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INFINICUT® helps to improve green quality, and reduce costs, for Galashiels Bowling Club

Galashiels have become another bowling club to join a growing list of those to purchase a Cub Cadet INFINICUT® mower. This time a 22” floating head version, and club Vice President and Green Ranger Steve Currie is delighted with the switch as it has already made significant improvements to green quality – not to mention reductions in noise and fuel cost.    
Having taken over as Green Ranger two years ago without a greenkeeping background, Steve has turned to industry contacts and nearby clubs for advice – which is where he first heard about the INFINICUT®.  “Our previous mower was getting towards the end of it’s lifespan and was costing the club more to maintain than the service it was delivering” explains Steve.  “We looked at all the usual petrol-powered models when Martin at Pro Turfcare, our green contractors, suggested we looked at the INFINICUT®.  He and our friends at Largs Bowling Club use the INFINICUT® and have both been seriously impressed.”
While Steve admits he was initially concerned about the new technology and the overall cost of the purchase, a demonstration and a working out of the sums quickly put his mind to rest. “The INFINICUT® was not only easy to set-up and use, but in the long run it was going to be a good bet financially for the club.  The quality of cut it and finish it delivers is fantastic. With it being battery-operated it means we can now mow earlier in the mornings and later into the evenings, which we were previously unable to do due to the restrictions of being located in a residential area. In addition, the battery makes it inexpensive to run, simply putting it on charge at the end of a day’s work. The time and financial savings this will equate to when considering sourcing fuel, together with the insurance element of storing it, we estimate will be significant.” 
Keen to seal the deal, Steve purchased the mower the same day and took delivery in the summer of last year.


 

Leigh Sports Village expands Dennis fleet

Keith Porter, head groundsman at Leigh Sports Village in Greater Manchester, has added to his fleet of Dennis mowers by purchasing four G860 cylinder mowers and four PRO 34R rotary mowers.
Leigh Sports Village certainly lives up to its name by comprising of a main stadium pitch - a Desso Hybrid GrassMaster, three additional soil based sand ameliorated pitches with primary and secondary drainage and irrigation; and two full size, three seven-a-side and a 5-a-side floodlit 4G synthetic pitches. The village also features an indoor sports centre and a swimming pool.
It is home to a number of professional sports teams including rugby league side Leigh Centurions and Manchester United FC U23’s, U19’s and most recently the ladies team. It is also used by local teams and organisations such as Leigh East Amateur Rugby Club, Leigh Athletic FC, Team Elite Football Academy, Pro Football Academy and various age groups of Leigh United FC and Hindley Green Juniors.
Keith has been the head groundsman at this impressive facility for nearly eleven years and in that time has excelled in improving the quality of the playing surfaces.
To cut and prepare the pitches for match days he has long relied on the Dennis G860 cylinder mower. However, with games coming thick and fast, and armed with some rather ageing rotary mowers, Keith felt the time was right to add to his Dennis armoury.
“Quite often, we will have back-to-back games and have three games in a week – so we need good equipment for a quick turn-around,” he said. “Our old rotaries were about four years old and had become unreliable. I’ve used lots of Dennis machines in my time and they have always been incredibly reliable so we decided to look at their new rotary mower.
“We had a PRO 34R on a demonstration and were really impressed with it so we decided to go ahead and purchase four. It was also the ideal opportunity to bring in more G860’s because they have always given us great results.
“They are both light machines compared to competitors, so they are lighter on the pitch and therefore there is not as much compaction.”
The new Dennis PRO 34R is a 34” (860mm) rotary mower which has been designed to help groundsmen achieve an aesthetically pleasing appearance and desired playing surface. It is ideal for sports pitches and lawns producing the enviable ‘Dennis Stripes’ while a powerful vacuum flow collects debris quickly and efficiently. The angle of the cutting deck and twin blades can be easily adjusted using a single ‘click adjuster’ ensuring the mower is suitable for changing conditions and meeting groundsmen’s requirements.
Keith believes the two mowers perfectly complement one another and that both play a vital role in his maintenance programme.
“We use the G860’s to cut the pitches for match preparation and then the day after the games the rotaries are used to clean up and present the pitches in time for the next game,” he said. “The rotaries keep it free from debris and nicely stripes them up - in fact, the presentation on the PRO 34R is very comparable to a cylinder mower.
“The rotaries also save us so much time because before we had the PRO 34R’s we used to have six rotary mowers out there at one time but now we just have four which do the job in a faster time. This is because there are two blades as opposed to one and a wider cut. A quick turnaround is essential here especially if you are going from rugby to football.
For a number of years now the Dennis G860 has been the number one choice for groundsmen like Keith. Lightweight at just 166kg; it is easy to manoeuvre and comfortable to operate. The handlebar console houses the controls for - throttle, parking brake, roller drive and cutting cylinder drive. The mower also features a large diameter front roller with an adjustable scraper which has been designed for a precise height of cut control, giving an excellent finish on every occasion. The Dennis G860 also features an interchangeable cassette system to assist with a wide range of tasks.
“What I like about Dennis as a company is that they are very interested in your opinion,” Keith continued. “They are always asking you about your experience with their mowers and ask if they could make any improvements. They then go away and genuinely listen. 
“It just adds to the overall package and everything about the company is great. The mowers are British made, they have been around for a long, long time, they put a lot of thought into the machinery based on industry feedback and their main priority is their customer.”


 

Ground breaking - digging will start this month on the ASCT Community Sports Hub Facility!

The £2M project, due for completion early next year is set to increase participation in sport within Hyndburn - providing equal opportunities and raising awareness of key health incentives.
Readstone Construction, the main contractor of the development site is set to start ground work on the 17th June
Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council said:
"The giant temporary sign, which was put in place this week has already gained attention from local people and businesses and is a symbol of the great things to come, showing the public visuals of the completed site. It's a very exciting time and we are counting on the support of local residents to assist us in making the construction as seamless as possible.
We are aware that vandalism to Reedstone Construction's equipment has happened since the fences were erected. It is disappointing that individuals have acted this way, we really do want to emphasise the fencing is there for safety and security, to protect children and residents from the imminent construction work.
The facility is aiming to serve all of Hyndburn and will be a wonderful, indispensable part of the community once finished."
Sponsorship opportunities announced
Martin Fearon, CEO of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, is urging businesses who want to sponsor the new development to get in touch quickly.
"We are a non-profit registered charity and have seen rapid growth over the last few years. In the last 12 months over 17,000 people have engaged in our projects and we have invested over £400K into the community. We predict over 150,000 visits per year to the sports hub, for a wide range of activities alongside sport, such as education and events.
We rely solely on grants and sponsorship to deliver this vital work. The community sports hub development is a great opportunity for local businesses to get involved and give back whilst raising their own brand awareness.
Currently we have sponsorship opportunities available for a variety of budgets, from £500 for a perimeter board, £1,500 for a variety of different rooms in the building, to £20,000 for the main Sports Hub! We have appointed Murray Dawson, MD at Scott Dawson Advertising to manage the sponsorships.
Although the sponsorship won't start until January, the main sponsor of the Sports Hub will be on the signage right away which is a great bonus. If anyone is interested, please do get in touch with Murray asap as we are operating on a first come first served basis."


 
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