John Deere 2653B triplex cylinder mower helps grounds staff at Ipswich's St Joseph's College slash time spent mowing

The John Deere 2653B triplex cylinder mower won for a year by St Joseph's College head groundsman Ben Connell in a Cricket World competition has halved the time it takes to mow the Ipswich independent day school's lawns.

Connell won the use of the mower for the 2009 season and it has radically lightened the maintenance load on St Joseph's College's 56 acres, including four rugby pitches, three cricket pitches, a five-a-side football pitch and extensive garden and amenity grass.

Connell said: "We had been using a 42in walk-behind cylinder mower on the sports pitches. It used to take us around five hours to cut our two main rugby pitches, for example — about 5 acres — but with the 2653B it now takes less than half the time."


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