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September 2015

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IN ACTION 45 the Groundsman September 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions Remote controlled Spider mowers for council Ransomes' remotely operated Spider mowers have been delivered to Conwy County Borough Council to help maintain the steep banks along the promenades of the local seaside towns. Peter Barton-Price is the open spaces area manager and was instrumental in the purchase of these specialist mowers. "For decades we have been maintaining these steep banks with either walk-behind mowers or with a team of operators using brushcutters," he explained. "If anyone has ever experienced doing this type of work, they will appreciate just how uncomfortable it is. "You are standing at an unnatural angle, putting pressure on your knees and ankles due to the severity of the slope and on your back through the sweeping movement of the strimming action. There is also a further risk of slipping on damp or uneven ground. "As a responsible employer the Council is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and the purchase of these specialist mowers further demonstrates this commitment. Unlike other bank mowers, the Spiders have an integral winch, which allows the operators to anchor the mowers and prevent them from sliding down the inclines. There are no hand/arm vibration issues either as the machines are remotely operated. "They will also increase our performance and productivity as the process is much quicker than the strimming option and we can redeploy the team to other functions, so it really is a win-win situation." T: +44(0) 1604 864643 | E: info@total-play.co.uk W: www.total-play.co.uk/climate-cover Don't let frost stop play this winter... Protect any natural turf sports surface in temperatures down to -6°C Total Growth Cover oers a unique and proven frost protection and germination solution in one. • Full pitch covers • Bespoke cover sizes • Goal mouths • Hire service • Guaranteed delivery dates • Attractive payment terms Be ready for what winter may bring & 'get the game on' – act fast for an early bird deal! John Deere meets college standards Renowned for its world leading training and education programmes, which have produced many of the world's top greenkeepers, SRUC Elmwood Golf Course has recently invested in a new fleet of John Deere and ancillary equipment supplied by local dealer The Double A Trading Company. Bought with a full service and maintenance contract following a rigorous three-way tender process, the extensive John Deere fleet includes new A Model fairway, rough and surrounds mowers, walk-behind and ride-on greens mowers, Gator utility vehicles, amenity turf sprayer and top dresser attachments, compact tractors and a commercial walk-behind rotary mower. The deal also included a Tru-Turf greens roller, Lewis 2-tonne trailer and an Air 2G2 air injection machine, all supplied by Double A, which additionally advised the college on converting and equipping the course workshop to John Deere dealer standards. Students on the one-year NC, HNC and HND courses at the college really benefit from their real-time experience on a working golf course.

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