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March 2013

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34 PRODUCT SHOWCASE the Groundsman March 2013 Pedestrian Mowers The old adage that you cannot please all the people all of the time still holds true. But manufacturers of pedestrian mowers are trying hard to prove otherwise. In the last five to 10 years, the pedestrian mower market has become far more competitive and manufacturers have been hard at work providing customers with better machines that are lighter yet more durable and more sophisticated yet still affordable. Quality has improved markedly in recent years. At a basic level, the typical pedestrian mower fulfils the same functions it has for many years. However, manufacturers have generally eschewed complacency for continuous product development and those in the market for a new mower now have a large selection of high quality machines to choose from. As with all types of machinery, individuals will always favour particular mowers produced by particular brands and will remain a loyal customer for years. Yet with budgets remaining tight and organisations and clubs looking for greater value for money, the pressure to do the research and compare the machines currently available has never been greater. Light-treading Buffalo wins praise from The Albion Premiership football club, West Bromwich Albion, has purchased a pair of Allett Buffalo 34 pedestrian cylinder mowers to help maintain the Desso hybrid grass pitch at The Hawthorns, home of the club for more than 110 years. Head groundsman at The Hawthorns, Rob Lane, explained that the decision to buy Allett Buffalo 34 mowers had been driven primarily by the needs of the club's new Desso GrassMaster pitch. During the winter months, the turf is cut at a height of 27mm – 28mm, normally the day before a Premier League game. Cutting frequency averages once every 7 to 10 days between October and March, although other pitch commitments can increase the frequency of cut. www.allett.co.uk High standards sets IPU apart IPU Groundcare division has supplied pedestrian mowers for many years and two of the top walk-behind mowers IPU supplies are the Ferris Dual Drive and the Wright Velke as some lawn maintenance jobs are simply better suited for a walkbehind machine. Durable and versatile, the Wright Velke pedestrian is a must have for any professional. The Velke combines traditional walk-behind flexibility with Wright engineering excellence. The Ferris Dual Drive. The Dual Drive is a top of the range walk behind mower, which gives multiple handling options. Adding to the convenience of electric start as standard, the Dual Drive is powered by a Kawasaki V-twin engine, specifically designed to sustain power and productivity whilst reducing emissions. Both offer all operators a multitude of handling options and give an excellent, high quality finish. www.ipu.co.uk Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions The manufacturers have responded to this by improving existing machines and introducing new advances, such as in the cutting technology, to try and stay one step ahead of their competitors. It now pays to compare machines and brands and with manufacturers launching new innovative ranges on a regular basis, the pedestrian mower market is proving quite vibrant. However, when it comes to picking the right mower the four key considerations have not changed – weight, strength, manoeuvrability and above all price remain crucially important. Reliability and durability The Husqvarna WB 53S E is a reliable and dedicated BioClip mower, designed for tough, professional use. Perfect for Groundsmen, this machine is useful for tackling the surrounding grassed areas of work. It has been designed to primarily provide the best possible ergonomic conditions for the operator along with achieving extraordinary cutting results, even in wet weather. With a self-propelled front wheel drive system the WB 53S E is ideal for all day usage without strain on its user. The robust, heavy-duty cast aluminium BioClip cutting deck has 5 steps of height of cut easily adjusted by a mechanically assisted single lever. The BioClip cutting method means the grass is cut twice and finely chopped before being returned to the lawn as a natural fertiliser. www.husqvarna.com/uk

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