Around 15,000 visitors are expected at IOG SALTEX, which takes places at Windsor Racecourse 7th – 9th September. Over 400 suppliers will be showing their latest products and services in the biggest and best open space, golf and grounds care management events in Europe. Here we preview just a small selection of what’s on offer from Accounting Answers; Allen Power Equipment; Bayer Environmental Science; Bernhard and Company; Blakedown Sportsturf; Campey Turf Care Systems; Charterhouse Turf Machinery; Claymore Grass Machinery; Club Car; John Deere; Dennis; Headland Amenity Products; Lindum Turf; Mercedes-Benz; Otterbine; Ransomes Jacobsen; Springway; STRI; Terrain Aeration; Toro Commercial, Irrigation and Consumer Products; TurfTools; Vitax Ltd; and Wiedenmann
IOG SALTEX www.iogsaltex.co.uk
Hampshire and London based Accounting Answers Limited, one of the UK’s leading Sage partners and developers, introduced their highly successful membership software, EnterpriseGCM (Golf Club Management) into the golf club market in 2003.
The advantage of EnterpriseGCM over other products is its completely flexible design and its ability to be properly integrated with Sage Line 50 or Sage Line 100 accounting software. Receipts and charges entered into EnterpriseGCM post themselves automatically into Sage, saving a mass of re-keying, and providing instant management accounts.
EnterpriseGCM is a suite of software that encompasses the EnterpriseMRM membership database, competition and handicapping software, resource booking and electronic point of sale integration.
The philosophy of Accounting Answers is to satisfy customer needs with solutions for accounts, CRM, e-commerce, office systems and networks using leading software applications. Accounting Answers also specialise in solutions for the construction, membership, charity, manufacturing and EPoS markets.
Allen Power Equipment
The Hustler mowers will take pride of place this year, where the new diesel powered Super Z, fitted with a 60in (152cm) rear discharge cutting deck, capable of mowing at speeds up to 15mph is being introduced.
Other Hustler riders include the Fastrack Z 44in (112cm) cut unit with a Honda 16hp engine, the Super Mini Z 23hp 44in cut mower, the petrol engine Z Rider and Super Z riders driven by Kawasaki engines with side discharge decks.
The Hustler walk-behind mowers are powered by Kawasaki 15hp & 17hp engines and feature side and rear discharge decks.
The Allen range of 40cm, 46 & 53cm Hover mowers this year has new anti-vibration handles giving low-vibration performance and powered by Honda engines.
Many models in the Komatsu Zenoah stable of outdoor power equipment are now fitted with the Strato-Charged engine. This unique power pack offers unprecedented fuel savings for the fleet user providing savings of over £200 per unit over a twelve-month period.
The world’s quietest back pack blower, the EBZ4800, has a dB (A) rating of 104 and will be shown along with world’s most powerful back pack blower the 62cc EB7000.
National Mowers are be represented by their 68, 84 and 70in triples and the launch of new 6800 68in hydrostatic triple mower will be a high point of the show. The 6800 has all the features of the famous 68 gear driven model with all the benefits of hydro drive.
This year the search has been on to find the oldest working National 68 in the UK. The winning owner will be presented at this year’s show with a brand new model 68 by the president of National mowers, Stan Kinkead.
Bayer Environmental Science
Bayer Environmental Science will have a number of new products and application developments to excite visitors to Saltex 2004.
New announcements will be made regarding the long awaited chafer grub control product that has been producing encouraging results in trials
News on the planned introduction of the first new residual herbicide for a number of years aimed at the amenity market.
The industry leading fungicide, Chipco Green, will feature as the only contact fungicide with approval for application via knapsack sprayers
Herbicide Spearhead will be on show with details of how autumn application can relieve the springtime workload
Groundsmen will be able to obtain recommendations for use of the herbicide Finale for increasing the effective life of line marking of sports pitches.
The company will be hosting its usual range of free-to-enter, visitor promotions and hospitality throughout the duration of the show.
Bayer Environmental Science www.bayer-escience.co.uk
Bernhard and Company
For speed in the workshop – and on the golf course – Bernhard and Company is at the cutting edge of grinding technology with their dynamic duo Express Dual and Anglemaster.
At IOG Saltex they introduce the latest up-grades to their fleet of grinders, which includes refining the electrical system of the Express Dual 3000 to make it even easier to access for maintenance purposes.
Providing accuracy of the highest level, developments to this spin grinder also include a new improved chassis construction for even greater rigidity.
With safety very much to the fore new machine guarding has been fitted and a key is required for the operator to access the service function and set-up modes.
“Our grinders are extremely easy to use and ten walking greens mowers can be sharpened in just one hour,” says Stephen Bernhard. “This is extremely important when we assist at top tournaments on the PGA European Tour. Time, combined with top presentation standards, is of the essence.”
Bernhard offers a range of grinders and Express Dual and Anglemaster 1000 give smaller clubs the opportunity to buy machines, which are very cost-effective and highly efficient.
Sand injection for fairways, tees and greens with Blakedown’s “Slitmaster” de-compacts, aerates and increases drainage. This unique machine installs sand filled micro slits at only 250mm centres and up to 250mm deep with no disturbance to play.
To improve rootzone, incorporate “Nutrovate” into the microslits. Nutrovate is a naturally occurring mineral that works to enhance the performance of the rootzone, producing a healthy, hard wearing grass whilst increasing the fertility of the growing medium, reducing the fertiliser requirement.
Drainage systems designed and installed. The company designs and installs primary, pipe drainage systems to secondary surface drainage systems including sand and gravel banding which serves to “unlock” any existing capped drainage system. All equipment operates on low-pressure floatation turf tyres.
Blakedown Sportsturf www.sportsturf.co.uk
Campey Turf Care Systems
At Saltex 2004, Campey Turf Care Systems will display a full line-up of equipment designed to speed up and simplify major grounds maintenance tasks while ensuring high quality and playability.
Making its debut at the Show will be the Raycam Speeddresser 24, a bulk drop-spreader with a 2.4m (7ft 10in) spreading width, powered by tractors of 60hp or above. It joins the Speeddresser 18, which has a 1.8m working width and requires a 30-40hp tractor.
Also being shown for the first time at Saltex will be the Raycam Core Harvester, a tractor-towed unit that simplifies clearance after aeration work. Cores are gathered by guides at the side of the unit and collected via a floating head. An integral conveyor places the material into a 580-litre capacity, hi-tipping hopper.
Since their launch earlier this year, Raycam True Level vibrating greens rollers have aroused massive interest. Simply fitted in place of the cutting reels of popular greens mowers, they create a smooth, true surface and firm up newly seeded or turfed areas. A vibrating central roller evens out contours, while an outer roller simultaneously flattens any disturbed areas. The product can be used all year round.
Typical of the Campey line-up designed to maximise turf professionals‘ efficiency are the Dakota Turf Tenders. They enable groundsmen to move materials, top-dress, spread fertiliser and sow grass seed. Trailed versions are available, together with models to fit popular utility vehicles.
The top-of-the-range Dakota 440 trailed machine features a 4.2 cu yd capacity hopper and has an hydraulic swing-away conveyor to facilitate loading. The 420 trailed unit has a 2 cu yd capacity. The smallest version, the 410, has a 23 cu ft capacity is available as a trailed model or as an attachment for a John Deere Gator or a Toro Workman. New to the range is the economical 412, featuring the strong chassis of the 410 and the 420’s hopper. It is designed for rear-disc distribution of bulk materials on all wide area sports turf.
Many turf professionals are implementing preventative management programmes using cost-effective Koro equipment, developed by a Dutch public sector parks superintendent. These dramatically improve waterlogged surfaces cost-effectively and without undue reliance on chemicals. Machines include the Koro Field Topmaker, which slices off the top ground layer to remove thatch and improve drainage, and the Koro Recycling Dresser, which breaks up compacted soil and recycles it as a ready-made top-dressing. The Koro Top Drainer rapidly creates drainage trenches and fills them with sand, while the Koro Sleepraam Harrow restores a level surface. For intensely used areas like soccer goalmouths, the 1.5m-wide Koro Culti-Roll relieves compaction without affecting levels. It tills soil to a maximum depth of 15cm (6in) prior to seeding.
To speed large-scale top-dressing operations, Campeys offer the Raycam Hi-Lift Trailer. The tractor-powered machine can carry more than 3 tonnes of material and is driven by the motive unit’s auxiliary hydraulics. The articulated rear axle is raised quickly to discharge material from a maximum height of 1.4m (4ft 7in) into the operator’s top-dressing unit, allowing work to continue unbroken without the need to fetch more material.
Campey Turf Care Systems www.richardcampey.com
Charterhouse Turf Machinery
Living up to a reputation for providing strong and rugged professional products, Charterhouse Turf Machinery has launched the Marina range of heavy-duty rotary mowers. The line-up includes a comprehensive selection of walk-behind units, together with a ride-on lawn tractor.
Topping the range of walk-behind units are the ‘MX‘ series. These feature eye-catching stainless steel decks that resist rust and provide great strength. This makes them ideal for grounds professionals, landscapers and contractors.
The Marina lawn tractor is available in four variants, with cutting widths from 67-102cm. All have Briggs & Stratton engines.
Charterhouse Turf Machinery is famous for Verti-Drain machines. These are so popular that its ‘Verti-Draining‘ has become a generic term for the deep aeration of sports turf. However, they represent only the tip of the iceberg, and Charterhouse will give Saltex visitors the chance to see much from the company’s ever-expanding portfolio.
Charterhouse Turf Machinery
Claymore Grass Machinery
Claymore is exhibiting a comprehensive line up of quality power equipment from Yanmar, Masport, and Simplicity.
Over the last twelve months, Claymore Grass Machinery has introduced numerous new machines into their range of quality outdoor power equipment designed for the professional operator.
Masport will be exhibiting their commercial rotary mowers plus the Olympic professional cylinder mowers fitted with Honda engines.
From Simplicity there will be the new model Legacy tractor with hydrostatic four-wheel drive and a Briggs & Stratton liquid-cooled diesel engine. This important new addition to the range has shaft drive, a Category 1 three-point linkage and a 54in (137cm) cutting deck.
Also on the stand will be the recently introduced Simplicity ZT2050 Zero Turn mower. A hydrostatic unit powered by a 20hp Briggs & Stratton engine with a triple bladed 50in (127cm) mower deck.
The new Hydro-Walk pedestrian mower will be on show. This newly launched unit has a Kawasaki 13hp engine and a 32in (81cm) cutter deck. Hydrostatic drive and user-friendly controls ensure maximum manoeuvrability with this new commercial mower.
Claymore Grass Machinery markets the Yanmar range of compact tractors and mowers. Yanmar tillers and the new keenly priced range of Yanmar tracked transporters will also be on the stand.
Claymore Grass Machinery www.claymoregrass.co.uk
Club Car will use IOG SALTEX 2004 to showcase their three brand new vehicles for only the second time in the UK since their launch this January.
After an exciting start to 2004 with the launch of the Precedent golf car and Carryall 294 AWD utility vehicles, Club Car has surpassed all of the company’s forecasts with first quarter orders up 25 percent on the same period last year. As well as Precedent and Carryall 294, the 4 person version of Club Car’s road legal Run-A-Bout vehicle will be on show for the first time.
Visitors to the Club Car stand will be warmly welcomed by, amongst others, Robert Drewery, marketing director for Europe, Africa & The Middle East who has been on hand at all the major shows this year. “We have been delighted with the reaction to the new vehicles at shows round the world this year,” he says. “Everyone who comes on to the stand is keen to get a close look at both vehicles and are genuinely impressed by what they see. The Precedent and Carryall 294 are both remarkable in their own right and we expect to be busier than ever at SALTEX 2004 as a result.”
Club Car www.clubcar.com
SALTEX 2004 will see the UK launch of John Deere’s latest five gang, rear engined commercial mower for local authorities and contractors, alongside a wider range of brand new mowers, utility vehicles and compact tractors.
This new version of the 1905 mower features a Yanmar 47hp four-cylinder diesel engine with hydrostatic transmission and hydraulic diff lock as standard, and optional four wheel drive. It will now be available with 250mm (10in) diameter Jumbo six-blade reels, giving a total mowing width of 3.45m (136in), at cutting heights from 13 to 100mm (0.5 to 4in). These fixed head units are particularly suitable for the commercial and municipal mowing market, as they are designed specifically to handle large volumes of grass.
The Jumbo cutting reels are available in addition to John Deere’s established ESP (extra strength & precision) units, which are the more popular choice for use on golf courses. The operator’s platform comes with a fully adjustable seat equipped with integrated armrest controls, making the mower extremely comfortable and straightforward to drive.
The new John Deere 1905 mower will also be available with or without ROPS, or with a luxury Mauser cab, including optional air conditioning, and an air suspension seat as standard. It can travel at speeds of up to 25kph (15.5mph) on the road, or 13kph (8mph) when mowing, and the 50 litre fuel tank is sufficient for a full day’s work, at an average fuel consumption of 4.5 litres per hour.
John Deere Limited www.johndeere.co.uk
At Saltex 2004, Dennis will show how their versatile, multi-tasking turf care machinery is raising standards and boosting efficiency for countless grounds care professionals. Also, a brand new machine will be unveiled.
Many groundsmen would not be without their Dennis ‘FT‘ machines. These walk-behind units give a precision finish on fine turf areas, such as golf greens and tees, bowling greens, soccer pitches, cricket fields, tennis courts and ornamental lawns. ‘FT‘ and ‘G‘ series machines accept purpose-built quick-change ‘cassette‘ attachments for essential tasks like verti-cutting, scarifying, aerating and brushing, making them a tremendous cost-effective investment.
Designed and built by Dennis in Britain, the machines are available with cutting widths from 17-34in (43-86cm). All are light in weight, exert minimal pressure on the turf, and are easy to manoeuvre.
Brand new at Saltex will be the G660, a 26in (66cm) model boasting all the high work-rate features of its larger stablemates. A number of new cassette options for the entire range will also be on display.
“Saltex is always a major showcase for us,” says Dennis’s MD Ian Howard. “We meet old and new customers, and can tell them about the latest developments and updates. Our constant investment in R&D has resulted in important incremental improvements to the range as well enabling us to design products such as the high work-rate S500 powered slitter and the Mowersafe security system. In an era of fast-changing legislation, we are staying ahead of the game, producing low noise, low vibration equipment that is easy, safe and comfortable to use. And that helps turf professionals to stay at the forefront.”
Headland Amenity Products
Headland expands its pesticide range with TANGENT, Headland’s newest addition which highlights an expanding portfolio of weed and pest control products for the UK amenity market. The 450 g/l glyphosate formulation features “Envision Technology” – a unique surfactant system that increases reliability of total weed control as well as providing both user and environmental benefits. The product is classified as non-hazardous, and may be used in aquatic situations.
TANGENT joins the selective herbicides BLASTER – used on woody and difficult-to-kill weeds in grassland, and RELAY TURF, the popular wide-spectrum, broad-leaved weed control for managed amenity turf.
TORDON 101 provides control of a wide range of deep-rooted perennial broad-leaved weeds and woody species including Japanese Knotweed, in amenity grassland such as roadsides, railway embankments and industrial sites etc.
Other products include CYREN, a soil insecticide for use in combating leatherjackets and Frit Fly, and SNARE, the recently launched turf fungicide active against a wide range of turf diseases.
Headland Amenity Products www.headlandamenity.com
Lindum’s revolutionary new Grassfelt, which will receive its official launch at Saltex, is a living grass sward grown into a soil-less, biodegradable felt root zone. The resulting turf has the strength and pliability instantly to cover sharp inclines and acute angles without breaking or the need for substantial pegging. Used in a landscaping situation, the grass roots grow through the felt and into the soil below in a matter of weeks, as demonstrated at the Laban Dance Centre in Deptford, where Grassfelt made its debut.
Yorkshire Forward’s “The Green” project, which combined grass sculptures with performance art, used Grassfelt in its second application, as a living grass carpet. Draped over contemporary steel structures, the product provided real grass cover in the absence of any sub soil. As Grassfelt can be laid over almost any surface (including car parks) it can be used as a temporary grass flooring during summer weddings and garden parties, horticultural trade shows, or any event calling for an instant grass carpet.
The powerful, compact, all-terrain Mercedes-Benz Unimog is returning to Saltex – and exhibiting a wide range of vehicles and attachments.
Saltex will be the grounds maintenance debut for the new, UK-designed and built Unimog with full agricultural specification. It has a range of additional built-in safety factors for off-road operations, along with a pick-up hitch, rear linkage and options for front and rear power take-off.
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog range of the U300, U400 and U500 has been developed to provide a total solution for carrying and operating a wide range of implements, on and off roads. On roads and tracks the Unimog is fast and effective, operating as a versatile and comfortable commercial vehicle. It has full road-going speeds of up to 56mph, but is also compact enough to get through narrow accesses and at the same time carry men, their equipment and materials – removing the need for back-up vehicles.
Off-road, the Unimog’s all-terrain capability is legendary, ensuring increased efficiency, a more productive working day for the operator as well as a vehicle that will work all day, every day, in all weather conditions, on all types of land, and carry out a wide range of tasks.
Otterbine will give a Saltex launch to its new series of floating aerators for small ponds and other areas of water. Called the Aqua Series, the aerators are designed to provide the answer to commercial and residential owners who require only a small unit or have limited resources.
The products are for use on ponds, lakes and other water features with a surface area of up to only half an acre (2,000 sq m), but which demand ‘dramatic oxygen transfer‘ and intense flow rates. Typical applications would range from golf courses, sports and leisure complexes to fish farms, sports fishing areas and garden ponds.
Capable of operating in just 14 inches of water, the units feature a choice of two attractive spray patterns – AquaGem, which is a ‘trumpet‘ spray, and AquaBlast, a bubbling spring effect that gives more aggressive aeration. On each unit the spray patterns are interchangeable and can be swapped over in just 15 to 20 minutes.
The aerators also feature the industry’s first sealed, air-cooled motor, a type that, says Otterbine, offers significant performance advantages through limiting the hydraulic loss often associated with oil- or water-cooled power units. Both 1/4 and 1/2hp motors are offered.
For municipal applications there’s a huge range of equipment from the Ransomes brand including the debut of the Ransomes Spider, a new remotely operated mower for steep banks and slopes. It features a radio frequency remote control handset with a range of up to 50 metres and can tackle slopes with up to a 40Â° incline. Fail-safe measures are built-in to the mower, which has a 800mm cutting width and is powered by a 4-stroke, two cylinder Kawasaki petrol engine.
Also on display will be the ZT220D zero turn mower with new side discharge deck and the restyled LPG version of the Parkway triple mower with a smoother, rounder and more aesthetically pleasing profile. The stalwart for the preparation of fine turf at football stadia, the Mastiff, has also been upgraded with a new transmission, engine & OPC.
For the golf sector, there’s the UK debut of two new machines from Jacobsen, the AR-3 and the TR-3. Both use the same chassis with the AR-3 featuring 69cm (27″) rotary mulching decks which can be used in either mulching or rear discharge mode by simply moving a deflector. The TR-3 has the proven Tri-King cylinders. The new LF-3407 light fairway mower will also be on show and from the Ryan brand, there’s the GA24 pedestrian aerator with a new OPC.
Following the successful launch of the Iseki TXG23 compact tractor last year, this year sees the introduction of smaller SXG19, powered by a 19hp diesel engine and with 4 wheel drive and hydrostatic transmission.
There‘ll be over 70 turf maintenance machines on display, proving once again that Ransomes Jacobsen is the one-stop shop for turf professionals.
Ransomes Jacobsen www.ransomesjacobsen.com
Turf experts at Springway are supplying golf clubs, English Heritage, the National Trust and Local Authorities with a simple, yet miraculous cure for tired lawns and sportsfields.
They have created a mixed rubber-and-fibre crumb which can be brushed into worn areas to rescue the grass and encourage quick re-growth.
One of Springway’s first projects was reinforcing the grassed area at the tourist attraction Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
Now the company, based in Frodsham, Cheshire, is hoping to share its ‘secret‘ product with other grounds maintenance managers, greenkeepers and people involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities.
Bob Jones of Springway, said: “The crumb is available in three grades to suit all soil conditions – from problem patches on golf courses to heavy-wear areas at festivals such as Glastonbury.
“The rubber fibre prevents soil compaction and improves drainage and aeration, reviving turf-life and creating greener grass.”
This year marks STRI’s 75th anniversary (1929-2004). To celebrate this milestone a number of events are taking place throughout 2004, including a celebration party on the stand at SALTEX on Wednesday 8th September – an all day celebration with events every 75 minutes in the STRI marquee, G16, from 10.15 a.m.
STRI continues to meet the training needs of grounds staff, parks and recreation managers, local authorities and greenkeepers, with new training programmes for November 2004.
Following accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), STRI’s soil laboratory is the first facility in England and only the second in Europe to provide services for testing rootzone materials specified by the USGA, in the construction of golf putting greens. Full details and costs available on the stand.
In the “show bookshop” a 20% discount available on selected turfgrass titles.
The STRI “75 Year” website charts the history of STRI month by month, highlighting the events which have helped shape the future of the industry. September features 1984 to 1993 “Modern Times”. Access to the new site is via www.stri.co.uk
Terrain Aeration launches Airforce Tracker, the company’s latest terralift aeration machine, following tests of the prototype in a waterlogged back garden.
Weighing 400 kilos, 690mm wide, and mounted on twin rubber tracks that give a ground pressure of just 5 PSI, Airforce Tracker is nimble enough to work within established plantings, but delivers all the power of the ride on Airforce machines.
Terrain’s MD David Green, who has designed and built the new model, says Tracker has the same hydraulic hammer and probe as his standard Airforce machines, but it’s mounted on a Honda HP500 Powered Barrow.
“The diesel powered compressor stays on the trailer and a 50 metre long, high pressure hose connects the two pieces of kit,” he explains. “This means we can inject compressed air up to 20 bar, but have the manoeuvrability needed to work in small spaces.”
Designed principally to relieve compaction panning in domestic back gardens where access is generally limited, Airforce Tracker can be used to treat lawns between flowerbeds in municipal parks, and, due to its light weight and low ground pressure, heavily waterlogged golf greens and sports fields.
Terrain Aeration www.terrainaeration.co.uk
Toro Commercial, Irrigation and Consumer Products
Toro is giving the Z500-D zero-turn ride-on rotary its public launch at Saltex. The machine is designed to appeal particularly to landscape contractors and local authority operators. Therefore it has an exceptionally rugged construction and, says Toro, truly offers the ultimate in controlled precision cutting under all conditions.
At the heart of the Z500-D is Toro’s unique 60in Turbo Force high-performance cutting deck, adjustable to suit varying seasonal conditions. To withstand the toughest working environments, it is fitted with three blades that are made from quarter-inch-thick, high-strength, heat-treated alloy steel. And the fully welded deck shell is constructed from 7-gauge steel.
Exceptional strength and durability are combined with high manoeuvrability via zero-turn technology that enables the mower to turn on its own axis through 360 degrees.
A 27hp Briggs & Stratton Daihatsu diesel engine powers the machine to operating speeds of up to 10mph. Cutting width is 60in and the height of cut can be adjusted between 11/2 and 5ins in quarter-inch increments.
Toro Irrigation Products: a wide range of Toro’s latest sprinklers and control systems will be shown for golf, sport, commercial and residential applications.
Toro Consumer Products will also be exhibiting a selection from its popular range of lawn and garden tractors, riding mowers and walk power recyclers on Stand No. S31.
Toro turf machinery, irrigation and consumer products are distributed throughout the UK by Lely (UK) Limited, St Neots, Cambs. Tel: 01480 226800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
StumpBuster heads a group of new-to-the U.K. machines being launched at Saltex by newcomers TurfTools, a Swedish company attending their first European exhibition.
An either PTO or hydraulically driven stump grinder that can be mounted to any tractor from 35hp to 100hp, StumpBuster delivers three to four times the power of a dedicated machine with little difference in purchase price. Featuring single direction cutting (for longer bearing and gearbox life) with an 85cm cutting wheel, the grinder easily takes stumps down to 30cms below ground.
Mounted on a skid steer loader, StumpBuster becomes part of an easily manoeuvrable unit, which performs effectively in compact areas, often impossible to reach with conventional machines.
Aimed at large contractors, landscapers and turf and amenity maintenance departments, TurfTools‘ SC-50 is the most powerful stump grinder in the company’s range. Built for speed and durability, the fact that StumpBuster is an attachment easily twinned with existing machinery makes it versatile and cost effective.
For further information contact John Millen Tel: 07753 905316
To celebrate the success of their new fungicide, Insignia, Vitax are mounting a “guess the area” competition, with a magnum of champagne for each day’s winner.
A large container full of the distinctive Insignia packs will be on display, challenging visitors to gauge the area that could be treated should the total contents be applied to sports turf. Whoever’s estimate is the closest to the true figure (in sq metres or hectares) takes that day’s ‘bubbly‘.
Clive Williams, Vitax’s commercial manager, says that apart from being “a bit of fun”, the competition will bring home just how cost effective the product is.
“We usually expect warm soils and moist conditions in September and October, and we think our customers appreciate the long term control of fusarium achieved with Insignia,” he explains. “The competition should demonstrate that a little goes a long way.”
One of the world leaders in deep aeration technology, Wiedenmann has over 40 years experience in the turf maintenance sector. Now they have taken this in-depth knowledge and combined it with three years of research and development to produce a new tractor mounted deep aerator, the Terra Spike XF, which is three times faster than competitor machines.
The new machine provides deep aeration and compaction relief down to a depth of 22cm (8Â½”), at working speeds of up to 5.7 km/h (4mph) at a hole spacing of 195mm. In terms of deep aeration that’s fast! Even with square hole patterns of 65mm and 130mm, working speeds of 1.9 km/h and 3.8 km/h respectively are achieved. The result is high productivity and less disruption
The Terra Spike XP range of deep aerators and the Greens Terra, specially designed for golf greens, will also be on display. The Terra Combi and Terra Top are on stand together with a selection of recently introduced products including the MCS compact grass collectors, the powerful Whisper Twister leaf blower, the Super Pro rear and side discharge rotary cutting decks.
The stand will also feature the products and services of Sportsgrounds Ltd, part of the Fairways Group, who specialise in the construction and maintenance of all types of sports surfaces, both natural and artificial. The new Pro-Cast top dresser with elevator will take centre stage and there’s a new range of specialist turf presentation products from Groom-It.