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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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Sustainability in Sport: BASIS

By Grassgroup, November 24, 2015 4:53 pm

On Thursday 19th November I made my way down to Lord’s Cricket Ground for the fifth annual British Association for Sustainable Sport, BASIS, conference. It was a very early start and I felt very “professional business woman” heading down to London on the commuter train!

It was a truly fascinating day finding out how various clubs and organisations/businesses have made the transition to become sustainable such as, Eight Ash Cricket club, Forest Green Rovers football club, and Lord’s Cricket club. The importance of going sustainable was really made clear when it was announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record.

The influence of sport and sporting stars on the attitudes of the general public cannot be ignored. The impact of sport on the public’s behaviour has been an interest of mine since studying a variant of this discussion at university. It is becoming clear that a bilateral approach is needed in order to bring the discussion of sustainability to the forefront. In the case of football, if the stadium were to become sustainable it could increase support but it could also educate. If people are exposed to sustainable practices on a regular basis, such as recycling, when attending the Stadium for example, these habits could then be replicated in the domestic dwelling. Another possibility is encouraging a sports player to promote sustainability, the issue is that the player may also move clubs, but they will still remain an idol. I believe a double ended approach could be the way forward to promote sustainability, not only in sport but generally. One quote stood out in particular, Dave Newport from Sustainable Sports in the US said, that if the environment was a bank we would have saved it by now.

The whole day made me conscious about my own efforts for sustainability but equally from those in a position of influential power. It made me realise how proud I am to promote an innovative product like the ATT INFiNiSystem. Its lithium battery not only releases no fumes, but it tackles health and safety issues by reducing noise and vibration and it is financially more viable than the standard engine pedestrian mowers.

The importance of sustainability is an issue that needs to be tackled now, for now, not just with future generations in mind. If we think about future generations we may have a tendency to delay appropriate and necessary actions.

I would like to thank BASIS for such an insightful day and look forward to attending next at the Olympic Park!

 

Emily

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Saltex Round-Up

By Grassgroup, November 6, 2015 4:34 pm

Despite some reservations we made our way up to the Birmingham NEC to see the new indoor Saltex.

We arrived early on the Wednesday morning to support our suppliers, Advanced Turf Technology.

On the stand we had the 22″ and 30″ INFiNiSystems, with the battery option generating a lot of interest due to the no noise, no vibration, and no fumes benefits.

 

Throughout the day we saw a constant stream of people and we didn’t notice the day go by!

John Coleman, from ATT, paired up with Helen Taylor, Ecotricity Ambassador, and Matt Rainey, head groundsman at Forest Green Rovers for a presentation on the benefits of the 30″ ATT Battery powered INFiNiSystem. It was interesting to see how the INFiNiSystem was helping Forest Green Rovers on its journey to being the greenest football club.

In the evening we attended the IOG Saltex Awards dinner. The food was good and a great night was had by all. It was great to see the hard work being undertaken by groundsman being celebrated. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

 

 

We had another good day on the Thursday and we were pleasantly surprised by the new indoor format- shame the same can’t be said for the traffic on the way home!

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SALTEX Stand Number F187 – Quality Cut and Massive Fuel Savings

By Grassgroup, October 16, 2015 2:32 pm

Following on in the footsteps of his smaller brothers 22″ and 26″, the 30″ has been adapted for the need to “sports turf”. It brings “fine turf quality” by providing an exceedingly good quality of cut and performance for sports facilities.

The INFiNiSystem 30″ has a floating head design that sees the cutting unit independent of the traction unit. Therefore, the weight is spread across the mowing making end of line turning easier and decreasing overall ground pressure all without affecting striping. Regardless of the amount of grass in the bucket, the HOC remains consistent as the weight is transferred to the traction. The bedknife BCD and attitude angle can be set for an unsurpassed level of cut quality – whilst the programmable variable clip rate allows control of the various range of different SMART cassettes.

 

It provides much more functionality than any other 30″ wide pitch mower. Through the SMART cassette range, the INFiNiSystem allows the Groundsman to calibrate the machine exactly how they deem suitable for their particular situation. Its flexibility extends past cassettes as it has the ability to be powered both by hybrid or pure battery. By working solely as a battery it helps reduce noise pollution by being lower than any noise regulation legislative limits. It also aids with Hand-Arm vibration, a condition which once diagnosed cannot be cured but only alleviated. The annual fuel bill is where the 30″ INFiNiSystem really comes into its own. An entire football pitch can be mowed with dual DCLA batteries or a single LiPo battery costing no more than 50p. This also reduces the need to travel to collect fuel.

This machine is truly “Plug-and-Play” – charged over night and used in the morning!

With this many advantages, why not visit us on stand F187 at Saltex and see why you should Upgrade to ATT.

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Desso or Semi-Artificial? Upgrade to ATT

By Grassgroup, October 8, 2015 11:29 am

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, we have seen the true skill of our groundsmen come to the forefront. The coverage shows the true effort of the work that is put in to achieving such great pitches. We just wish that England could have performed to the same level… but I mean… it’s not like we are bitter or anything!

This World Cup has seen the use of Desso pitches and semi-artificial pitches in grounds such as Twickenham and Murrayfield. As the Desso Grassmaster® is a hard wearing surface you will want to ensure you get maximum life and benefit fully from what it has to offer. Retaining the woven synthetic fibres whilst producing a health sward is essential. On a top of the league pitch it is necessary to use a machine that reflects this high quality. It is important not to settle for second best and upgrade to ATT.

The ATT product range goes hand in hand with the Desso Grassmaster hybrid system. It provides a phenomenally precise cut with our 0.1mm click adjuster and the ability to adjust the bed knife to reel by 0.028mm! Being able to change the attitude angles mean our ATT INFiNiSystem outperforms other manufacturers on this surface. Our 22″, 26″ and 30″ machines have cutting units independent to the traction drive so there is minimal ground pressure. this means the Desso synthetic fibres are not pressed into the rootzone. A clean, precise cut.

Unlike other machines, the design of the grass bucket and its positioning means that the grass goes in the bucket and remains there! With today’s modern surfaces, surface hygiene is paramount as rotting clippings will ad to the familiar problem of algae that is the bane of every groundsman.

So go for a machine that reflect the quality of your pitch and upgrade today.

To our RWC groundsmen, we salute you.

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Favourite, Fundamental and Fantastic – ATT INFiNiSystem

By Grassgroup, September 11, 2015 1:15 pm

In this month’s Greenkeeping magazine we find out what a day in the life of Leslie Cain from Grand Ducal Golf Club’s life is like.

We were thrilled to see how much he likes his 22″ pedestrian ATT INFiNiSystem!

He considers his 22″ INFiNiSystem as one his most important pieces of machinery. He has the SMARTCut and SMARTUltraGroomer cassettes and says “the versatility that this set-up delivers means it is already proving fundamental in our maintenance regime”.

He also says, “My favourite machine has got to be my ATT pedestrian mower. I love to hand mow the greens and tees – the aesthetic finish it leaves is fantastic. It has also been important as we have been carrying out renovation work meaning hand mowing had provided the TLC the new surfaces needed.”

Find out why he is so complimentary with a tea-break challenge and we might even bring doughnuts! Who doesn’t love a doughnut?!

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Not Precise? – THINK TWICE

By Grassgroup, August 11, 2015 4:03 pm

Some could argue that groundsmen are perfectionists, always aiming for the perfect panelling, the perfect pitch and the perfect cup of coffee. Therefore, precise adjustment is critical in order to achieve the desired results.

With the ATT TMSystem’s click height adjusters achieving the required precision takes a matter of seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, some fear the speed of which you can adjust the machine means it is not as accurate. Well, ATT have been doing some number crunching and the results are in… Drumroll please… Every click on our height of cut adjuster is 0.1 mm and every click on our bed knife to reel alters the height by 0.028 mm! Now you don’t get more precise than that…

 

 

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TMSystem Universal Yoke

By Grassgroup, May 27, 2015 9:24 am

ATT’s TMSystem™ consists of 10 individually constructed SMART cassettes designed to provide the ultimate in fine turf maintenance.  These cassettes are easily swapped out of the power unit, be it ATT’s own 22” dedicated pedestrian unit or any main-stream make of triplex greens or lightweight fairway mower (like John Deere, Toro, and Jacobsen), by the use of a universal chassis.  Previously however, the chassis has had to be attached to the machine in question by an OEM style yoke – but no longer.The TMSystem™ is such a versatile design that it is not reliant on any one make of manufacturer’s machine.  This enables the user to easily change brands if they so wish but they still need to purchase manufacturer’s OEM yokes.  Whilst this can still be possible, the introduction of a new universal ATT yoke now offers the user a different option.  From now on only a minor adaptor plate will need to be changed.   All production has now switched over to this new design, which can also be retro fitted to existing units.  Of course OEM yokes can still be used if the user so wishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to swap out a complete unit (combined chassis and cassette) from say a triplex to a fairway mower, or indeed to ATT’s INFiNiSystem™ pedestrian unit, will be greatly reduced.  Golf Clubs that are using a triple for mowing the greens, and then want to use the same cutting units on a fairway mower, will find the change much swifter and lead to better use of time.  The new set-up also now permits the interchangeability of some OEM grass baskets between mowers.This new design came out of the requirement to make a 22” chassis that would fit an 18”Jacobsen LF1880.  This fairway mower is a mainstay of the industry being very light and relatively low cost.  Being able to convert its use for the TMSystem™ has given it a much needed new lease of life – its shortcomings in being only 18” now overcome.  Other brands of 18” fairway mowers can similarly be adapted.

 

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Want well-groomed greens and also to save on topdressing material?

By Grassgroup, April 20, 2015 10:25 am

Well-groomed greens are on every greenkeeper’s wish list, providing the optimum playing surface for an increasingly discerning membership while promoting robust, healthy turf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Advanced Turf Technology (ATT) TM SystemTM ‘Ultragroomer’ can provide exceptional results on high density fine turf grasses such as creeping bents, suggests ATT’s John Coleman.  “Bents are desirable for their tighter density which gives an excellent playing surface, but the downside is that this inevitably means increased production of organic material.”

 

Traditionally, verticutting has been the solution to remove organic debris, but John suggests that the 10mm spacing of a verticut reel is more suited for older; less dense grasses and that developments to specialist golf green cultivars have outpaced traditional maintenance machine technology. The situation is exacerbated by lower heights of cut which can further increase density. Verticutting, John points out, is best suited to removing the build up of organic matter rather than preventing it, and the sward can soon get tight and puffy, leading to thatch development. It is during this ‘puffy’ phase that the green surface ‘footprints’. Cutting at low heights of cut when greens are in this state will also result in scalping, further stressing the plant. “The sward is also subjected to considerable stress by aggressive verticutting, which can weaken it. After a week or so it comes back and is fine for another week, but then you have to start the whole process again. It is hard to provide a consistent playing surface under those circumstances,” he says.

 

Treatment with the Ultragroomer every week to 10 days minimises the phased management effect, using thin tipped blades at 5mm spacings. “More blade surface area is in contact with the turf, and it is working at a shallower depth, so stress on the plant is reduced,” John explains. “It can prevent excessive organic material developing, making for a more consistent green over the course of the season.” There are other benefits too – it can be difficult to get sand dressings into the tight sward of bent, but the Ultragroomer makes ‘space’ for the sand, which John suggests should be applied in a light dusting after grooming and before a pass with a vibratory roller, also available as part of the ATT TM SystemTM. Anecdotally this means with a regular Ultragroomer regime you can actually save on the amount of topdressing material needed on the course due to the reduction in build-up of organic material with Ultragrooming.

 

Poa annua is a major headache for greenkeepers, who maintain bent grass swards, and the Ultragroomer helps to control it by grabbing and pulling out the seedheads, minimising seeding. It can also take out Poa plants by their shallow roots, while leaving the finer rooted Bents intact. “Integration of Poa into creeping bents can be significantly limited with the Ultragroomer,” comments John. “It also works well in the management of bents themselves – while Gibberelic acid inhibitor growth regulators are useful to encourage lateral growth, they can lead to too much density, so the Ultragroomer can be employed alongside them to manipulate density to the required degree. It is more effective than verticutting for this purpose.

 

”Greenkeepers can also use the Ultragroomer to control grain, either on sloping greens or where shade encourages the grasses to grow in the direction of the light.“We have several customers who work at a slower forward speed and push against the direction of growth before travelling around the green to keep on top of grain, and it is very effective,” John says. He warns that the Ultragroomer must be well maintained to give the best possible results. “If the blades have rounded tips they risk bruising the plant, leading to disease ingress, so they do need replacing every couple of seasons.”

 

 

 

 
John Coleman adds that the Ultragroomer is a key part of a complete regime of good surface management.  “Keep on top of nutrition and growth regulators, plus regular use of the UItragroomer for the best possible results on bents,” he says

 

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Why do we Topdress?

By Grassgroup, February 19, 2015 3:44 pm

Why do we Topdress?

 


 

 

Thatch control, drainage, correcting compaction, and smoothing surface irregularities are four of the primary reasons for topdressing.

Top dressing is one of our main tools for promoting firm and true putting surfaces. It is also the key ingredient for making the greens indigenous to improving the cultivar of grass that we are trying to promote. It is one of the most important jobs we do to improve ariation in the soil with sand particles breaking down any OM (organic matter).

Through the growing season we aim to top dress once every four to six weeks and we usually apply around six dressings per year (trying to achieve around 150 tonne of sand per year). * Royal Cromer Golf Club

How much does it cost per year to Topdress a Golf Course?

A golf course uses annually approximately 110 tonnes of topdressing per hectare, this works out at on average 120-150 tonnes annually although links courses can use up to 350 tonnes a year.**

Again on average the cost per year of topdressing material alone can be in the region of £8,000 (without any labour or machinery costs). **

Are there any alternatives to Topdressing?

Yes Ultragrooming,

What is Ultragrooming?

Ultragrooming is a process that removes the puffiness and thatch from your greens and fairways significantly reducing the need to topdress.

With regular use it is the pre-eminent solution to help minimize puffiness and remove organic matter in both high density creeping bent and Bermuda grass thereby reducing the scalping and foot-printing that plagues these new grasses. It will remove unsightly seed heads in Poa annua turf with minimal fuss. On newly established greens 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.

A single ATT Ultragrooming cassette is fitted with over 80 1.3mm tungsten tipped Carbide blades spaced at 5mm apart designed to vertically groom through the grass standing it up and removing thatch, letting in light, air and moisture to enable better and stronger growth naturally without the aid of large amounts of Topdressing material.

How much does Ultragrooming cost?

As part of the TM System, an Ultragrooming cassette package to fit your existing triple mower costs in the region of £5,230 and cuts down the need to top dress dramatically, you will see improvement in your greens, reduced costs due to the need to top dress less and also environmental benefits from not paying for and also the shipping of expensive and dwindling stocks of sand.

We estimate that through the cost savings you’ll make in the first year alone through decreased use of topdressing material you will have more than paid for the Ultragroomers and will then also have a basis for a full turf maintenance package of fourteen cassettes that you can build on year on year.

The question is really not why do why Topdress, but why don’t we Ultragroom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

*http://www.royalcromergolfclub.com/page.aspx?pid=28470

 

 

** http://hughking.co.uk/sands/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/GI-Sep-article.pdf

 

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