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RD150 & SMC150 Wildflower Seeder

By Grassgroup, July 10, 2014 1:20 pm

Landscapers often extol the virtues of wild flower meadows in open spaces (edges of parks, golfcourses, roundabouts etc.) rather than just grass. The idea has gained momentum as it reduces maintenance because flowers don’t need to be cut every 2 weeks like grass does. To prepare a wildflower bed the chances are that you’re starting with rough ground and will therefore need to renovate the ground first with a stoneburier. Afterwards the grass and wildflower seeds will have to be mixed and then sown in the ground. The Rotadairon solution is to carry out the operation in one go.









Combining a Rotadairon stoneburier with a seeder allows, in one pass, the preparation of the rough ground together with the mixing and then sowing of the grass and wildflower seed.The Rotadairon range of ground renovation equipment grow from pedestrian machines up to large contractor machines of 2 metres wide. The RD150 model is a mid-range, general purpose, machine with a working width of 1.5 metres which can be fitted with an SMC150 seedbox, again a mid-range model from a wide family. The SMC150 has the option of a hopper divider so that you can mix your own percentages of grass/wildflower mix as you go. Alternatively you can do away with the hopper divider and use a pre mixed grass/wildflower mix. In conjunction with Nova Flore, wild flower specialists, the development of the SMC150 was designed to cope with the variable sizes of different species to enable larger areas to be sown mechanically whilst maintaining a consistent spread of varieties.


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Pride of the fleet

By Grassgroup, July 2, 2014 11:41 am

The Grass Group vehicle fleet has had a bit of a makeover recently with our DAF lorry receiving a major overhaul. Undertaken by the specialist coachbuilders at Gazeley Coachbuilders who produce and build specialist vehicles from racehorse transporters through to bespoke motorsport trailers. Our delivery and demonstration vehicle is now equipped with a brand new floor, ramps, under body lockers and a gleaming white re-spray.












The lorry is fully updated, ready to go and even includes a brand new set of air horns!

Peter from our workshop team has even said that he will treat the cab to new air freshener next time he’s out in the lorry! Lined up here in our picture along with our product support vehicles, the lorry looks like a brand new vehicle and will be giving continued great service delivering ATT, Trilo, RotaDairon and Progressive machines for many years to come.


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RotaDairon RGD140 Overseeder

By Grassgroup, June 30, 2014 1:35 pm

With demand for golf year-round and ever higher expectations from members, improving greens is an ongoing task for Greenkeepers. The Grass Group’s Jon Proffitt explains that some clubs are not only overseeding twice a year to take advantage of the best grass growing conditions, but also like to keep on top of turf cover on a more regular basis.









“Hadley Wood Golf Club near Enfield, Middlesex, has had a lot of success with the Rotadairon RGD 140 overseeder, and Head Greenkeeper Simon Grand uses a rolling programme of overseeding, treating any greens that need it,” he explains.The RGD 140 is used in a cross hatch pattern, with the second pass at 30 degrees to the first, and Simon has reported strong growth after just 10 days, with the first seedlings emerging in less than a week. Hadley Wood is seeking to increase the proportion of bents in its greens, to give a hard wearing playing surface with reduced maintenance requirements. The downside, Jon points out, is that Velvet Bent is a very expensive seed, so wastage must be avoided at all costs.“Fortunately, the RGD 140 has an exceptionally accurate metering system, so Greenkeepers can calculate sowing rates very precisely,” he explains. “Using a dial on the side of the hopper, the correct position is selected for this very fine seed, applying exactly 3kg per green. It’s really easy to use.”At 1.4m wide, it has the capacity to be productive on pitches while being compact enough to work on smaller greens. “It’s such a simple machine to use – once the operator knows the required depth and seed rate, he can set it up in a matter of minutes. Overseeding is an easy and cost effective way of improving turf, and with the right machinery it can fit into the regular maintenance regime for best results.”


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New RotaDairon Seed-Car

By Grassgroup, June 26, 2014 3:33 pm

Extending the already comprehensive RotaDairon range and available now exclusively from The Grass Group is the RotaDairon Seed-Car. This compact pedestrian propelled seeder is perfect for small spaces with a compact working width of 700mm and a 55ltr capacity.









Designed for use by landscapers, turf professionals, the hire industry and also at any location with access restrictions the Seed-Car has a height adjustable handlebar with hand controls for seed distribution as well visual manual adjustment on the seed hopper to regulate flow.

With recent testing and demonstration of this new product undertaken at the RotaDairon headquarters near the world famous Le-Mans racing circuit this compact and excellent value seeder is a versatile and compact machine that can give you the advantage and ease of use when preparing and seeding a smaller area.

  • Manual operation for prepared ground
  • Compact 700mm width, large 55ltr capacity
  • Handlebar adjustment for seed distribution
  • Perfect for small spaces and restricted access
  • Stainless steel rear roller can be weighted
  • Portable and cost effective
  • Video of the machine in action

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Summer Scarifying

By Grassgroup, June 13, 2014 10:27 am

The importance of scarifying during the summer is vital for the health of your grass. If you keep the plant in good health and take the dead material out by scarifying the water and fertiliser will get to where you want it to therefore improving the condition of your playing surface.

The removal of thatch also ensures air gets into the sward, enhancing the plants natural defenses against disease. The Rotadairon ED130 TS de-thatcher that can work to a depth of 60mm, or a machine such as the Trilo VCU scarifier can rapidly clear out dead material. Some fairways can produce as much as 20cu.m of dead material so a scarifier collector from the Trilo range might be the answer.

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The Grass Group news so far in 2014

By Grassgroup, April 8, 2014 10:12 am

It’s been a long and tiring yet productive few months for Tim Merrell and The Grass Group. We kicked off the year with the launch of the new 26” INFiNiPower Mower at the BTME 2014 show in Harrogate in January. In February Tim went to the Golf Industry Show in Orlando supported by John Coleman of ATT and our Tines manufacturers CTI. That then led on to demos in Scotland and another demo day in Germany. Tim and John barely set foot on UK soil then flew straight across to China in March to attend the Beijing Golf Show. Tim and John spent an exhausting few days exhibiting on the stand with John Deere dealer Greenman and training the sales people on the ATT TM and INFiNiSystem, fitting in some time to try a few of the local Chinese delicacies….Next on the agenda at the end of March was a visit to the Trilo factory in Holland. This time Jeremy Vincent our General Manager went with Tim. They were discussing the exciting new Trilo products that will soon be coming to market.

Finally in April Tim went on to France for more ATT demos and also to pay a visit to the Rotadairon factory to see the new pedestrian seeder which will soon be available from the Grass Group.

Tim is off for a well-earned rest now……


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Grass Group Launch New ATT Product at BTME 2014…..

By Grassgroup, January 10, 2014 11:45 am

BTME 2013 StandWith less than 2 weeks to go till the show, everyone at The Grass Group is busy getting things ready for BTME 2014.

We’ve just checked out the long range weather forecast and as usual cold weather predicted at the moment.
We will be in our usual location at the front of the hall (A35) with a newly redesigned stand.
Our stand will be displaying a range of our existing products from Trilo, Progressive, Rotadairon and ATT, but this year a new product will be launched from ATT.
Come to the stand for a closer look and we look forward to seeing you there.

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The Grass Group at Saltex 2013.

By Grassgroup, September 19, 2013 1:50 pm

Having spent several days setting up our large exhibition stand, we waited with baited breath to see what Saltex 2013 would bring, we were not disappointed, as the show proved to be eventful and successful for The Grass Group.

The weather was fabulous and we had a steady stream of visitors to the stand. Our stand was a lot busier than last year and we saw some new and familiar faces.

We exhibited products from all of our ranges which include mowers, vacuums, scarifiers, stoneburiers, seeders , TM System and INFiNiSystem and our new Tines from CTI which will soon be available to buy in our online shop.

Saltex 2013 was a full team event and we had the support of our manufacturers to assist us on the stand including Peter van Mispelaar of Trilo, Bob and Ruth Merritt of CTI inc. , John Coleman of Advanced Turf Technology and Marc Denoueix of Rotadairon.

We took several very large orders on the stand and have some excellent leads to follow up.

M.D Tim Merrell was delighted with the outcome and we are all looking forward to Saltex 2014.


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Its sno’w barrier – Harrogate a great success

By Grassgroup, February 28, 2013 8:45 pm

The Grass Group at BTME 2013

The BTME show was a great success in spite of the snow doing its best to disrupt transport countrywide.  There seemed to be very little drop off of visitors even though it was an “off” year and the big boys had not come out to play!  The INFiNiSystem was the main attraction as it presented  both bigger and smaller clubs with a complete range of options combining the use of the cassettes on a hybrid pedestrian and on greens triples.  Interest in the RotaDairon RD140 overseeder continued and we are looking forward to get demonstrating when the weather finally allows.  There was always greenkeepers around the JD tractor and TriloS3 outside which we had placed out the front of the hall for the smokers to look at!!


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New Pedestrian wild flower seeder from RotaDairon

By Grassgroup, April 18, 2012 3:01 pm

RotaDairon have just launched their new SD720 Self Propelled Seeder.   The Honda driven unit uses the modular seed box which has proven to be excellent for wild flower seeds as well as all types of grass seeds.  This is thanks to the soft splines on the seed distribution rotor ensuring the varied shaped and sized wild flower seeds are not damaged as they are metered through.

The metering is controlled by a single twist adjustment on the side of the stainless steel hopper.  The accuracy not only ensures that establishment is not hampered by crowding out due to overdosing but also means that the approved seed rates are achieved and valuable/expensive seed is not wasted! The adjustment knob usefully has a dial in it so that each seed mix only needs to be metered once and then when swapping you can reset the dial to the previous time you used that mix.

The RotaDairon SD720 has 4 forward gears and one reverse gear with a max ground speed of 3mph.  The handlebar is adjustable with 3 positions including one for transport.

For those not requiring the wild flower option a cheaper SD700 is also available.

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