More than 1,000 visitors are expected at next week’s unique demonstration-based machinery and equipment show, What Kit? live, which kicks off at 9am on Wednesday 4 July in the grounds of Reaseheath College, Cheshire.
The show, which features five demonstration areas, will see visitors able to test much of the latest kit for grounds care, turf maintenance, arboriculture and landscaping.
Exhibitors showing their kit include Massey Ferguson, Aztec Global Sprayers, Kersten Machines UK, Bunce, Campey Turf Care Systems, Dymech, Equipment Supply Services, Ideals UK, AFT Trenchers, Arbor Eater, Shades of Green, Ranger, Sherriff Amenity, Tracmaster, Fleet (Line Markers), GGM Group, GreenMech, Huskisson Bobcat, KoR Agri, Mantis UK and Turners of Cheshire.
As well as being able to watch equipment being used in its working environment and trying out machinery first hand, visitors will also have the opportunity to see HW technical editor Sally Drury and her testers put a range of kit through its paces in one of her unique HW machinery tests.
A series of “coffee break” talks are also set to take place, including a presentation by Gareth Phillips on bowling greens and Melvin Johnson on technical apprenticeships.
Themes that are already emerging among exhibitors include the impact of climate change on maintenance requirements. According to sales director Andrew Bunce of exhibitor Bunce (Ashbury), mild winters mean people are starting earlier and carrying on much later. Bunce is exhibiting woodchippers from Van Daele and two-wheeled tractors.
Drury said: “One trend I see in the market is that climate change is starting to have an impact, with people beginning to choose different kinds of kit because they’re having to cut in wet conditions all year round.
“People used to fire out clouds of cuttings when cutting playing fields but there’s much more emphasis now on cut-and-collect and on mulching.
Machines tend to be designed more to make sure grass gets pushed well clear of the mower deck.”
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