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      Paneltex launches new range of 7.5t electric trucks with Magtec

      At Cenex-LCV 2018, the UK low carbon vehicle event held at Milbrook last week, Paneltex announced the launch of its new production range of Magtec powered 7.5 tonne electric trucks. These feature three models covering parcel carrier, caged tipper and refrigerated box body.   The company has spent 10 years developing its electric truck range, with support from several key customers. Paneltex announced that it is going into series production of these 7.5 tonne electric trucks in conjunction with Magtec.   The new truck is based on the standard Isuzu N75 7.5t chassis cab with a 3815m wheelbase. The Paneltex…

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    • timbersports

      British team named for Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship

      Team GB aim to make most of home advantage in the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, which takes place at Echo Arena Liverpool on 19 – 20 October. British champion Elgan Pugh teams up with fellow countrymen Glen Penlington, David Thomas and Andrew Evans. Craig Golder is in reserve. This is the first time the UK has hosted the Stihl TIMBERSPORTS World Championship. Stihl TIMBERSPORTS is an international extreme sports competition series. It involves athletes sawing, slicing and chopping wood at speed, using axes and saws. The World Championship will see the best athletes from more than 20 nations around the…

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    • toro finance

      Four Toro finance schemes with ten ways to purchase

      Reesink Turfcare’s four Toro finance schemes offering ten ways to pay launched last year and are back again.   Reesink national sales manager Jeff Anguige explains the reason for its success: “The schemes allow customers to turn one new Toro machine into a fleet for the same year’s budget. Instead of buying one machine with your annual machinery replacement budget you put it towards a fleet. It’s the cost-effective way to get the latest and best quality machinery you need, now. Plus, you get more of what you need for less.”   All four schemes, which comprises Toro Triple Finance…

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    • pellenc

      Pellenc choose SALTEX to launch new range of tools

      Pellenc has chosen SALTEX 2018 to launch a new range of battery-powered hand tools on stand E055.   Full details are being kept secret until the show opens on 31 October at the NEC Birmingham. However, there will be three new products joining the portfolio.   Pellenc is a forerunner when it comes to lithium-ion technology and high efficiency ‘brushless’ motors. The bran has established itself as a top choice in the ‘zero emission’ professional power tools market. The two technologies makes it possible to eliminate direct emission of greenhouse gases. That, plus significantly reduce noise and vibration. It meets…

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    • eco-friendly weed killer

      Burleys star in eco-friendly weed killer video

      Burleys, who use eco-friendly weed killer on a commercial basis, plays a role in a new video promoting the benefits of the Foamstream system.   The six-minute video features organisations from the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Sweden – as well as the UK. They have switched to using the herbicide free hot foam treatment. This is both effective and safe to use around watercourses and children’s play areas.   The Foamstream system, created by Weedingtech, is enjoying a massive surge in popularity. This comes as local councils search for green alternatives to chemical treatments.   Interviewees include: A French…

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    • fuel

      Government could increase ethanol content in fuel – here’s the potential affect on machinery

      BALI’s technical officer Owen Baker takes a closer look at the future of fuel. In particular, petrol, and what we must consider as the UK government decides on ethanol concentration in fuel. This is then considered by the lasting ramifications on landscaping machinery. BALI investigates.   We rely heavily on petrol as a fuel source, but often give it little thought… until it runs out.  Most of us don’t think twice about what we put in the tank when we’re rushing to get work done or thinking of the next site visit.  After all, it all comes from the same hole…

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    • isuzu

      Isuzu Grafter Green prove to be the ‘smart’ choice

      Midlands sister companies Smart Cut Ltd and TFN Landscapes purchase a further 10 of the latest Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5 tonne rigids. These are joining the 40-strong combined vehicle fleet on a progressive basis from May to October this year. The Isuzu N35.125 Grafter Green rigids represent over 35% of the Smart Cut and TFN fleets. According to Smart Cut and TFN, their aim is to become an exclusively Isuzu fleet by the end of 2019. “Our initial attraction to Isuzu came from the payload. An impressive 7 tonne GTW Grafter as a result of its 3.5tonne gross towing capacity. This…

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    • ppe

      Understanding PPE for landscaping professionals

      Harriet Orme from personal protective equipment (PPE) experts Zoro talks to Pro Landscaper about the importance of PPE for landscaping professionals.   For landscapers whose job involves a lot of manual labour, it’s crucial to protect workers from harm. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (1992) require precautionary measures in place.   Although other measures are available, landscapers should always have relevant PPE for the job they’re doing. It isn’t always clear what PPE is necessary however, so the following should assist you:   How will PPE help landscapers? When working in such a demanding industry,PPE must be available…

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    • irrigation systems

      Peter Longman on Irrigation Systems

      Effective irrigation systems, technology and practice provide a major contribution to water conservation, Peter Longman, Northen Europe Landscape Area Manager, Rain Bird Europe tells us more. We sometimes take the availability of water for granted. Yet the heatwave of summer 2018, with its threat of hose pipe bans, reminds us not to be complacent. We need to take measures to combat the fact that water is not the abundant resource it would appear to be. Around 97% of all the earth’s water is saltwater, 2% is held in snow and icebergs and only 1% is freshwater  – the only portion currently…

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    • Makita

      Makita UK teams up with BALI again for SALTEX 2018

      The Makita UK stand will showcase the ever-growing garden machinery range suitable for professional landscaping contractors, groundsmen and forestry workers.The BALI Zone features and promotes leading BALI registered affiliate and contractor members.  Also confirmed for this year are Boningale Nurseries, Green-tech, British Sugar TOPSOIL, EverEdge and YMCA Training. “We are really looking forward to returning to the BALI Zone at this year’s Saltex and to be teaming up with other leading names in the landscaping industry,” says Mark Earles, Business Development Manager, Makita UK.  “There will be a focus on our expanding cordless range but visitors will be able to…

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    • PSD Groundscare

      Tackling lawn damage during a heatwave

      Most people are enjoying the hot weather we’ve had over the past few months, but for our industry it is proving to be a problem with lawn damage. As much as we don’t want to moan about the weather the combination of high temperatures and drought has caused a lot of plant grass to die off. PSD Groundscare offers their advice on how to manage your lawn in this weather with the ELIET DZC600. How to tackle Lawn damage?      There are many options to offer a quick solution with a well thought out renovation plan, these include: Clean the lawn:…

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    • stihl

      STIHL enhances battery offering

      STIHL has launched a new generation of PRO 36V batteries. These offer higher battery capacity and a new orange design for increased visibility.   Both the AP 100 and AP 200 are direct replacements of the current versions. Both will allow for up to 25% more run time when used in conjunction with STIHL PRO Cordless tools.   Even with increased capacity of the new batteries, both remain the same weight as their current versions. AP 100 weighing 0.8kg and the AP 200 at 1.2kg. This ensures professionals can use STIHL tools for longer without the extra weight.   The…

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    • pellenc

      Pellenc battery power embraced by major corporation

      Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property management companies, has reported a number of significant benefits since investing in a large fleet of Pellenc battery powered equipment. Places for People has over 50 years’ experience in delivering and maintaining large-scale, multi-phased, mixed-tenure developments and regeneration projects. Their ethos is to create sustainable communities which people are proud to call home and that applies to every aspect – whether it be housing, green spaces or communal areas. Places for People Landscapes responsible for the maintenance of properties and grounds from Newcastle in the North to Portsmouth in the South,…

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    • simon tullett

      Simon Tullett obituary 1948 – 2018

      It is very sad to report that, in this personality-led industry, one of the well known names has left us. Simon Tullett, founder of STM Co Ltd of Warwickshire – well known as the suppliers of SCAG equipment – died in hospital recently. He had had health problems for a couple of years and was awaiting heart surgery, but sadly succumbed to kidney failure. It is very touching that, once indications came about that things were really not good, the hospital assisted in the arrangements for a wedding blessing to take place at his bedside for the marriage of his…

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    • potential

      Helping young potential with Kubota and PACCAR Scout Camp partnership

      Kubota UK has joined forces with PACCAR Scout Camp, a charity funded organisation dedicated to helping young people achieve their physical, intellectual and social potential. PACCAR Scout Camp, located in Buckinghamshire, provides a fun and exciting camping experience for youth organisations, including Scouts, Guides and school groups. Visitors have the opportunity to experience an assortment of activities, from abseiling and archery, to climbing, high ropes and bushcraft. The Japanese manufacturer is working in partnership with PACCAR Scout Camp as part of its on-going initiative to support charities that are focused not only on improving the prosperous life of humans, but…

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    • allett

      Allett introduce new C27 cylinder mower

      Allett Mowers have introduce a new 27” cylinder mower to their professional mower range. The Allett C27 is an addition to the professional the ‘Quick Cartridge’ options that make these mowers, essentially eight machines in one. Powered by the Honda GX200 engine, the 27” cylinder cutting system comes with substantial front and rear rollers. The six bladed cylinder produces 111 cuts per metre (101 cuts/yard) while the eight blade will give you 148 cuts per metre (135cuts/yard) irrespective of forward speed. It also features handle-mounted levers for drive and cartridge engagement and the adjustable handlebars have anti-vibration mountings. Together with…

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    • multiengine

      STIHL upgrades MultiEngine offering

      Adding to its range of MultiSystem tools, STIHL has unveiled the new MM 56 MultiEngine suitable for a wide range of tasks in lawn maintenance, soil cultivation and surface cleaning. Replacing the MM 55, the new MM 56 delivers more power and torque thanks to the upgraded 2-Mix engine, providing that little bit extra when needed. STIHL 2-Mix technology also offers higher efficiency and lower emissions, rendering it more economical than its predecessor. Supplied with a wheel kit as standard, the MM 56 is compatible with the extensive range of existing attachments and is suitable for a host of different…

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    • ransomes

      Ransomes chosen for Palace Gardens

      Blenheim Palace, located in Oxfordshire, has taken delivery of a Ransomes MP495 cylinder mower to maintain its prestigious gardens. Delivered by local dealer The Turney Group, this purchase is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between Ransomes, The Turney Group and Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal English country house to hold the title of ‘palace’. The Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and welcomes around 800,000 visitors every year. Hilary Wood, Head of Gardens at Blenheim Palace, manages a team of 10 full-time and…

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    • swift

      Major upgrades for Swift Roller Mowers

      Already renowned for their low maintenance and durable machinery, Major Equipment has announced a series of upgrades to their tractor mounted Swift Roller Mowers. These mowers are available in working widths from 1.9m to 5.4m. Built light to allow them to be used on smaller compact tractors, there is no compromise on strength with the use of Strenx™ 700 MC high-yield steel, which is stronger than steel traditionally used in machinery. Now the mower bodies are galvanised using zinc hot-dip galvanisation for added protection from harsh exterior conditions. Hot-dip coating of the metal doubles the life span compared with painting…

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    • innovation

      Landscaping product innovation from student competition

      A compact balcony hook shelf, children’s planters, an ergonomic gardening multi-tool and a hydroponic aquarium which combines a planter are some of the ingenious, innovation ideas that students came up with in a national competition to design a modern gardening product. The students, from universities around the UK and Ireland, have been praised for their ingenuity in coming up with fresh angles for new gardening products – and in particular for thinking creatively about those with little more than a balcony or a window box to play with. They were the finalists in the 2018 Design Innovation in Plastics award…

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    • IMPACT

      Pro Landscaper small project BIG IMPACT Awards prize list announced

      Entering the small project BIG IMPACT Awards has a host of benefits. First and foremost, the winners will receive extensive coverage within Pro Landscaper magazine, giving both designers and contractors a huge boost in reputation. With the awards being held at FutureScape, the UK’s biggest landscaping exhibition, networking and exposure will be incredibly high for any winners or shortlisted entrants as well. If industry-wide praise and recognition for your project wasn’t enough to make you enter the first small project BIG IMPACT Awards, then there’s more! Pro Landscaper has partnered with some of the biggest business and industry brands to…

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    • record

      Ground Control smash winter maintenance record of gritting visits

      Specialist external maintenance and commercial landscaping company Ground Control has carried out a record breaking number of gritting visits this winter season. The company made 325,000 visits during the winter months to make roads and estates safe this winter, smashing their previous record of 221,000. The exciting news follows some of the harshest conditions the UK has seen in years, with storms, heavy snow and freezing temperatures continuing well into April. Richard Johnson, director of Winter Maintenance at Ground Control, said: “Reliable, effective gritting services are absolutely vital in adverse weather conditions – and with storms like the ‘Beast from…

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    • backpack

      New Stihl Backpack Batteries put to the test by Conquest Creative Spaces

      Pro Landscaper has teamed up with Conquest Creative Spaces and Stihl to bring you the rising landscaping company’s verdict on the kit manufacturers latest backpack batteries and kit. The first products to be tested in this segment are the AR 2000 and the AR 3000 backpack batteries. Each of these are high capacity lithium-ion battery packs, with light indicators to monitor power level, connection cables with AP adapters and harness with lap belt and central buckle. Everyday Use After several weeks of use, managing director Ross Conquest gives us his opinion on these backpack batteries. “They’re very comfortable – ideal…

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    • contractors

      GreenBlue Urban to host ‘Contractors Day’ this July

      GreenBlue Urban announces the launch of the next generation Soil cell solution RootSpace 400. The GreenBlue Urban RootSpace® system is in essence, a soil support system for urban tree planting – designed for maximum uncompacted soil and rooting volume, is utility friendly with economic freight and industry leading strength characteristics. To celebrate the launch, GreenBlue Urban are inviting key contractors to their headquarters in Bodiam, East Sussex on Wednesday 4 July 2018 for a contractors day. Visitors will assist in a trial tree pit to discover first-hand how easy RootSpace is to put together with each stage identified in installing a…

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    • butler

      Sean Butler answers Pro Landscaper reader’s burning questions

      We asked you, the readers of Pro Landscaper to send in your questions concerning all elements of the landscaping industry. This week, we speak with Sean Butler of Cube 1994, to help tackle some of the biggest questions in landscaping today. What is best to do if a client is unhappy with an installation that cannot be altered? This simply comes down to communication. The client and the contractor should be communicating on a regular basis and this scenario should never happen. I believe that everything can be altered it’s just who is going to pay? If it’s too expensive…

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