a mini Mixto football pitch so that visitors can try it out for themselves.

idverde Brings Mixto To BTME

Mixto is a reinforced natural hybrid surface, consisting of a synthetic and a natural grass component. The added strength from the artificial turf improves the durability of the pitch, with playing time increased to around three times that of natural turf, and with no noticeable change in surface performance to players.

The Mixto hybrid turf system has recently been installed at Peterborough United FC (“The Posh”), where it has received excellent feedback from the grounds team for its quality and durability. The hybrid sports surface has also been chosen by some of the biggest and best international clubs, including Real Madrid and A.C. Milan, as well as 2018 World Cup semi-final venue, Zenit Arena in St Petersburg.

But Mixto is not just for sports fields. The system can be deployed wherever a hard-wearing grass surface is paramount. It has applications in golf, parks and public amenity areas. This year idverde has teamed up with Rigby Taylor, who will be offering the Mixto system for small areas in the form of a self-install kit. The self-install system is ideal for all areas where there is heavy footfall, giving unprecedented levels of wearability. Rigby Taylor will also be offering exclusively a Mixto kit using our longer pile carpet, specifically for areas of golf courses that are likely to wear in play. Rigby Taylor “IN PLAY” once installed, behaves just like natural grass, allowing golfers to take a divot with their shot whilst still providing all the advantages of a hybrid gras surface.

Steve Tingley, Operations Manager for idverde Sports Surfaces said:

“We’re delighted to be bringing Mixto to BTME 2019. The show offers an unmissable opportunity for pitch care professionals to come and try Mixto for themselves and see the benefits that this versatile and durable sports surface can offer.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors for a kick about at stand 288 in the Red Zone.”

BTME takes place at Harrogate Convention Centre from 22nd – 24th January 2019. Find idverde and Mixto in the Red Zone, stand 288.

For further information on Mixto and idverde’s sports surfaces installation services please visit www.idverde.co.uk/mixto

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New Campey Machines At BTME

New Campey Machines At BTME: Campey Turf Care Systems are set to reveal new machines at BTME 2019 on what will be the company’s biggest ever stand at the exhibition.

As long-time exhibitors, Campey is excited by the layout changes and have used them to expand the size of their stand, display a wider range of equipment and provide more space for visiting greenkeepers to discuss ideas and new techniques over a coffee.

New Campey Machines At BTME

Campey has a long-standing commitment to education in greenkeeping, and as BIGGA Education sponsors, invite all attendees to Red Hall, Stand 250, to view the widest range of professional turf equipment available including the popular KORO® FTM® with Campey™ Universe Rotor, the widely used Imants ShockWave and RotoKnife, the innovative Air2G2 as well as selections from the Raycam, Dakota and Vredo ranges. All this along with new machines that will be revealed at this years’ show.

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Husqvarna Innovation At BTME

Husqvarna Innovation At BTME: Husqvarna, the world’s leading producer of forest, park and garden equipment returns to BTME this year, showcasing a range of new products and innovations from Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 January 2019. Commercial battery and Automower® products will be on show alongside the latest updates to Husqvarna Fleet Services at stand 112 in the BLUE ZONE. Highlighted at this year’s show will be…

Commercial Robotic Mowing

Husqvarna will be showcasing the latest range of robotic mowers designed specifically for commercial applications. The commercial Automower® range for 2019 consists of the Automower® 520, Automower® 550 and the highly anticipated Automower® 535 AWD capable of maintaining slopes up to 70%. Husqvarna will display the new Automower® machines and will have real life examples of Automower® cutting in amenity, public places, parks, golf courses, airports and more. 500-series Automower® are equipped with Husqvarna Fleet Services, allowing complete control of all robotic mowers, no matter how many are in the fleet from a computer or smart phone.

Husqvarna Innovation At BTME

Commercial Battery Products

Husqvarna commercial battery products are specifically designed for professional applications, with low vibrations, all day capabilities, all weather and durable use. Customers can be sure that battery products will perform to the highest level for their business whilst also helping to save them money.

On display at BTME 2019 will be the complete range of Husqvarna 500-series handheld battery products which offer businesses a performance which is equivalent to petrol machines, coupled with the benefit of ergonomic use, low noise and flexibility as well as a range of different battery options.

Commercial Lawn Care

P 524EFi commercial front mower will be showcased, allowing visitors to learn more about its advanced and efficient electronic fuel injection engine and uncompromising performance. The high capacity, compact commercial front mower offers excellent manoeuvrability in complex areas for professionals.

Alongside Husqvarna commercial front mowers, the company will showcase walk behind lawnmowers in the form of the LC 551SP & LB 553S which demonstrate excellent cutting performance and commercial durability.

Husqvarna Fleet Services 2.0

Husqvarna Fleet Services 2.0 brings the latest in managing small or large fleets of equipment to your desktop computer, tablet or mobile device – keeping all information in one place. Fleet Services reports where products are being used and allows the user to generate fleet audits at the touch of a button, alongside other features such as: maintenance monitoring, runtime and usage style for training. In addition, fleet utilisation now also gives the user the ability to give certain information across other brands and products.

Come and visit Husqvarna at stand 112 in the BLUE ZONE to see how our products can help save your business time and money.

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