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GrassMaster unveils new GEN-S machines

GrassMaster unveils new GEN-S machines: GrassMaster solutions, the worlds most proven provider of hybrid grass systems, is pleased to introduce the latest addition to our machine feet, the GrassMaster Gen-S. The addition of the new machinery will allow GrassMaster to increase capacity and upgrade the provision of services to clients.

“We are excited about this latest addition which helps keep us at the forefront within the hybrid grass sector. The Gen-S is electrically powered and allows our experienced installation
teams to stitch a GrassMaster pitch more quickly,” said Benjamin Huneau, General Manager GrassMaster Solutions. “The new lighter weight machine allows for lower down-pressures on the surface, thus reducing the machine’s impact when working on young grass.”

GrassMaster unveils new GEN-S machines

GrassMaster unveils new GEN-S machines

BENJAMIN HUNEAU, GENERAL MANAGER

The acquisition of the Gen-S Machines showcases GrassMaster’s contnued investment in people, technology and equipment. Equipped with this technology, GrassMaster gives clients the confidence of x100’s of proven installations allied with excellent stitching quality, fibre resilience and speed of installation.

KEY MACHINE CHARACTERISTICS

• 1760mm stitching width
• 8T fully loaded weight (including fibre)
• Powered by electric (diesel generated or mains)
• Robust hydraulic stitching unit
• 7days to complete a standard pitch (7500m2)
• Accurate + variable stitch spacing & depth

BENEFITS OF GRASSMASTER

IMPROVED PLAYER WELFARE
Fibre reinforces the sand based root-zone, ensuring a fat surface with optimal levels of traction, firmness and energy restitution to reduce player injuries

INCREASED RETURN ON INVESTMENT

The injection of GrassMaster fibre helps to reduce damage to the grass by protecting the crown of the plant from vertical and lateral forces exerted by players to increase the hours of play available on the pitch

GrassMaster unveils new GEN-S machines

GrassMaster unveils new GEN-S machines

MAXIMUM LIFETIME VALUE

GrassMaster is the only stitched system with a proven lifespan of 10 years, with the oldest GrassMaster pitches still performing well at 15+ offering incredible value for money over the lifetime of the pitch

BESPOKE ENGINEERED YARN

The GrassMaster fibre is produced by fellow Tarket Company Morton extrusions in Germany. Employing some of the world’s leading materials scientists the in house expertise and R&D capabilities are leveraged in order to continually improve our fibre characteristics across all of our product lines

GRASSMASTER SOLUTIONS BY TARKETT SPORTS

GrassMaster Solutons is the hybrid grass division of Tarket Sports, which is a worldwide manufacturer and installer of innovative and durable sports surfaces. GrassMaster Solutions covers two hybrid grass technologies: GrassMaster, a hybrid grass system with a proven lifespan of 15 years and more, and PlayMaster, a flexible solution that ensures a quick installation and an instant playability. GrassMaster is currently installed at renowned venues like the Puskás Aréna, FMG Stadium Waikato, Wembley Stadium and countless others.

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Sunbelt Rentals buy 2100 JCB machines

Sunbelt Rentals buy 2100 JCB machines: Britain’s biggest equipment rental company is investing in 2,100 new JCB machines in a deal worth £65 million – the biggest ever order from a UK customer in the company’s 75-year history.

Sunbelt Rentals UK is expanding and renewing its fleet as the construction industry rebounds strongly from the Covid-19 pandemic. The flagship rental company is investing in JCB Loadall telescopic handlers, mini and midi excavators, site dumpers, tracked excavators and rough terrain fork lifts – all manufactured at JCB’s Staffordshire factories. Sunbelt Rentals is also investing in 350 JCB access platforms – JCB’s biggest-ever UK deal for this equipment following its entry into the $8 billion powered access market in 2017.

Sunbelt Rentals buy 2100 JCB machines

Sunbelt Rentals buy 2100 JCB machines

The massive order comes as JCB recruits hundreds of new shop floor employees as a result of soaring demand. The machines – supplied by JCB dealer Greenshields JCB – are already rolling off JCB’s production lines and being delivered to Sunbelt’s 200-strong UK depot network.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “Sunbelt Rentals is one of JCB’s largest global customers and this huge investement in new and innovative equipment demonstrates its desire to offer the the most advanced machines, featuring the latest ultra-efficient, low emissions engines. It’s the biggest ever order from a JCB customer in the UK and we are delighted to secure this buisness. It’s also fantastic to win a large deal for our access platforms from such a well-respected fleet customer.”

Warrington-based Sunbelt Rentals is the UK’s biggest equipment rental company and covers the whole of Great Britain through 200 hire depots with a fleet of over 250,000 itemised machines.  Sunbelt Rentals rebranded its business in 2020 from A-Plant to mirror the name of its sister company in North America.

Sunbelt’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Wright said: “Sunbelt is committed to owning the youngest and most innovative equipment in the industry and the JCB range offers fantastic quality and solutions for our customers throughout the UK. We have performed strongly throughout the pandemic and this significant order supports our determiniation to maintain and expand our market leadership position within the UK.”

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GKB Machines teams up with BIGGA

GKB Machines teams up with BIGGA: The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association has welcomed GKB Machines as its latest Educational Supporter.

GKB Machines was founded in 2015 and offers sustainable, reliable and robust maintenance machinery for natural, synthetic and hybrid turf. A part of the GKB Group, the family-owned company has a commitment to sustainability, which it backs up with the production of energy neutral machinery since the company began in 1946.

GKB Machines teams up with BIGGA

GKB Machines teams up with BIGGA

During a difficult 2020 for everyone, continuing professional development became more important than ever and BIGGA hosted significant opportunities for education for the greenkeeping industry through various online formats, including the Continue to Learn Extra webinars, National Regional Conference and, most recently, the Continue to Learn education programme that took place as an entirely-online event across two weeks during January.

These opportunities for BIGGA members to develop their professional skills and knowledge despite the ongoing coronavirus health crisis are made possible thanks to BIGGA’s Education Supporters and Partners.

BIGGA Head of Business Development Lauren Frazer said: “The efforts of the GKB Machines team mirror many of the priorities that BIGGA and its members are striving towards, with an emphasis upon sustainability and more efficient working practices and an awareness that the only way to achieve these aims is through education and a proactive broadening of knowledge. Our two organisations share significant synergy in these and many other ambitions and I am delighted that we are able to welcome GKB Machines on board as our latest Education Supporters.”

GKB Machines UK Sales Director and Operations Manager Tom Shinkins said: “It’s great to be able to support greenkeepers in this way and to give something back to the industry I came into as a 16-year-old apprentice.”

Head to the BIGGA website to find out more about GKB Machines and its commitment to sustainability and reliability.

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New Machines For Merlin GC

New Machines For Merlin GC: One of the latest golf clubs in the west country to realise the versatility of Ventrac equipment is Merlin Golf Course on the north Cornish coast. Situated on high ground close to Mawgan Porth and only a short drive from Newquay, this heathland course enjoys stunning views towards the Atlantic Ocean.

This latest package, delivered by local dealer Devon Garden Machinery, included a Ventrac 4500 compact tractor unit with Contour mowing deck and a Sisis Multitiner 1200.

New Machines For Merlin GC

Martyn Bennett is the Course Manager and is assisted by two long-serving greenkeepers, Rob Hall and Carl Quible. He joined Merlin just 8 months ago after four years as deputy course manager at Caversham Heath Golf Club in Berkshire and before that spent 12 years at Basingstoke Golf Club in Hampshire

“We were in the market for a new rough mower and my predecessor had a demonstration back in July 2018,” he said. “We had a further demonstration when I arrived, so I could confirm that it would be suitable for the course and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s remarkably powerful for a sub-25 hp tractor, quiet and produces an excellent stripped finish with no mess. We used gang mowers previously so this has been a revelation. It’s so manoeuvrable and has reduced our fuel bills for maintaining the rough by 50%; that’s a significant saving.

“It’s a versatile machine with a unique front mount system and standard 3-point linkage on the back. The Sisis Multitiner fits easily on the back, so it’s not just Ventrac attachments that can be used, increasing the versatility of what it can do.”

Carl Quible is the principal operator of the machine and says,

“We have some extreme slopes around the course and I feel 100% safe when I’m mowing. It enables us to maintain the banks on a regular basis and can go where other mowers cannot go. It’s a powerful compact machine and has certainly enhanced the presentation of the course.

New Machines For Merlin GC

Built in 1991, the course has been owned by Jim Barlow since 2004 and is now benefitting from investment at all levels. Redesigned to cut out long walks from green to tee and with new bunkers and tees, it’s a challenge off the white tees, especially when the wind blows! The club house was opened in 2005 and has recently been extended and refurbished including a new patio overlooking the 18th green.

The club has its own wind turbine and small solar farm which also provides power for the contemporary holiday apartments on the course.

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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.

For more information, visit: www.campeyturfcare.com

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New Toro Machines At SALTEX

New Toro Machines At SALTEX: Toro distributor Reesink Turfcare is bringing the first super-duty utility vehicle, the Outcross 9060, and the brand’s new 12ft pull-behind rotary mower to SALTEX 2018. Both machines are designed to ensure groundsmen can do a lot more, with less, and will be on show on stand H010.

Jeff Anguige, national sales manager for Reesink, says: “The launch of the Outcross 9060 marks the first of its kind to be purpose-built for the management of fine turf. It combines the best elements of a tractor with a utility vehicle and delivers a machine that can do the work of multiple machines in one compact package.”

New Toro Machines At SALTEX

Powered by a 59.8-horsepower Yanmar liquid-cooled diesel engine, the Outcross can tow up to 16,000lbs and has an optional cargo bed that can hold 4,500lbs of materials. It simplifies operation, optimises power and brings the option of dozens of attachments to perform hundreds of tasks.

Following hot on the Outcross’s heels for making the groundsman’s life easier is the Groundsmaster 1200 pull-behind rotary mower. What’s interesting about this new machine is that it is, says Toro, a pull-behind more than worthy of being called a Groundsmaster such are its capabilities.

Productivity is high with a 12ft wide cutting width thanks to three decks which flow with the contours of the terrain for example and dual full width rollers which leave a well-groomed after-cut appearance. The height of cut can be adjusted from 0.5 to four inches, and its wing decks folded up to create a narrow 86-inch transportation width making it easy to get from site to site. Plus, the transport wheels feature a torsion axle and integrated torsion spring which means it can do its job smoothly and comfortably for the operator.

Jeff says of these new launches: “As with the entire grounds range, Toro focusses on productivity, versatility, flexibility and durability, and the Outcross and Groundsmaster are the perfect embodiment of all these things. Toro understands its market and that today’s groundsmen need to do more with less. Plus, they complement each other so well.”

In addition, there will be a full line-up from Reesink and all its brands. From the grounds machinery range will be the LT-F3000 triple flail mower and its innovative cylinder attachment option, and the large volume direct collect ProLine H800, which launched at last year’s show.

Representing Toro’s irrigation range will be the Lynx Central Control system and Infinity 55 sprinklers with Smart Access, TS90 and T7 sprinklers with TurfCup, a feature for hidden infield irrigation and seamless-looking turf, and the Flex 55 sprinklers.

For those managing ponds and lakes, needing to optimise oxygen levels to keep water healthy, there will be Otterbine’s best-selling Fractional five-in-one aerator which delivers the highest performance rate of any fractional aerator on the market. It will be joined on stand by the Concept 3, the aerating fountain that perfectly illustrates how industrial aerators can give the best of both worlds offering function and beauty.

Reesink will again have two stands with H080 being entirely dedicated to TYM’s range of compact tractors and accessories.

Reesink’s marketing manager Holly Jones, says: “There’s lots to look forward to for this year’s show. To have not one but two Toro launches is great for the sports and amenities market and I predict there will be a lot of interest on the stand as a result. We welcome everyone to come and see the line-up, discuss their needs and share experiences and advice with our specialist groundscare machinery team.”

For more information, visit: reesinkturfcare.co.uk

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