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Calderdale Council keeps line marking on track

Calderdale Council keeps line marking on track: Resource management, time and consistency were all factors that needed tackling at Calderdale Council, and the Turf Tank One has addressed them all.

Senior Technical Officer Samantha Ward had retirements in her line marking team, which meant losing over 60 years of experience. Temporarily, Samantha utilised members of the gardening group to mark out the running tracks and football, rugby and rounders pitches needed in the borough, but she was always looking for a solution.

Calderdale Council keeps line marking on track

Calderdale Council keeps line marking on track

“I thought there must be a better way to utilise resources that didn’t involve additional recruitment and the time it takes to provide full training,” Samantha explained.

“Our line marking team were impressed by the time that Turf Tank would save and the way you could plot the pitches. We knew from there that our gardeners could focus more on their traditional jobs whilst people like me who are technically minded could work with the Turf Tank robot.”

Redistributing resources had an immediate positive impact on the team, with timesaving and line accuracy next in line. Savile Park is one of the Council’s busiest pitches, with athletics, football and rounders all hosted at the site. Previously it took staff an entire day to line a 400m running track, whereas now it takes less than two hours.

” Savile Park, is a multiple-game site, and it’s much easier to mark out now. Once we set a template on the Turf Tank, we can pretty much set up each sport, football, running tracks, rugby, and rounders, and let it go.

” Every time it goes out, it’s in the right space, and it’s accurate.

“Our time is precious, and the running track we’ve marked out today now takes just under two hours with one person and the Turf Tank, so we have pretty much smashed the time in terms of the full day. Because of that, the Turf Tank has recovered a lot of time for our staff to do other things on the sports pitches and around the borough.

“We have also saved time with initial marking of football pitches, probably a week and a half every time we mark out, which is invaluable time.” .”

A video with Calderdale Council can be found here

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World’s first Line IQ from EGO

World’s first Line IQ from EGO: EGO has revolutionised its range of cordless grass trimmers once more, with the introduction of world-first Line IQ™ Technology to its newest model.

Removing the hassle and complexity of feeding the line, the tool automatically feeds the correct amount of line to provide a 40cm cutting diameter. By sensing when the cutting swathe is reduced, Line IQ™ feeds out line to ensure maximum cutting efficiency, without users having to manually bump and feed the line. The innovative system is aided by EGO’s PowerloadTM technology which enables users to replace the line by simply threading it through the head eyelets and pushing a button.

World's first Line IQ from EGO

World’s first Line IQ from EGO

Adding to the tool’s useability, adjustable handles and a telescopic shaft allow it to be suited perfectly to the user by easily adapting to their height. Designed to tackle all trimming tasks around the garden with ease, two pre-set speeds make the grass trimmer suitable for everyday work and those tougher jobs.

Alongside the latest technical developments and innovations, the brand-new grass trimmer is powered by EGO’s 56V Arc Lithium battery technology. Delivering industry-leading levels of reliable cordless power, EGO’s batteries can be used interchangeably across all EGO products for even greater convenience.

EGO Power+ products come with extended domestic warranties up to five years when registered within 30 days of purchase.

The ST1610E-T kit, including tool, a 4.0Ah battery and a standard charger, retails at £429. Standalone tool is available for £279.

Discover the full range at www.egopowerplus.co.uk

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750,000th JCB engine comes off the line

750,000th JCB engine comes off the line: JCB is celebrating a major milestone for its award-winning engine.

The 750,000th engine has just come off the line at JCB Power Systems in Derbyshire where production first began in 2004.

750,000th JCB engine comes off the line

750,000th JCB engine comes off the line

Engine production was extended to India in 2011- helping to power JCB to the landmark figure.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “750,000 engines is quite some milestone when you consider that we only started manufacturing 17 years ago. So much has been achieved over that time with our engines including two world land speed records. With the development of our new hydrogen motor, there is so much more to come and the future for our engine business looks very bright.”

More than half of the 750,000 engines have been made at JCB Power Systems which produces a range from 55-212kW. The engines are used to power JCB’s products as well as those of customers producing equipment as diverse as road sweepers, screeners and crushers and barges.

JCB India’s Delhi plant currently manufactures around 48 engine variants for the Indian market and for export.

Among the highlights of the past 17 years of engine production was a Queen’s Award for International Trade for JCB Power Systems in 2016 honouring a 325% growth in third party sales.

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Revolutionary Line Marking at SALTEX

Revolutionary Line Marking at SALTEX: Leading robotic line marking company, Turf Tank is bringing the revolutionary Turf Tank One back to Saltex 2021.

The line marker will be on Stand G085 at the NEC in Birmingham for the two-day event, along with the Turf Tank UK team.

Revolutionary Line Marking at SALTEX

Revolutionary Line Marking at SALTEX

Throughout the past year, many schools, contractors, and professional and amateur sports teams have transformed their line marking operation with the Turf Tank One. Exceptional accuracy using a base station, customisable templates for pitches, logos and numbers, and huge time savings have set the robot apart from alternative methods.

In August 2021, Bromsgrove School began marking their 15 rugby pitches across three sites using the Turf Tank One, and for Head Groundsperson Richard Hare, it has been a revelation.

“When I first saw the Turf Tank One at the demo, I was absolutely amazed, and having used it, it’s revolutionary,” Richard begins.

“It just makes the job a hundred times easier, all the lines are dead straight, and there’s no mess, that’s the other big thing, it’s clean, and it is good to use, it’s easy, and for us, it’s been really, really good.

“We’ve marked in five pitches and the training grids which would have taken two members of staff at least three or four days, and we’ve done that in less than a day and to a high standard as well. Every pitch is a different size; there are no two pitches that are the same because of the different age groups playing sport and the way we have to fit the pitches in around the site.

“Having the templates makes it into a one-person job who can set it all up, keep an eye on it and do other things as well. And that’s not trying to make people redundant or anything like that, because as everybody will tell you, there’s always lots of things that people can be doing. And because staff can be working on other jobs, it will help us to raise our standards around the site.”

To find out how the Turf Tank One can transform your line marking operation, visit stand G085 at Saltex.

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New EGO line trimmer

New EGO line trimmer: EGO has added the Power Line Trimmer ST1400E-ST to its market leading range of cordless equipment. With a 35cm cutting width, two speed adjustments and automatic line replacement, the new Line Trimmer offers speed as well as ease of use.

When speed is of the essence, EGO’s Powerload™ technology removes the fuss and frustration of line replacement. Replacing the line is as easy as pressing a button. With no manual rewinding, the line is fully reloaded and ready to use in seconds, allowing busy gardeners to simply get on with the job.

New EGO line trimmer

New EGO line trimmer

Easy to use and comfortable, this new model comes with an adjustable telescopic shaft and loop-handle, making it easy to adjust to fit any user or working style and reducing the need for awkward bending or twisting. The addition of a flexible, ergonomic trigger makes the trimmer simple, comfortable and safe to use.

Built to last, the Line Trimmer won’t let you down. The solid steel drive shaft and brushless motor provide a dependable, compact, and powerful solution. With brushes on traditional electric motors known to be a cause of potential issues, EGO’s technology offers more power with a greater run time, reducing the likelihood of costly repairs.

Known in the market for reliable and innovative power tools, EGO’s cordless equipment offers a greener, cleaner alternative to petrol power.  The Power+ Line Trimmer ST1400E-ST is powered by EGO’s industry leading 56V Arc Lithium battery, offering a run time of up to 120 minutes between charges. With no need to worry about petrol or cables, users have all the power of petrol in a compact, lightweight and easy to use package.

EGO’s line of cordless power equipment is trusted by both DIY and Professional customers to take on any lawn and garden project, with convenience and ease. The new line trimmer is available at https://www.egopowerplus.co.uk/products/line-trimmers-brush-cutters/st1400e-st-line-trimmer, RRP £169.00

EGO Power+ products come with extended warranties up to five years when registered within 30 days of purchase.

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Top marks for new line markers

Top marks for new line markers: Rigby Taylor has added two innovative machines to its highly successful Glider, iGO Advance and iGO Mini spray line marking range.

The new iGO Prime and iGO Midi machines feature a number of advanced features including an innovative circulatory paint system for dispensing the company’s award-winning Impact paints.

Top marks for new line markers

This innovative system primes the paint and at the same time mixes or recirculates it back into the drum/container. This means it is re-dispersing the product, which in turn thins the paint and produces an easier spraying experience, as the flow is improved. The system continually recirculates the paint for improved flow and facilitates easier machine cleaning.

Impact paint formulations are available in a choice of formulations for use on a wide range of surfaces – natural, hybrid and synthetic grass as well as hard surfaces including tarmacadams and concrete.

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STIHL’s New Battery Production Line

STIHL’s New Battery Production Line: The STIHL Group is setting up an in-house production line for battery products at its headquarters in Germany. In doing so, the company is underpinning its efforts to manufacture top-of-the-line technology, even for battery products. Backpack batteries for professional applications will be produced at a highly automated high-tech manufacturing facility in Waiblingen-Hohenacker. As a result, the company is once again demonstrating its innovative strength in the field of environmentally friendly tools for forestry and agriculture, as well as for landscape maintenance and private garden owners.

“Entering into battery pack manufacturing is the logical continuation of the STIHL battery strategy,” Dr. Bertram Kandziora, Chairman of the Executive Board of STIHL, says, explaining the move. “In just 10 years, we have expanded our range of battery products from a hedge trimmer to three product lines featuring a wide selection of different tools.” STIHL launched its line of battery products for professional and high-end private use in 2009. In 2016, the company opened a competence center for battery and electronics development at its headquarters in Waiblingen by expanding its development center. Today, more than 300 employees work at the center of competence. “We have been able to fill many vacant positions in recent months, especially in the fields of batteries, electronics, connected products and IT. This is essential to further growth in this promising segment,” Dr. Kandziora says. Increasingly powerful batteries have made the products popular among more than just private users. The quieter, emissions-free products offer many advantages, especially for municipal customers.

STIHL New Battery Production Line

The battery production line was built with in-house expertise within the space of just 18 months. The first trial run at the new building in Waiblingen commenced in September. The first batteries produced in-house are slated to hit the market in fall 2019. Most batteries will be destined for European dealers.

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