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Progressive TDR-15: A Closer Look

By Grassgroup, September 26, 2017 3:20 pm

 

Pro Lift-N-Turn

The productivity advantage of Progressive’s exclusive Pro Lift-N-Turn system is standard equipment. Operators have the ability to slightly raise the decks off the ground with the PTO still enagaged, making turning easier on the turf and the operator more productive. An automatic stop prevents the decks from lighting too far. The result is less ground damage from dragging the rollers across the turf. Progressive’s Lift-N-Turn has imply eliminated the issues competitive roller mowers face when turning. The deisgn allow for a 0″ uncut circle (zero turn radius).

Easily Change Height Adjustment

Infinite cutting height adjustment from 0.5″ to 4″ is easily accomplished with the supplied tool. This allows the mower to transition quickly for multiple mowing height applications. The durable design resists rusting and wear.

Full Length Rollers

6″ diameter rollers running the full length on both the front and rear of each mower deck, helps to smooth the mowing surface while cutting. The rollers also helps promote root to turf contact for faster repair and healthier turf. The rollers can also stripe the turf for a pleasing visual impact.

Simpler Maintenance

Maintenance fe eblade spindles and 100 hour greasing interval PTO shafts are used to both lower cost and time spent on routine maintenance. They also provide peace of mind that a missing daily greasing  won’t render the mower out of service.

CV Equipped Input PTO

Progressive have equipped the TDR-15 with a constant velocity input PTO as standard. This makes connecting the mower to a tractor easier and the connection time greatly reduced.

Specifications

Cutting Width: 15.5 Feet
Mowing Capacity : 2 mph 3.75 acres per hour – 4 mph 7.5 acres per hour – 6 mph 11.3 acres per hour
Recommended PTO 30 – 50 HP

Call 01638 720123 or drop us an email at sales@thegrassgroup.com to find out more about this machine.

Did you know we now offer finance on our machines?

 

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Would you buy a seeder from Tesco?

By Grassgroup, March 29, 2010 3:42 pm

The Grass Group’s MD, Tim Merrell, considers how this might become a reality.

The ground care industry has a diverse range of equipment, from a diverse range of companies, manufactured in many countries.  Purchasers have been able to avail themselves of many different techniques to carry out specific tasks.  This is because of the innovations brought about by an entrepreneurial spirit that seems to have been prevalent in our industry.  But this could all change if the large multinationals continue to swallow up these unique products in the name of ‘a complete portfolio’.

 

The demands of our playing surfaces have changed over the years.  To keep pace with this change Groundsmen and Greenkeepers have been able to work with innovators bringing new ideas to market.  New ideas that would mean low volumes of machines until the product was established.  Volumes that would be too small for the multinational, but not for the specialist.  In this case developments are end user driven, using their experience to direct the manufacturer to make any necessary modifications to the product to ensure it does the job the Grounds Professional wants.  Even if the need is not universal, there is flexibility to “tailor make” machines to meet unique situations or conditions.  These types of manufacturers are extremely adaptable, especially able to respond quickly because there is no long chain of management to overcome, and no over inflated profit targets to reach.

 For example, The Grass Group handles the Progressive range of trailed mowers from Canada.  The range was more suited to the large landscapes found there, but for us in the UK Councils have to deal with smaller roads to transport on.  Then of course there are obstacles almost everywhere – ruts in the roads and speed humps which meant the TDR15 mower would transport better if it could be modified.  Progressive are small and adaptable enough for us to work with to affect a number of modifications to help make the product more acceptable for our UK customers.  The wheel and hub sizes were increased to cope with the road undulations; the back deck was raised to reduce the towed length; transport brackets were modified to assist with stability during transportation and the whole unit fitted with mud guards and lights, mandatory in the UK.  These were just logistical improvements, but we were able to go further with Progressive in order to suit the product better for local authorities.  For this type of use local authorities would already have a tractor in place to carry out the operation, but it would be of a high horse power size in excess of that required for the TDR15.  The fitting of a dog tooth clutch solved that problem and didn’t hinder operation of the unit with lower horse power tractors that might be found on Golf Courses.  Being able to work so closely with the manufacturer has enabled a new model to be introduced more suitable for use with lower horse power tractors.  All the above modifications have been incorporated in the new TDR12 model that sees a respectable width machine (12’) without the need for collapsible wings and an associated large horse power tractor being needed to raise and lower them.

 What we’ve seen over the past few years is not wholesale company takeovers as much as we’ve seen ‘cherry picking’.  A single product family is extracted from its mother and found a new home.  But not all the family members curry favour with the new parent, so those with not a sufficiently large enough volume are cast adrift.  This ‘cherry picking’ creates several effects.  Firstly it creates confusion in the market place with previous dealers being abandoned, sometimes overnight, and the new owners’ corporate machine taking over.  In many cases the new people responsible are not fully briefed in time because the transition has been too swift.  Product support and spare parts becomes a nightmare for anybody owning a machine in the ‘old colours’.  Next one finds that the reduction in the family range has killed choice; the product has becomes homologous and the client has to “make do”.  But the real, and sad thing, is that it kills new and developing products to the range and loses skilled innovators, and all their experience and knowledge that goes with them.

 And what about the UK dealer/importer that previously handled the range?  As a result of many years of input to the manufacturer, and gleaning information from the Grounds Professional, there is a lot of detailed product knowledge within their staff.  As a specialist supplier he was able to hold stock of machines for an entire UK distribution, working with the manufacturer to ensure short lead times – and when it came to parts be able to maintain a large parts stock with knowledgeable parts staff.

 So what, some people might say.  One or two big suppliers offer simplicity; one point of contact; chance to do deals on packages, etc.  But are those things worth the price of diminished choice where these big suppliers can decide what is in their range regardless of what might suit you better?

With diminished choice, who sets the prices; keeps them in check; stops the formation of a cartel to maximise profits?  Diminished choice leads to a monopoly, as in the big suppliers restricting their dealers from offering any sort of similar products from another manufacturer – products that could perform better or cost less.  Then there’s the Golf Course tied into a sole supplier deal unable to search the market for just the right kind of equipment for its need or its pocket.

 Sounds familiar? Been to Tesco lately and tried to buy anything other than the brands they want to sell?  Or gone to the high street to try and buy that Television you saw reviewed on some website or other and found no specialist TV or HiFi shops?  Tesco have the market sown up with run of the mill, one size fits all, consumer goods.  Great if that suits, but not if you want something a bit out of the ordinary.  And ever tried asking any questions about the specification of the product?  If it’s not on the point of sale material, don’t bother. 

 That’s not what we want for our industry, the tail wagging the dog, but Grounds Professionals keeping us manufacturers and dealers on our toes, coming up with new products to keep the playing surfaces tip-top.  In spite of this ‘cherry picking’ there are still a good number of independent manufacturers ready to respond.  There are requirements for many niche products in this demanding, but professional, industry that are not volume sellers, so I’m sure the market has not seen the last of innovative turf maintenance equipment yet.  

 The Grass Group, for one, is committed to working with such manufacturers to bring these products to market.

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