Posts tagged: mower

Golf Industry Show 2016 – San Diego

By , 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!

BTME 2016, No snow but lots of show!

By , January 26, 2016 8:09 am

This years BTME was as busy as ever for The Grass Group, with a record number of visitors to and enquiries from the front of Hall A. Of course the ATT range is always of great interest but with a greens triple set up on the stand with the TMSystem range this year the stand had a very hands-on feel to it.










Along with an ATT demonstration table and the ever popular CTI Tine and bedknife range the stand was full of enquiries from the beginning to the end of each day. The installation of green Progressive ProFlex outside raised eyebrows and questions over this new version of the ever popular machine and will undoubtedly lead to the red or green choice coming at order time!











Overall we at The Grass Group felt that the show was well attended and the from the feedback we received there is a lot more positivity in the market for 2016! Now, lets start planning 2017……..


Quality matters at BTME 2016

By , 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.

Sustainability in Sport: BASIS

By , 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!



SALTEX Stand Number F187 – Quality Cut and Massive Fuel Savings

By , 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.

Desso or Semi-Artificial? Upgrade to ATT

By , 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.

Favourite, Fundamental and Fantastic – ATT INFiNiSystem

By , 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?!

Need to make the most of your budget?

By , December 15, 2014 10:39 am

When budgets are tight, Greenkeepers may have to prolong the life of an existing triplex or fairway mower with replacement cutting units. That’s a dilemma because they may not want to be tied to the same manufacturer when they do have the budget to replace the machine at a later date.









However, the ATT SMARTCut™cassette is the flexible answer for all those requiring a replacement; second or back up set of cutting units. ATT’s SMARTCut™ cutting units are unique in that they can be fitted to Toro, John Deere or Jacobsen units with only a minor adaptation so they can be used with the new machine, whatever the make. That’s also a bonus if there are a mix of makes in the greenkeeper’s shed right now. It’s a truly unique and valuable piece of versatile equipment, with outstanding build quality to stand the test of time and stretch budgets further.

Designed for Tees, Greens and fairways, the SMARTCut™ offers 7, 11 and 14 blade options. The bedknife adjusts incrementally to a fixed position cylinder to achieve a consistency and quality of cut that is guaranteed comparable, or better, than current OEM units. This allows a cutting height range of 1.8mm to 25mm, all of which provide superb results in all situations. An optional Groomer attachment contra rotates to achieve the maximum effect in alleviating grain and turf density problems. It can be installed and removed quickly; has a fully sealed gearbox and is designed for single lever action to give simple engagement or disengagement. In addition there is an optional, patent pending, powered rear roller brush which, when combined with the SMARTCut™ cutting cassette, sees a power requirement of only a fraction of any other unit on the market. This power saving is a massive bonus for anyone driving their cutting units with electric motors, or just wanting to use less fuel.

The SMARTCut™ cassette is part of the ATT TMSystem™ – a cassette turf maintenance system to not only mow but aerate, brush, de-thatch, groom, level, scarify and top dress. The system will fit most mainstream triple greens and fairway mowers, as well ATT’s dedicated pedestrian unit the INFiNiSystem™. This means that when the cutting units are not being used they can be dropped out of the chassis and another set of cassettes, to perform a different function, dropped in. This dramatically improves the cost effectiveness of the units.

Product Demonstration Day

By , August 21, 2014 3:20 pm

Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester played host yesterday to The Grass Group and our dealer Ernest Doe for a product demonstration day. A full day of demonstration and product information was planned that covered ATT, Trilo & Progressive equipment. Grass Group staff, Peter van Mispelaar from Trilo and John Coleman from ATT were in attendance to demonstrate, discuss and answer any questions from the Ernest Doe staff. The day started with a welcome and Introduction from The Grass Group’s General Manager Jeremy and Eddie Jack of Ernest Doe and then followed with the twenty five attendees splitting into three groups to view and try all the machinery in turn.











The ATT machinery was setup on the practice putting green with both the ATT INFiNipower trailer and also a greens triple with TM System chassis and cassettes. ATT’s John Coleman had traveled down especially for the day to share his insights and run everybody through the system including practical hands-on working which gave everybody the opportunity to get some further practical experience.








In a separate grassland area of the resort Trilo machinery was set up with an array of vacuum sweepers, blowers and scarifiers to give a taste of the full Trilo range. Having flown over from Holland for the day Peter van Mispelaar ran everyone through the equipment as well as mentioning the new S Line range which is being debuted at the years Saltex in a couple of weeks.











The Progressive machinery was set up in a hilly area alongside the football pitches to test the contour following ability of the Proflex 120 as well the fine finishing ability of the TDR range on the football pitches with our own Jeremy Vincent at the helm discussing and setting off the test drives. With lunch in the resorts brassiere and further demonstrations in the afternoon then culminating with a question and answer session back in the conference room the day finished with the Ernest Doe staff being loaded down with new marketing material and brochures to take away as well as the occasional Grass Group cap and mug!



Knott End Golf Club – Pro-Flex 120

By , July 23, 2014 11:09 am

Knott End Golf Club near Blackpool is described as a stunning 18 hole Golf Course.  It’s a course of two halves with the first nine holes running alongside the River Wyre with breathtaking views of the Bowland Hills and Morecambe Bay whilst the back nine go down into the woodland part of the golf course with fantastic views of the local countryside and wildlife.

Andrew Smallshaw is Head Greenkeeper and has been at the club for 30 years. “I was a keen golf junior with thoughts of being a pro but even though that didn’t happen I knew I wanted to work within the golf industry. I always had a keen interest in machinery as a child and supplemented that with a City & Guilds course at Myerscough College. All that has eventually helped me to become Head Greenkeeper here, supported by a team of three.” The course has a lot of semi-rough grass to cut over undulating surfaces so the need for a rotary contour finishing mower was paramount.  Andrew began the search and spotted the Progressive Pro-Flex 120 outside the halls at BTME.









Confirmation from his local dealer resulted in a demo by Jon Proffitt of The Grass Group and “it ticked all the boxes” he said. The Pro-Flex 120 abounds with features not found in competitive units. It has a full frame to facilitate mowing whilst backing up.  The high speed of the blade tip leads to a second to none after cut appearance and the adjustable discharge deflectors make for clean and even discharge of clippings. Each deck is equipped with a shock absorber to keep the deck from bouncing, thus providing a smooth even cut at speeds up to 6 mph – a speed that increases productivity while maintaining quality of cut. The purchase was made at the tail end of 2013 and first saw service this spring. Andy again, “It’s great – easy to maintain, strong and robust. The whole team use it, it’s a dream to attach to the tractor and operate. You can easily reverse into tight areas; something we weren’t able to do with our old machine.  I also can’t fault the service provided by The Grass Group – they travelled overnight to fix a parts problem.”


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