Speedcut kit tested on Basingstoke pitch project

The latest kit acquired by specialist sportsturf contractor Speedcut of Oxford, have been put to use on a football project at Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Speedcut puts Caterpillar D6 bulldozer to work on Basingstoke pitch scheme - photo: Speedcut
Speedcut puts Caterpillar D6 bulldozer to work on Basingstoke pitch scheme - photo: Speedcut

The new Topcon laser, allowing only 3-5mm tolerance in levels, plus a new Caterpillar D6 bulldozer were used in the creation of two full-sized pitches as part of a new housing development.

A Speedcut team of four worked for four weeks on the project. During the first week a full drainage scheme, involving 2,700m of pipe, was installed using a Mastenbroek laser-guided trencher.

After backfilling with clean aggregate, the drains were topped off with specially selected approved sports sand. Then 850 tonnes of sand was blended with the topsoil during the levelling operation.

With the new dual grade laser we have virtually zero tolerance on levels, says Speedcut director Dick Franklin, founder of the 30-year-old firm.

The Basingstoke job was perfect to test both the Topcon laser and the new Caterpillar, part of the considerable investment we have made in machinery and equipment over the last year. Franklin added.

Foreman Paul Francis says: There were considerable challenges at Basingstoke but the new Caterpillar made the moving of hundreds of tonnes of soil and sand much easier.

Following stonepicking, a Barenbrug Bar Seven mix of dwarf perennial ryegrass was sown.

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