Posts tagged: Golf Course

Maintenance: Progressive Pro-Flex120.

By Grassgroup, May 11, 2017 10:19 am

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.

With the goal to lower ongoing maintenance costs, the Pro-Flex is equipped with rubber-damped, automatic belt tensioners, offering several cost saving benefits. All of the upper drive and deck belts are tensioned using rubber-damped, automatic tensioners. All spring type tensioners have been eliminated so there are now fewer moving parts for greater long term reliability.

The Pro-Flex is also equipped with PTO shafts that feature a 100 hour lubrication interval.  All in all, this means routine servicing is faster and easier so there is more time for mowing – win win!

If you are thinking of going trailed 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.

Call us now on 01638 720123 or emails sales@thegrassgroup.com


 

 

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Smart by design: Progressive Pro-Flex 120.

By Grassgroup, April 7, 2017 12:50 pm

There are many reason as you are discovering why the Pro-Flex 120 is best choice for any self respecting golf course… here is a summary of some more smart features we know you’ll love.

Low Maintenance

The Pro-Flex is easier to use and maintain than ever before, the latest Pro-Flex now incorporates maintenance free blade spindles and rubber-damped automatic belt tensioners which eliminates a significant amount of time needed for routine maintenance while also lowering operating costs.

Manoverabilty

Progressive have really given some thought to the manoeuvrability of this machine. This piece of equipment is not only easily negotiable around trees, but Progressive’s exclusive Pro Lift-N-Turn™ feature is easy to operate and ideal when engaging the PTO or when crossing a path. The four way swivel hatch allows the mower to track contours independently of the tractor while remaining true to the tractor and the full frame provides the ability to mow even while backing up. Not only this but the shock absorbers on each deck control the bounce when moving at speed, increasing productivity while maintaining the quality of cut.

Transportation

The outer wings of the Pro-Flex are designed to fold to make the machine narrower making both transportation and passing through narrow shed doors a whole lot easier. The overall transport width of the Pro-Flex is 8.5 ft. with the wings folded, making movement around tighter more confined areas; bridges, trees and walkways so much easier and therefore cause minimal impact to play. Mechanical deck locks automatically engage when the outer decks are fully raised and the wing locks are released from the operator’s seat.

Hydraulic Wing Circuit

A new feature to the Pro-Flex (on machines after SN 15272165B) is the wing hydraulic circuit that includes an automatic lock valve to prevent unwanted movement of the wings during mowing. The new automatic lock valve is incorporated into the wing lock release mechanism. It replaces the manual ¼ turn valve that is found on earlier models. This change also simplifies the connection to the tractor as only two hydraulic hoses are required to run between the tractor and the mower. When the wings need to be raised or lowered, the Operator simply pulls and holds the pull rope from the tractor’s seat until they are fully raised or lowered.

Colour

You can complete the package by choosing the colour you most prefer! The Pro-Flex is available in a choice traditional red or industry green to give you the complete package when used alongside your preferred tractor.

If you are thinking of going trailed there is absolutely no need to compromise on quality. It is clear that the Pro-Flex is the ultimate choice. Don’t just take our word for it…! Why not book a demo today?

Call us now on 01638 720123 or emails sales@thegrassgroup.com

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Decks get down to business: Progressive Pro-Flex 120.

By Grassgroup, March 31, 2017 10:08 am

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.

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.

The independent floating decks give a 10 foot cutting width, this combined with the high blade tip speed and uplift of the blade ensures great coverage and the cut to be perfect every time with minimal compaction. The front and back rollers along with the side skids (pictured here on the right) positioned on each deck assist with the anti scalping capabilities of this machine. The height of cut is adjustable from 20 to 82.5mm in 5mm increments, changeable on each deck and the adjustable discharge deflectors give an even discharge of clippings.

The outer wings fold to give a transport width of 2.43m, and the three inner decks can actually be operated in this position, allowing access to more confined areas on the course. As a rough mower, the Pro-Flex is more tolerant to exposed tree roots and obstacles than other mowers, and can be used in areas where you just wouldn’t risk taking another mower for fear of damage.

Another new feature to the deck that has been developed and tested over several years is the maintenance free blade spindle. Completely interchangeable with a greased spindle (used on earlier models) the same spindle housing provides wide spacing between the bearings, ensuring low bearing loading and long service life. What’s not to love?

Want to see this machine in action? Give us a call us now on 01638 720123 or email sales@thegrassgroup.com to book yourself a demo.

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Value for Money: Progressive Pro-Flex 120.

By Grassgroup, March 22, 2017 12:55 pm

The Pro-Flex 120 is all about offering high value to the owner. Unlike a self-contained, ride-on rough mower, the Pro-Flex provides increased equipment performance 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 tractor connected to a Pro-Flex is considerably less which equates to large savings in fuel year after year – Nice! The mechincal simplicity and low operating cost of this tractor and Pro-Flex combination, compared to that of a dedicated hydrostatically driven, self-contained mower, confirms the value offered by the Pro-Flex.

The Pro-Flex is such a versatile mower, it is equally at home as a fairway or rough mower. With the ability to cut as low as 1″ and height adjustment easily set on each deck, the machine operator can easily change the cutting height on each deck of the Pro-Flex in minutes. Most importantly there isn’t the requirement for the time consuming task of first levelling all the decks, as required with competing mowers. Setting the Pro-Flex height individually on each deck gives the Greenkeeper the flexibility to change mowing heights as conditions or mowing locations change. As time is money, we would say this is a massive win.

As a rough mower, the Pro-Flex is more tolerant to exposed tree roots and obstacles than other mowers, and can be used in areas where reel type mowers can’t be for fear of expensive damage.

So what are you waiting for? The Pro-Flex 120 delivers 100% if you are looking for:

  • A quality cut
  • Excellent contour following
  • Large working width
  • High work rate with shock absorbers to prevent bouncing of decks
  • Flexibility as the wing decks can be hydraulically raised for restrictive areas
  • Ability to cut round obstacles with its excellent turning circle
  • With its solid construction giving a dependable service
  • Low maintenance cost
  • A machine that is easy to maintain

Want to talk figures…?  Call us now on 01638 720123 or emails sales@thegrassgroup.com


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Let’s talk contours: Progressive Pro-Flex 120.

By Grassgroup, March 13, 2017 2:13 pm

As even the name and logo suggests the Progressive Pro-Flex 120 is a adaptable mower with anti-scalp contour following capabilities.

The Pro-Flex can easily follow contour changes that are commonly found on golf courses without the fear of scalping ensuring a quality cut. This clever piece of kit will cut a transition or ‘first-cut’ between the fairway and rough in no time at all and there is absolutely no need to compromise on the quality of the cut just because you are spending less than the conventional ride-on mower. This unique design complete with 5 decks enables the mower to follow the contours of the land with ease and these 5 independent floating decks with a high blade tip speed ensure the cut to be perfect every time with minimal compaction.

The decks float fore and aft, as well as left and right independently of the main frame as they follow changing terrain. The 4-way swivel hitch isolates the tractor from the mower allowing truer tracking. Unique to the Pro-Flex and incorporated into each deck is a ‘walking beam’ that ensures full contact with the ground at all times by all four wheels. This allows each deck to more accurately track ground contour changes – Obviously resulting in a first-rate cut. Obviously this mower is not just for golf courses! Progressive’s Pro-Flex 120 contour mower is the ideal solution for any large area especially where the ground is more uneven. Cut height is conveniently set on each deck so using the Pro-Flex will help speed play and make the grounds crew look even better.

Want to see the Pro-Flex in action? Why not book a demo today…Call us now on 01638 720123 or emails sales@thegrassgroup.com

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Is enjoying the game more important than preserving it?

By Grassgroup, June 13, 2016 3:37 pm

“Paris floods: Seine level starts dropping after 30-year high.” “Northern Tasmania faces worst flooding in decades as storm heads south.” “Summer has begun but it’s colder than Christmas day.” These are all titles taken from papers in the past month showing how the weather has been behaving unexpectedly. With the weather being so unpredictable, it is difficult to deny both the effects of global warming and the continuing impact the human race has on the environment.

 

I recently read a rather interesting and thought provoking article published by the University of Connecticut: “Environmentally Sustainable Practices at Small Community Sports Facilities” by John Schumacher.

 

Ralph and Stubbs (2014, p1) say that, “the current state of the global natural environment constitutes one of the most urgent and significant challenges in recent history [and] the overwhelming view of scientists is that organisations, industries and government must adopt sustainable practices and commence mitigation again to prevent further degradation to decrease current greenhouse gas emissions and to prevent further increases in emissions in order to minimise these impacts.”

 

How, as an industry, can we change what we do in order to improve the environment? This should be a particularly poignant question for the industry we are in as we are all directly affected by global warming. As a groundsman there are different challenge faced with changing weather. Suppliers must innovate to find more environmentally friendly ways of serving our industry as ultimately, the changing weather can affect the seasonality and demand for the various sports we all serve. Albeit it not related to grass, the National Hockey League (NHL) in America released a sustainability report whereby Gary Bettman, commissioner, stated that, “[their] sport can trace its roots to frozen freshwater pond, to cold climates. Major environmental challenges, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, affect opportunities for hockey players of all ages to learn and play the game outdoors.” This is evidence that climate change is happening and it is affecting the nature of our sport and will be directly affecting our industry.

 

So why is more not being done about it?

 

As stated by one of the interviewees, Richard in the University of Connecticut theses, “everything is budget, everything always comes back to budget [...] it all comes down to cost. So, you know, if it comes down to product made in America or not made in America, or made environmentally friendly or non-environmentally friendly… usually no one wants to look at that, they just want to know how much it costs and that’s what we have to go on.” Richard also goes on to point out that, “people care about what is happening to their tax bill right now” as opposed to in the future. Richard is correct to draw on this disparity between bills and the environment, whereby what we are only vested in is the ‘here and now’ and not the future. If we are prepared to pay sportsmen a hefty sum of money but we are not willing to invest environmentally in areas such as waste management, grounds care and office life than can we truly purport to defend the environment of which we serve? Our monetary priority should be as much about sport as it is about the environment. Indeed, protecting the game is as important as enjoying it. As an industry we should then, invest now in the environment whilst we still can, rather than in years to come when it’ll be too late.

 

Links to the above

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36451009

http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2016/jun/06/northern-tasmania-faces-worst-flooding-in-decades-as-storm-heads-south

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news.2016/06/02/summer-has-begun-but-its-colder-than-christmas-day/

http://ice.nhl.com/green/report/#buildingFuture

http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2011&context+gs_theses


 

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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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Golf Industry Show 2016 – San Diego

By Grassgroup, February 23, 2016 10:44 am

This year saw the 2016 annual Golf Industry Show being hosted in the wonderful city of San Diego. Unlike last year’s freeze in Texas, we were blessed with gorgeous Californian sunshine…! Despite the incredible weather we still experienced a good, productive and busy show. The attendance figures that have been released show just how important this show is.

We were supporting our suppliers Progressive and Advanced Turf Technology. Progressive had a Proflex 120b painted in the new industry green on their stand as well as their remote controlled Slope-Pro mower. the ever popular Proflex was generating interest with its new colour and the economic advantages it boasts over other rough mowers.

 

 

 

 

As always, it was great to catch up with the Progressive team!

 

 

For the very first time Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) were exhibiting on their own stand with the full TMSystem range and the 22″ pedestrian INFiNiSystem. Luckily for Iain the puppy managed to refrain from chewing his passport and he was able to attend the show this year! We had a great time meeting existing customers and potential new ones.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cub Cadet also had a 22″ INFiNiSystem on their stand as well as the ATT cutting units on their impressive robotic RG3 mower!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall it was a great show and the weather made it all the better. Shame we were welcomed back with snow last Monday at our head office!

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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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