As the cylinder on this mower passes over the sward, it trims. And then trims some more. Look in the grassbox and you find clippings of varying sizes.
The cylinder carries 10 blades of 2mm each - set at high speed to give 240 cuts per metre. This machine is also fitted with a groomer to lift the grass ready for cutting. It also helps to let in air and moisture, and reduces thatch build up. Height adjustment is simple - the same principle as with other Allett mower models.
"It handles really well and runs smoothly. It gives a nice quality of cut," notes Murray. "But the belt drive does make the machine more bulky - I am used to more sylph-like machines for golf greens, although I would buy this for bowls or cricket."
This is a fine-turf machine, so it has an aluminium rear roller and needs transport wheels to move around. "It's a good roller and easy to wipe clean," says Murray. But he is disappointed with the lack of a grab handle on the grassbox to help him disperse the clippings with a sweeping throw.
Two models of the Tournament are available, either with 20" (50cm) or 24" (61cm) cutting widths. They are belt-driven.
What we especially like about Allett machines is the fact that the same principles have been employed across the range. The controls are the same. All the adjustments are done in the same manner. Master one machine, and it's easy to use the rest.
The review panel
Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Cannington Campus, Bridgwater College
Hugh Murray, head greenkeeper, Cannington Golf Club
Steve Hasell, machinery lecturer, Cannington Campus, Bridgwater College
Ashley Hale, apprentice groundsman, Cannington Campus, Bridgwater College