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Turf In Depth
What equipment can turf managers call on to cope with recent extreme weather? Sally Drury investigates
Good communication and budget management are key components of the modern groundsman's skill set, Rachel Anderson discovers.
New models were submitted for testing on a wet and windy day at Bridgwater College, Sally Drury reports.
Maximising productivity is a key factor when it comes to choosing the right machine, Sally Drury explains.
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- Kit manufacturer Wessex moves to Andover
- Excavator fleet upgraded
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- New BALI committee member pledges to promote apprenticeships as National Apprenticeship Week gets underway
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How to Buy...
How to buy - Aerators The latest models offer faster speeds, wider working widths and root zone recycling, Sally Drury finds.
How to buy - Tractors Knowing precisely what tasks you need to do is crucial when selecting a new tractor, says Sally Drury.
How to buy - Tractor-mounted mowers A high-quality finish and attractive stripes have increased roller mowers' popularity, Sally Drury explains.
How to Buy - Aerators The latest models feature clever technology but knowing when to use them is still key, says Sally Drury.
How to buy - Amenity herbicides Sally Drury answers questions about the latest weed control products to appear on the market.
How to buy - Mini-excavators Weight, ease of control and adaptability are key factors when selecting these machines, says Sally Drury.
Going down a storm at the Redexim demonstration event in Holland last year, the Speed-Brush is now available in the UK from Charterhouse Turf Machinery.
With no fewer than 18 upgrades to the 1200 model, the new GreensPro 1240 claims to take greens rolling to "another level".
Combining aeration and sanding in one action, the VGR Top Changer introduced by Campey Turf Care is designed to encourage rapid, healthy grass growth. Over time the process can completely change the top surface without any interference to play.
With 25.4mm spacing between the discs, the new tractor-mounted BLEC golf green disc overseeder has the closest spacing of any produced by the company.
Turning on a sixpence and powered by a 12.2hp Kawasaki engine, the Sand Pro 2040Z bunker rake from Toro is the industry's first zero-turn mechanical groomer.
Golf course pond and lake management specialist Otterbine has a new Fractional five-in-one aerating system. The spray can be switched between four different patterns and into a horizontal mixer system for versatility.
Ask Sally Drury
Advice from Horticulture Week's equipment expert
- Sports pitch repairs
- What oil should I be putting in my trailed gang mower TG4650?
- I need replacement blades for my Wessex grass topper, which I bought second hand and use behind my tractor. It's a 1999 model 9184, serial number 990090. The number stamped on the blade is 10070 but I don't know whether this is a part number. The fixing hole in the centre of the blade is 18mm diameter and the cutting edge length is 170mm. Can you help?
- I have a Super Bowl 51-61 and I am having trouble adjusting the height. The mechanism may have been put back together incorrectly.
- We have the opportunity to buy a second-hand Dennis Premier to use on our village cricket field. We currently use an Atco but it is old and frequently needs repairing.
- We would like to emphasise our landscaping business's green credentials and I was wondering whether there is anything to help with construction work that does not run on diesel fuel.
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