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Turf Tank expands UK Service Team

Turf Tank expands UK Service Team: Danish robotics company, Turf Tank is expanding their UK customer service team with the appointment of Liam Pindred as UK Sales and Service Support Specialist.

With demand for the Turf Tank One robotic line-marker increasing in the UK, the company wants to continue their investment in the sales and support team. The appointment of Liam adds a very experienced industry professional to the group.

Turf Tank expands UK Service Team

Turf Tank expands UK Service Team

After completing an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, Liam joined Reesink Turf Care as a Service Engineer and progressed to Service Technician before a three-year spell as Service Manager for East Anglia.

Liam’s technical and industry knowledge will be invaluable to Turf Tank as they continue to grow and expand their service offering in the UK market. For Liam, it is an opportunity to join a young a company where he can be a part of the process for growth and use his experience to shape the service department.

“Turf Tank is a growing company with big plans, and that is what drew me towards this job,” Liam explains. “Their team is extremely enthusiastic with ambitious ideas for the UK. They want to grow in the market and have a plan in place to achieve it. It is exciting for me to be a part of that at this stage where we can work to shape the service and support that Turf Tank offers customers going forward.

“I’ve spent considerable time in Denmark for my training, where I was introduced to the company and how the business operates. I was also shown the robot and how to use it, gaining valuable experience seeing it from a new user’s perspective. With my engineering experience I can develop an in-depth understanding of the product to ensure we can build an excellent back-up service for the UK customers.

UK Regional Sales Manager for Turf Tank, Matt Murray is delighted to have Liam on-board. “For the people using it and for those that will be using it, the Turf Tank One is a time-saving tool that they come to rely on. Expanding the services side of the team at this stage means there won’t be a drop off in back-up for our existing customers as we expand. Instead, they’ll continue getting the excellent service they have been receiving and expect.” he said.

Liam’s addition to the team signals an exciting time for the company as it continues to develop their business infrastructure in the UK and Ireland to serve a wide range of customers from professional football clubs to grassroots sports clubs, plus educational establishments, local authorities, and contractors.

For more information on the Turf Tank One or to have a demonstration contact alex@turftank.co.uk (southern UK) or matt@turftank.co.uk (northern UK).

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Polaris expands Youth line-up

Polaris expands Youth line-up: New for 2022, Polaris brings innovation and advancement to the youth side-by-side category with the introduction of the new RZR 200 EFI.

Replacing the popular RZR 170, the new RZR 200 establishes a new standard for youth riding thanks to exclusive safety innovations, including speed limiting, geofencing and new Helmet Aware technology.

Polaris expands Youth line-up

Polaris expands Youth line-up

Aimed at riders aged 10 and up and designed to grow with young riders as they build more skill and confidence, the RZR 200 features a new 180cc engine with electronic fuel injection, delivering enough power to manage and overcome varying terrain without falling behind, as well as dual A-arm suspension on the front and independent rear suspension delivering seven inches of suspension travel and ten inches of ground clearance for a smooth ride.

Controlled via the Youth Ride Control App, the new Helmet Aware technology allows parents to pre-set the vehicle’s controls so that the vehicle won’t start when the helmet beacon is out of the vehicle gauge range, meaning that fun is always paired with a helmet. The RZR 200 EFI comes equipped with two youth helmets and an attachable Bluetooth beacon, and helmet detection can be enabled or disabled via the Youth Ride Control App. When no helmet is detected, users have the option to disable the start of the vehicle, limit the speed or display a warning to the rider.

In addition to Helmet Aware technology on the Youth Ride Control App, parents can also set the maximum speed of the vehicle to ensure children ride at the appropriate speed for their age, ability and terrain, as well as utilize geofencing technology to keep the vehicle within set riding boundaries and speed limits within set areas.

Children can share the fun with the passenger seating inside the RZR 200 EFI, and there are hard doors fitted as standard to keep the kids in, whilst everything else remains outside. The RZR 200 also features a high-visibility flag and LED headlights and tail lights for improved rider visibility in low-light conditions. Kids can also make the RZR their own with a full range of accessories available, including vehicle protection like front and rear bumpers, rock sliders and cab options like a windshield and roof, plus wheel and tyre options.

The rest of the Youth line-up also receives all-new upgrades and improvements. The Ranger 150 features quality and user safety upgrades including the new Helmet Aware technology, and the Outlaw 70 EFI has reduced throttle effort, an improved turning radius and an added battery charging port.

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Symbio expands technical team

Symbio expands technical team: Soil biology specialist Symbio has continued the expansion of its technical team with the appointment of Gary McKenna and Richard Sheppard.

Gary is a former golf course manager and Symbio customer who is an active part of the greenkeeping community in Scotland. Educated at Elmwood College, he brings more than two decades of turf management and tournament experience to his new role providing technical support to customers in the North and East of Scotland.

Symbio expands technical team

Symbio expands technical team

Richard returns to the company as a result of his long-held passion for sustainable turfgrass management. A long-term advocate for a biological approach, he began his career in greenkeeping before completing qualifications in turf science and sportsground management and an Open University degree. Richard will be supporting a wide range of customers across Northern England.

Established in 1990 and now part of Origin Amenity Solutions, Symbio provides the correct combination of biology, chemistry and physics for fine grass growth with fewer chemicals and less disease, physical disruption, management time and cost. It was the first company to develop a range of industry-changing products, including Thatch Eater to convert thatch to plant food, mycorrhizal fungi to promote perennial grasses and in some cases more than halve fertiliser use; Liquid Aeration to oxygenate the rootzone, and compost teas to restore life to chemically-damaged and compacted rootzones.

Symbio Business Manager, Kerr Hunter, said: “I am delighted to have Gary and Richard at Origin Amenity Solutions and representing the Symbio brand. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge that benefits our customers and our business. As the use of biologicals and biostimulants grows, it is vital that we have the right people providing advice and support.”

Gary can be contacted on 07976 624241 and by email at gary.mckenna@symbio.co.uk. Follow him on Twitter @GarySymbio.

Richard is available on 07719 088308 and by email at richard.sheppard@symbio.co.uk. Follow him on Twitter @symbioRich.

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Makita expands XGT 40VMAX range

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX range: Leading power tool manufacturer Makita has made two new additions to its selection of XGT 40VMax machines. The new tools include the UR006G XGT 40VMax Brushless Brush Cutter and UR008G XGT 40VMax Brushless Linetrimmer.

The UR006G and UR008G are supported by Makita’s best-in-class XGT battery system that provides professional landscapers and groundskeepers with the reliability, power and performance they need to achieve top quality results.

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX range

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX range

UR006G XGT 40VMax Brushless Brush Cutter

The UR006G is a high-power machine that can deliver output of up to 7,000 rpm and similar power to a 30CC class engine grass trimmer, so users can experience the benefits of cordless without compromising on output. To deliver optimum performance, the UR006G has three speed options and features Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT) that intelligently adjusts the operation speed depending on the load conditions.

For maximum productivity, the UR006G features a reverse rotation switch that allows the operator to quickly clear the trimmer head or blade from entangled grass and weeds. What’s more, the UR006G uses smart Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT) to prevent kickback by automatically turning off the motor if the tool rotation suddenly slows, improving operator safety.

The UR006G also features a tool-less quick fastening handle holder, so operators can quickly and easily adjust the machine for comfortable operation and ease of storage.

UR008G 40VMax XGT Brushless Linetrimmer

Designed with comfort in mind, the new UR008G has a no-load speed of up to 6,000 RPM and an impressive cutting diameter of 430mm, ensuring maximum productivity. To ensure user safety, the UR008G produces low sound and vibration levels for a more comfortable operation – with a Noise K factor of 1.6 dB (A) and a Vibration K factor of 1.5m/sec ² when using the nylon cutting head. For safety and efficiency, the UR008G features Makita’s advanced ADT and AFT technology.

For jobs that span large areas, the UR008G is compatible with Makita’s battery backpacks (PDC01 and PDC1200) so users can comfortably work away from power sources without needing to regularly stop and replace batteries.

MR007GZ DAB/DAB+ Job Site Radio with Bluetooth

The new Makita MR007GZ DAB/DAB+ Job Site Radio can be powered by XGT, LXT and CXT batteries or an AC adaptor jack – so it can easily slot into an existing family of Makita products. The elastomer bumpers and IP65 dust and shower proof rating protect the radio from knocks and scuffs on site.

The radio is the perfect addition to any toolkit and offers a high-quality subwoofer for a deep and rich bass sound. What’s more, the sound quality is second to none as the MR007GZ also benefits from midrange/treble speakers, together with a multi-amplifier system that provides clear hi-fi sound reproduction without decreasing the sound quality at high volumes. Not only can users tune into their favourite radio station, the Bluetooth capability can also play audio from mobile devices up to 10 meters away.

DC40RB Two Port Charger

For twice as much battery power from a single charger, the DC40RB Twin Port Charger can charge two XGT 40VMax 4.0Ah batteries in as little as 45 minutes. With two charging slots, the new DC40RB can quickly and efficiently charge two XGT batteries to keep users equipped with the power they need.

The DC40RB uses intelligent real-time battery data for optimum charging and an electronic current limiter for overload protection which preserves the batteries’ condition. For enhanced usability, the interface features a large charging status indicator.

On the two new machines, Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for garden machinery, from Makita UK commented: “By adding to our line-up of cordless XGT outdoor power equipment, we hope to equip professionals with the best tools for even the most challending tasks. The XGT battery system is ideal for groundskeepers who require high powered machinery with the flexibility to cover large areas, or remote locations. In addition, our XGT batteries are IPX4 rated which means that they are protected against water and dust ingress – ideal for those working outside whatever the weather.”

To find out more about the full range of XGT outdoor power equipment, please visit: www.makitauk.com.

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British Sugar TOPSOIL expands analysis

British Sugar TOPSOIL expands analysis: British Sugar TOPSOIL has long been trusted to provide detailed and current analysis of its soil products to meet and exceed the British Standards for Topsoil and Subsoil.

To further inform and assist customers with their choice of products, the company is now having all its soil and topdressing products tested with new, state-of-the-art, soil microbiology technology that is used in agriculture to determine soil health and fertility.

British Sugar TOPSOIL expands analysis

British Sugar TOPSOIL expands analysis

Detailed analysis under a microscope looks at the levels of bacteria and fungi in TOPSOIL’s products. It is anticipated that, carried out at regular intervals over time, this level of analysis will help build a picture of soil health in terms of living organisms and give TOPSOIL customers yet more important information on which to base their purchasing decisions.

Working with Hampshire-based SoilBioLab, samples of each TOPSOIL product were submitted for analysis, together with a local arable soil, to establish and compare the amount of:

  • Active Bacteria
  • Total Bacteria
  • Active Fungi
  • Total Fungi
  • Hyphal Diameter (a physical measure of the branching filamentous structure of a fungus – in lay terms, the wider the branching structure, the more mature the fungus)

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch said: “We want to provide as much detailed technical information as possible on our products, which is freely available to anyone on our website. It is too early to draw any conclusions from this first analysis but we anticipate that, over time, we will be able to build a helpful picture of the health and effectiveness our products.”

This first set of results, which can be viewed on the TOPSOIL website at www.bstopsoil.co.uk  in the TOPSOIL Information section under Analysis, Research and Development, are very much a starting point.

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Makita expands XGT 40VMAX

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX: Leading power tool manufacturer Makita has expanded its outdoor power equipment range with a selection of new XGT 40VMax machines – including the UR002G 40VMax Brushless Brush Cutter and UH004G, UH005G, UH006G and UH007G 40VMax Brushless Hedge Trimmers.

Makita understands that when it comes to working outdoors in the unpredictable British weather, professional landscapers and groundskeepers need a variety of reliable, powerful machines.  With its XGT 40VMax range, professionals are equipped with the power and performance to make outdoor projects even easier and achieve top results quickly and efficiently.

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX

Makita expands XGT 40VMAX

UR002G XGT 40VMax Brush Cutter

The UR002G Brush Cutter includes three speed settings and can deliver output up to 6,500rpm for maximum productivity. Makita’s innovative Automatic Torque Drive Technology (ADT) works to change the cutting speed according to the load conditions, so users can trust that the machine is always working at its optimum. What’s more, the UR002G has Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT) that shuts down the tool if the rotation speed suddenly slows to prevent kickback and protect the user. For ease of use, the UR002G features a reverse switch to easily remove any material that gets stuck in the blade.

The UR002G is also compatible with Makita’s PDC01 and PDC1200 backpack batteries, so users can extend machine run time and reduce downtime to maximise time on site. The UR002G is also compatible with a selection of nylon heads and blades depending on the task.

XGT 40VMax Hedge Trimmers

The new UH004G and UH005G Hedge Trimmers deliver a no-load speed of up to 5,000rpm and feature an asymmetric, double sided, curved, sharp-edged blade for easy trimming. The curved teeth reduce friction resistance to suppress energy loss and extend run time. What’s more, the inclined tooth edge enables the blade to easily catch, firmly hold and sharply cut twigs or thin branches up to 23.5mm for maximum efficiency.

Completing the new hedge trimmer collection, the UH006G and UH007G have been designed for trimming overgrown hedges and thick branches thanks to the non-curved, sharp-edged blade. These machines can cut thicker branches up to 25mm in diameter and are ideal for rough cutting.

For improved user safety all of the new hedge trimmers are low vibration machines and for comfort, include a rubberised soft grip. The UH004G, UH005G, UH006G and UH007G all also feature a reverse switch to easily free the blade when jammed in thick branches.

Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager at Makita said: “As with all XGT 40VMax machines, the UR002G, UH004G, UH005G, UH006G and UH007G are designed to deliver the high output and durability professionals need for regular, heavy-duty use on site. All machines in our XGT range have an IPX4 rating, which means that they are splash and shower proof and protected against water ingress – which is ideal for those working outside in unpredictable weather.”

To find out more about Makita and its range of 40VMax and 80VMax XGT products, please visit: www.makitauk.com

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T H White expands operations

T H White expands operations: T H WHITE plans to acquire the agricultural, construction and garden machinery operations of the Murley dealerships at Warwick and Stourport.

The expansion of T H WHITE’s businesses to Warwickshire and in Worcestershire is a natural one for the neighbouring dealer, supported by main suppliers, New Holland, Manitou and Doosan. All stakeholders are preparing a smooth transition, meaning continuity for staff and customers, and business as usual for trade with a name change above the door.

T H White expands operations

T H White expands operations

The deal is scheduled to complete on 30th June 2021 subject to concluding the fi nal stages of due diligence and legal processes. With this change, T H WHITE will take on the main franchises currently on offer at Stourport and Warwick, continuing to serve the farming community, construction companies, contractors, small holders and private estates. The garden machinery range available from Warwick will continue from this location, and the established construction operation in Stourport is set to expand T H WHITE’s existing construction off ering from Manitou, New Holland and Mecalac, with the introduction of the Doosan brand.

“This is a purchase which aligns with our strategic aspirations”, comments T H WHITE Director, David Rapkins, “It enables us to grow our Agricultural territory with an established business offering premium brands. It creates a sustainable business able to meet the industry demands of generating scale to fulfil our own objectives as well as those of our suppliers. As a dealer in neighbouring territories with a long history and experience in the sectors, we are well placed to meet the aspirations of Murley customers and are excited by the opportunities it presents”.

T H WHITE Group CEO, Alex Scott adds “We are acquiring a company mirroring our values and culture which will enable us to easily extend our purpose of helping customers get the best from their machinery, land and buildings for generations. We are pleased to provide continuity and maintain and grow relationships with farmers and businesses throughout the region.”

T H WHITE began trading in 1832, serving farmers from an agricultural ironmongery in Devizes. The business is well established as an agricultural machinery supplier, off ering a comprehensive product range from leading brands. The Agricultural division trades from 10 branches in Knockdown, Devizes, Frome, Huntley, Marlborough, Stockbridge, Toddington, Hereford, Warwick and Stourport following the acquisition. The Group’s Groundcare division currently operates from three branches at Knockdown, Stockbridge and Redditch and will run alongside the garden machinery business at Warwick.

The Construction operation is based at Marlborough; Stourport will be added on completion of the deal. T H WHITE Group is a family and staff owned company – a trusted brand in the industry with a culture committed to exemplary customer service.

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STIHL expands KombiEngine range

STIHL expands KombiEngine range: STIHL has launched the new KMA 135 R, adding to its range of high-performance KombiEngines for professional users tackling tough jobs.  

The new robust and powerful KombiEngine accompanies the KMA 130 R in the range. Featuring a sturdy new battery housing, users can now easily slot in STIHL’s high-performance 36V AP batteries, adding greater versatility to carry out the quick jobs where KombiTool’s are so effective.

STIHL expands KombiEngine range

STIHL expands KombiEngine range

As well as delivering excellent performance across a wide range of KombiTool’s, the motor requires little-to-no servicing, whilst the easy to clean air filter ensures a long service life and optimum engine cooling.

The KMA 135 R has an ergonomic control handle with three level speed pre-selection displayed on an LED panel and infinitely variable speed control on the trigger to perfectly match the KombiTool and the work being carried out.

A quick-release coupling allows the splitting of the KombiSystem into two parts for easy transport and storage – and then re-assembled without any tools required.

The new FSA 135 R is compatible with STIHL’s wide range of KombiTool attachments, including the HT-KM, HL-KM 145º, HL-KM 0º, FH-KM, MB-KM, RG-KM, BG-KM, FCB-KM, BF-KM and KB-KM, which are all interchangeable thanks to the straightforward and sturdy connection point.

Further ranges of accessories are also available to use with the KMA 135 R, including Shaft Extensions, RTS Harness, Angled Gearhead and Carry Bag.

For more information on STIHL’s range of KombiEngines, including the KMA 135 R, please visit www.stihl.co.uk.

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Makita expands LXT range

Makita expands LXT range: Makita UK is dedicated to offering professionals a wide range of power tools and garden machinery products that they can rely on across any task. As part of the company’s ongoing mission to expand its cordless offering, Makita has launched the LM001CZ 36V LXT Brushless Lawnmower.

For professional landscapers and groundskeepers, having the freedom to move around the work area without restriction is key to achieving quality results. The LM001CZ is powered by Makita’s leading LXT cordless technology so it offers maximum flexibility and increased safety, as there is no need to transport fuel and no emissions are released during operation.

Makita expands LXT range

Makita expands LXT range

The LM001CZ is powered by a 36V high power drive system using Makita’s portable power packs (backpack battery systems) for long, continuous mowing. Operators can choose between the PDC01 that utilises four replaceable 18V LXT batteries or the PDC1200 33Ah solid state battery. To maximise productivity further, the LM001CZ can deliver high no load speeds of up to 2,800rpm. With three cutting modes to choose from and the ability to adjust the cutting height (20mm – 100mm) to suit the terrain, users can ensure the machine is optimised to suit its working environment.

Mark Earles, Business Development Manager for garden machinery at Makita said: “The LM001CZ is a durable machine, meaning users do not have to worry about expensive ongoing maintenance costs. We know that when working outdoors, machines need to be able to withstand the unpredictable British weather, which is why the LM001CZ has been designed with IPX4 rating for improved water resistance. It also features a robust steel cutting deck and built-in ball bearings on the axels for added durability.”

The LM001CZ has been designed to ensure operator comfort and control with two stage handle height adjustment and soft start technology. The self-propelled function also minimises user fatigue – and it can be easily turned on using a switch lever. For ease, the grass box has a grass level indicator to signal the correct time for emptying.

The LM001CZ joins Makita’s extensive range of over 270 LXT cordless products, enabling users to easily swap between tasks and tools on site. To find out more about Makita and its LXT machines visit: www.makitauk.com

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AriensCo Expands EMEAA Footprint

AriensCo Expands EMEAA Footprint: U.S. based manufacturer, AriensCo, has expanded its presence in Europe with the acquisition of AS-Motor, on 3 May, 2021. The move is the latest demonstration of AriensCo’s commitment to its development within the European market and follows last year’s announcement of Europe’s first zero-turn production facility at their U.K. plant in Oxford.

“We’re happy to welcome AS-Motor into the AriensCo family of brands,” said Dan Ariens, Chairman & CEO of AriensCo. “The values of AS-Motor align closely with the AriensCo core values to be honest, be fair, keep our commitments, respect the individual and encourage intellectual curiosity. This acquisition allows for the expansion of both companies’ reach across Europe.”

AriensCo Expands EMEAA Footprint

AriensCo Expands EMEAA Footprint

This latest acquisition expands the company’s European footprint, which also has locations in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia with a 112,000 sq ft manufacturing and distribution facility, over 150 employees, over 750 dealers across the U.K., Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

AS-Motor is a third-generation family-run enterprise and has been a quality manufacturer of professional mowing solutions for high grass and slopes since 1959. The company employs 140 people. 90% of these employees work in Germany. Approx. 55% of sales are generated in the German market and approx. 45% in the rest of the world. Headquartered in Bühlertann, Southern Germany, AS-Motor products are sold through 400 dealers in Germany, over 100 dealers in France and distributors throughout the rest of Europe and the world.

Both AS-Motors and AriensCo are experiencing continued high demand, and the broadened product portfolio complements both companies’ long-range goals. AriensCo and AS-Motor will leverage the combined European sales and marketing infrastructure to expand the reach of both brands.

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