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October 2012

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24 FEATURE the Groundsman October 2012 Wiedenmann's new Super Pro FXL-H230 (left), and the Terra Clean 100 (above) and 160 (below) Six of the best! Over 60 British and Irish dealer staff from Wiedenmann UK gathered in Germany for the first sightings of six new Wiedenmann products ahead of their public launch at last month's IOG SALTEX Two artificial turf maintenance machines were shown on a 3G surface – the Terra Clean 160, a groomer and cleaner that removes fine dust particles, and the Terra Clean 100, a new entry level pitch cleaner – plus four developments for natural turf: the Super Pro FXL-H230 Commercial Out Front Mower, with up to 2.3 m cutting width and 'fold on the fly' side wings; the Super 600, Wiedenmann's biggest collector to date with 4.5 m³ capacity; the Mega Twister, a 230° blower; and the Core Recycler, believed to be a world first, which recycles up to 80 per cent of rootzone after hollow coring. The Core Recycler is an innovative self- propelled machine that lifts cores from the turf surface following hollow coring. It instantly and easily separates organic waste matter such as thatch from the gathered sand and soil mix, and returns rootzone to the surface, recycling up to 80 per cent of the volume of the lifted cores. By re-distributing and re-using perfectly good root zone, golf course managers and contractors can make dramatic savings on time and associated labour costs, as well as savings on buying, carrying and spreading fresh topdressing, which can cost £40/tonne. Counter-rotating brushes and a height adaptable roller on the floor of the 1.2 m wide machine sweep and lift discarded hollow cores into a series of four adjustable sieves. The sieves - made of steel mesh and readily accessible - can be set to accommodate dry or damp operating conditions as well as for those occasions when thatch is particularly prevalent. Each moves uniformly and has been designed not to clog. The operator can choose to have the motorised sieves 'crush' the cores so the soil and sand mix falls back to the ground with rogue thatch and waste accumulating in the hopper. When there is less thatch, the sieves can be altered so that output increases. If the operator simply wants to collect the cores, inserts can be placed into the sieves so they are not pulped. The Core Recycler maintains high productivity as its hydrostatic traction engine (Honda) powers the machine to forward speeds of up to 6 km/hour and 3 km/hour in reverse. It can be specified for either low or high dump collection making emptying straight forward and quick. The Core Recycler costs from £24,200 ex VAT. The infinitely versatile front-mounted cutting deck, the Super Pro FXL 230 H mower, boasts a cutting width up to 2.3 m and its 'fold on the fly' side wings enable operators to vary the width of cut through three width settings without stopping. This gives the potential for approximately 30 per cent higher productivity in comparison to a 180 cm mower. Two of its most impressive features are the hydraulic wing decks which lift and lower independently (additional spool valves are required for the power unit). An innovative double pivoting system means that while the side wings are raised, crucially the belt tension remains constant and there is no risk of the belt coming off. The height of the cut remains the same between the centre and the side wings, even on undulating surfaces. Overlapping blades ensure a stripe-free cut. To make transporting easy, the FXL 230 H has a transport width of only 185 cm. The machine costs from £11,350 with an optional mulching kit at £930. Revolutionary technology used in military conditions has inspired Wiedenmann engineers to take artificial turf maintenance to a new level with the Terra Clean 160, which uses a cyclone filter system to draw and remove dust similar to that of trucks operating in sandy deserts.

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