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EHS debut for Bobcat E10e

EHS debut for Bobcat E10e: Bobcat’s E10e, the industry’s first battery driven, zero tail swing mini-excavator in the one tonne class, will be shown on the Doosan Bobcat Stand I40 for the first time at the Executive Hire Show (EHS), the UK’s annual national exhibition for the tools, equipment and plant hire industry, being held in Coventry, England from 5-6 February 2020.

The Doosan Bobcat stand will also present the 7/31+ compressor generator from Doosan Portable Power, which incorporates an 8.5 kVA generator and is aimed at the utilities industry and rental companies serving this sector.

EHS debut for Bobcat E10e

Launched in 2007, the Executive Hire Show is a trade-only event open to rental company executives throughout the UK and Ireland, and it has also attracted hire industry visitors from Europe and beyond. Senior executives from the procurement and purchasing departments of the national hire operations attend the Show, along with large numbers of independently-owned entrepreneurial hire outlets.

Game Changer for Indoor Work

As well as indoor work such as demolition and basement projects, there are many other sites where zero emission, low noise machines are required such as urban/city centre developments, night-time work and contracts in quiet zones such as hospitals, cemeteries, schools and so on. Until now, particularly for indoor applications, there has been no standard OEM solution for such work – many jobs had to be worked on manually with less effective tools or with aftermarket conversions providing third party machine adjustments (that often did not meet desired standards). The new Bobcat E10e mini-excavator is a unique proposition in this area.

Developed at the Bobcat EMEA Innovation Center, in conjunction with electric vehicle suppliers, the E10e is based on the design of the very successful diesel powered E10 1 tonne mini-excavator, which has achieved sales of well over 10,000 units in just 10 years [the E10 is now called the E10z to reflect that it is a zero tail swing (ZTS) mini-excavator].

The new E10e has the same ZTS profile and identical external dimensions as the standard E10/E10z machine and offers equal or better performance. For example, the E10e offers very low noise levels on site with an LpA of only 71 dBA vs 80 dBA for the standard E10/E10z. As the new machine is designed to be used in demanding indoor applications such as breaker work in demolition, it is equipped with auxiliary lines and an efficient oil cooler system for continuous hydraulic breaker operation. The cooling system capacity has been increased to meet extended demolition application requirements.

Amazingly Compact

Like the E10/E10z, the E10e is easy to transport. In addition to the access provided by its retractable undercarriage reducing its width to only 710 mm, the integrated foldable TOPS (Tip Over Protective Structure) facilitates passage through openings with low headroom, for work inside buildings and in basements. Once the excavator is positioned and ready for work, the undercarriage on the E10e can be expanded to 1100 mm, for maximum stability in all working conditions. The E10e’s minimal width enables excellent manoeuvrability in confined spaces, while the ZTS design is an additional advantage when working in tight areas.

The E10e and E10z are part of a comprehensive selection of mini-excavators from Bobcat covering models from 0.8 to 8.5 tonne, alongside a full line-up of skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loaders, telehandlers and attachments, all aimed at the tool and plant hire industry and the markets it serves.

Doosan Portable Power: Meeting the Needs of the Utilities Market

Compressor generators from Doosan Portable Power are aimed at the utilities industry and rental companies serving this sector. The larger 8.5 kVA generator option meets a specific requirement in utility work to meet the demands of the latest fusion welding equipment, providing electrical power that can also be used for lights and tools together with compressed air for powering breakers and other pneumatic equipment.

The generator option is available on two machines – the 7/31+ model, providing a free air delivery of 3.0 m3/min at an output pressure of 7 bar and the larger 7/41+ portable compressor, supplying 4.0 m3/min of compressed air at 7 bar output pressure.

Another option on these compressors is the ‘Tough Top’ polymer canopy combining durability with aesthetic design, making it an especially attractive investment for everyday applications in the toughest working conditions. In addition to its outstanding durability, the Tough Top canopy is also non-corrodible. It can be supplied in customer colours and retrofitted to existing Doosan compressor units.

Like all Doosan compressors, the modular design of the 7/31+ and 7/41+ ensures that a wide range of optional equipment can be added easily. As well as the polymer canopy, they can include LED lights, a Heavy Duty light grill, a number plate clip, wheel nut indicators and a ‘bunded base’.

Doosan Portable Power offers a comprehensive range of portable compressors, generators and lighting products for the plant and tool hire industry. Completing the line-up are construction tools such as air-powered chipping hammers, pickhammers, jackhammers and paving breakers for work in demolition, utilities, quarrying and industrial markets.

For more information about Bobcat and Bobcat products, visit www.bobcat.com

For more information about Doosan Portable Power products, visit the website: www.doosanportablepower.eu

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Wildflower Turf To Debut Products

Wildflower Turf To Debut Products: Two innovative new products have just been released by leading UK wild flower specialists, Wildflower Turf Ltd; Meadowscape Pro™ and Wildflower Turf® Finisher.

After several years of research and product testing the Hampshire-based business has announced the launch of Meadowscape Pro™, an enhanced growing medium used by landscape professionals for effective wild flower establishment which has also been used and approved by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Wildflower Turf To Debut Products

Meadowscape Pro™ allows for the creation of dynamic and biodiverse wild flower spaces in a range of settings with minimal ground preparation, saving time and money.

Extensively tested and enriched with Hydropor™, this specially developed formula supports good water percolation and retention, stabilising the growing medium for much better seed germination compared to more conventional seeding methods.

Meadowscape Pro™ is suitable for a number of different sites and the product delivers optimal seed germination leading to quick, healthy seedling growth.

The Meadowscape Pro™ range will consist of Meadowscape Pro™ Landscape, Meadowscape Pro™ Shade Tolerant, Meadowscape Pro™ Native Enriched, Meadowscape Pro™ Annuals, and Meadowscape Pro™ Species Rich Lawn.

A tailored, bespoke version of Meadowscape Pro™ can also be made available to a more specified brief, in line with individual customer needs.

In conjunction with the launch of Meadowscape Pro™, Wildflower Turf Ltd has also released Wildflower Turf® Finisher after consultation with established landscape contractors.

Wildflower Turf® Finisher is designed to fill joins, edges and small gaps for Wildflower Turf® projects and will eradicate the need for wastage of the Wildflower Turf® product when laying complex areas.

Suitable for application during or after the installation of Wildflower Turf®, this complementary product can be used to dress small bare patches that may have been created within a wild flower meadow design.

Perfect for use around trees, plants and around areas of defined shapes where cutting the Wildflower Turf® becomes more complicated and could create expensive wastage, Wildflower Turf® Finisher will be supplied in convenient 20kg bags that will ensure the highest possible standard of finish to an area of Wildflower Turf®.

Managing Director of Wildflower Turf Ltd, James Hewetson-Brown said, “We are committed to continually improving and widening our product and service offering and supplying our customers with innovative, research-led wildflower solutions. Investment in our on-site Research & Development facility ensures that all our products are rigorously tested and we will continue to pioneer new products that provide guaranteed results.”

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Major Rollermower To Debut At SALTEX

Major Rollermower To Debut At SALTEX: Phil Cole at Cotswold Turf Care knows a good mower when he sees one.

“The MAJOR Swift is a great performer and always leaves an excellent finish,” Phil nods approvingly. He’s been maintaining the grounds at Cirencester Park Polo Club for nearly 30 years so is particular that the turf provides a safe yet fast playing surface.

Major Rollermower To Debut At SALTEX

The exceptional double-wing design of the new MJ71-730T increases productivity and efficiency without compromising on the quality of cut. “The front and rear rollers ensure we leave a level and striped finish at precisely the right height of cut, every time. It levels the ground back down to its original condition after we’ve had eight or ten horses running over it.”

“Because it’s made of high-strength Strenx® steel, it’s lightweight and avoids compaction, which is beneficial to maintain the best ground condition,” Phil continues. “For a big machine, it is far more manoeuvrable than I expected – it can turn on a sixpence! It is also a very low consumer of power, therefore more economical with fuel.”

“We have a small team, so a reliable wide area mower is essential to alleviate time pressures and reduce costs,” continues Phil. He and his team at Cotswold Turf Care manage equestrian grounds, football and rugby pitches and golf courses, as well as parks across Gloucestershire. The team cuts a minimum of 6000 acres throughout the year. “The 7.3m Swift wings fold to 2.60m, making it great for safe road transportation between multiple sites. It’s about the largest make available that can be safely transported on the road.”

The trailed versions display the MAJOR qualities of durability and low maintenance. “There are no belts – just a strong and simple, heavy-duty driveline with a shear-bolt in the PTO drive,” Phil continues. “The MAJOR Swift is galvanised so it’s going to last us a long time!”

The larger units also have rubber encasing the hinges of each arm. This protects the joints while adding mobility for each wing over uneven ground for a more consistent cut.

Looking the part is just as important as playing the part. “Players and spectators have commented on how good the grounds look,” concludes Phil. “At a recent board meeting, the committee members commented very favourably about our grass cutting and the playing surface.”

See the new 7.3m Swift roller mower at the MAJOR stand (J112) at Saltex 2019 from Oct 30-31 at the NEC Birmingham.

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STIHL To Debut At BTME

STIHL To Debut At BTME: STIHL will be heading to Harrogate to attend BTME 2019 for the first time and showcase its full range of grounds care products, including its new range of high performance professional lawn mowers.   

The full range of STIHL’s new professional lawn mowers will be on display, including the RM 756 GC, the RM 655 RS rear roller mower and the RM 4 RTP mulching mower. All created for professional use on larger areas, each mower within the collection is built for maximum durability and comfort for prolonged use.

STIHL To Debut At BTME

The RM 756 GC professional lawn mower comes packed with plenty of features to tackle the toughest grass cuttings jobs. Features include a solid mono handlebar that makes emptying the 80-litre grass box simple, whilst low vibration figures allow the mower to be used in comfort for a full working day.

In addition, the RM 756 GC comes with a 3-speed gearbox and a brake blade clutch mechanism to increase working speed and reduce machine down time. The deck housing is made from high quality magnesium to maintain durability and reduce weight, where as the full size polymer deck insert offers impact protection, further improving durability.

With a stainless steel driven metal roller, the RM 655 RS offers no compromise between convenience and lawn quality. Fitted with a mono-comfort handle as standard, the body design of the new professional mower allows for easy access and maintenance of working parts such as drive cables, pulleys and the drive belt. The optimised rear deflector flap works perfectly with the mono-comfort handle, improving access to the grass box and making emptying much easier. The RM 655 RS also features Blade Brake Clutch (BBC), which will stop the movement of the blade when the lawn mower is stationary.

The RM 4 RTP is a 1-speed drive mulching lawn mower that is ideal for professionals who require great mulching results. The self-propelled machine features optimised design, robustness and high quality equipment such as anti-vibration elements, skirt protectors and a powerful engine. Features such as SmartChoke, double ball-bearing wheels and excellent grip make operation easy while front and rear carrying handles aid transportation.

For more information on STIHL’s grounds care range and its new professional lawn mowers, be sure to visit stand 108 in the Blue Zone at BTME on 22nd – 24th January 2019, or visit www.stihl.co.uk.

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SALTEX Debut For Net World Sports

SALTEX Debut For Net World Sports: Net World Sports, an award-winning, sports and ground equipment retailer, will be heading to the NEC in October to exhibit at SALTEX for the very first time. During the event on October 31 and November 1, the Sunday Times Fast Track company will be showcasing a range of own-brand products, including their innovative Alu110 Football Goals, Wembley Line Marking Machines and Removable Ball Stop Net Systems.

Net World Sports is a leading retailer within the industry, offering more than 5,000 quality products, across 20 different sports, to customers in over 100 countries worldwide. From football goals which grace Premier League pitches to nets tough enough to withstand Freddie Flintoff’s shot, Net World Sports supply it all, along with state-of-the-art ground equipment.

SALTEX Debut For Net World Sports

With an award-winning Customer Care team available from 6am – midnight Monday to Friday as well as 9am – 5pm on weekends, Net World Sports can cater to all clubs, local authorities, schools and universities quickly and efficiently. The majority of products are stocked at their single 120,000 square foot warehouse in North Wales and available for next day delivery to the UK, one-day shipping to America and two-day shipping to Australia – a service that’s virtually unheard of in the world of big and bulky sports equipment.

Robbie Hayter, Specialist Sales and Development Lead at Net World Sports comments: “We’re very excited to be exhibiting at SALTEX for the first time this year and partnering with the show as lanyard sponsors. It marks a huge milestone in Net World Sports’ company history and we’re really looking forward to meeting the ground care professionals and learning more about their maintenance requirements to help develop their facilities in the future. Not to mention showcasing our top of the range, industry leading products to them.

“Real ingenuity, incredible skill and advanced manufacturing all play a part when it comes to creating our products. Whether you’re looking for training, playing or maintaining equipment, all of our products have proven performance and look at home in clubs and colleges across the country, from grassroots to Premier League level.”

Net World Sports’ extensive training and playing equipment covers a range of varying sports, from football and rugby to tennis, golf and cricket, whilst their ground equipment covers everything from line marking machines and paint, to portable and permanent team shelters, crowd barriers, boot wiper brushes and pitch dividers.

To date, the ecommerce company has supplied the likes of Manchester United’s AON Complex with exclusive FORZA football goals, Manchester City’s first team training pitch with custom made shelters, The All England Tennis Club and home of Wimbledon with tennis benches and Trent Bridge with custom batting cage nets.

Founded in 2009, Net World Sports has become renowned for its winning combination of quality products, unbeatable value for money and exceptional customer service. Last year, the UK’s number one football goal supplier was the only company to be featured in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100, Profit Track and SME Export Track league tables, placing 85th, 66th and 43rd respectively. The team also competed against eCommerce giants such as AO.com, Made.com and ASOS in this year’s Retail Week Awards, where they were awarded a ‘Mark of Excellence’ for their ongoing international sales success.

You can find Net World Sports at exhibitor stand C107.

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

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Groundsman Set For Test Debut

Groundsman Set For Test Debut: As Adam Lewis embarked on his first day in the job he bought lunch and sat in one of the grandstands at the SCG alone, with the famous venue all to himself.

“I just went ‘wow’,” he admits, saying he found the experience of walking into his new workplace as magical.

Groundsman Set For Test Debut

On Thursday, there will barely be an empty seat with a sold-out crowd of more than 40,000 in attendance for the first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test.

The series between Australia and England may have been clinched, but for Lewis, only the ninth SCG curator in the 160-year history of the ground, it is occasion he has been waiting his entire working life for.

It is less than two months since he took up the role, replacing his long-time predecessor Tom Parker, and the Sydney Test is his maiden first-class pitch at the SCG.

“I think it’s going to be overwhelming, watching that first ball bowled,” Lewis said. “There will be a lot of relief. But I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lewis, installed in the coveted position after years as the lead groundsman at Hurstville Oval, arrived as part of a restructure that also saw a grounds manager, Justin Groves, recruited from Adelaide Oval to oversee operations at the SCG as well as Allianz Stadium next door.

He is humbled by the history of the place and the legacy left by curators and pitches past, as well as players. The eight curators before him include Ned Gregory, who played in the first Test in 1877 and lived in the old SCG curator’s cottage around the time of the birth of his son, Syd, who would go on to play 58 Tests for Australia.

Groves, too, is conscious of the great figures that have walked on the turf before them, and has a personal connection to the greatest of them.

With his grandfather, the former Australian Cricket Board chairman Phil “Pancho” Ridings, he visited Sir Donald Bradman at his Adelaide home when he was a boy, having a bat signed that is now on display inside his office beneath the stand at the SCG that bears the legendary batsman’s name.

“I went to his house and got it done. My grandpa took me there one day. I would have been nine or 10, I reckon,” Groves says. “He gave me some Fritz and sauce and a glass of lemonade so I was pretty happy as a young fella.”

In his 15 years at Adelaide Oval Groves also had “quite a bit” to do with a young groundsman there by the name of Nathan Lyon, witnessing the meteoric rise of the Australian off-spinner first-hand.

“I was one of his bosses when he first came over there,” Groves said.

“He was great, a good young kid coming through. He was playing a bit of A-grade cricket in our competition and was sort of plucked out of obscurity to bowl in the [interstate] T20s. We were quite close in Adelaide and we still text each other and try and catch-up whenever we can when he’s not on tour.”

Lewis prepared wickets for Sheffield Shield and domestic one-day matches at Hurstville, and got to know some of the country’s leading players including Test captain Steve Smith.

The ground also played host to Australian sessions under his watch including a notorious one in 2016 when Mitchell Starc was rushed to hospital with deep cuts in his leg following a freak training accident. The incident was no fault of the Hurstville staff but it was a frightening moment, Lewis recalls.

“Steve Smith and [David] Warner came racing over to me and they were white. I thought ‘this is bad’,” he said.

“We just called the ambulance straight away.”

Lewis and Groves are putting the finishing touches on their first Sydney Test wicket with pitches and curators in the news. The Boxing Day Test strip was widely panned and on Tuesday night was officially labelled as “poor” by the International Cricket Council.

Groves does not believe what transpired in Melbourne puts any additional pressure on them at the SCG and feels for the ground staff at the MCG.

“I feel very compassionate towards them,” he said. “You know the work that goes into a cricket pitch and you put your heart and soul on the line for it.

“To get the feedback that they got is disappointing but obviously as a curator you’ve got to cop that on the chin and work out ways to move forward and make sure you’re producing the best pitch you can every time you go out there.

“We’re just going to produce the pitch that we think is going to have a bit in it for everybody.”

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