The major Turf Care machinery suppliers only attend the IOG’s Windsor Show in alternate years. This year (8 – 10 September) is one of those years and the impressive increase in the number of pre-registered visitors (up 38% as of the middle of August) suggests that their presence will be much appreciated. Full details of this year’s show will be found on www.iogsaltex.co.uk so GBN.com will confine its coverage to a selection of show highlights.
Bernhard and Company complement their dedicated range of sharpening systems with a new product line-up featuring powerful Debris Blowers and Recirculating Turf Vacs. The demonstrations of Bernhards Express Dual and Anglemaster 4000 are in the Sports Turf Skills Village. www.bernhard.co.uk
Campey Turfcare Systems has a variety of equipment for turf professionals, whether it be aeration, topdressing, overseeding or general turf maintenance. Several products make their first appearance at this year’s show and relatively new additions include the Koro Field Top Maker, the Koro Recycling Dresser, Imants Shockwave and Rotoknife. www.campeyturfcare.com
Club Car, the # 1 utility vehicle manufacturer and recognised industry leaders in efficiency and performance, showcase their golf cars but the company also has an outstanding selection of turf and utility vehicles in its CarryAll range that are becoming as widely used as its golf cars. In addition to the vehicles, Club Car promises a sneak look at some new technology. www.clubcar.com
John Deere announces the company’s largest product launch to date. New products include a range of mowers, cutting units and a sprayer, all of which are designed to enable operators to work more efficiently and achieve a higher quality finish on golf courses and other sports turf areas.
The new line-up includes Quick Adjust 5 and Quick Adjust 7 cutting units, featuring a unique Speed Link system for extremely quick height of cut adjustment; the 220e E-Cut hybrid walk-behind greens mower; the 7500e, 8500e and 8000e E-Cut hybrid fairway mowers; the 7200 PrecisionCut trim & surrounds mower; the 8800 TerrainCut rotary mower; a new commercial cylinder mower; and the HD200 SelectSpray turf sprayer.
Michael Garton-Smith of Rake-n-Lift & Co – also known as ‘The Rakeman‘ – has been exhibiting at SALTEX every year since 1992 and displays over 100 products, including the Teasel Budget Bunker rake and the much larger Partenon Bunker rake. Based in Nottingham ‘The Rakeman’ has been designing and manufacturing these products for nearly 25 years with new items added for every show. Tel: 07802 857103
Prior to the show Ransomes Jacobsen has been keeping tight lipped about a new, lightweight Ransomes mower, which is understood to be targeted at the municipal sector, but we know the new Jacobsen R-311, launched at the GIS Show in New Orleans, will make an appearance along with he ever popular Jacobsen G-Plex III greens mower that has been upgraded with the introduction of a hand operated parking brake and joystick lift and lower control and the Ransomes Spider II, the latest version of the specialist remote controlled slope mower.
This is the first opportunity to see the new E-Z-GO RXV golf car, which has taken the market by storm since its introduction last year. Engineered for reliability, superior performance, operating efficiency and safety, it is delivering exceptional value to golf course operators. www.ransomesjacobsen.com
SISIS EQUIPMENT (Macclesfield) LIMITED, designer and manufacturer of turf maintenance machinery since 1932, introduce several new models with products for small and large clubs alike. Two new Rotorakes are added to the already extensive scarifier range. Both have a range of interchangeable reels available. www.sisis.com
Specialists in one-metre deep, compressed air de-compaction, Terrain Aeration are the only operators of the advanced Airforce fleet of terralift machines, designed and built by owner and MD David Green.
With over 17 years experience the company relieves compaction panning and water logging on both fine and amenity turf with minimal disruption to the surface and also aerates around trees causing no damage to delicate root hairs. Terrain Aeration offer 15% discount for any work booked during the show. www.terrainaeration.com
Toro Commercial has a range of professional-performance mowers, utility vehicles, bunker management units, aerators, sprayers and renovation equipment which is set to be expanded with several new machinery launches at the show. Expected to be of particular interest is the ProCore Soil Reliever range of deep-tine aeration equipment.
Accurate, efficient and cost-effective, Toro’s irrigation products include sprinklers and controllers. Making its debut is the new TS90 sprinkler for large-area sports turf applications. Visitors can also find out more about the innovative new Toro Battery Controller Waterproof (TBCWP), which benefits from several advanced water-saving features and promises to set a new standard for battery-operated controllers. Finally, the benefits of the TMR-1 new Maintenance Remote, which allows a single user to fully operate the system from up to two kilometres away, will be revealed.
Wiedenmann UK is bringing its newest Terra Spike™ to SALTEX where the brand new GXi8 will be unveiled in Britain for the first time. Exceptionally quick, this is the ideal machine for tees, greens and fine turf areas.
The GXi8 has a 40cm wider working width than its sister machine, the GXi6. It is suitable for tractors 35 hp and above. Since it was launched in 2006 the Terra Spike GXi 6 has won many fans for its smooth and fast operation and the GXi8 will undoubtedly prove likewise.
With health & safety in mind Wiedenmann‘s range of collectors, blowers and professional mowers are hard to beat. Robustly built they benefit from low noise emissions, patented whisper turbines, advanced safety controls and guards.
Yamaha have been building industry leading golf cars for well over 30 years. The current range of golf and utility vehicle and still built to the same high quality as those early models but are packed with industry leading technologies. Build quality and after sales service have always been Number 1 at Yamaha and the current range is no exception as Yamaha is still the only golf car manufacturer building its own petrol golf car engine and the only one offering direct ‘in the field’ service.
The lease options available to golf course operators include either direct ‘flexible lease’ options or dealer lease agreements. Lease terms range from 36 through to 60 month with built in service and breakdown cover options on both new and Yamaha Approved Refurbished golf cars.
Purchase options include outright purchase or purchase finance either with or without service contacts. Yamaha also offer a ‘future trade in value’ at point of purchase.