IoG Saltex Preview - Turf maintenance

When it comes to mowers, scarifiers and fertilisers, visitors are sure to find something that suits their needs, says Sally Drury.

Allett Buffalo 34/5: features a centrally mounted engine - image: Allett Mowers
Allett Buffalo 34/5: features a centrally mounted engine - image: Allett Mowers

Whether you are looking for a fine-turf or fairway mower, need to scarify and aerate, or want to see the latest in fertiliser and pesticide application kit, IoG Saltex gives visitors the opportunity to view the latest developments.

Charging into the sports-grounds market, the new Buffalo 34/5 all-purpose pedestrian cylinder will be launched by Allett Mowers. Known as great all-rounders, Buffalos have large-diameter cutting cylinders to allow longer grass to be mowed, even when wet. The latest model features a range of improvements, including central mounting of the engine on the chassis to give the operator a better view of the cutting area.

A larger-diameter front roller is intended to give straighter lines with less ground pressure, while one-handed fitting and removal of the grass box has been made possible by adding a handle and grass box hoop in place of arms - a feature that has been extended to the rest of the Buffalo range.

Toro's lightest fairway mower weighs just 900kg and is dubbed by distributor Lely as the "lightweight fairway champion". The Toro Reelmaster 3550-D has a productive 2.1m cutting width and 7mph mowing speed. With a three-wheel drive system, the 3550-D is powered by a 25hp diesel engine. The mower can be viewed on the Lely Partners in Turfcare stand, where turf managers can also learn about the Prema scheme, which offers pre-owned Toro machinery at affordable prices. Each machine is given a comprehensive inspection, covering key mechanical functions, before receiving a Lely-certified Prema warranty, which backs it with a 180-day or 300-hour conditional warranty.

In addition to the new Buffalo mower, Allett is showing its lawncare system, comprising six interchangeable cartridges to provide an aerator, dethatcher, lawn brush, scarifier, verticutter and 10-bladed cylinder.

Favoured by some of the UK's top turf managers, SISIS has gained a reputation for producing natural and synthetic turf-maintenance equipment. At the show, it will be unveiling a new pedestrian scarifier, as well as the Dart pedestrian aerator and TM1000 tractor-mounted scarifier, both of which have been redesigned to improve ease of operation and functionality.

Charterhouse Turf Machinery is giving visitors the opportunity to view the recently launched Redexim Verti-Drain 1517. Part of the new high-speed 15 Series, the 520kg aerator is suitable for use with tractors from as small as 28hp, but offers a productive 1.76m working width. It has a working depth of up to 150mm.

To clear cores from greens following hollow coring operations, Weidenmann UK is showing the Core Recycler. This machine separates organic waste matter such as thatch from the gathered sand and soil mix, before returning the rootzone to the surface. Up to 80 per cent of the volume of lifted cores can be recycled in this way.

Making its debut at IoG Saltex, the WideSpin 1550 top dresser is an addition to the Turfco family from Ransomes Jacobsen, and is said to offer unprecedented control and precision. It has more capacity, is designed for easy loading, has programmable resets and rate calculation, and can tackle a wider range of applications. Also new from Ransomes is the Turfco TriWave 40, which is a trailed overseeder for use behind a utility vehicle, quad bike, bunker rake or tractor.

Earthway pedestrian fertiliser and ice control spreaders feature on DMMP's stand, as the company launches an innovative model with interchangeable tools, which makes it capable of spreading fertiliser, salt or fine seeds and chemicals. "Flex-Select is the latest and most advanced spreader system the UK has ever seen," says managing director Marcus Palmer.

Central Spares is focusing on spreaders after becoming the exclusive European distributor for Spyker Spreaders. The machines, which are manufactured by Brinly-Hardy in the US, are fitted with the Accu-Way spread pattern adjustment to provide a consistent and even application, reduce waste and save money for the operator. All professional models feature a metal gear system and solid steel axle.

A lot of equipment for the application of chemicals will be on show at IoG Saltex. A dedicated new spray vehicle, the Smithco Spray Star 2000, will be introduced by Ransomes Jacobsen. It features an ultra-low-profile 3,300-litre tank, hydrostatic drive and a liquid-cooled diesel engine.

The Professional Power Sprayer PS22, from SCH (Supplies), now offers increased spraying time between charges because of its superior, high-capacity battery. With a 30-litre tank mounted on a tricycle-type chassis, the sprayer has three pneumatic wheels. A large-break back boom gives a spraying width of up to 2.44m, although the two outer nozzles can be deactivated to give a narrow spray width if required. Each PS22 unit includes end spray hoods to minimise drift, a dribble bar for applying weedkiller to defined areas, and a foam marker to allow the operator to see where product has already been applied. This model can also be fitted with a tow bar.

Martin Lishman is displaying examples from across its comprehensive range of trailed, mounted, demountable and self-propelled amenity sprayers. The Micro-Spray has demonstrated its worth at Oakham School, where head of grounds Richard Dexter notes that it is easy to operate and control. Dexter also plans to extend use of Lishman's Compost Tea. "We have already noticed the benefits, particularly with the breakdown of organic matter," he says. "When we relied on granular fertiliser, we could make applications only during the school holidays. The fact that we can now apply Compost Tea during term time puts us in full control of our application programme."

If you want to know what is in your soil, ask DJ Turfcare Equipment. The company will be promoting a new testing service for users of its Viano lawn product. "With sales of our organic products showing an increase this year, we have found a need for people to have a proper understanding of their soil requirements," says managing director David Jenkins. "Clients will be able to send us a sample of soil and a scientific laboratory will give a full analysis. We can then advise on exactly the right products to use to alter pH for maximum growth and strength in their lawns."

Among the products supplied by DJ Turfcare are Viano Bio-Lime, Recovery, Green Comfort and MO Bacter. Sales of all have risen since last year.

As many turf care professionals expect increased pressure on workload and costs this season, Progreen says the new selective herbicide Polax is getting the thumbs up. "We are seeing some strong interest in the product," says business manager Louise Boothman. "Not only is it cost effective with three flexible dose rates, but people are confident - based on the already proven formulation of clopyralid, florasulam and fluroxypyr - that it will deliver the results they want."

Polax kills a range of weeds down to the root. It comes in a 0.5-litre pack and can be used on lawns and amenity turf.

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Groundsmen and women, from amateur clubs to international sporting venues, will offer free turf-management advice at IoG Saltex.

The team of experts is to be found in the Ask the Expert advice centre in the heart of the showground. It will includes Real Madrid's Paul Burgess, Wimbledon's Neil Stubley, Twickenham's Keith Kent and Rod Heyhoe from Lightcliffe Cricket Club in West Yorkshire, as well as IoG regional advisors.

The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) is staging a day-long series of education presentations at IoG Saltex. The free-to-attend BIGGA Golf Education Day will be held on the Wednesday and should appeal to greenkeepers at courses of every size and type.

The programme starts with Robin Hood Golf Club course manager Andy Wood outlining a solution for transforming soil-based greens with deep thatch and black layer. Lymm Golf Club course manager Stuart Yarwood will discuss managing and constructing bunkers on limited budgets, while also looking at compost creation.

Completing the day, a joint Everris/Syngenta presentation considers how an integrated approach to disease management can reduce the disease pressure, improve turf health and enhance the performance of fungicide applications.

BIGGA CPD credits are available at this event.

Recently awarded the Quiet Mark for its low noise output, the ATT INFiNiSystem pedestrian mower and turf-maintenance cassette will be exhibited on The Grass Group stand. New this year is the Razor Cutter cutting cassette.

Schiller's stand will exhibit the new Classen RA21 walk-behind aerator, which promises a light weight and simplicity as it punches holes in tough soil without the use of additional weights. The stand will also showcase the lightweight Mantis BunkerMaster. A four-stroke 25cc engine powers the machine as it redistributes the sand.

A contractors' favourite, the BLEC Laser Grader, can be seen on BLEC Global's stand, along with the multi-use Multivator for decompacting and soil recycling, the Shakervator vibrating tine aerator, heavy-duty Disc Seeder, Multi-Seeder, Cultipack Seeder and Star Seeder.

Promising to take artificial-surface maintenance to a new level, Wiedenmann is showing the Terra Clean 160. The machine combines a sieved separation system with a cyclone dust-extraction system to filter and remove fine dust particles and leave the surface groomed.


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