Landscape & Amenity

November / December 2013

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Landscape Amenity PRODUCT UPDATE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 Play & Activity Today Drainage & Water Management Artificial Maintenance The latest products, news and opinions Taking a look at this important sector Exploring the growth in synthetic surfaces Page 14-15 Page 9-13 Page 16-17 The Wirral way is with John Deere Unitary authority Wirral Borough Council in Merseyside brought its highway maintenance work inhouse two years ago, specifying John Deere machinery for the task. Under its latest parks modernisation programme, the council has chosen John Deere once again, buying some £750,000 worth of equipment for diverse duties on its country parks – the council opened Britain's first at Wirral Way – football and rugby pitches, four municipal golf courses, cricket squares and other public parks and open spaces. "We decided to replace our old fleet of machinery – a mixture of makes and models, some dating back nearly 40 years," explains Bill Hancox, the council's acting operations and support manager, who runs a team of mechanics servicing no fewer than 1000 items of council equipment. Altogether 51 items of John Deere equipment have been supplied to Wirral Borough Council by Hybot 2 ready to tackle the toughest terrain EXCLUSIVE A new and highlyeffective multi-terrain mower that will solve the problem of accessing awkward areas and steep slopes has been launched. Manufactured in the UK, Hybot 2 made its first public appearance at this year's SALTEX, where it attracted a considerable amount of attention. Spurred on by the high level of interest, the Somerset-based firm behind this innovative new machine is now delighted to launch its unique and versatile mower onto the market. Hybot 2 has been created to provide safe and effective access to areas that other mowers can't reach. It achieves this through an easy-to-use, specially designed remote control system that allows it to be operated from a safe and practical distance. Its low centre of gravity and highgrip track system provides Hybot 2 with exceptional stability, features that enable it to work at an angle of up to 50-degrees. Weighing just 210kgs, it is the lightest machine of its kind and consequently, no other can climb banks and inclines that are as steep. "Having listened to our customers, we are confident that Hybot 2 will fulfill a real need in the market", said Hybot's Peter Loxston. "After extensive tests, we now know what the machine is capable of and therefore are very excited to be launching it this month. I am sure Hybot 2 will appeal to a wide range of clients, in particular government bodies, the military, sports venues and commercial operators." Hybot 2 is a true hybrid. Each track is powered by two, high-torque, 24-volt DC electric motors that allow the machine to operate at speeds of up to six-mph, whereas a 17hp four-stroke petrol engine drives the two rotary cutting blades that provide it with a mowing width of 96cm (36 inches). Whilst in operation, the petrol engine recharges the on-board hybrid system, with the surplus energy stored until needed. This means that Hybot 2 can be moved without starting the engine and therefore less effort is needed when the machine is in use. These features result in fuel savings and fewer emissions. Hybot 2 has been constructed without any hydraulic components, which means there is no risk of oil leakage from these items. This - and all of its other ecologically responsible features - makes it ideal for use in environmentally sensitive areas, such as SSSIs. Hybot Enquiry 2 Turner Groundscare of Tarvin, Chester, which has been a John Deere dealership for 20 years and boasts a combined sales experience of 120 years in the turfcare industry. The new fleet includes eight 5080M 80hp tractors; one 6115M 115hp tractor; eight 1026R sub-compact tractors with six front loaders and three rotary mower decks; six 1565 front rotary mowers; two XUV 550 4x4 petrol Gator utility vehicles for the council's ranger service; 15 220SL walk-behind cylinder greens mowers and five 220E hybrid electric models with floating heads; four 2653B triplex utility mowers for the council's golf courses; an X758 lawn tractor complete with a 1.2m (48in) rotary mower deck and 580H materials collection system; and a TC125 core collector. John Deere Enquiry 1 API supports The Education Show The evolution of the Education Show in 2014 continues to go from strength to strength with the announcement that the Association of Play Industries (API) is to be an official supporter of the UK's leading education training and resources event. Taking place from March 20-22, 2014 at the NEC Birmingham, the Education Show's vast array of seminars and workshops make it the most useful date of the calendar for the thousands of education professionals who annually attend and the perfect place to discover READER ENQUIRY 4 the latest resources for the learning environment. Visitors to the show will now be able to take advantage of the API's wealth of experience in supplying play provision and design, creating environments that deliver visible challenge and managing risk within safety standards. API Chair, Michael Hoenigmann, says: "With obesity and other child health and well-being problems rising, there has never been a more important time for schools to invest in active play. "Our members provide highquality, well-designed play spaces, resources, equipment and safety surfacing for schools and early years settings. The association's badge is a quality mark and there are clear advantages to choosing a member when specifying a play project." More news in Play & Activity Today on pages 9-12 API Enquiry 3

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