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IN ACTION 44 the Groundsman October 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions Pegasus rotary mowers hit council targets Two Trimax Pegasus rotary roller mowers are being used by John O'Conner Grounds Maintenance to fulfil a county council grass-cutting contract involving more than 120 different school and parish sites located throughout East Sussex, each site being mown on a 10- day cycle from April to October. Purchased new in early 2012, the two Trimax mowers have been used by John O'Conner since the council contract commenced in January of that year. The machines and their respective tractors replaced four tractors and a combination of rotary and cylinder gangs that had been used by the previous holder of the council contract. The two Pegasus mowers provide a maximum cutting width of 4.93m, folding hydraulically to 2.5m for transport. They are based at John O'Conner's depots in Bexhill-on-Sea and Lewes, each machine cutting close to 60 hectares of grass over its 10-day cycle. Etesia chosen by The Landscape Group The Landscape Group has again added to its impressive collection of Etesia pedestrian mowers by recently purchasing a range of PRO 46 PBE push and PBTS self-propelled models. The Pro 46 mowing deck has a distinctive shape which produces a powerful suction and blowing effect ensuring a quality cut with maximum collection. With a 52 litre Xenoy grass box, all collections can be quickly emptied and cleaned with a hose. The Pro 46 rotary mowers are also lightweight and compact, making them ideal for mobile grass cutting units. No tools are required to fold the handlebars which makes transportation and storage extremely easy, and as an option, a PR46E mulching kit and PZ46M mulching blade convert Pro 46 mowers into formidable a mulcher. For nearly two decades, The Landscape Group, has turned to Etesia to use a variety of pedestrian and ride- on models to carry out its mowing operations on housing estates and verge work. Etesia mowers are renowned for being able to cut and collect in all weather – even the wet; which sees The Landscape Group being able to utilise them all year round – not just for grass collection but also for leaf collection in the autumn. Putting safety first with Simon Richard Simon Richard will be demonstrating the Reform Metrac bank tractors, (safe for working at up to 45 degree angles), and Shibaura SG280 Slope mower, (rated for safe working up to 30 degrees) at the Coping with Slopes event on 22 October. The demonstration takes place at the Seven Trent Draycote Water site, Warwickshire, and is supported by BALI and the National Contractors Forum. Simon Richard said: "With operator safety high on the agenda this event is an ideal opportunity to show how both Reform and Shibaura machines can provide a safe operator working environment and add value to the grounds maintenance fleet." Synapsys scores a first for football Synapsys, the leader in developing and supplying innovative BMS communication interfaces, has scored a goal with the installation of what's thought to be the UK's first automated control system for under soil heating. The system is part of an intelligent, integrated approach to energy management and control designed for the award-winning £80m, 30,000 capacity stadiummk. The new system uses the Synapsys SIP interface technology for predictive and accurate automated control of the under soil heating system via a clever on-line link to a world weather forecasting system, that not only helps halve energy bills but also paid for itself within just one season's use.

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