The Groundsman

July 2016

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Visit for more information and digital editions stablished by his grandfather in 1965, current Beaumont Grounds Maintenance managing director Alex Lineton is the third generation of the family to run the grounds and sports pitch maintenance company, which offers its services to commercial organisations across the North East and Yorkshire regions. In line with the recent increase in artificial sports playing surfaces in these regions, Alex has expanded the company's machinery fleet with a Redexim Verti-Top 1200 from Charterhouse Turf Machinery. "There was an increasing necessity for us to get into artificial maintenance," explains Alex, "and as education and awareness in the topic improves we can only see the demand for the service growing. In addition, people are starting to understand that to protect their investment, they need to conduct maintenance. This, and the FA guidelines on 3G maintenance, has really justified our purchase of the Verti- Top in February." The Verti-Top uses a rotary brush to lift the pile and extract up to the top 15mm of infill and foreign material. The infill is then sieved to remove dust and detritus before being returned and brushed into the surface leaving a clean, level and aesthetically pleasing finish. "I did a demo last year after weighing up the Verti-Top at SALTEX and we decided it was the right machine for us. We did our research and spoke to some other contractors and in the end it was a straightforward decision. When I came to do the demo it looked very easy to set up and operate and often, when you E Growing demand for 3G maintenance Beaumont Grounds Maintenance is seeing an increase in artificial surfaces, in particular with schools, which has led the company to expand its machinery fleet By: Dougie Archibald try it yourself it's not that easy, but this really is! With the three-point linkage and PTO drive it's easy to hook up and when running it's worked as well as it did during its demonstration. Charterhouse has a great reputation in the industry, as one of the first to supply synthetic maintenance machinery, and since our purchase the company's after sales support has been faultless. It was important for us that we got the kit, the experience, and established ourselves in the synthetic market." Alex and a supervisor are currently training an apprentice on it, with the aim of creating a dedicated synthetic team when the need arrives. Currently, five sites have signed up for a quarterly deep clean and Alex is delighted with the results the Verti-Top is delivering. Dougie Archibald is northern territory manager at Redexim Charterhouse, l AWARD SPONSOR 26 the Groundsman July 2016 Alex Lineton (right) taking delivery of the Verti-Top 1200 from Dougie Archibald

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