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December 2012

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36 MANUFACTURER PROFILE the Groundsman December 2012 The fruits of success Pegasus S3 three-gang roller mower creates regulation stripes at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor. In common with all Trimax rotary roller mowers, the Pegasus is equipped with LazerBladez (below), a fling-tip design giving an even spread and a fine finish Since its establishment in the 1980s, Trimax Mowing Systems has become synonymous with innovation, quality and reliability in the design and manufacture of tractor-mounted mowers for the sports turf and amenity sectors It took just 10 years to transform what was primarily livestock pasture into the hub of New Zealand's kiwifruit production industry, after the soils and climate of the Bay of Plenty region were judged ideal for fruit growing. Naturally, the producers needed specialist plant, buildings and machinery to establish, harvest and process the fruit, and many new ventures were established during the 1970s and '80s to service this industry. Fit for purpose Among them were small engineering workshops that sprung up to meet the demand for tractor-mounted mowing equipment for maintaining the coarse grass that grew alongside and between the rows of kiwifruit vines. Sievwright, who had designed and produced an innovative aerodynamic flail for mower-shredders. Bob had bought an existing mower manufacturer and he began producing a mower-shredder fitted with the lowhorsepower flail - the Gamma flail. Three such businesses eventually combined to become Trimax Mowing Systems under the ownership of former automotive engineer, Bob The product proved an outstanding success with the growers and contractors who maintain the orchards.

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