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    • Newest member of Ransomes MP Series adds new dimension to wide-area mowing

      Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has launched the latest machine in its MP Series of wide-area mowers. The Ransomes MP653 XC is the world’s first and only wide area rotary mower with a 4.27m cutting width, increasing productivity by up to 25% (up to 1 hectare per hour more) over traditional 3.4m mowers. Designed and manufactured at Ransomes Jacobsen’s European headquarters in Ipswich, the MP Series is primarily targeted at the municipal sector, and provides multiple options from a single design platform. The Ransomes MP653 XC is the largest in the MP Series of wide area rotary mowers…

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    • Barrus

      Digital marketing team strengthened at Barrus

      E. P. Barrus has announced the appointment of Francesca Toman as social media and PR coordinator for the marketing services department. Francesca has recently graduated from the University of Manchester achieving a 2:1 in Management and Marketing of Fashion Textiles. Prior to joining Barrus, Francesca has been developing her social media and PR skills within the charity and promotional clothing sectors. Francesca is keen to progress a career in digital marketing and she is enthusiastic about her new position at Barrus commenting: “The position at Barrus offered a great opportunity to develop my experience in social marketing and PR, and…

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    • Farnham

      Farnham Tool Hire excavator fleet now exclusively Bobcat

      Since being acquired eight years ago by the current owner, Farnham Tool Hire has continued to expand, offering a hire service to trade and private customers alike, ranging from garden and landscaping equipment to plant and construction tools. During that time, the compact excavator fleet at the Farnham-based company has grown from three units to 18 machines and is now comprised exclusively of Bobcat micro- and mini-excavators, all supplied by Bobcat of London, based in West Thurrock in Essex, the Authorised Bobcat Dealer for London and the South East. Farnham Tool Hire bought its first Bobcat excavators six years ago and now…

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    • Toro’s new triple flail mower a hit with Cambridgeshire schools

      The grounds maintenance division of Cambridgeshire Bradgate Fencing has reported fantastic client feedback since putting its new Toro LT-F3000 triple flail mower to the test. Maintaining the amenity and sports facilities of schools primarily in the Peterborough, Huntingdon, Cambridge and St Neots areas, the family-run business saw the new mower arrive on site in May. Highly productive and versatile, the recently released heavy-duty LT-F3000 is designed to endure the challenges of reduced frequency mowing cycles, delivering the perfect cut in a multitude of different conditions and environments. Joining two other competitor brand machines at Bradgate Fencing, company director Richard Bradley explained why…

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    • EGO

      The long and short of it introduced to EGO’s hedge trimmer range

      Two lengths of hedge trimmer are now available in the range of 56 volt lithium-ion powered garden products from EGO Power+. The range, which previously consisted solely of a 61cm option, now features a shorter 51cm model. As well as the new length, the brand has also introduced an articulating hedge feature that rotates to 45 and 90 degrees, both left and right, to help gardeners trim hard to reach areas. The new model also features an extended 33mm blade gap, 11mm more than the 61cm model. As well as having an increased load speed of 3000 to 3600 rpm.…

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    • SALTEX

      SALTEX to address Brexit impact on industry

      SALTEX 2016’s all-encompassing and free-to-attend LEARNING LIVE programme is set to explore what impact leaving the European Union will have on the industry, when the exhibition opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham on the 2 and 3 November. Designed to cater to all visitors that maintain or manage pitches, estates, grounds, landscapes, play areas and parks, LEARNING LIVE will play a major role at SALTEX and will offer an extensive information-sharing experience, an incredible line-up of guest speakers and will focus on key issues that surround the industry – Brexit being one of them. In an organised panel debate,…

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    • Först

      Först supports future arborists with Capel Manor partnership

      Först, a leading supplier of high performance and robust woodchippers, is helping to support the next generation of arborists through its partnership with Capel Manor College. The Middlesex-based college, which has over 3,000 students, offers a wide range of land-based courses including Arboriculture & Countryside, Saddelry & Leatherwork and Horticulture & Landscaping. Först donated an ST6 woodchipper to the college for their Arboriculture & Countryside courses after meeting with the college lecturers and students last summer. With over 200 students spread across Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Professional Short Courses and Apprenticeships, the wheeled machine plays a vital role…

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    • Kubota

      New brand ambassador for Kubota

      Kubota UK has joined forces with former Bath and England International rugby player and now acclaimed TV pundit David Flatman. The ITV Premiership Rugby broadcaster has become a brand ambassador for the high performance machinery supplier and assists Kubota with a number of its corporate functions, national shows and dealer and end-user customer events, including after dinner speaker opportunities. Flatman, a self confessed closet garden machinery fan, originally approached Kubota after being in the market for a ride-on mower for his garden. He commented: “There are lots of machinery brands on the market to choose from but I got in…

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    • Forst

      Leading arb utility business expands machinery fleet with Först wood chippers

      bts Group, one of the leading utility arboricultural companies in the UK, has signed its first major contract with high performance wood chipper supplier Först. bts is expanding its machinery fleet after winning a new three-and-a-half year contract to cut trees in Lincolnshire.  The company, which provides vegetation management services to electricity distribution network operators (DNOs), is enjoying growth based on its commitment to delivering excellence and giving value to its customers. The new deal with Först sees bts Group add 12 new wood chippers, including the Först ST6 and TR6, to its fleet.  These new chippers mean bts can…

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    • Lely

      Royal Reesink completes acquisition of Lely Turfcare in the UK, Ireland and Denmark

      Royal Reesink N.V. (“Royal Reesink”) has completed the acquisition of the turfcare activities of Lely Holding S.ár.l (“Lely”) in the UK, Ireland and Denmark. These activities mainly comprise the distribution of Toro machines for the maintenance of golf courses and public green spaces and TYM compact tractors (UK, IRE). These activities generated revenue of some €60 million in 2015, with around 125 employees. Revenue has grown in the first half of 2016. Gerrit van der Scheer, CEO of Royal Reesink, commented: “This acquisition adds the UK, Ireland and Denmark to the geographical spread of our activities and strengthens our position in…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc arrives in style on the Isle of Wight

      Doug McGeoch, owner of McGeoch’s Gardening Services, is the proud and first new owner of a range of Pellenc battery powered tools on the Isle of Wight. Over the past two years Etesia UK, the exclusive UK distributor of Pellenc, has reported a dramatic increase in Pellenc sales with over 50 dealers now stocking the battery powered tools. The popularity of the Pellenc range continues to spread and Doug’s new tools now signals the first of potentially many more sales on the Isle of Wight. Doug purchased his Pellenc equipment through the island’s Pellenc dealer, C&O Tractors, and his impressive…

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    • Doosan

      New Doosan excavator boosts output at Scottish quarry

      Gordon Robertson Plant Hire, based at Thurso in Caithness in Scotland, has taken delivery of a new Doosan DX300LC-5 30 tonne crawler excavator for use at the company’s Caithness stone quarry at Barrock near Thurso. Delivered just three weeks after placing the order for the machine with Balgownie Ltd, the local Authorised Doosan and Bobcat dealer, the new DX300LC-5 excavator has already had a tremendous impact by increasing productivity and reducing fuel costs at the quarry. The new DX300LC-5 was purchased based on the excellent performance of Doosan 14 tonne and 6 tonne machines that have been part of the…

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    • Lely

      Lely cuts Toro cylinder prices by 10% for September only

      For this September only Lely Turfcare is offering a 10 percent discount across the  entire Toro cylinder range. All Toro cylinder mowers, from the heavy duty LT3340 to the accessible CT2240 compact triple, can be given a new lease of life with cost effective replacement cylinders. To determine whether your mower needs regrinding or a replacement cylinder, put it to the paper test. Wearing the correct safety wear place a piece of paper 90 degrees between the cylinder and the bottom blade and turning the cylinder by hand to see if they are working to the best of their ability. If…

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    • Kubota

      Kubota to showcase new high-spec construction machines at APF 2016

      Kubota UK will be exhibiting its new class leading Hi-Spec construction machines on Stand 760-800 at this year’s APF Show. Hot off the heels of the construction models’ debut UK outing at Hillhead in June, the new machines on display at APF will include Hi-Spec versions of two of its popular mini excavators, the Kubota KX101-3α4 and the Kubota U27-4. Also on display will be the KC250H-4 tracked carrier, the latest specification of the R065 wheeled loader and the innovative U10-3 side lever excavator. The two new Hi-Spec versions of the KX101-3α4 and U27-4 excavators include a number of enhancements…

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    • Kubota

      National Trust garden puts faith in Kubota

      Machines from Kubota’s Groundcare range are playing a central role in the maintenance of one of West Sussex’s most picturesque National Trust gardens. Head gardener Paul Gallivan joined Woolbeding Gardens six years ago, having spent 15 years at RHS Garden Wisley, and has long been a Kubota fan. Paul and his five-strong gardening team boast a Kubota range that includes an STV40 with cab and loader, a B1620 compact tractor, a G23 ride-on with high dump collector and a one tonne capacity Kubota tipping trailer. Located a few miles north of Midhurst, West Sussex, the Woolbeding Estate was given to…

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    • Bobcat

      Bobcat excavators increase power/reliability at Southgold

      From internal demolition work to groundworks projects, new Bobcat compact excavators supplied by Authorised Dealer, Bobcat of London, are providing increased power and reliability for Southgold, the South London-based family-run construction company, specialising in both new build and conversion projects throughout the South East of England. Damien Bradley, one of the Directors at Southgold alongside his father and three brothers, said: “All the new Bobcat excavators from 1-6 tonne we have bought from Bobcat of London over the last two years have provided us with greatly increased power and robustness compared to the machines they have replaced. Our operators are…

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    • GreenMech

      GreenMech chippers help Mid Suffolk District Council save money

      To meet its arboricultural requirements, Mid Suffolk District Council recently purchased a GreenMech CS100, adding to a QuadChip 160 already in its portfolio. Mid Suffolk is a local government district with the most parishes in Suffolk. In charge of the grounds maintenance and street council teams is operations officer John Buckingham, who in his 24 years has built some fruitful relationships, one of which is with Martin Lucas of GreenMech. Purchased 2 years ago, the QuadChip 160 is used for all tree maintenance works, pruning, felling etc. “It’s a great tool because it means we don’t have to take a lot…

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    • Ben Burgess

      Ben Burgess to expand turf sales area

      John Deere’s long serving eastern counties dealership Ben Burgess & Co Ltd will be taking over the trading area currently managed by A J & R Scambler & Sons Ltd of Bourn in Cambridgeshire, with effect from 1 November 2016. After nearly 25 years as a John Deere dealership, Scamblers will be looking to continue working with other manufacturers in the grounds care market. With its headquarters in Norwich and an additional five agricultural and turf outlets in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Ben Burgess has held the John Deere franchise for 50 years and has been an established grounds care provider…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc launches new generation hand-held blower

      Five years after the release of the first generation battery-powered hand-held blower Airion 1, Pellenc has launched the Airion 2. The new generation hand-held blower is more powerful, more accurate and more comfortable, based on customer experience feedback. As with the older version, the Airion 2 can be used near noise-sensitive areas such as hospitals, hotels schools, camp sites, town centres, etc. It is also perfectly suitable as a cleaning tool for roads alongside sweepers at any time of the day and works just as effectively as a replacement for the traditional sweeper in towns as it does in parks…

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    • Pellenc

      Pellenc launches Cleanion battery-powered brush

      Pellenc has launched the Cleanion, a pedestrian battery-powered brush suitable for removing debris from natural and artificial grass and other hard surfaces. The Pellenc Cleanion is a revolutionary, self-driven brush which is powered by the ULiB battery seen on the rest of the company’s range of tools. With a large working width and a long operating time of battery charge sufficient for demanding professional use, the Cleanion has a range of uses including: Remove debris from grass and hard surfaces. Effective snow broom for clearing streets and paths (with the attachment of a snow blade) Suitable for paths, drives, constructions…

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    • Cobra

      Cobra championed by Which?

      The Cobra range of gardening machinery continues to go from strength to strength. Its latest accolade is recognition from the UK’s largest consumer, Which?, who has awarded Cobra’s MX4140V cordless lawnmower the “Best Buy” status. The prestigious Which? Best Buy endorsement is awarded following a series of extensive field tests that identify the best machines based upon cutting prowess of a variety of grass types and lengths; power; ease of use and manoeuvrability. In the verdict Which? stated the MX4140V “does a great job” and scored it an impressive 71%, going on to say that it “cuts well, collects well and…

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    • Makita

      Makita introduces new mowers and line trimmers

      Makita’s share of the grounds maintenance market continues to grow, with recent launches including new cordless and mains powered lawn mowers, and cordless and petrol powered line trimmers. The twin 18v (36v) cordless mower now has a 43cm cutting width whilst the 240v mains powered mower with 33cm cutting width cuts closer to walls than previous models.  The latest 18v line trimmer has the motor in the cutting head and the new 24.5cc model is powered by the environmentally friendly MM4 4-stroke engine. The new Makita DLM431 36v push type lawn mower is powered by two 18v Lithium-Ion batteries and…

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    • Kubota

      A-Plant boosts groundcare fleet with Kubota additions

      One of the UK’s largest equipment hire companies A-Plant is future-proofing its groundcare hire fleet with the purchase of five new Kubota tractors. A-Plant has purchased Kubota’s mini-excavators for many years as part of its construction hire fleet, but for its latest order, which includes Kubota’s B2650, B3150 and L4240 models, the company welcomes its first fleet of Kubota tractors. The five new additions will complement the company’s existing groundcare fleet, which A-Plant currently supplies to a range of sectors including local authorities, schools, facilities management companies, market gardens, commercial growers as well as others. The decision to choose Kubota over…

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    • Ariens

      Ariens announces new sales manager for Stens

      Ariens Company Limited has announced the appointment of Mark Mitchell as the new Stens sales manager for Europe. Stens supplies quality replacement and original parts and accessories to customers worldwide through its international distribution network. Reintroducing the Stens replacement parts product range to UK dealers and establishing Stens as a ‘Parts Partner’ will be Mark’s primary undertaking. Stens carries thousands of outdoor power tool products including blades, belts, filters, saw chains and bars as well as mower parts, lubricants and tools. “Over the coming months I want to establish a range of parts that is suited to the UK and…

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    • SALTEX

      SALTEX 2016 launches photo competition

      Organisers of SALTEX 2016, which is being held on 2 and 3 November at the NEC, Birmingham, have launched a new photo competition in which one winner will receive two VIP tickets to SALTEX and the IOG Industry Awards, PLUS overnight accommodation. Each year, thousands of visitors from every sector of the turfcare industry attend SALTEX and many of them work on some great projects in stunning places. With this in mind, organisers of SALTEX want to gain a further insight into the show’s visitors by seeing exactly what they do on a daily basis. The competition is open to everyone…

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