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    • Cub Cadet

      Cub Cadet launches new product classifications

      With a new year comes a new look, new names and new machinery for Cub Cadet as it continues to develop its products and customer engagement. This year will see three new series names to distinguish more clearly between its product categories – with these new series names orientated towards the requirements of the respective users. This means customers can quickly determine which products are the right ones to meet their specific needs. The product categories have been divided into the Force Series, the Enduro Series™ and the Pro-Series. The Force Series is the ‘entry level’ range, which consists of…

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    • Cub Cadet

      Cub Cadet’s new range receives sought after accolade

      Despite only being on the market for a matter of weeks, the new models from Cub Cadet have already received recognition from a leading gardening organisation. BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine has recognised both the XT2 PS107 and the CC114HA, with the latter receiving the “Best Buy” badge in a recent ride-on mowers test. The models were scored against competitors’ ride-on models and were recognised for having a very tight turning circle, superior handling and an excellent range of cutting heights. The XT2 PS107 was praised for its powerful twin-cylinder engine and cruise control facility, AND the CC114HA was described as…

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    • Ransomes Jacobsen

      Ransomes Jacobsen celebrates 185 years of mower manufacturing at Ipswich

      This year sees a major milestone in the grounds care industry with Ransomes Jacobsen celebrating its 185th anniversary of mower production at Ipswich. Edwin Budding’s historic lawnmower design was patented in 1830, and JR & A Ransome was the first company to obtain a licence to manufacture this remarkable invention. The first Ransomes-manufactured machine for domestic use was produced in 1832, and this signalled the beginning of commercial mower production in the UK. Although the company no longer produces domestic lawnmowers they are one of the leading commercial mower manufacturers supplying equipment to golf courses, local authorities, landscape contractors, sports…

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    • Stihl

      Viking brand to merge with STIHL in 2019

      As from 2019, the STIHL Group will market the entire product line of garden tool manufacturer VIKING exclusively under the STIHL brand name. The change enables it to concentrate all sales and marketing activities on one brand. STIHL executive board chairman Dr. Bertram Kandziora said: “We will take advantage of the existing unit sales and turnover potential of the present VIKING product line under the better known STIHL global brand – internationally.” Unlike global player STIHL, VIKING currently concentrates on the European market. This one brand strategy will see significant market growth for VIKING products, capitalising on the strong STIHL…

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    • GreenMech

      GreenMech wins patent action against Jensen

      GreenMech Patent Infringement action against Jensen in the German Patent Courts to protect its ‘Safe-Trak’ European Patent has been successfully concluded. Jensen has stopped production of its ‘X’ track. GreenMech’s unique Safe-Trak wood chipper is the world’s most successful tracked wood chipper of its type. Designed to safely access, and operate on, difficult terrain the patented Safe-Trak system incorporates two independently adjusted track mounted legs. By extending one track at a time embankments up to 35° can be traversed in complete safety. With both track mounts fully extended a massive ground clearance of up to 600mm can be achieved for clearance…

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    • Makita

      Makita’s new twin 18v cordless chainsaw matches petrol performance

      The new Makita DUC353Z Twin 18v Brushless motor chainsaw sets new standards for the cordless chainsaw and matches the logging performance of similar size petrol powered saws. At the same time this new saw offers the many values of cordless machines which have become recognised throughout the industry:  zero emissions; super-quiet operation; total control and high levels of efficiency and safety as standard. The Makita 36v direct-drive Brushless motor has a rated output of 1,100 watt, similar to a 32cc petrol machine, and comes fitted with identical 35cm length bar and a chain speed of 20 metres per second. The…

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    • Bomford Turner

      Bomford Turner launches two new models

      Bomford Turner has revealed two new models to strengthen its grip on the UK’s remotely-controlled mower market. The two new models consist of a compact 40hp model, and a much larger Supreme 70hp model. Each of the two tracks can be independently extended by the operator by 250mm / 10”. By widening the footprint to aid stability and grip, the mower can operate on inclines up to 55 degrees. With a powerful Perkins 40hp/70hp engine variants, twin-track grip, excellent manoeuvrability and flexible tool attachment options, Flailbot delivers robust all-terrain performance. Rubber and studded steel track choices offer the best traction…

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    • Kubota

      ANB Groundcare invests in Kubota

      Over the last decade, ANB Groundcare has continued to go from strength to strength thanks to on-going support from market-leading supplier of groundcare machinery solutions, Kubota. Back in 2006, Alastair Brooker founded ANB Groundcare with just £20,000 in the bank and an uncertainty of which direction to take the business. Today, the Berkshire-based company is well on its way to a £1m-a-year turnover, a feat achieved with dedication, hard work and a diverse fleet of machinery. The site team has now grown to seven, with Alastair’s wife Lucy in charge of the brand design and website and financial support, whilst…

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    • Ransomes

      Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk keeps coast cut with Ransomes

      The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has purchased five Ransomes Parkway Meteor flail mowers to maintain King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Hunstanton and surrounding coastal areas. Local Ransomes dealer, Bartram Mowers, made the delivery. The council has implemented a new grass cutting regime, which now sees the borough’s green spaces being cut six to 12 times per season. With a total of 650 acres to maintain, the council chose to purchase the Ransomes Parkway Meteor flail mowers to increase productivity whilst maintaining a high-quality finish. Chris Durham, operations manager for the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk,…

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    • nurseries

      Wyevale Nurseries staff member goes plant hunting in South America

      A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has recently just got back from a plant hunting in South America. Ben Gregory, product development coordinator at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, visited three nurseries in the country searching for some unusual plants while on holiday in December. The 24-year-old from Worcester explained: “Darwin Colombia in Bogota is an indirect supplier of ours. I wanted to experience the production style, techniques and quality of the nursery. I also wanted to explore if there were any further opportunities with them for the future that we are not currently…

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    • T H White

      T H WHITE Machinery Imports strengthens mowers team

      T H WHITE has announced the appointment of Laurence White as account manager South West and Wales, based at the Stockbridge branch. Laurence brings a wealth of experience to the team, having been employed as an area sales manager in the groundcare machinery trade for 22 years. Following an apprenticeship in the Agriculture industry, Laurence gained knowledge of the retail groundcare machinery trade, spending six years with Oakes Bros & Loxston Groundcare. He also gained experience of the agricultural machinery sales business, both in retail and as an area sales manager for a distributor. He brings strong product knowledge combined with good industry…

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    • Makita

      Makita UK marks 45 years in UK with power tool market leadership

      2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the UK sales, training and distribution centre for global power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation. An unbroken record of annual sales growth confirms that today the Makita brand is market leader in the UK’s competitive professional power tool league. Just two years ago Makita worldwide celebrated a century of growth since the Company’s foundation in 1915 at Anjo, Japan. Since 1972 Makita UK has delivered a consistently successful and ever expanding range of power tools for the professional tradesman. Today, there are more than 600 tools in the Makita UK range…

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    • Kubota

      Bumper start to 2017 for GGM Groundscare and Kubota

      Next year is set to be an exciting year for GGM Groundscare and Kubota as the two leading groundcare machinery specialists celebrate a 40 year landmark working in partnership together and the announcement that GGM is further expanding its operations with the orange liveried manufacturer in the North West. GGM’s and Kubota originally joined forces in 1976 when Michael Gibson purchased a horticultural dealer business at Highgate near Kirkham in Lancashire. Over the last 40 years, the relationship between the specialist machinery dealer and the market leading Japanese manufacturer has gone from strength to strength.  This has been based on GGM’s…

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    • Reesink

      Reesink Turfcare’s Clive Pinnock first in industry to be granted LTA Level 4

      Reesink Turfcare’s Clive Pinnock, who has been in the industry for over 32 years, is the first in the turfcare sector to achieve a level four in the Landbased Technician Accreditation scheme (LTA), one of the highest training accolades there is. Clive completed all his training through Reesink, which was recognised as an assessment training centre in 2016 by the administrators of the LTA scheme to offer training to level two and three. Neil Adams, commercial training manager at Reesink Turfcare, said: “Clive has been granted LTA four status by the engineering council for his services to the industry over the last…

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    • JCB

      Magnificent seven JCBs for highways hire firm

      A Somerset-based construction firm has ordered a further three of JCBs new 3CX Compact models after the outstanding performance of its first four models. Connor Construction (Southwest) Ltd, which specialises in the hire of plant and labour to the UK and global highways industry, initially ordered four of the brand new JCB backhoe loaders from dealer Holt JCB in Summer 2016. The company was so impressed by the performance of the new 3CX Compact models, that is has now added a further three to its fleet. Connor Construction (Southwest) Ltd’s director and founder, Ian Webb said: “We selected JCB because in…

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    • apprentice

      John Deere firsts for apprentice training

      John Deere’s first female and forestry technicians have been registered in the latest intake for the company’s award winning apprenticeship scheme, managed by training provider ProVQ, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. A total of 34 apprentices have signed up to begin their first year of training in the work-based Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, including Zoe Parker of dealer Ben Burgess Coates and Matthew McPherson of John Deere Forestry in Carlisle. The apprentices, their families and sponsoring dealers attended an induction day at John Deere’s Langar headquarters and were given a tour of…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc launches the Rasion Easy Pedestrian Mower

      Following the successful launch of the Pellenc Rasion Basic and Smart models in 2015, the company has announced the latest pedestrian rotary mower in the range – the Pellenc Rasion Easy. The Rasion Easy is a combination of the previous two models launched last year as Etesia UK operations director Les Malin explains: “We found that the manual operation of the Rasion Basic has been more appropriate to commercial operators yet they also liked the self-propelled element of the Rasion Smart. For this reason, Pellenc has launched the Rasion Easy – a combination from both of the previous models.” The…

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    • Timberwolf

      Timberwolf strengthens UK and Ireland dealer network

      Timberwolf has further strengthened its UK and Ireland dealer network with the appointment of Leinster Turf Equipment as its dealer for Northern Ireland. This new appointment builds on the existing success Leinster Turf Equipment has achieved with the Timberwolf brand over the last three years as the dealer for the Irish market. “We are very much looking forward to working with Timberwolf in both Ireland and Northern Ireland markets,” explains Derek Inglis, director Leinster Turf Equipment. “We have already received significant interest in Northern Ireland following the recent launch of TW 280TDHB, TW 280TFTR and TW 160PH products.” The news,…

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    • Etesia

      Etesia UK dealers rewarded with trip to Japan

      Three lucky Etesia UK dealers recently jetted off to the Land of the Rising Sun and an once-in-a-lifetime trip, as part of the company’s Attila sales competition. With a total of twenty places on offer, entry was open to all Etesia outlets across the whole of Europe. In announcing the UK winners at the Etesia UK ‘Partners in Excellence’ awards held last month, Etesia’s operations director, Les Malin said: “Competition has been fierce throughout the year, so I am delighted that so many dealers from the UK have responded to the challenge and won a chance to visit Japan. Their…

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    • Forst

      Först woodchipper distribution expanded into Europe

      Redwood Global, manufacturer of Först woodchipper, has now expanded distribution of its market leading range of high performance and robust woodchippers into Europe following a period of significant growth. The manufacturer has set up strategic dealer partnerships with industry experts in France, Norway and Denmark that will see arboricultural sales specialists solely distribute Först machines throughout the new territories. In addition, Redwood Global as formed a subsidiary company (Först Gmbh) that is based in Germany to specifically meet significant customer demand in the country. Först Gmbh and each dealership will distribute Först’s premium range of 6” and 8” wheeled, tracked…

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    • ECHO

      New ECHO top handle chainsaw

      The latest top handle chainsaw in ECHO’s range of new generation chainsaws is now available in the UK. Weighing in at just 2.3kg (dry weight w/o bar and chain), the CS-2511TES is ECHO’s lightest and most compact saw to date, highly manoeuvrable and easy to use for long periods with little fatigue, thanks to the compact design. It is the attention to detail in the design that sets this saw apart. The ECHO engineers have taken the approach that user experience, and the environments they are working in, are crucial to the way the saw is designed. The engine produces…

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    • WorldSkills

      Makita tools help finalists of APL WorldSkills UK

      The UK’s largest skills show held at the NEC Birmingham, 17 – 19 November, included the final of the APL WorldSkills UK competition in Landscaping, organised by the Association of Professional Landscapers, designed to select Britain’s entrants to the WorldSkills Competition in Russia in 2019. Makita, one of Britain’s leading professional power tool manufacturers, has supported this competition for a number of years and has provided a comprehensive inventory of drills, impact drivers, mitre saws and petrol disc cutters. This year the seven finalists used Makita tools during the two and a half day landscape garden build. The test piece…

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    • iseki

      Iseki TG series of medium range tractors

      Iseki, renowned manufacturer of groundcare tractors and mowers, has introduced a new series of TG tractors, ideal for municipal and grounds maintenance applications as well as light agricultural use. The new range of tractors will be showcased at LAMMA 2017 at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Iseki mowers and tractors are distributed in the U.K and Europe by Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of turf maintenance equipment. The new TG6 series, which replaces the TG5, features a range of four compact tractors – the TG6370 IQ, TG6400 HST, TG6490 IQ, TG6490 HST, TG6620 HST and TG6670 HST. The…

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    • husqvarna

      Husqvarna updates full range of Personal Protective clothing

      Husqvarna — one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and garden products — makes updates to its entire range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for professionals and demanding users, allowing them improved protection and comfort. Out of the range, Technical Extreme receives a major update that improves protection without sacrificing mobility. Husqvarna Technical Extreme gets a great new feature in this update: Tech-Knee. Technical Extreme is Husqvarna’s ultimate range of protective clothing, made especially for professionals who work in the toughest environments on a daily basis. With Tech-Knee technology, Technical Extreme now grants professionals enhanced saw protection, thanks…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc launches smart Battery Park Management

      Pellenc has announced the launch of an intelligent smart Battery Park Management (BMS) system, which will allow users to charge up to ten batteries simultaneously. With Pellenc tools having gained popularity over the past six years since they were launched, Etesia UK – the official UK and Ireland distributor – has found that users are now using multiple batteries that require recharging overnight, as Les Malin, operations director explains: “When operators previously used multiple batteries, it meant having a series of chargers all requiring individual 13amp sockets on a bench taking up valuable space but also using unsafe extension leads…

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