Lightweight mower best for wet conditions at Bury F.C.

The grounds team at Bury F.C's JD Stadium at Gigg Lane have bought three new Dennis G860 mowers.

Dennis G860 in action. Image: Supplied
Dennis G860 in action. Image: Supplied

Michael Curtis, head groundsman at Bury F.C's JD Stadium at Gigg Lane, has the stadium pitch and three
training pitches to look after.

He explained: "We used to have a triple mower which struggled in wet conditions. We had wheel spinning, the weight was an issue and it was even sinking in places. So we looked at numerous other options and Dennis came out on top.

"That was about eight years ago now. Since then we have used five of their machines and recently purchased another three."

Curtis said the main reason he purchased the G860 was because it is one of the lightest mowers on the market designed specifically for stadium pitches, weighing just 166kg.

It is also versatile, with eleven quick changeover options including scarifiers, verticutters, brushes, spikers, and slitters as well as 6 or 8 bladed cutter cassettes.

Curtis said: "The presentation that the G860 delivers is absolutely top draw. Like I say, I've used other machines before, but the G860 is brilliant; nothing else compares. We are on television most weeks and I can honestly say that our pitch always looks one of the best. It produces beautiful mowing stripes and aesthetically it just looks fantastic.

"We use the brush cassette to pick up all the debris after a match and also use the scarifier cassette two or three times a month just to dig the thatch out and rejuvenate the roots and shoots."

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