Leisure group acquires hybrid mowers

Burhill Golf and Leisure Group has acquired five new Jacobsen Eclipse 322 hybrid green mowers from Ransomes Jacobsen.

The Suffolk-based leisure group have most recently taken delivery of the Eclipse 322 to their Hertfordshire-based clubs – Aldwickbury Park at Harpenden and Redbourn in St Albans.

The group’s flagship Burhill Golf Club in Walton-on-Thames has also taken delivery of a new hybrid mower, as have the Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking and Wycombe Heights Golf Centre in High Wycombe.

Ernest Doe and Sons installed the machines, which are unique as they are totally free of hydraulic oil and use a small diesel engine to power a generate which provides electricity to the traction and reel motors.

Burhill Golf and Leisure’s group operations manager Hugh Knowles said:  "We’ve ordered five of these 322s across the group and are expecting considerable savings in fuel costs plus the added benefit from their reduced environmental footprint, which is an important factor to us.

"The unique features of the Eclipse 322 are the complete absence of hydraulic oil and electric drive to the traction motor and cutting cylinders. The electric power is provided by a small 13hp diesel engine and 48-volt continuous generator, which makes it much quieter and less obtrusive on the course.

"This totally negates the chance of hydraulic leaks on the greens, which is a course manager’s worst nightmare, and being much quieter than conventional mowers is another positive."

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