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With over 80 exhibitors displaying hundreds of products – many of them on show in Scotland for the first time – plus a schedule of informative education presentations and exciting live product demonstrations, as well as award ceremonies, this month’s IOG Scotsturf show (November 11 & 2) will inform and entertain open space professionals of every discipline.
Being staged at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre, this must-see event for all golf course and groundscare professionals, as well as local authority decision-makers and arboriculturists, for example, looks set to build on the success of recent shows by being a one-stop shop for all the products, technologies, techniques and strategies needed for effective and efficient open space management.
Show Manager Roy Daniels says the year-on-year support for the event is founded on the presence of a varied mixture of exhibitors as well as a programme of show features designed to add tremendous value to the time spent there by visitors.
“In addition to a comprehensive range of products to suit every budget and designed to make life easier and more effective, IOG Scotsturf works hard to ensure that its free education seminars address all the issues of relevance,” he says.
“Some of the subjects under discussion this year include pesticide approvals, weed control, integrated turf management, and health and safety in respect of tree work and working on slopes,” adds Roy, “while the presentations of the Innovative and New Product Awards, and the IOG Awards to the Industry, will be complemented by the ever-popular Scottish Groundsman of the Year Award ceremony and the presentations to the land-based colleges. It all adds up to something for everyone,” he says.

Bernhard and Company will display the Express Dual and Anglemaster 3000MC range of cylinder and bottom blade grinders along with the blade thinning attachment for the Express Dual cylinder grinder. With easy-to-use electrical and mechanical control systems, the 3000MC range is competitively priced. The blade thinning attachment is fitted to the Express Dual lift table and represents the most convenient spin/relief grinding combination available.
Tel: +44 1788 811600

New this year from Broadwood International is the SnowEx TLR-275 mount, which opens up the world of salt and grit spreading to users of quad bikes, ATVs and UTVs as well as functioning perfectly with any vehicle fitted with a standard 50 mm ball hitch.
Designed to accept the popular SnowEx utility spreader range, the £320 (plus VAT) mount gives the SP-100, SP-575 and SP-1575 spreaders a new dimension of host vehicles. With rugged balloon tyres and swivelling ball hitch, the weight of the spreader is concentrated over the wheels, keeping the weight off the drawbar for ease of manoeuvrability and added safety.
TEl (+44) 1420 478111

Dennis will be showing the S500 PLUS, which takes the effort out of surface spiking, slotting and overseeding. The 500 mm operating width, Honda-powered unit has simple changeover between applications with an optional overseeding box mechanism.
Then there’s the Verticut TT which, with 510 mm operating width, will demolish thatch problems: the tungsten tipped verticutter incorporates simple, fast single point height of cut adjustment.
Completing the company’s display will be the Razor Ultra 560 which, with a 560 mm cutting width, will provide an ultra fine finish to any green and fine turf area. Short wheel base, tungsten tipped groomer and stub-free transport wheels are some of its innovative features. 0808 2027779

Visitors to the Cleveland Sitesafe stand will not only be able to see for themselves that the company has been producing secure vandal resistant buildings for over 20 years, but they will also be able to discuss the results of trials with a green roof that sits on moisture-resistant board to insulate it from the steel roof structure. The roof has been growing well all summer without any root burn or drainage problems and has been married with natural cedar cut in a shiplap pattern.
+44 (0) 1642 244 663

The Double A Trading Company will launch the new Gianni Ferrari ML360 Turbo Loader, a 36 HP diesel pivot steer multi-purpose compact wheeled loader capable of operating a wide range of attachments including buckets, pallet forks, trenchers, brushes, post hole borers and excavators.
TEl : 01334 657602 mobile : 07774 618477

Pride of place on the Fairways Group stand (Wiedenmann UK) will be the new Terra Spike GXi8 – Wiedenmann’s latest deep fast aerator which, with a working width of 1.8 m, is 40 cm wider than the GXi6 (which was designed for fine turf areas and compact tractors) and fits to tractors from 30 HP. Coverage is 5,800 m²/ hour at 110 mm square hole spacing (based on a crank speed of 485 revs/min and assumes the pulling tractor is moving at 3.2 km/hour).
Also debuting in Scotland is Wiedenmann’s trio of surface conditioning equipment – the Terra Float, Terra Slit and Terra Seed. By demand, Wiedenmann’s versatile Super 500, its Super Pro professional mowers, and its efficient series of low noise collectors and blowers will all be there, too, alongside the company’s range of artificial turf maintenance machines, two of which also double up for duties elsewhere.
Groundpro, Wiedenmann’s deal-direct trading division, will also offer Pro-Cast bulk top dressers and material handling systems. 0141 814 3366

IPU Group will be showcasing a selection of new models from the Ferris Industries ride-on mower range, including the new-to-the-UK Ferris Evolution – a ride-on mower that has a seating position which allows the operator to take the ‘ideal’ ergonomical position. A cross between sitting and kneeling (think jet ski!), the seat offers excellent comfort and all-round visibility.
The Evolution is available in 36 inch to 48 inch cutting decks and can be supplied with 19 HP or 27 HP Kawasaki engine. Cutting height is easily adjustable from 3.8 cm to 15.2 cm, and the machine has a top forward ground speed of 10 mph. +44 (0) 121 511 0400

GreenMech will show the new six inch capacity turntable Quad Chip 150 woodchipper that was launched at IOG SALTEX show. The turntable allows ultimate positioning of the in-feed chute for convenience of access in limited space and more importantly safer use when working from the road side – when the chute is moved to 90° of the drawbar the rear of the machine stays within the width of the axle and does not protrude. Two engine options are available – a 34 HP Diahatsu turbo charged unit and a Kubota 35 HP naturally aspirated option. The machine’s high throughput is provided by dual vertical feed rollers and a 6 inch x nine inch letterbox opening, offering an exceptional crushing capacity and a new square blade system.
Also on show will be Boxer compact utility mini skid steer loaders. Two sizes of diesel machine are available – 322D and 532DX – and both machines are rubber tracked units with 22 HP and 32 HP Kubota diesel engines, respectively, and over 50 attachments on offer. The 532DX is also capable of transporting and running the hydraulically driven GreenMech EC150TMP wood chipper with six inch chipping capacity.
Designed with the professional ladscaper in mind, the CS100 chipper offers users the ability to process a wide range of material on-site and at the point of production. Combining ease of use with high productivity and powered by 14 or 18 HP B&S engine, the CS100’s blades are in a removable cassette allowing ease of maintenance, and can handle branches up to 13 cm diameter via its 315 mm x 162 mm in-feed throat. Tel:+44 (0) 1789-400044

Green-tech will be on hand to explain the success of its innovative Mona Plant System irrigation system – this underground watering system offers significant saving in terms of both time and water efficiency. The company will also be displaying its new gt composphere, an environmentally friendly composter alongside some of its best-sellers – gt Gree-tree topsoil, the 100% sustainable, recycled topsoil; and gt GRB, the 100% recycled ground reinforcement block.
Tel : 01423 332100

Groundscare Products
See the NEW, award winning Turf Teq Brush Cutter at ScotsTurf 2009
• Innovative, variable angle cutting head allows the operator to cut under hedges, fences and trees whilst keeping hands and controls clear of the vegetation.
• The deck pivots incrementally to the left, up to 300mm (12 ins) beyond the handle bars.
• On hillsides, the pivot feature adds stability to the machine by increasing overall ground contact.
• The 28” (711mm) wide deck features a 26” (660mm) cutting blade.
• Adjustable mowing heights of 70mm (2.75”) and 95mm (3.75”).

Also on show will be the award-winning Power Edger/Trencher, Surface Preparation Rake and Power Broom. All these quick-change, walk-behind attachments are powered by the same 13hp, hydrostatic Honda tractor.
Tel 0870 321 8900

Groundsman Industries was established in 1990 and are known primarily for their range of tractor mounting and pedestrian operated aerators and core collectors. These products have been designed to penetrate the top 13cm (6") of soil and are classified as surface aerators.
Over the past eight years, the company have been researching and developing their range of Turf Multi Cutters with the goal of producing a machine which has very high cutting performance with very low hand-arm vibration levels at operator handles. The result is a fourth generation product known as the TMC range. The TMC2 was launched in September of last year and targeted at general landscaping and hire industries, has now been followed up by last months launch of the TMC4 machine.
The TMC4 is a four wheel drive machine for precision thickness cutting for applications where the turf is likely to be cut for relaying purposes. An automatic Guillotine Chop-off Attachment is available for the new TMC4 machine, to cut the turf sod to exact lengths for handling and relaying. As the name ‘Turf Multi Cutter’ suggests, a wide range of quick-change blades are available for different widths of cutting, multi strip cutting and the option for centre mounting blades for de-compacting or mole draining to 12cm (5") deep. The reputation already gained by the TMC2 over the past year has spun over to the TMC4 with a back-log of orders for the company.
Tel : 028 27667049

Irrigation Supplies will be showing for the first time the new range of K-Rain sprinklers and providing details of the new Kasco water treatment fountains. The company manufactures pop up impact golf sprinklers that are interchangeable with Logic/ Watermation GN / GR sprinklers, and is the distributor of HIT solenoid valves, Perrot sprinklers Nelson, Hunter, K-Rain Weathermatic and Tonick. TEl 01491 202010

Machines from John Deere’s new golf and sports turf maintenance product range will be featured. The 220e E-Cut walk-behind greens mower with hybrid electric drive, and the 7200 PrecisionCut trim and surrounds mower, with the patented Width on Demand cutting system, both have Quick Adjust cutting cylinders featuring a Speed Link system for extremely quick height of cut adjustment.
Additional new machines on show will include the 8400 Commercial triple reel mower which features high capacity 10 inch Jumbo cutting units, an intelligent all-wheel drive traction system and a Cross Cut function for increased productivity; the HD200 SelectSpray amenity turf sprayer, fitted to a John Deere Pro Gator utility vehicle; and the X749 lawn tractor, an all-wheel steer version of the 4WD X748 model, also designed for demanding commercial applications.
John Deere’s new 5M and 5G utility tractors from 70 to 100 HP will be represented by the 5M model. The 5M Series from 70 to 100 HP (5070M, 5080M, 5090M and 5100M) are compact, general-purpose tractors offering excellent visibility and operator comfort. They feature a bright cab interior, a newly designed dashboard, ergonomic controls and multiple seat and lighting options, and can be equipped with matching John Deere front loaders for a variety of materials handling applications.
Power comes from a 4.5 l Tier III John Deere PowerTech M diesel engine, equipped with a mechanical fuel injection system, turbocharger, an air-to-air charge air cooler and a slideable air conditioning condenser for easier servicing. Apart from reduced emission levels and good fuel economy, these powerful and reliable mid-specification engines provide a two per cent power bulge and a 28 per cent torque rise to match even the toughest tasks. Depending on individual requirements, there is a choice of three transmission options.
Powered by the same engine as the 5M Series, the new 5G Series tractors will replace the current 5015 Series tractor range and will consist of nine models from 80 to 100 HP: the 5080G, GF and GV; the 5090G, GH, GF and GV; and the 5100GF
Tel: 01949 860491

JSM Distribution will be launching the Sweep N Fill brush system, a trailed twin-brush system that provides superb topdressing performance, filling aeration holes with topdressing in two passes, with no damage to the plant. The action of the brushes mimic a push-broom action, gently lifting grass blades with a flicking motion while moving sand or topdressing material into the aeration holes and to the crown of the plant. Tel: +44.(0)1825.720023

Lloyds will be exhibiting the Buffalo turbine blowers at Scotsturf for the first time, including the Cyclone PTO and the Cyclone KB3 Debris Blower in engine and PTO version.
Of lightweight yet rigid tubular steel frame design, the Cyclone PTO uses a direct drive gearbox in conjunction with an electronically governed 23 HP Kohler engine. It is the first debris blower to utilise wireless nozzle and throttle control from a water-resistant handheld remote transmitter.

Lloyds will also be exhibiting a selection of Paladin fine turf mowers, Leda gang mowers, top dressers and other turf maintenance equipment as well as Maredo turf care systems – and the Hunter Grinders’ Jupiter ATI automatic spin and relief grinder. Tel: 01462 6830

This year, Rapid tractors are supporting their main stocking dealer for Scotland, B.D.Supplies on stand C10. They will be exhibiting Rapids latest edition to therange, the exciting new Rapid Rex, the lightest hydrostatic drive tractor in the world with hydraulic steering. This machine is designed to operate on extreme slopes with safety and confidence. It will be fitted with completely new spiked wheels for ultimate grip and stability. Also on the stand will be the new Rapid SM Mulching flails which incorporate a blade /rotor breaking system, mulching flails which act upon the roller to self clean and a simple quick spindle adjuster for working height. In addition, they will have other tractor models on the stand with both grass cutting and cultivation attachments.

TEl 07973 199920

Symbio will display the new Symbio TraceOlite highly porous zeolite that is impregnated with essential trace elements and holds 30-40% of its weight in water. Also new nd on show will be Symbio Liquid Aeration, which releases oxygen molecules into the thatch layer and rootzone for thatch degradation. This helps oxidise nutrients and can oxidise black layer. Symbio also launches its new range of Early Start Fertilisers to help overcome the problems of a late start to the growing season. These liquid fertilisers are designed to balance base saturation while providing nitrogen in immediately available form for early growth. They can be tank mixed with Symbio Liquid Aeration to further enhance early growth. Symbio’s new Compost Tea Brewers – that help increase soil biology for healthy perennial grasses – will also be on view, alongside Symbio Thatch Eater and Liquid Aeration for thatch and black layer reduction, as well as MycoForce Mycorrhizae that helps ensure success when overseding fescue, bent and rye grasses and help out-compete poa annua.
Tel: 44 (0) 1428 685762

Spray Techniques plan to stage a working sprayer nozzle display, demonstrating a range of nozzles that can be used in the application of pesticides, herbicides and liquid feeds. The different nozzle sizes and designs will show how there are always options as the conditions of weather, growth stage and amount of diseases etc change. The display will also feature the new drift reduction air inclusion nozzle the Bubble Jet.
Tel 01506-865000

As the local dealer for Massey Ferguson Groundscare equipment, SGM (UK) will display a selection of models from the newly extended range which now covers from 19.5 to 91 DIN HP. All tractors can be supplied in cabin or rollbar versions, with the addition of either agricultural or turf tyres. In addition, SGM will be displaying a varied selection of parts and complete service kits for a wide range of machinery. Tel: +44 (0) 2476 694400

Scotbark provides innovative solutions for erosion, flood and sediment control, and its expanding ‘tool box’ of products includes the use of filter and growing media that is custom-installed to suit individual applications. The products are used in conjunction with the Express blower system.
T 0141 781 4791

Shelton Sportsturf Drainage Solutions LLP’s Supertrencher + range has many new features, including a twin-speed digging wheel to suit dry, hard soils or wetter conditions. The digging wheel is in line with the centre of the tractor, with twin cylinders adjusting the digging depth either manually or by laser. The excavated soil is thrown into a large aperture at the front of the machine, then elevated via two conveyors into a trailer running alongside. The newly designed conveyor is hinged so that it can be turned through 90 deg to lay alongside the body of the machine for transport purposes. Tel. 0044 (0)1507 578288

This is STMs first full season with the RoboFlail, which won the New Product and Innovation Award at Scotsturf 2008, and its success has backed up STM’s faith in the product. It was designed in conjunction with the STM Continental engineer Frank Hemmerich and an established manufacturer of tracked vehicles. These zero-turn remote controlled machines are in use over the whole of the UK and the Continent, and there is consistent positive feedback from customers and contractors. The versatility and safety of the unit make it an ideal choice. With increasing requirements to meet as regards Health and Safety standards, the RoboFlail is ideal for steep banks and difficult areas. The positive side of no hand-arm vibration problems and reduced operator fatigue are also in there as very strong plus points for considering this robot mower.
By being available with one of two types of deck – standard rotary and open-front rotary, STM have made the RoboFlail range even more unassailable.
The machine operates on tracks and has fully effective zero-turn created by contra-rotating them. The operator can work up to 300 metres away but this is not recommended as you need to be able to see obstacles, and the machine has design features like a self-levelling tank that show the amount of design consideration that has been put in.

Simon Tullett took the machine on a roadshow in Scotland and that was a great success. The area for which Dundee City Council are responsible takes in estates such as Pentland, which is renowned for its steep banks. Not only that, but these areas are mowed on a fortnightly basis, and the previous method – using hover mowers – was beginning to cause concern on Health and Safety issues. The demo took place in their area, and that was enough to convince them. The order was placed, the machine delivered, training undertaken and off they went.
Jock Paterson of Dundee took time out to talk about the machine: ‘It’s been very successful so far. We’ve had the machine for a few months now and the operators are getting better with the procedure on the controls’ He explained that theirs is a particularly hilly area and the introduction of the RoboFlail has saved them a lot of problems – plus the bonus that the operators aren’t so tired at the end of the shift!

To cover sales of the RoboFlail in specific areas of Scotland, STM have appointed Fraser C Robb of Drymen, Glasgow as dedicated dealers. They will be looking after areas from Dumfries, north to Argyll and Bute. STM have a long association with Fraser Robb and are very pleased to be able to offer them this opportunity to follow on from the successful roadshows carried out by Simon Tullett and Bob Deans in Scotland.
Tel 01789 488450

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