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    • Bailoy

      Bailoy brings distribution of its irrigation products in-house

      In a move to bring clarity and certainty to its distribution channel, Bailoy Irrigation Control Systems has decided to bring the distribution of all its products in the UK and Ireland in-house. In effect from the 1 January 2018, this means customers with GTI Gemini and Trident products should contact Bailoy, rather than previous distributor Reesink Turfcare, for spares, support and sales. Adam Lovejoy, Bailoy’s managing director, says: “We have enjoyed a productive working relationship with Reesink and Toro for 25 years, but with recent changes in product and service ranges for both companies it made sense to bring the…

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    • Toro Proline

      Toro introduces new Proline mower

      Toro, a global leader in turf and landscape maintenance equipment, has announced the launch of the new 53cm heavy-duty Proline mower (model 22280). Available now, the new model has several enhanced features, including simplified controls and improved ergonomics for operator comfort. The Toro Proline range is well known for its ability to withstand the demands of professional gardeners, landscapers and local authorities. The latest mower in the line focuses on durability and minimising hand-arm vibration and achieves a low hand-arm vibration of only 2.7m/s². This enables nearly seven hours of continual use every day before exceeding the EAV. The Proline…

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    • Pellenc

      Double A confirmed as new Pellenc Dealer

      Double A has recently been appointed as the authorised dealer for the full range of professional battery powered tools by Pellenc, in the North East of Scotland. Double A is a family run business owned by Sandy Armit and his wife Aileen. They started the business working from home in 1996 and have since seen it grow into one of the largest turf dealerships in the UK. The company now operates from two depots, situated in Cupar and Aberdeen, and has built up a complete portfolio of products and services for customers covering all aspects of the business, including service…

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    • Först

      Först to showcase new lightweight petrol woodchipper at EHS

      Först will be showcasing its new sub 750kg petrol powered woodchipper at this year’s Executive Hire Show (EHS), as diesel alternatives continue to become more and more popular amongst contractors, arborists and landscapers. The ST6P is an extension of Först’s popular range of six-inch capacity machines, which is powered by a 37hp V twin petrol engine, meaning the woodchipper is not only compliant with the new Stage V emissions legislation coming into play in 2019, but also matches the strength and performance that users have come to expect from Först’s diesel powered machines. Först was able to manufacture the sub…

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    • Etesia

      Les Malin appointed managing director for Etesia UK

      In his third successive promotion, Les Malin has been appointed as the new managing director of Etesia UK with immediate effect. After starting his career in the farming industry at the age of 16, Les moved into the groundscare industry in 1993. He joined Etesia UK from Amazone in 2000 as area manager and was appointed general manager in 2006. He quickly became an influential figure within the company and in 2014 he was promoted to operations director – a move which saw him become the company’s first ever UK director. Following the retirement of Etesia SAS president Patrick Vives…

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    • Makita adds to its 10.8V CXT range

      Makita has added three new tools to the increasingly popular 10.8v CXT range in which the compact size of these high performance tools is proving valuable for confined space operations. The new Makita PT354 CXT Pin Nailer can fire five alternative lengths of 23 gauge (0.6mm) nails. The magazine will hold 100 pieces of either 15, 18, 25, 30 or 35mm long nails. Key features included in this compact and lightweight 2kg nailer include simple depth adjustment, anti-dry-fire mechanism, high visibility nose tip, low rebound mechanism for easier long pin nailing, trigger lock and LED job light. The PT354 is…

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    • STIHL

      STIHL expands battery capability

      Weighing only 5.5kg, the slim ergonomic design of the AR 1000 allows the weight to be carried closer to the operators back, making it more comfortable during operation, particularly over longer periods. Also, the attachable rain cover means its use is not dictated by weather conditions. A comfortable harness with a waist and chest strap come as standard and the new design includes a USB port to allow the user to charge devices such as mobile phones. The battery backpack enables the extended use of STIHL cordless products such as hedge trimmers, blowers and brush cutters. This versatility is particularly…

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    • Kubota

      Kubota UK shares future vision and Stage V strategy

      Over 50 key independent dealer and distributor customers recently attended Kubota UK’s 2017 Engines Conference, held at Mercedes Benz World, home of the famous Brooklands racing circuit in Surrey. The conference – entitled ‘Kubota – The Answer’, gave Kubota UK’s Engines Division the opportunity to share its future vision and the plans that the world class manufacturer of industrial diesel and dual fuel engines has put in place to surpass Stage V emissions standards, due to come into force in 2019/20. Delegates learnt more about Kubota Corporation’s commitment to being a global major brand at the conference and gained a…

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    • TOBROCO-GIANT sets up UK head office

      TOBROCO-GIANT – manufacturer of telescopic wheeled loaders, telehandlers and skid steers – has had a presence in the UK for some time and due to increasing demand GIANT has decided to set up a UK head office with a state-of-the-art showroom, workshop and parts department as well as a highly skilled sales team. Offering a range of 16 compact loaders, telehandlers and skid steers that have the ability to be transported on a trailer, they also offer over 100 attachment options making your life easier by using one machine for multiple jobs. The machines have been handpicked out of the…

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    • Grounds clearance made easy with Billy Goat

      Grounds teams are being encouraged to make the most of the better weather and prepare areas before temperatures drop. Robust brushcutters from Billy Goat are designed for cutting the toughest of overgrown areas. They plough through dense brush up to 6″ high, as well as grass and weeds as tall as 8″. These powerful brushcutters are unfazed by hidden items lurking in the grass. They make clearing vast areas, meadows and fields a breeze, as well as also being handy for clearing paths and tackling overgrowth that has perhaps got a little out of hand. There are five models in…

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    • Reesink

      Reesink enjoys first year success

      Reesink Turfcare is marking its first year success as Toro distributor following the acquisition last July by Royal Reesink N.V. of the turfcare activities of Lely in the UK, Ireland and Denmark – and it’s been a successful 12 months, built on a strong legacy. That’s according to managing director, David Cole, who says: “Reesink Turfcare began life with a great legacy in place. Lely had an excellent record as distributor of Toro turf machinery and irrigation products in the UK for over 30 years, and Reesink brought with it 60 years’ unrivalled experience as Toro distributor in the Netherlands.…

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    • complete weed control

      Complete Weed Control embraces innovative Jacobsen SprayTek

      The south and central Wales branch of Complete Weed Control, the specialist contract service franchise, has purchased a Jacobsen SprayTek XP sprayer to help with the eradication of weeds in the region. Chris Philips, Sarah Philips and Alan Abel are directors of Complete Weed Control – South and Central Wales. Commenting on the decision to purchase the Jacobsen SprayTek XP, Chris said: “When the opportunity arose to purchase a new sprayer, we booked in numerous demos to see what was available on the market. The Jacobsen SprayTek was the first machine we had on demo, and we used it as…

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    • SCH

      SCH (Supplies) Ltd announces increase in sales

      We’ve had a prolonged dry spell in the UK and this means that keeping plants, turf and trees watered becomes a more essential task than usual. SCH (Supplies) Ltd says it has noticed a definite increase in orders for its water units and bowsers over the last few weeks. “Because we have such a diverse range, we’ve had many existing and new customers turning to us to solve their watering problems,” says managing director Andrew Rodwell. “We manufacture push along sprayers, towed sprayers and skid mounted waterers. We make large capacity units, small capacity units, dampening units and dedicated hanging…

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    • V-Ride

      SCAG V-Ride earns its stripes

      The “V-Ride” stand-on mower is in the range of SCAG mowers supplied by STM Co Ltd in the UK and parts of Europe which finds its popularity for being a small and nimble machine, ideal for intricate work. Now Jamie Jones of Jamie’s Garden Services, working on domestic and commercial contracts in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, has added to its virtuosity by having a striper unit added. This was specially developed for him by STM, using a standard SCAG Turf Tiger striper unit converted to fit the machine. He came to choose a V-Ride after much research, a lot of which…

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    • security

      Armorgard ticks all the security boxes

      The sharp rise of tool theft is widespread and a real concern for the trades’ person, vehicle operators and commercial vehicle body builders. Tools stolen from a vehicle are not only a cause of inconvenience. You have the cost of replacement and, most importantly, the potentially severe damage to the vehicle and additional cost in downtime. There is a simple solution. A secure ‘vault’ where you can lock away anything that is valuable, easily fitted and offering complete peace of mind. Armorgard is a company which focuses on providing the best solutions to solving the issues of tool theft, and it…

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    • Etesia

      Etesia launches Bahia Joyride

      Etesia UK has announced the launch of the Bahia Joyride – a unique ride-on mower controlled by a joystick or via GPS for autonomous operation. Working in partnership with FeBroLift GmbH, the Bahia Joyride is operated exclusively by a joystick: some of its features, such as automatic emptying of the grass box (optional) or start/stop of the machine and cutting deck controls are all controlled from the central joystick control unit. The joystick control can be installed on the right or left hand side of the machine ensuring that the ride-on mower can be used by people with reduced mobility…

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    • gardens

      Hamilton Brothers and Kubota make the cut for Mount Stuart Trust Gardens

      The Mount Stuart Trust makes headway with restoration plans for Bute Estate’s historic gardens thanks to a little help from Hamilton Brothers and Kubota. Hailed as the Isle of Bute’s crowning jewel, Mount Stuart, a Neo-Gothic Victorian mansion with 300 acres of gardens and grounds is one of Scotland’s most stunning tourist attractions. With the celebration of Mount Stuart Garden’s 300th anniversary this year, the gardens team has turned to its trusted groundcare machinery dealer, Hamilton Brothers, to help with restoration plans. With several old Kubota’s in its garden fleet, Don Murray M.Sc., FCIHort, FLS, head of landscapes and horticulture at Mount…

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    • Ventrac

      Ventrac dealer network continues to grow

      The UK Ventrac dealer network continues to grow with the appointment of SGM Contracts in Scotland. The family-run business is one of the leading providers of both groundcare and garden machinery, offering a range of products and related services to councils, contractors, turf maintenance professionals, golf clubs and domestic home gardeners. Based on the Belleknowes Industrial Estate, Inverkeithing near Edinburgh, SGM has an established customer base, including an extensive hire business featuring equipment from a number of the major manufacturers such as John Deere, Ransomes, Jacobsen, Toro and Scag. Rupert Price, managing director of UK importers Price Turfcare said: “From…

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    • Isuzu

      Record breaking 6th consecutive success for Isuzu’s award-winning Grafter

      The Isuzu Grafter 3.5t rigid truck has won the 2017 ‘Best Builder’s Truck’ award for a record breaking sixth time in succession. The multi-award winning trophy for Isuzu Truck, presented by leading UK business van magazine ‘Trade Van Driver’, is unprecedented in the history of this publication’s awards programme. Isuzu Truck UK’s managing director Pete Murphy and Noriko Ishida from Isuzu Motors Ltd received the prestigious award from TVD’s editor Matthew Eisenegger at last month’s CV Show at the NEC in Birmingham. According to this year’s judging panel: “In the eyes of the judging panel, the Isuzu is everything any…

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    • Machinery specialist launches new depot

      One of the leading groundcare machinery specialist, Gibson’s Garden Machinery Ltd has officially opened a new North West depot, as it celebrates a 40-year partnership with top manufacturer Kubota. The new depot will allow GGM to increase its Kubota area coverage and expand its operations across the North West to include Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Lancashire and Cheshire while operating out of a new state of the art premises in Haydock, located just off the M6. The depot was officially opened at a prestigious event last week, which was attended by customers from right across the new region. The event also saw the…

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    • CE marking for Classen aerator

      The new Classen TA18 aerator now has CE marking in compliance with EU health and safety requirements. This follows the conformity assessment and issue of the EC Declaration of Conformity, so dealers can be assured each machine will come with CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation. The CE has been done by an independent company to confirm the vibration figures at only 3.6ms². The assessment complements the innovative features of the new aerator, with its compact, streamlined design and steerable tine bank. The width of the aerator is 27.2 inches, allowing it to fit through most gates and doors…

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    • Toro introduces new TITAN HD zero-turn mowers

      Toro, a global leader in turf and landscape maintenance equipment, has announced its new line of TITAN HD zero-turn mowers. These all-new machines can be equipped with unique tool-mounting brackets for unprecedented versatility and increased efficiency. Specifically designed for landscape professionals looking for great results and durability at outstanding value, the new highly maneuverable TITAN HD is available in two cutting widths – 122cm and 132cm. TITAN HD mowers are built to last with rugged, reliable frames and Toro’s highly acclaimed TURBO FORCE® cutting decks that offer excellent quality of cut and durability. The TITAN HD lineup is powered by…

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    • The Turf Tiger 2 – Latest version of the long-running model  

      STM Co Ltd in Warwickshire represent SCAG grasscutting machinery in the UK and Europe, so much so that they were given the award International Distributor of the Year by SCAG in 2016. SCAG maintain a policy of continuous development for their grasscutting machinery and debris clearance Giant Vac product range, and a significant series of changes come with the arrival of the Turf Tiger 2, to take the place of the long-running Turf Tiger ride-on model. As well as improvements like extra strength for the double-tube steel frame, increased fuel tank capacity and heavy duty oil cooler – it’s all…

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    • Heligan invests in its future

      Cornwall’s award-winning The Lost Gardens of Heligan estate has re-established a working partnership with John Deere and local professional turf equipment dealer Masons Kings after more than 20 years. The 200-plus acre estate at Pentewan near St Austell has invested in a new fleet of 10 machines plus ancillary equipment valued at over £200,000, in a John Deere Financial five-year lease hire deal including PowerGard protection. Its first John Deere machine, an 855 compact tractor, was provided in 1995 by the previous dealer, Cornwall Farmers, to help in the restoration of The Lost Gardens after their rediscovery in 1990. This…

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    • New Harrier 41 Pro rear roller mower from Hayter

      Hayter, makers of the finest mowers, are proud to introduce the Harrier 41 Pro to their range. Designed for landscape professionals, this mower is an all-new addition to the Harrier rear-roller mower line-up that’s been integral to the Hayter portfolio for more than 30 years. Available February 2017, the Harrier 41 Pro is specifically designed to meet the needs of landscape contractors and gardeners wanting to achieve a high-quality, striped turf finish in small to medium gardens and grassed areas. Class-leading collection is paramount to the Harrier 41 Pro’s design. The new shape cast aluminum deck, designed using aerospace airflow…

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