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Early SCAG mower located – two miles away!

Early SCAG mower located –  two miles away!: A recent chance conversation revealed a homeowner only two miles away from the STM head office in Warwickshire who has a 1992-build STZ ride-on mower.

The STZ was the first Zero-Turn Ride-On SCAG produced, and one is still retained at the plant in Wisconsin.

Early SCAG mower located -  two miles away!

Early SCAG mower located – two miles away!

But Alan Griffith, here in leafy Warwickshire, has one too.

He explained:

“In 2000 we brought the property ‘The Wharf’ in Wilmcote, though the process was unusual.

We made a good offer that was increased twice but still did not secure the property. Eventually we received a tender form because of the high level of interest.

It was not a basic form, though. We had to price everything that was up for sale. Apart from offering a sum for the house, we also had to price separately: the dining table, study desk, hens, geese, peacocks, pot belly pigs and 2 on-site mowers.

The Scag was one of those mowers and it was obvious that it was several years old even then by the knocks it had had to the deck.

We have 4.95 acres of which we cut about 2.5 to 3 acres regularly.  The Scag we use on the heavy areas so over the years it has had to put up with a fair amount of hard work, hitting pot holes, tree roots etc. Over the years the Scag has been used about 2.5 hours per week .

The great thing is it has been very reliable, once battery is charged up at the start of the season.  I have usually serviced the machine every year and no major problems have occurred except that 3 small plates have had to be welded to the top of the deck.   The first bearing on the deck needs to be changed this winter so I will change all 3. Also an oil seal has started to leak on the Briggs and Stratton engine; this is the  first major issue with the engine.

We plan to keep it going as long as we stay at The Wharf.  Can’t think of a better lawn mower particularly as we have so many trees to cut around.”

On the one hand it’s good to know that a SCAG mower has so much life in it.

On the other hand, if everybody kept their mowers that long, we’d never sell any new ones!

We’re grateful to Alan for his story, and to Jake Segrin at SCAG’s Wisconsin headquarters for tracing the manufacturing date.

SCAG machines are available through the STM dealership network. To find your nearest dealer ring 01789 488450, email info@st-mach.com or look at our website www.st-mach.com

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Miles Hire Fuel Up With MHM

Miles Hire Fuel Up With MHM: Miles Hire Limited the Welsh hirer of plant, tools and access equipment have taken delivery of a fleet of fuel storage and distribution products, supplied by MHM Plant Limited.

Entitled the ‘MHM Fuel Caddi’, Miles Hire has purchased an initial five units for distribution to their Swansea, Cardiff and Bridgend depots. The Fuel Caddis will be made available for hire and for the safe delivery of fuel by the Miles Hire maintenance teams.

Miles Hire Fuel Up With MHM

The MHM Fuel Caddi is an intermediate bulk container (IBC) with a 105 litre capacity. It is fully transportable and delivers fuel via a hand pump, hose and nozzle. The Fuel Caddi’s fully bunded base guards against ground contamination and it is easily transported via its handy fork lift pockets and lifting eyes. The Fuel Caddi can be delivered, full of fuel, without the need for a driver to have ADR training. It is ideally suited to refuel generators, heaters and other similar items of plant.

Commenting on this purchase, Ryan Miles, Director, Miles Hire Limited said, “We first spotted the Fuel Caddi at the Executive Hire Show back in February. We were immediately impressed with the Fuel Caddi’s easy manoeuvrability and safe storage of fuel. We initially purchased them for our own use, but we can see potential opportunities to hire these out.”

“We appreciate good service and MHM’s assistance is always spot on. Mat and his team are always willing to help, we highly recommend MHM and never look elsewhere for their products”, added Miles.

Darren Williams, MHM sales manager added, “We believe that the Fuel Caddi will soon become an essential item for hire firms supplying diesel powered machinery. Ryan and his team immediately spotted the features and benefits of the Fuel Caddi and we were delighted to have supplied them with this new product.”

Miles Hire is an independent Welsh business that has been a family concern for two generations. The company is managed by directors and brothers, Ryan and Darren Miles. They provide a wide range of equipment to both trade and DIY customers. Miles Hire has depots in Cardiff, Swansea, Bridgend and Miskin.

MHM Plant’s head office is based in Port Talbot, South Wales. The company supplies power generation, solar-hybrid-generators, fuel storage, lighting towers, engine drive welders and product related accessories to the UK and Irish rental markets, for both hire and purchase.

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