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February 2014

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BTME REVIEW 28 the Groundsman February 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions A buzz about BTME BTME 2014 has energised the turf management industry with over 8,500 visitors [unaudited] from across the globe packing into the Harrogate International Centre. Tuesday saw 3,205 visitors stream in – but this was surpassed on Wednesday with a 3,940 thronging the halls. Even the traditionally quieter Thursday featured 1,606 giving an impressive total of 8,751 - a significant increase on previous years. The buzzing halls were complemented by BIGGA's thriving Continue to Learn education programme, which welcomed an BTME record of 2,764 delegates. The BIGGA Greenkeepers Benevolent Fund, set up to assist current or past members and their dependents who have suffered hardships - financial or otherwise - got off to a flying start with a £2,500 donation from Ransomes Jacobsen. Yet another highlight saw four exhausted greenkeepers complete the 'Hard Road to Harrogate' – an arduous 200 mile trek pushing mowers from Ransomes Jacobsen's Ipswich HQ for charity. DMMP power show DMMP exhibited two of its leading brands, global players Maruyama and Earthway Products Inc. The Maruyama unique landscape blade was at BTME plus DMMP shared details of Maruyama's new UK unrivalled and unmatched five-year commercial product guarantee. Recently introduced to the UK, Maruyama is the leading Japanese manufacturer of pumps, sprayers and outdoor power equipment. The hard- working power tools are all designed, engineered and manufactured in Japan. EarthWay's new innovative spreader was also displayed. Jacobsen AR722 Turbo launched Ransomes Jacobsen launched the new Jacobsen AR722T contour rotary mower at BTME. The new mower, which features seven 56 cm rotary cutting decks, is ideal for maintaining intermediate golf roughs, green and tee surrounds and sports and recreation fields. Designed to boost productivity with class-leading power, exceptional contour following and cutting width flexibility, the AR722T features a rugged and reliable 65.2 hp Kubota turbo-charged diesel engine delivering unmatched power. This allows the mower to maintain performance and blade tip speed in the most challenging terrain without slowing down. "Golf course managers and sports field groundsmen need their rotary mowers to easily handle large areas of grass in a short amount of time," said Lee Kristensen, product manager at Ransomes Jacobsen. "The Jacobsen AR722T is all about productivity, getting more done in less time. It's the only seven-unit rotary mower on the market with the power to get the job done without compromising speed or after-cut appearance." The AR722T is equipped with the SureTrac parallel-cross-series traction system, which provides superior performance on hills. The AR722T is also equipped with Jacobsen's exclusive TrimTek decks that feature downdraft blades that keep the clippings suspended longer for exceptional mulching results. The large Ransomes Jacobsen stand also included a new bi-directional groomer, the Cushman Refresher, Turfo Torrent and celebrations for E-Z-GO's 60th anniversary. On The Grass Group stand visitors witnessed the first showing of ATT's 26" INFiNiSystem. Designed with all the features of its celebrated 22" sister, this new product has the same dual Hybrid/Battery power source and range of SMART cassettes for the ultimate in turf maintenance. The 26" floating head INFiNiSystem has been designed to offer even greater productivity - especially when compared to a standard 22" greens mower. The floating nature of the 26" means it can follow contours to the same extent as a 22" Fixed Head. This translates to at least a 15 per cent saving in labour. New ATT system

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