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August 2012

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8 INDUSTRY NEWS the Groundsman August 2012 Toro announces the new Groundsmaster 3400-D out-front rotary Ransomes Jacobsen introduces new Iseki SXG compact tractor mowers Ransomes Jacobsen has introduced a refreshed and updated range of its popular Iseki SXG compact tractor mowers. The entry level machine is the Iseki SXG216, which provides year round, all weather cut and collection. The machine combines compact design with exceptional manoeuvrability, a dial-in height of cut adjustment system, efficient fuel economy and ease of use, and like all SXG mowers features blower-less collection (which reduces the noise level for the operator) and a large 320-litre low-dump collector with hydraulically-assisted tipping mechanism. It has a 1.02 m mid-mounted deck. The larger SXG323 offers power, performance and unsurpassed productivity. A 1.22 m mower deck with wider overlapping provides a superior quality of cut and the large capacity, high torque 1,123 cc diesel engine is powerful and fuel efficient. A new design for the operator platform provides increased leg room and an automotive-style instrument panel provides clear information. Like the SXG216, it features an easy-to-use dial-in height of cut adjustment system and has improved engine bay access, wider floors for safer operation and an easy-fill fuel tank with 21 litre capacity. A high dump collector and road homologated (street legal) options are available. Designed for the most demanding users, the SXG326 features a larger operator platform for a comfortable working environment and has a collection capacity of 600 litres. There's a choice of 1.22 m or 1.37 m mower decks with wider overlapping blades, providing enhanced productivity and a superior quality of cut, especially in wet conditions. The high dump collector comes as standard on this model with low dump an optional extra. Both collectors are easy to remove for simple cleaning and maintenance operations and, as with the SXG323, a road homologated version with lighting kit and handbrake is also available. www.ransomesjacobsen.co.uk IOG Branch/Region Reports Midland Region meeting was attended by M Reeves, M Lewis, I Morris, K Spiby, T Wyke, G Lake, W Raynor, B Latter, B Smith, D Newman and G Mowe. Apologies were received from B Parker, J Lucas, I Elms, L Paulley and A Moore. Chairman's Report - M Reeves announced that M Wall had been awarded life membership. Secretary's Report - one nomination for Bert Bond Award. Treasurer's Report - M Lewis went through the balance sheet and took questions. Midland Region Bowls – scheduled for West Midlands Travel Centre (in May) with Rigby Taylor as sponsor. G Mowe from Coventry Branch will have meeting with Nuneaton Bowls Club with a view to holding it there next year on a flat green. Branch Reports – Coventry - March meeting, E Mowe gave a pitch presentation on Leicester City FC, also hoping to arrange tour of Walkers Stadium. Leicester - reached Quiz semi finals. East Mids/ South Staffs – Rolls-Royce visit scheduled for July; coach to IOG SALTEX planned; B Smith to arrange Dennis/Sisis visit. Shropshire - Stands planned for Clwyd Vintage Show, Owestry Show and Shrewsbury Flower Show. Date of next Meeting - 30.9.12. M Reeves - Region Chairman New from Toro is the Groundsmaster 3400-D, a robust and high-performance out-front rotary mower that features a Kubota 35.5 HP four-cylinder diesel engine. Two sizes of cutting deck are available; 183 cm and the standard 157 cm. It has a 15.5 mph transport speed, long wheel base and a 45.7 litres/10 gals fuel tank for eight hours of uninterrupted operation. The 3400-D can climb the steepest of kerbs and has high-specification tyres, great ground clearance levels and an advanced suspension system. The mechanical suspension seat and machine controls at operator fingertips are complemented by an optional full-weather cab with a choice of air-conditioning. www.toro.com/en-gb Less mowing, more growing The current harsh economic climate has seen councils forced to reduce mowing frequency, which has resulted in the requirement for grass cutting equipment to withstand more demanding applications and longer grass. But this may cause problems with roller mower performance, which is not surprising as the roller mower was designed as a fine turf mower. To counter this, Broadwood International has redesigned the popular Wessex RMX 360 and RMX 480 hydraulically-folding roller mowers, to allow larger volumes of cut grass to clear the deck quickly and so greatly increasing performance in longer grass applications. The two machines are available as three- point linkage mounted or trailed on the popular ProGlider chassis. Smaller, rigid models from 1.8 m to 3 m are also available. www.broadwoodintl.co.uk

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