For the first time in over 25 years, the IOG Scotsturf show (9-10 November, Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh) is staging a demonstration zone featuring the construction of a green as well as a sprayer safety zone complete with ‘faulty’ boom sprayer for visitors to inspect.
With more than 70 companies exhibiting – including many leading industry names – the show also features an educational seminar and discussion programme.
In the zone adjacent to the main IOG Scotsturf exhibition hall, a team of students from Elmwood College will build a green using all necessary materials – including turf – and utilising a micro JCB to construct drains and bunkers.
In addition, visitors to the ‘sprayer information area’ will be able to gain details of the Sprayer Initiative while discovering about sprayer maintenance good practice and, crucially, also hearing about the consequences of not adhering to the correct procedures.
The demonstration zone is the latest development by IOG Scotsturf to make the show
Alpha Plus Group hires and sells a wide range of cleaning, ground care, waste management and winter maintenance equipment, providing a “one source” facilities maintenance service encompassing equipment and support. The company operates from two branches – Livingston, West Lothian and Inverurie, Aberdeenshire to provide customers with a quick and efficient service
Amerityre flat-free tyres don’t absorb water, are non-marking, oil and chemical resistant, will not rot or crack, don‘t flat spot under load, and are perfectly round and perfectly balanced while maintaining a constant preset PSI. In addition they absorb shock, have a low rolling resistance, are environmentally friendly, 100% recyclable and are available from Hancox.
Avant Tecno is the leading manufacturer of skid steer and articulated loaders under one ton. Renowned for their versatility, with over 50 mounting attachments, Avant loaders will access places other machines can‘t. They have excellent manoeuvrability and are easy to operate, allowing them to be adapted to almost any industry. IOG Scotsturf 2005 sees the launch in Scotland of the 600 series machine, designed for those sectors requiring a lifting capacity of over one ton.
With over 7000 members, British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association’s main objects and activities are: to promote and advance all aspects of greenkeeping; to run the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) and ClubHouse; Educational seminars and courses for members; to publish Greenkeeper International, BIGGA’s monthly magazine, to all its members; to promote the education and training of greenkeepers; and to promote the welfare of greenkeepers through membership benefits and professional support.
BSG distributes an extensive range of professional specialised equipment throughout the UK. It offers a range of Goldoni compact tractors, two wheeled tractors, quad tractors and utility vehicles, tippers, trailers and a huge variety of implements for each machine. Among the latest additions to the range are the Maxter articulated compact tractor, the BSG compact roto spreader for manure and compost, and a portable air compressor for use with two wheel tractors, giving safer tree and hedge management.
Cheviot Trees Ltd is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of native Ammophila arenaria (Marram grass), used in the restoration and stabilisation of sand dunes and the prevention of coastal erosion. This has helped many links golf courses maintain the natural coastline without the use of large scale disruption to the running of the courses. The company is also now one of the largest suppliers of Phragmites australis (Common Reed) and Typha latifolia (Reed Mace) used in pond creation, riverbank erosion and water purification. In addition, over 250,000 native Calluna vulgaris (native wild heather) plugs of various seed sources are grown by Cheviot Trees for use in heathland restoration and establishment. All the above is in addition to the increased demand for Cell grown native species for use in woodland, forestry and hedgerow establishment and maintenance.
Cleveland Sitesafe manufactures and supply a wide range of highly secure all-steel storage and accommodation units for chemicals, tools, fuel, equipment and personnel. Its Apex modular buildings are used for numerous purposes, in particular for secure garaging for compact tractors/mowers etc, canteens, offices, toilets and sports changing rooms/sports pavilions. In the last year the company has completed several new sports pavilions, built to Sport England and the Football Foundation guidelines.
Complete Weed Control have been provides a specialist weed control service to the industrial amenity markets. With over 45 regional offices in the UK and Eire, CWC’s range of services include total, selective and aquatic weed control, fertiliser application, moss control and grass growth regulation, in addition to disease and pest control. Areas of treatment comprise golf courses, sports pitches, industrial and local authorities pavements and highways, forestry and shrubberies, together with parks/historic sites.
Continental Landscapes offers a range of services that includes every aspect of landscape construction and maintenance. The impressive client portfolio includes local authorities, government agencies, industrial and commercial enterprises as well as the private sector.
Dennis precision mowing equipment meets grounds care professionals’ two main requirements: efficiency and performance. A host of innovations and enhancements will be shown including the new G610 mower, modified handlebars for the popular Sport model and refinements to the multi-tasking FT range. The dual purpose S500 aerator/seed slotter will also feature prominently.
Double A is the John Deere main dealer for east central Scotland and the Scottish distributor for Lastec articulator mowers, Timberwolf woodchippers, Aebi tool carriers, Gianni Ferrari mowers and Campey turf care equipment.
Eagle Promotions provides an extensive range of services to golf clubs from the initial course measure through to scorecards, yardage books, course signage and other point of play accessories. Its signage is based on its ability to etch zinc, cast bronze and sand blast granite and, when mounted on stone, moulded rock and wood, to create spectacular sign systems. The company is showing its new granite signage range.
Earthquake Turfcare is showing the EarthQuake Tremor Tl00 and T155 rotary decompactors designed to alleviate compaction without disruption to play on golf courses, sports pitches, recreation areas, parks and other regularly used turf surfaces.
Elmwood College offers a wide range of education and training courses for the golf, greenkeeping and horticultural industries as well as a range of short courses. Full time courses range from National Certificate to Higher National Diploma levels. Part time courses include SVQ Level ii, iii and iv in Horticulture and Sportsturf, together with Professional Development Awards in football, cricket, rugby and bowls available for the sportsground industry.
Etesia’s Hydro ride-on’s keep cutting and collecting, even in long wet grass, where other mowers block up or give up! They offer high productivity, low maintenance and minimum downtime. Etesia’s pedestrian rotaries have a reputation for sound reliability, low vibration levels plus and ease of transporting. There is a wide choice of cutting widths and engine options. Biocut mulchers include pedestrian and ride-on mowers. The revolutionary Attila ride-on and pedestrian brushcutters effectively tame scrub and overgrown vegetation. New products will be launched at this year’s show.
Established over 20 years ago, Euromec is a leading supplier of industrial and municipal cleaning equipment. The Azura street sweeper, for example, utilises an up-and-over sweeping system, which is proven to sweep more effectively than alternative methods. On show will be the Azura street sweeper and Aquazura street washer alongside the Brava floor sweeper and the new Powerflex grounds maintenance machine.
Fairways GM is the distributor for Ransomes Jacobsen products in Scotland. The Ransomes Spider remotely operated slope mower will be on display together with many other products for the golf sector. From E-Z-GO there will be golf cars and utility vehicles from Cushman.
A combination of product innovation, high build quality and customer satisfaction have made Fleet (Line Markers) the choice of groundsmen around the world. The philosophy is to offer the total solution to sports marking needs – whatever the type of playing surface. Super concentrated paints with dilution rates up as far 20-parts water to one part paint ensure that the Fleet brand gives extremely bright white lines at excellent value for money. Along with the range of liquids, the Kombi spray marker, Fastliner rideon-marker and transfer wheel machines have become an industry standard used at stadiums and sports grounds worldwide.
The past year has seen further expansion of the Garfitts International own manufactured range, particularly tines and associated products.
Great Dane Mowers was founded in 1996 by Dane Scag, guru of commercial zero turn mowers and the company was later purchased by the John Deere Company in 2000. Great Dane zero turn mowers are seen as the most productive on the market. Products include the Chariot rider, the Super Surfer stand on mower, the Scamper and the folding wing gateway for areas with access problems. All Great Dane mowers are available running on Calor LP Gas. On view for the first time in the UK is the new series 2 Super Surfer 48 inch & 52 inch,
Greenmaster is a master at maintaining bowling greens and golf courses, and it supplies a range of fertilisers, seed and machinery. The company is the sole UK distributor for the Bio-Nutria range of liquid fertilisers and Scottish Amenity distributor for Sheppy granular fertilisers.
Groundsman Industries is now recognised as a leading aeration company and its pedestrian and tractor mounted machines will be on view. All incorporate the patented elliptical plunge action system and also on display will be the company’s award winning Core Collection system. The Groundsman Turf Cutter has seen fantastic growth since last year’s show. Groundsman Industries also has the agency for Locke Pedestrian Mowers which, at 25 inches, 30 inches and 36 inches, can be fitted with a range of reels and scarifier attachments. A superb cut from its unique floating head system is guaranteed.
Growing Concern Scotland is committed to the demands of today’s landscape requirements, offering an integrated landscape management system – design, management, and contracting, to address issues of efficiency, professionalism, quality and planning, with consideration to environmental issues – biological diversity, impacts, surveying and planning.
For visitors looking for ride on grass cutting machinery the Hayter stand will have a great deal to interest them. Designed originally to cope with demanding municipal conditions, Hayter products are being increasingly used on golf courses where a high standard of finish is required as well as the ability to cut large areas of grass quickly and efficiently. From the new MT313 small triple through to the R324T three deck ride on rotary, there is a machine for every commercial application. Hayter is also a market leader in pedestrian rotaries for the commercial user.
Hunter Grinders, a manufacturer of precision grinding equipment, has developed a new range of products, the Series 5. The new Jupiter ATI (Auto-indexer) is the only machine that will relief and spin grind fully automatically to return cylinders and bottom blades back to the original manufacturer’s specification.
New for the show, Irrigation Supplies will have the GTI PC irrigation control system and the new VP2 pop up sprinkler with a 45m radius for hockey and football stadiums. There’s also the new IRRI-Monitor 100 controller, designed to replace the TW2/Aquarius controllers, and the new turbine drive Remo self travelling sprinkler. Irrigation Supplies is the UK distributor for Bear Irrigation golf sprinklers and Bear conversion kits. Also on show are pop up impact golf sprinklers, interchangeable with Logic/ Watermation GN/GR sprinklers, Bear hose end accessories, HIT solenoid valves, Connector Kings cable connectors Nelson, Hunter, Weathermatic and Tonick Decoders.
JB Groundscare is a supplier of professional machinery to the horticultural and grass cutting industries and is a main dealer for TYM tractors, Saxon Baroness Mowers, and Major Equipment.
Kubota‘s Tractor & Groundcare division will be showing the all new RTV900 utility vehicle. For use both on and off road, the RTV900 is the first UV that incorporates the renowned Kubota ETVCS diesel engine with a variable HST transmission, power steering, wet inboard disc brakes and independent suspension. Kubota will also be showing the GR ride on mowers, alongside the existing range of diesel ride on mowers. Also on show is the company’s range of tractors from 14-105HP.
On the Lloyds and Co Letchworth stand will be the latest technological advancements in operator presence controls. Some of the lowest vibration measurements on the market ensure Lloyds machines are at the top of many shopping lists. The new Paladin Dual and TG fine turf mowers, fitted with groomer, will be on display along with the new Hovermower. The new ride-on cylinder mowing systems are now available for the Rasant/Aebi range of tractors. This range of systems and bank tractors can now be accessed via the direct Lloyds sales network. With an endless range of products which can be mounted to these machines including flails, rotary mowers, sweepers and cleaning equipment, Lloyd’s Leda gangs are available to suit any application. On show also is the Pentad Hydraulic mower and the Greenline Combi trailers, which have a new 2.1m model.
Logic Manufacturing, known worldwide for its innovative ATV products, is exhibiting equipment from its extensive ground care range, including the new XT Trailer, sprayers for use with utility vehicles such as the Kubota RTV, John Deere Gator and the GDS200 ground driven Salt Spreader, designed for use behind light commercial vehicles. The GDS200 is capable of spreading a range of materials and features a specialised agitation system, which ensures both wet and dry materials can be spread effectively. Application rates can be selected to suit most precautionary and remedial requirements.
Major Equipment is introducing the Groundsmajor 2000 TFC flail collector with 3mÂ³ capacity hopper and independent 2m cutting head. Also on show is the TDR rotary gang mower, two models 16’ and 20‘ cutting widths & 8’ transport width. On display, 8ft, 12ft, & 17ft rollermowers, finishing, flail mowers and rotary hoe and stoneburiers. The powerful Major 490 WT-R grass cutter boasts a 16ft cutting width and a 7’ 7” transport width, cutting height 1” to 15’. Also on exhibit is the environmental and site equipment range including ADR compliant bunded bowsers from 250 to 900 gallon models in trailed, static & transportable variants with bunded chemical store, bunded pallets and lock-up’s with the range of mobile powerwashers plus the range of hydraulic sweepers and sweeper collectors.
Melvins supplies Allett mowers, Honda mowers and the Ekco range of machinery. It is main dealer for Allett mowers for the Lothian, Borders and Fife regions. It services all makes of pedestrian mowers.
Exciting additions to New Holland’s line-up of specialist tractors shows the manufacturer’s ability to recognise and exceed the demands of groundcare professionals. The company is adding powerful 4-cylinder models to its TND-A and TNS-A line-ups of utility tractors. The introduction of the 82hp TN85DA and TN85SA models, and the 90hp TN95DA, means that the successful TN-A Series now incorporates four models from 59hp-90hp, covering all requirements. The 4.5-litre, Tier 2 engines give more power, higher torque and enhanced performance for high work-rate professionals. They also benefit from extended 600-hour service intervals.
STM Scotland [division of Simon Tullett Machinery] plans to introduce the latest version of the Z-Cat, featuring the highly acclaimed Humus Safety Cutting deck. This will create a very interesting machine, combining the agility of the small platform Zero-Turn Z-Cat with the rugged all-round advantages of the Humus deck. This deck has the ability to cut tall, heavy scrub or do domestic quality routine trimming with no alteration other than to its roller height. Allied to this the Humus deck cuts safely because it does not throw debris out, and, being constructed of only a few working parts, is easy on the maintenance.
STRI Scotland offers independent help and support for golf course and sports turf facilities, including a full range of irrigation services to complement the turfgrass advisory and consultancy activities.
Symbio is introducing new products to Scotland for the first time. The company’s philosophy is to use the free natural resources in the soil. Grass gives out about 50% of its energy to feed the underground food web which in turn provides nutrients and disease suppression to ensure a healthy plant. However conventional chemical management systems for sports turf override much of this free supply of energy leading to a costly cycle of fertiliser, disease management and physical thatch removal.
When it comes to commercial mowing finding the right partner is essential. Trimax, with its comprehensive range of rotary and flail mowers and an impeccable reputation for service, can offer premium mowing solutions. The Trimax family consists of multi-spindle rotary mowers available in cut widths from 1.4m to 6.1m and flail mowers from 1.15m to 2.95m.
If you want to know more about how you can benefit from using recycled materials such as compost and glass in parks, playgrounds and sports amenities, a visit to the WRAP stand is a must. Experts will be on hand to offer practical information and advice on how a variety of recycled products can be used for a more sustainable approach in the landscaping and sports turf industries.
WRAP will host seminars on both days of Scotsturf that will include results of turf topdressing trial work carried out by WRAP in association with the STRI and Glendale. WRAP will also give delegates an overview of the full range of recycled products now available to the sector.
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