Category: Tines and Bed Knives

Summer Stock Clearance

By Grassgroup, July 24, 2017 9:30 am

 

Apparently it’s summer despite the gloomy weather we are enduring at TGG HQ this morning.

Just wanted to bring you up to date with our latest summer offers. We have a great selection of offers over the coming weeks – make sure you make the most of the opportunity.

This is your full Tine clearance preview!

Over the next few weeks we are going to have an array of Tines on clearance:

John Deere/ Toro

3/8″ Mount – Side Eject Coring Tines – 5″ in length in either .266″ or .310″ dia.

3/8″ Mount – Solid Tines – 5″ and 6″ in length in either .25″ 0r .375″ dia.

3/4″ Mount – Solid Tines – 6″ in length and .625″ in dia.

3/4″ Mount – Venting Tines – 4.74″ in length and .75″ dia.

Redexim Verti-Drain

5/16″ Mount – Side Eject Carbide Coring Tines – 6.125″ in length and .240″ dia.

5/16″ Mount – Solid Tines – 10″ in length and .3125″ dia.

PLUS unbeatable prices on all Tines currently in stock – contact us to find out more. If you are after a particular Tine chances are we have it in stock.*

Contact us today on 01638 720123 or email sales@thegrassgroup.com for more information.

*Subject to Terms and Conditions.

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Phoenix Tines: More than Mythology…!

By Grassgroup, April 11, 2017 10:17 am

Much like its name sake would suggest – the Phoenix™ Tines from The Grass Group are forged in fire through a patented thermo-chemical process. During which almost all of the iron (Fe) is displaced for a new, much harder element. This unique multi-step process creates a tighter cell structure than the original alloy. Phoenix™ Tines are additionally processed in a vacuum under extreme heat and pressure resulting in tines of outstanding durability and performance.

All Phoenix™ Tines are guaranteed to last as long as comparable carbide tipped coring Tines, but in tests Phoenix™ tines have actually far surpassed the carbide in use-life and  they also do not rust like other tines due to their ‘anti-rust’ coating – win.

Phoenix™ Tines are resilient and super tough, this results in benefits that include:

  • Less broken and chipped tips
  • Less time spent searching for lost tips
  • Less side-wear above the tip
  • Reduced ‘grow-in’ time

With technology that ultimately delivers better value for money and a great list of benefits that clearly add up, why would you opt for anything else…?

Email sales@thegrassgroup.com today to find out which products are available in the Phoenix™ finish. They really are that good!

 

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Don’t get bogged down, get Tines!

By Grassgroup, March 27, 2017 9:27 am

There is no doubting that drainage issues on a golf course can create massive problems for greenkeepers and of course in turn affect play for members – not good news.

Deep aeration is important for all clubs, but particularly for golf clubs that sit on clay soils. After the particularly wet winter we have just endured it is more essential than ever to make sure you not only have the right tools, but quality tools for the job. If you haven’t already thought about aerating or haven’t got round to placing an order, don’t panic it is not too late!

Our standard Tines are anything but ‘Standard’ made from 41/40 superior steel ensuring we can guarantee a proper job. The premium quality tines from The Grass Group are available in a Standard, Carbide, or Phoenix™ finish in varying mount sizes and in a choice of Solid, Vent, Talon or Coring. With the vast selection of stock we hold, we no doubt have the tines to fit your machine; John Deere, Toro, Jacobson, Verti-Drain or Wiedenmann.

Tine Type Core Features Core benefits
Quad Tines 4140 solid rod construction, available in four hole sizes. Variable wall thickness as needed available with carbide tip and Phoenix. Some available in 6″ length Long life, optimum wear, core removal and de-thatch. More economical through extended life. More core removal
Coring Tines 4140 solid rod construction, available in four hole sizes. Variable wall thickness as needed available with carbide tip and Phoenix. Some available in 6″ length Long life, optimum wear, core removal and de-thatch. More economical through extended life. More material removal
Solid Conventional
(round)
4140 solid rod construction, available in varied sizes and mounts Long life, optimum wear. Fits most conventional machines
Solid Talon 4140 solid rod construction, cross shape design. Available with 3/8″ and ½” ribs Long life, optimum wear. Root severing promotes growth, hole stays open for gas and water exchange. Gentle on greens
Solid Vent 4140 solid rod construction. ¾” rib design mounting diameters for deep and conventional tine machines Long life, optimum wear. Hole stays open for 3 weeks, play immediately after aerify with no negative effect on putting. Stress relief in drought or flood conditions
Fairway Coring 4140 solid rod construction. Extra wall thickness, variable wall thickness as needed. Available in carbide and Phoenix Long life, optimum wear. Minimum bending on fairways. More economical through longer life
Deep Coring Tines 4140 steel. Variable wall thickness as needed. Available in mounts for VD, Toro and Wiedenmann Long life, optimum wear, core removal and de-thatch. More economical through extended life. Stronger and more dependable tines
Solid Deep Tines 4140 solid rod construction. Available in mounts for VD, Toro and Wiedenmann Long life, optimum wear

Go on, give us a call on 01638 720123 today or drop us an email at sales@thegrassgroup.com and we will be happy to give you a quote.

 

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Another Happy Tines Customer

By Grassgroup, February 2, 2016 11:29 am

Here at The Grass Group we only sell high quality products that we believe in. We are extremely proud of our product range and it is made all the better when customers phone us to tell us how much they enjoy using our products.

Our CTI Tines and Bedknives are proving ever popular, particularly our Phoenix Tines. These tines have been forged in fire through a patented thermo-chemical process. It is a fundamental reconstitution of the best available steel alloy, creating a much tighter cell structure – the outcome? Outstanding durability! One customer called us yesterday and said:

 

“One set of standard tines lasts normally 9 greens but the Phoenix tines lasted 21 greens plus 12 tees. This is considerably better value and far more efficient as there is no down time to change the tines half way round the course. Just put a new set on and that’s it until the next time.”

 

Less down time changing tines means you make it round the course quicker and back for a cup of a tea! What’s not to like?!

In fact, people liked the durability of the Phoenix tines so much that CTI have now released Phoenix Bedknives. Although not made in exactly the same process, they are made to be superior and longer lasting blades. they have a different design in order to reduce scalping or scraping and will hold an edge longer during significant topdressing.

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Quality matters at BTME 2016

By Grassgroup, January 14, 2016 9:09 am

The Grass Group is always striving to provide the best service and quality for it’s customers and aims to raise the bar again at BTME 2016.
ATT continues to be one step ahead with their walk behind INFiNiSystem. As the world moves towards sustainability the Lithium battery module is a welcome addition. Lighter, able to mow 18 golf greens and with a longer life span of at least 1500 charge cycles, the Lithium battery boasts many advantages over petrol engine machines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It also has unprecedented financial benefits costing just 50p a charge!  Remaining a cut above the rest, ATT’s TMSystem 7, 11 and 14 blade cutting cylinders achieve exceptional quality with their non-contact cut and locked in cassette system. The height of cut ranges from 1.7mm to 40mm with the height-click adjuster, allowing a change in height of 0.1mm increments without needing any tools to adjust.
If that wasn’t enough you can have even more precision by adjusting the bedknife to reel set up by 0.028mm via the click system. All this with easy maintenance and high quality engineering. Isn’t it time you looked at upgrading?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If puffiness and thatch are plaguing your greens then look no further than the SMARTUltragroomer. It minimises puffiness in high density creeping bent and Bermuda grasses; therefore, reducing scalping and foot-printing. It removes seeds heads in poa annua turf and reduces ingress by “grabbing” the individual poa plants. It allows the growth of healthy grass and a consistent greens speed. It is a preventative measure to avoid costly cures such as fraise mowing.
CTI turf tines and bedknives are manufactured to the highest quality and are competitively priced for John Deere, Toro and Jacobsen machines. The range includes fairway, coring, solid and vent tines made out of 4140 steel construction. Also available are phoenix tines, forged in fire for a tighter cell construction, last as long if not longer than carbide tines. New for BTME 2016, Phoenix bedknives are also now available with their long lasting increased hardness. They can hold an edge longer particularly during significant topdressing periods. With the new updated Progressive Proflex 120b the grass will always be greener than the other side. The introduction of lift and turn increases efficiency alongside the five standard independent decks.

 

 

 

 

 

Updates for this coming season include rubber dampened belt tensioners and 25% less grease points than previous models as well as now being fitted with maintenance free blade spindles as standard. There’s a final twist to this year’s model as it’s now available in a green paint finish as well as the standard red, which we’re sure will appeal to the fans of green machines!   25 years of experience has taught The Grass Group that quality matters. With machines for every season of the year, there’s something for everyone in Hall A at stand A35.

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Cricket Renovation

By Grassgroup, August 17, 2015 9:07 am

As we near the end of the cricket season it is important to look forward to cricket pitch renovation. It is necessary to perform such a task very shortly after the last match so as to prevent the square from looking too sparse and to allow optimum regrowth before the next season.

Here at The Grass Group we have compiled some suggestions for renovating your pitch.

 

If you are looking for a complete renovation fraise mowing may be necessary.

The GKB Combinator is an apt machine for such a task, removing the top layer of grass and thatch accumulation.

For a slightly lighter approach, you can use the tractor drawn ED130 which uses its brush to collect as it scarifies. Alternatively, aggressively brushing the pitch to remove soil and debris can begin the process of renovation.

 

 

Aerification of the soil in a linear vertical, horizontal and diagonal fashion is optimal. Lots of smaller little holes tend to provide the best results. It may be necessary to flood the pitch several times in order for the ground to be soft enough for a sarel spiked roller. Our ATT TMSystem range has a sarel spiked roller perfect for the job at hand! If you use a different type of aerator, CTI tines could be complementary.

 

Next comes the OverSeeder. The small holes made during aerification have prepared the soil for the even deep spreading of the seed.

If there are particular areas that have been affected then applying a light coating of loam would be beneficial. OverSeeding can be done on a larger scale using the RGD140 or on a   smaller scale with the Seed Car.

 

 

As always, there are many different ways to renovate a cricket pitch and it is dependent on your preferences, pitch and weather conditions.

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Pitch renovation

By Grassgroup, May 7, 2015 3:01 pm

Scarifying

Spiking

Fertilising

Seeding

Topdressing

 

 

 

 

As well as these tasks you will also need to at some stage to think about weed control.  At some stage you will need to consider where your weed killing programme fits into the picture of your pitch renovations.

If the list above is taken as a sequence of events, then you won’t go far wrong with your renovation, though you may need to give some further attention to goal mouth and centre spot areas which will be covered later.

Scarifying: however you achieve it, you will need to clean out the surface, removing the remnants of old divots etc. and to get rid of the build-up of dead organic matter accumulated over the winter months. Thatch can build up particularly on the wings of the pitch, away from the more intensively played areas in the centre and goal mouth areas. Before carrying out this task you will need to reduce the height of cut. This will not only help your grass to establish better, but will help your machinery to carry out the work without struggling the TM System from ATT fitted with Thatchmaster cassettes can give you a really good finish and remove matter without too much disturbance.

 

 

 

 

 

A tractor drawn Trilo scarifier with either a three point linkage or a large vacuum collection model, are probably the most traditional methods, and most likely within the means of most clubs and schools, allowing the job to be completed in one operation. This method can be advantageous as the scarifying tines can leave a grooved surface, ideal for ensuring over sown grass seed is buried just beneath the soil surface and in contact with the soil. Whichever method you use, you will be aiming to achieve a surface that is short and clean with a finished mown height of 13mm to 20mm that will give your grass seedlings time to grow and establish without competing too much from the existing grasses.

Fraise Mowing with the GKB Combinator is an operation that is becoming popular to those that can afford it (mostly Premiership clubs fall into this bracket). Topping is extremely efficient at removing the top organic layer of the pitch however; you will effectively be starting again with a newly sown surface so your seeding rates will need to be higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relieving compaction is important, and spiking as deeply as possible is required. There are several ways this can be achieved and to a depth of 250 – 300mm. Pay particular attention to your goalmouth and centre spot areas, and don’t forget too the off pitch areas where your linesmen and spectators stand.

Fertilising: A good pre-seeding fertiliser, typically one low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potash, will provide the young seedling with the essential nutrients to root quickly and to resist disease. This should be worked into the surface, brushed or drag matted in. Water in if rain is not expected.

Seeding: Obtain a good quality rye grass seed mixture for your renovation. Fresh seed is important as old seed will not germinate as greatly or as well as new. Look at the STRI list for the range of recommended cultivars, listed by fineness of cut, resistance to disease etc. and choose a mixture with the characteristics suited to your needs and situation.

The roller can be lowered on the final run to firm the surface and ensure good soil to seed contact. Alternatively the use of seed drills will help to bury the seed into the surface and at a depth where it won’t be subject to drying out. This method will produce a linear seeding pattern and it is best to complete two passes or more at a slight angle to the first.

Topdressing: Chosen wisely for compatibility with your current root zone is an essential ingredient to ensuring good surface levels. If you employ the services of an agronomist then he will have advised you of the best topdressing for your situation. This may typically have been a medium to fine sand and of a quantity of 60 to 80 tons per pitch.

Low areas in the pitch can be concentrated on. Minor dips and hollows that collect water, noted during the winter, can be further spiked. A slightly heavier topdressing spread than the surrounding area will help to raise these areas, though be careful to ensure the topdressing is worked into the holes and into the base of the sward. The topdressing should not be thick and left covering the top of the grass, as this will only lead to a weakened sward. Repeat the operation if necessary and check it with a straight edge.

Goalmouth and centre spot areas: At this time of year how much grass is still around in these areas depends on a number of factors, and is a combination of the condition of the sward at the start of the season, number of games played, the conditions that they were played in and finally the adopted post match and winter maintenance regimes. Suffice to say that the wear can range from minimal with some pitches sustaining little loss of grass in the goalmouth area to an area or strip if you like running the whole length of the pitch completely devoid of grass cover.

Some goalmouth areas may even have lost both grass cover and soil, where the soil has migrated out of the area. In these areas it is important that they receive more concentrated effort to relieve compaction and to bring the surface levels back, by importing and incorporating new material compatible to your native soil or by using something like the GKB Cultirol to break up and level the soil.

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Welcome GA Groundcare Ltd

By Grassgroup, March 19, 2015 9:40 am

The Grass Group is pleased to announce that GA Groundcare Ltd are our new dealer for the southwest area covering Wiltshire & Hampshire. A Wiltshire based family run business specialising in ground care and arboricultural machinery with over 50 years combined industry experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GA Groundcare Ltd will be offering for sale the full range of equipment distributed exclusively by The Grass Group including ATT, GKB, Progressive, Rotadairon and Trilo as well as supplying CTI Tines and Bedknives.

Jeremy Vincent The Grass Groups’ General Manager said of the new appointment “we look forward to working closely with GA Groundcare, they are passionate about great customer service and already have a good knowledge of the full product range we offer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March, time to Mow, Scarify and Ultragroom

By Grassgroup, March 2, 2015 11:32 am

A steady rise in ground temperatures leads to the grass starting grow in March although with this year’s wet ground it may take longer for the ground temperatures to rise so growth may be sporadic. Planning and material acquisitions for renovation should now be under way although pitch and course presentation at this time of the year remains important. Well striped pitches with lines that are both bright and straight, and goalposts that are both upright with nets that are tidy, will help to take the eye off some of the thinner areas of grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later this month you will need to start seriously thinking about and gearing up for you renovation programme, and tying up any loose ends to ensure that you programme runs smoothly. March is the month where extra pressure can be placed on the groundsman to get the games on at any cost, with the idea that pitches will recover under better growing conditions and a renovation programme the same applies to golf courses and presentation as more rounds are now being played.

 

 

 

 

 

Surface cleaning: However you achieve it, you will need to clean out the surface and get rid of the build up of dead organic matter that will have built up, particularly on the wings of the pitch, and the remnants of old divots etc. A well made  scarifier or scarifier collector would be perfect for performing this task, giving the turf light and air as well space to regrow. An operation that is becoming popular to those that can afford it (mostly premiership clubs fall into this bracket), fraise mowing is extremely efficient at removing the top organic layer of the pitch however, you will effectively be starting again with a newly sown surface, so your seeding rates will need be higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topdressing, choose wisely for compatibility with your current rootzone. If you employ the services of an agronomist, then he will advise you of the best topdressing for your situation. If you cannot afford to topdress, you may consider hollow coring, recycling them by breaking them up and dragmatting them back into the surface. Ultragrooming is also a good options to dramatically reduce the need to topdress, standing up the leaf and removing thatch and other organic material.

 

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Spring Aeration

By Grassgroup, February 20, 2015 9:30 am

Aerate as often as possible this time of year when conditions allow. You need to keep the top 100mm free draining and this can be achieved by regular solid or spike tining. Of course you should try to undertake this as often as possible when weather allows at this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a wide range of professional aerators for use on winter turf pitches available, such as walk-behind aerators, ride-on aerators, trailed aerators or tractor mounted aerators. The most popular, due to their speed and performance at this time of year tend to be the 300mm deep tine aerators.

 

A monthly programme of aeration with this type of machine is also beneficial in keeping the pitch or course in good condition. Other types of aeration techniques to be considered are hollow coring and linear aeration which can be used on a less regular basis.The replacement tines available from The Grass Group via the Tines shop website are 4140 steel with variable wall thickness as required. Available in mounts for Redexim, John Deere, Jacobson,  Toro and Wiedenmann. Superb core removal and de-thatch properties. Stronger and more reliable tines contributing to greater value through an extended lifecycle.

 

The superior Phoenix Tine is forged in fire through a patented thermo-chemical process – this results in tines of outstanding durability and performance. Since 1998 when the first practical carbide tipped coring tine was introduced the industry has been searching for a tine that would last as long without the typical problems associated with carbide tips the search is now over with the Phoenix Tine. All Phoenix™ Tines are guaranteed to last as long as comparable carbide tipped coring Tines, but in tests Phoenix™ tines have far surpassed carbide in use-life. Furthermore when compared to non-carbide tipped coring tines one can expect a use-life gain of 300-500%. Carbide tip tines typically wear unevenly to the extent that many companies supplying Carbide Tipped Tines will not cover ‘side-wear’ or ‘timing problems’ within their warranty. Phoenix™ Tines do not rust like other tines due to an ‘anti-rust’ coating.

 

With most tines in stock for next day delivery, high quality one piece construction steel and carbide tipped options our range of tines and bedknives mean you can save on cost but not compromise on quality.

 

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