Category: Grass Group News

Out with the old and in with the new!

By Grassgroup, August 8, 2017 1:17 pm

The Proflex on the right is 13 years old – and still going! This company loved it so much they decided to part exchange for a nice shiny new one. That equates to just £25 per week over it’s life.

We are currently running a 0% finance offer on the purchase of this superb contour mower.

The Pro-Flex 120 has several unique features that are very important on a trailed contour mower and these are currently ONLY available from Progressive. 

The main feature that makes this mower stand out from the competition and perform so well as a contour mower are the floating decks – 5 decks in total that sit on the main frame. Essentially 5 walk behind mowers in one, you can’t get a better contour cut from a trailed machine than you do with the Pro-Flex. Each independent floating deck has shock absorbers to reduce deck bounce as the mower travels over uneven ground and the unique 4-way rotating swivel hitch allows the tractor and mower to travel across uneven terrain without affecting one another and offering a 10 foot cutting width.

Although well regarded as a rough mower, the Pro-Flex is equally at home on a fairway due to the quality of cut and the after cut appearance, making it ideal and not just for the more value conscious.

Not only is this a well thought out machine in the manoeuvrability department, but in terms of upkeep it is such an easy machine to look after and with just 3 bolts on each deck, setting the cut height is simple.

Developed and tested over several years, the new maintenance free blade spindle is completely interchangeable with a greased spindle that is found on earlier models, the same spindle housing is used providing wide spacing between the bearings, ensuring low bearing loading and long service life. Maintenance free blade spindles not only provide peace of mind concerning a missed service, they also reduce overall maintenance time and costs.

If you require an anti-scalp contour mower there is absolutely no need to compromise on quality. It is clear that the Pro-Flex is the ultimate choice. Contact us to book your demo today.

What are you waiting for? Contact us today to find out when we can deliver yours.

Call 01638 720123 or email sales@thegrassgroup.com

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0% Finance on the Progressive Pro-Flex

By Grassgroup, July 28, 2017 7:55 am

Did you know we know offer finance on our machines?

We are running a summer special - 0% finance on Progressive ProFlex contour mowers.* Don’t miss your chance to make the most of this offer.

We know everyone is feeling the pinch so make the most of this option to spread the cost.

Why buy an expensive ride on mower that can only be used for one function? The Pro-Flex will give you years of reliable performance and there is absolutely no need to compromise on the quality of cut. Plus it allows you to utilise your tractor for other uses when not mowing – you know it makes sense. Don’t delay book your demo today.

Find out more about the Pro-Flex by looking at our past blog series on the benefits of this brilliant machine.

Call 01638 720123 or drop us an email at sales@thegrassgroup.com to find out more about the finance offers available.

*Summer financing offer runs from 1st August 2017 until October 30th 2017 or until current stock is sold. Subject to full T&Cs – available on request.

 

 

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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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RotaDairon Factory Visit

By Grassgroup, May 8, 2017 10:49 am

A few of the team here at TGG have just returned from a visit from the RotaDairon factory in France. Although it was raining, it did not dampen our spirits we had a fantastic time. When you enter the building the first thing you see is the very first Dairon machine to be made, a reminder of how much history this family business is steeped in.

The factory set in stunning grounds in the middle of the race track at Mulsanne has always been in poll position when it comes to quality. The passion and innovation of Michele Dairon the Owner is – as ever – clear to see in every aspect of the business. He knows absolutely every detail of what goes on within those walls and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He is very much stuck in with the day to day problem solving and creating ideas for the next generation of Dairon machines.

The detail that goes into manufacture is immense, these machines are not just knocked together to make a quick buck. Every single element is thought through in great depth and detail resulting in the fine quality machines that RotaDairon produce today.

The factory is immaculately kept and currently in full swing production working through the mass of orders they have coming through the doors.

From design to production it is clearly a happy place to be. The excitement and passion of Michele was clear to see during our tour of the factory. Every chance he got he was on a machine to demonstrate the processes behind many of the parts that make up the Dairon machines, he literally lives and breathes his business. He and the team there are busy continually generating new ideas and developing processes to ensure the customer gets the best result possible.

Purchasing a Dairon machine is an investment, without a shadow of a doubt the best money you will spend. Whether you are looking for a self-propelled Seeder, a Stoneburier (various options available), an Overseeder or a Stabilizer – Dairon is 100% the product for you.

Contact The Grass Group today to find out more about any of the RotaDairon machines.

Email sales@thegrassgroup or phone 01638 720123.

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New month, new team member.

By Grassgroup, March 1, 2017 4:10 pm

The Grass Group are welcoming a new team member; Megan Dransfield is joining the company at the beginning of an exciting new year for The Grass Group.

The Suffolk based machinery supplier are celebrating over 25 years of growth and the appointment of a fresh set of eyes to the Sales and Marketing team is sure to strengthen the existing workforce. Megan is coming on board with a focus on boosting product awareness of all the various machinery that The Grass Group has to offer and to help strengthen the brand and its ongoing marketing.

Megan has a background in the Design industry working as a Graphic Designer for just over 8 years. During her time as a designer Megan has successfully helped businesses promote themselves and their products with her creative designs and marketing ideas. With many years design experience behind her, she has handled just about any kind of design brief you can imagine and is keen to sink her teeth into a new challenge with The Grass Group. Alongside the marketing of the business she will also be taking on various sales tasks and her organisational skills are sure to keep the team on their toes.

She not only works hard in the office, but loves a good work out in the gym too. Food features very high on her list of priorities and she has a real interest in nutrition. Megan’s guilty pleasure is watching murder mysteries and in her spare time she enjoys days out with her young family and of course a bit of retail therapy.

 

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The Pro-Flex 120, performance at a practical price!

By Grassgroup, April 22, 2016 9:22 am

The Pro-Flex 120 by Progressive Turf Equipment, available exclusively from The Grass Group is the most widely used pull behind contour finishing mower in the market. First introduced to the golf industry in 1999, the Pro-Flex 120 has become the ‘go-to’ contour and rough mower due to its versatility, its 10′ wide uniform cut, and its proven reliability. Although well regarded as a rough mower, the Pro-Flex 120 is equally at home on a fairway due to the quality of cut and a superb after cut appearance. With 5 independent floating decks, the Pro-Flex 120 can easily follow contour changes that are commonly found on golf courses, producing a uniform quality cut that is demanded by greenkeepers and members alike. A clear advantage of the Pro-Flex 120 over competing mowers is the ability to easily cut a transition or “first-cut” between the fairway and rough in no time at all! Cut height is conveniently set on each deck so you can use the Pro-Flex 120 to help speed play and make the course look even better. Something that competing mowers cannot do. In summary, the rugged construction, ease of maintenance, and features that are not found in competitive models sets the Pro-Flex 120 apart in all aspects of quality, dependability, and value! It is, The Better Built Choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what differences does the Pro-Flex 120 offer?

The industry exclusive Pro Lift-N-Turn™ system is standard equipment on a newer Pro-Flex 120, and a feature not found on other contour mowers. Pro Lift-N-Turn™ allows the operator to temporarily raise the decks slightly off the ground without stopping and with the PTO still engaged; all without fear of doing any component damage or impacting belt life, and the driveline is subjected to less wear and tear. Crossing a path or another minor obstacle has never been easier or faster making the Pro-Flex 120 a smarter choice than ever before! Additionally before engaging the PTO, the operator can first lift the decks so the blades are above the uncut grass. This reduces the stress placed on the complete drivetrain of the tractor and mower when the PTO is engaged. (Refer to the Operator’s Manual for precautions and operating instructions.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automatic Drive Belt Tensioning

With the goal to lower ongoing maintenance costs, the Pro-Flex 120 is equipped with rubber-damped, automatic belt tensioners, offering several cost saving benefits. Replacing the older spring type tensioner, all of the upper drive and deck belts are tensioned using a maintenance free rubber-damped, automatic tensioner. Field proven over several years, this type of belt tightening provides more consistent tension as the belts ‘seat-in’, further increasing belt durability and life; allowing Progressive to achieve the mandate of lower operating costs. All of the spring type belt tensioners used in the past have been eliminated, so there are now fewer moving parts for greater long term reliability.

Lowering the Cost of Routine Maintenance

Pro-Flex 120’s are now equipped with PTO shafts that feature a 100 hour lubrication interval to lower routine maintenance costs. With the introduction of the automatic belt tensioners, there are 25% fewer grease fittings than on previous models!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAINTENANCE FREE BLADE SPINDLES we’ve introduced on all ProFlex’s, reducing routine maintenance and increasing peace of mind. Combining the reduction in grease points with the 100 hour PTO shaft greasing interval, the Pro-Flex 120 offers peace of mind – gone is the fear that a missed service point by un-familiar maintenance personnel will render the mower out of service and put grounds maintenance behind schedule.

The Pro-Flex 120 is all about providing high value to the owner over the long term. Unlike a self-contained, ride-on rough mower, the Pro-Flex 120 offers increased equipment utilization as the tractor can be used for other tasks when not required for mowing. This means a lower total cost of ownership. Additionally, the required horsepower for the utility tractor connected to a Pro-Flex 120 is about half of what a Tier 4 self-contained mower requires. This directly translates to a large savings in fuel, year-after-year. The mechanical simplicity and low operating cost of a utility tractor and Pro-Flex combination, compared to that of a dedicated hydrostatically driven, self-contained mower, confirms the value offered by the Pro-Flex 120.

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Progressive Mowers, the right choice for spring

By Grassgroup, April 21, 2016 9:05 am

With the ground temperature now starting to rise and the warmth air of spring beginning to be more consistent, the ground is warming up and the regular mowing season is just around the corner. The Progressive single and Tri-Deck Roller Mower range available from The Grass Group, is a popular choice of wide area mower with sports facilities, municipal grounds care, polo fields and golf courses. Because they don’t need a high speed P.T.O., it enables the mowing of a very large area with something as small as a 30hp compact. The simplicity of the design offers easy access for service and maintenance with parts such as “maintenance free” sealed spindles and sleeved bearings the lifetime servicing costs of the machine are greatly reduced. It’s also economical to maintain with no need for expensive cylinder regrinds. The low cost maintenance regime is highly significant to a groundsman who needs more time to mow and less time to maintain.

 

 

 

 

This versatile mower cuts as low as 13mm (½”) without scalping while it smooth’s the surface. It can also stripe for visual impact and speed re-growth by promoting root-to-soil contact for divot repair. The superior quality cut comes from high lift blades that creates enough vacuum to lift the grass for a clean even cut and disperse the clippings evenly over the rollers. Rear rollers also provide extra protection for safe discharge of clippings and debris. Tim Merrell, Grass Group’s MD, comments, “The mower is superb on undulating ground due to the three floating heads. Most other mowers than can be powered by compacts consist of one fixed head which are no good on undulating ground. And of course, using a smaller tractor reduces the effects of compaction and reduces fuel bills.”

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Springtime Scarification

By Grassgroup, March 14, 2016 10:07 am

Coming out of this year’s long wet winter, there is now an ideal window of opportunity to boost turf health once growth gets underway this year. Well timed scarification can encourage healthy growth, tackle disease and make the turf less susceptible to attack by pests. Greenkeepers and groundsmen can also save on chemical and fertiliser costs through these practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By getting  into the turf with a scarifier in the spring and take out the dead areas and moss that has grown, the fresh cleaned-up  turf will then make overseeding more effective, and ensure that fertiliser and top dressing can get into the sward. New growth can then infill as the season progresses, making for a harder-wearing, more resilient sward. A clean sward makes the best use of nutrients, water and air throughout the growing season. Scarification can have a dramatic effect on turf at a key time of year as air gets into the plant, stimulating vigorous growth.” Thatch can also harbour pests such as wireworms and chafer grub eggs, whereas strong spring growth means they have nowhere to go so making best use of fertiliser, and minimising the need for pesticides not only helps cut costs, but is also better for the environment, Selecting the right machinery as always depends on the area to be treated and the amount of material to be removed. For greens and tees, light and compact machinery is needed to protect the fine turf. The ATT TMSystem offers the ideal opportunity to make the most of machinery – greenkeepers who have the cutting units can quickly and easily swap for a scarifying reel. The options range from the pedestrian INFiNisystem unit which is the ultimate lightweight turf maintenance unit, to cassettes for greens triples and fairway mowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tractor mounted options for greens and tees include the Rotadairon ED130 dethatcher from the renowned range of maintenance equipment, which also offers the versatility of use as a spiker. The ED130 can work to 60mm deep, rapidly clearing out dead material into an optional collector.The industry is being encouraged to move away from quick fixes and expensive potentially damaging chemicals and make a return to good regular methods and clearing out the turf in the spring is an excellent example of this.

 

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Why you can’t afford not to be Ultragrooming your Bowling Green

By Grassgroup, March 11, 2016 4:13 pm

Since its inception some 10 years ago, the TMSystem™ from Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) has continually improved and added to the range. The TMSystem™ is unique and by using the appropriate chassis adaptor kit, is fully compatible with all main-stream makes of triplex mowers and lightweight fairway mowers. This ATT turf management system consists of a range of 10 SMART cassettes which enable different maintenance activities to take place such as aeration, brushing, de-thatching, scarifying, top dressing, grooming, levelling and mowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a truly multi-functional system and uniquely in the industry the cassettes are also all fully interchangeable with ATT’s own 22″ pedestrian INFiNiSystem™. The INFiNiSystem™ pedestrian machine out performs any conventional mower. It cuts better; tracks straight; follows undulations; has low weight; can be battery powered or configured as a hybrid; is maintenance and environmentally friendly and offers great overall value for money. Available in 22″, 26″ and 30” widths, designed and built in Sheffield. It is the ultimate tool for bowling green maintenance.  Offering unrivalled agronomic benefits and utilising the latest design and manufacturing expertise to facilitate ease of use including swapping any one of the range of turf maintenance cassettes in minutes.One of the most popular cassettes within the range is the unique Ultragrooming cassette. The question of Ultragrooming is becoming much more of a hot topic with the ever increasing need for consistent surfaces and the need to be more environmentally friendly, whilst achieving high quality and trimming equipment costs where possible.Ultragrooming is a process that removes the puffiness and thatch from your green. With regular use it is the pre-eminent solution to help minimize puffiness in both high density creeping bent and other grasses. It will remove unsightly seed heads in Poa annua turf with minimal fuss. On newly established surfaces it can help reduce the ingress of Poa annua by “grabbing” individual Poa plants before they get a chance to take hold. It will produce a superior fine leafed Poa turf stand when used regularly on Poa dominant greens.Treatment with the Ultragroomer every week to 10 days minimises the life cycle of the leaf keeping it in a consistent state rather than progressing to puffiness and lateral growth stages by using thin tipped blades at 5mm spacings. It can prevent excessive organic material developing, making for a more consistent surface over the course of the season.In theory not Ultragrooming is the equivalent to brushing your teeth regularly but then not visiting the dentist for a deep clean, the grass will still look presentable but the lack of good grooming habits will catch up with you and cause problems further down the line.Another benefit of Ultragrooming is that you can save money on your top dressing. With the costs of aggregates constantly increasing, a regular Ultragrooming programme can mean that the need to top dress decreases saving you money, time and even worn parts due to the abrasive nature of the sand whilst also improving the health of your bowling green at the same time.So the question really is, if you’re not already regularly Ultragrooming when can you start?

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Soil renovation? Go for the original, go for RotaDairon!

By Grassgroup, February 26, 2016 3:33 pm

ROTADAIRON – The original reverse tillage system for soil renovation, soil cultivation, burying of stones & debris, fine surface preparation, levelling & rolling, and seeding – all in one pass, with one machine and one person!From its formation in 1958 the Dairon Company has long been the standard by which other machines are ranked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With legendary reliability and hard wearing precision parts, RotaDairon machines give the owner peace of mind as well as a terrific finish. Within the full range available from The Grass Group that includes, Combi-Seeders, Stoneburiers, Dethatchers, Renovators and Overseeders there is something that is applicable for any job at any time of the season. Contact us for further information or to arrange a demonstration and see for yourself why quality and value is always the best route to the best finish!

 

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