Posts tagged: vacuum sweepers

Breath of fresh air at Haydock Park

By , November 12, 2015 10:23 am

Haydock Park, one of the most used racecourses in the country, is lined with woodland and avenues of trees. Maurice Crooks, Head Groundsman and Estates Manager, uses both a Trilo vacuum and blower in order to manage the autumn leaves and to clear the litter and debris left behind following the 32 days racing.

Maurice currently uses the Trilo SG1100 and during the demo was ‘blown away’ by the strength, low maintenance and competitive price of the machine. It has helped Maurice and his team deal with the sometimes difficult glass bottles by shattering them inside the machine. Litter clearing is now done out of house so the SG1100 has been rehomed to the stables and is also used for leaf collection. The stable yards are tight and with a 9 cubic metre capacity the SG1100 is shorter than a standard model. Therefore, it is remotely operated so the boom goes out from the cab and the wanderhose is used like a joystick. Maurice recognises the advantages of this machines saying, “Unlike competitor machines it is so easy to operate, you don’t have to lift any pipes meaning there’s no other machine as good as this for Health & Safety.”

To complement the SG1100, the team also used a Trilo BL960 and they were so impressed they purchase an identical blower this June. In the autumn it is used for leaf clearance and in the summer it is used to scatter and disperse the grass clipping or clumps made by their 12 foot tractor mounted mower. They have the mower attached to the front and the blower on the back – the perfect combination. By purchasing another blower they can have another mower out increasing productivity.

Maurice adds, “All Trilo products are very well built and are very strong. The service from The Grass Group has always been very good and I had no hesitation in recommending both the product and the dealer to a friend at Leicester Racecourse.” We would like to thank Maurice for his custom – as always it was a pleasure!

Trilo Festival time!

By , June 30, 2015 1:18 pm

The clearing of litter during and following events, concerts and festivals is an extremely labour intensive, time consuming and usually messy process. To begin with, the cleaning of an area of this nature has been frequently carried out by hand, meaning that the job could take up considerable amounts of time.This was caused predominantly by the combination of a festival ground and a camping ground, both of which create a different scale of litter. It is not only general, day-to-day rubbish such as containers, plastic, packaging and food that needs to be cleaned, but also much larger objects such as complete tents, umbrellas and other large items. The removal of an assortment of object sizes like this is particularly troublesome to collect, especially if you wish to do it with a machine. A further problem comes in the form of the size of the area. Cleaning an area with a surface amounting to a few hectares frequently poses additional problems. You need a machine like a Trilo with sufficient load capacity and with the possibility of quick transportation so that the goal, cleaning the area in a single day, can be achieved.









This is where your Trilo machine can be of real benefit during the festival and summer season. With large capacities, various adaptations such as a wander hose and of course the vacuum head, what would usually take days and many pairs of hands to clean up can be achieved in a fraction of the time much more efficiently. With new machinery for sale and also a fleet of hire machines The Grass Group can help you to achieve a quicker, extensive clean up in a lot less time than you previously thought possible.

Trilo S Line, your multipurpose machine

By , May 19, 2015 3:21 pm

Once machines were built for one purpose and one purpose alone a machine that could mow was only a mower, a machine that could sweep was only a sweeper. Over the years, better design and the need to be budget conscious has led manufacturers to design machines that can offer more than one use – think to the incredible range of cassettes available from ATT as part of the TM System – everything can offer more than one purpose and deliver a lot more to the Greenkeeper or Groundsman.






Every machine in the Trilo S Line range can do more than one thing, from the smallest Trilo S3 through to the mammoth Trilo S20 every machine is a vacuum sweeper, a scarifier collector and also a mower collector. This give the customer the advantage with both cost and usability, a Trilo is now a machine that is out of the shed all year undertaking many tasks and with the precision design and fantastic build quality performing them all to the top standard. Your Trilo is a year round investment that will repay you over many years of reliable service and will perform at the highest standards that have been proven over the last 25 years in the UK.





Trilo S3 in action

Pitch renovation

By , May 7, 2015 3:01 pm










As well as these tasks you will also need to at some stage to think about weed control.  At some stage you will need to consider where your weed killing programme fits into the picture of your pitch renovations.

If the list above is taken as a sequence of events, then you won’t go far wrong with your renovation, though you may need to give some further attention to goal mouth and centre spot areas which will be covered later.

Scarifying: however you achieve it, you will need to clean out the surface, removing the remnants of old divots etc. and to get rid of the build-up of dead organic matter accumulated over the winter months. Thatch can build up particularly on the wings of the pitch, away from the more intensively played areas in the centre and goal mouth areas. Before carrying out this task you will need to reduce the height of cut. This will not only help your grass to establish better, but will help your machinery to carry out the work without struggling the TM System from ATT fitted with Thatchmaster cassettes can give you a really good finish and remove matter without too much disturbance.






A tractor drawn Trilo scarifier with either a three point linkage or a large vacuum collection model, are probably the most traditional methods, and most likely within the means of most clubs and schools, allowing the job to be completed in one operation. This method can be advantageous as the scarifying tines can leave a grooved surface, ideal for ensuring over sown grass seed is buried just beneath the soil surface and in contact with the soil. Whichever method you use, you will be aiming to achieve a surface that is short and clean with a finished mown height of 13mm to 20mm that will give your grass seedlings time to grow and establish without competing too much from the existing grasses.

Fraise Mowing with the GKB Combinator is an operation that is becoming popular to those that can afford it (mostly Premiership clubs fall into this bracket). Topping is extremely efficient at removing the top organic layer of the pitch however; you will effectively be starting again with a newly sown surface so your seeding rates will need to be higher.







Relieving compaction is important, and spiking as deeply as possible is required. There are several ways this can be achieved and to a depth of 250 – 300mm. Pay particular attention to your goalmouth and centre spot areas, and don’t forget too the off pitch areas where your linesmen and spectators stand.

Fertilising: A good pre-seeding fertiliser, typically one low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potash, will provide the young seedling with the essential nutrients to root quickly and to resist disease. This should be worked into the surface, brushed or drag matted in. Water in if rain is not expected.

Seeding: Obtain a good quality rye grass seed mixture for your renovation. Fresh seed is important as old seed will not germinate as greatly or as well as new. Look at the STRI list for the range of recommended cultivars, listed by fineness of cut, resistance to disease etc. and choose a mixture with the characteristics suited to your needs and situation.

The roller can be lowered on the final run to firm the surface and ensure good soil to seed contact. Alternatively the use of seed drills will help to bury the seed into the surface and at a depth where it won’t be subject to drying out. This method will produce a linear seeding pattern and it is best to complete two passes or more at a slight angle to the first.

Topdressing: Chosen wisely for compatibility with your current root zone is an essential ingredient to ensuring good surface levels. If you employ the services of an agronomist then he will have advised you of the best topdressing for your situation. This may typically have been a medium to fine sand and of a quantity of 60 to 80 tons per pitch.

Low areas in the pitch can be concentrated on. Minor dips and hollows that collect water, noted during the winter, can be further spiked. A slightly heavier topdressing spread than the surrounding area will help to raise these areas, though be careful to ensure the topdressing is worked into the holes and into the base of the sward. The topdressing should not be thick and left covering the top of the grass, as this will only lead to a weakened sward. Repeat the operation if necessary and check it with a straight edge.

Goalmouth and centre spot areas: At this time of year how much grass is still around in these areas depends on a number of factors, and is a combination of the condition of the sward at the start of the season, number of games played, the conditions that they were played in and finally the adopted post match and winter maintenance regimes. Suffice to say that the wear can range from minimal with some pitches sustaining little loss of grass in the goalmouth area to an area or strip if you like running the whole length of the pitch completely devoid of grass cover.

Some goalmouth areas may even have lost both grass cover and soil, where the soil has migrated out of the area. In these areas it is important that they receive more concentrated effort to relieve compaction and to bring the surface levels back, by importing and incorporating new material compatible to your native soil or by using something like the GKB Cultirol to break up and level the soil.

Use your Trilo to save your horse from fatal illness Atypical Myopathy

By , March 2, 2015 2:29 pm

Outbreaks of Atypical myopathy are seen sporadically in the autumn, and can also occur in the spring, often following periods of wet and windy weather. For many years the disease has been linked to pasture, with cases occurring in horses kept on sparse paddocks, although the precise cause was unknown. In 2014 researchers at the University of Minnesota identified a link between the disease and the Box Elder tree (Acer negundo), which is found in the United States. More recently it has been demonstrated that the same toxin found in the Box Elder tree (known as Hypoglycin A) is also found in the European Sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus), and this is thought to be the cause of the majority of cases seen in the UK.






To reduce the risk of disease it is recommended to avoid grazing horses on fields containing Sycamore trees where possible or alternatively work to remove the seeds from the ground by regular sweeping with a Trilo vacuum sweeper. If this is unavoidable then plenty of supplemental hay should be provided along with measures to avoid overgrazing the pasture. Reducing turn-out during the at-risk months (October to December) or during regional outbreaks should also be considered. Whilst not all horses appear to be equally susceptible to the disease, young horses and those that have moved paddocks recently appear to be at increased risk.


The toughest time of the year

By , February 9, 2015 9:13 am

For most Winter sports and golf,  the winter months are the toughest time for pitches and trying to keep the impact of wet, frozen and other harsh conditions to a minimum is a balancing act with teams needing and wanting to play whenever they can Saturated turf can lose strength and become slippery and grass cover can easily be lost. The physical properties of your soils will dictate how well your pitch can drain; sandy soils drain well, whereas heavier clay soils tend to be slower draining and even hold water.









The skill of a Groundsman especially on a tight budget is challenged at this time of year and all the pre work you have done throughout the other seasons will now come into play it is the work you do in the spring (renovations), and subsequent summer maintenance (regular mowing) and autumn (aeration) work, that prepares your surface for the winter.When ground conditions are reasonable, try and get some air back into the soil profile; this will help improve gaseous exchanges and help water drain from the surface.Mowing heights may vary depending on local conditions, type of course, course expectations, sward type and mower type. Soil temperatures should soon begin to rise towards the end of February/early March, enabling the grass plant to start to recover and speed up growth. From then on drainage should be less of an issue and spring plans can be put into action.












December and January turf maintenance

By , December 22, 2014 10:19 am

As the weather finally changes, Frost holes may be required on some greens in the morning as this will provide protection against any inappropriate wear. Don’t forget to slit tine aerate on a regular basis and keep your aeration programme working. Over the festive period maintain the greens height in accordance with course standards using your ATT Cassettes. This will usually be no higher than 8mm. If you haven’t already finished topping the fairways, this will most likely be the last occasion for a few months before you give your Progressive mower its winter service. Keep up the ongoing battle to remove leaves on a regular basis using your Trilo machine to prevent the turf being smothered.






For Bowling Greens earthworms may now be a problem so drag brush daily. Aerate to keep the surface open and to improve surface drainage and drying. This may also help to reduce the effects of earthworm activity.Look out for Fusarium patch disease during mild damp spells. Sulphate of iron applications can help to reduce the chance of disease attack. Sulphate of iron can help to harden the grass against this disease. Keep the grass topped at about 10mm to 12mm high as this will reduce the chance of disease attack. For Football and rugby, divoting is a key task at this time of year as growth is very slow. Repairs need to be made in order to maintain a reasonable surface for as long as possible. A regular brush and/or harrow if conditions are suitable will help to protect your surface. Overmarking should not be neglected. In order to determine a suitable overmarking programme, consider the weather conditions and how many games have been played especially with the extra matches across the Christmas period.Slit tine aerate the pitch but be prepared to stop if conditions are found to be unsuitable, you can cause more harm by continuing and also don’t forget to sand worn areas as required and overseed as required after matches using the RotaDairon SeedCar.


The last thing to remember is to enjoy a few days off and have a happy Christmas from all the team at The Grass Group.

Keep getting the results on your winter pitch!

By , November 17, 2014 1:42 pm

The winter sports pitch groundsman has his work cut out, trying to keep the playing surface looking and performing at its best at a time of year when grass growth is at a minimum and daylight hours limited. Add to this a busy fixture list and weather conditions that stress the sward and predispose wear, and maintaining ground cover becomes an even bigger challenge.

Preparation is key, along with regimes and techniques that minimise further stress on the turf.Make use of favourable conditions in the autumn to get your turf in the best possible condition for the months ahead, Scarify to remove dead material and create a good growing medium for overseeding, attend to any drainage issues and top dress to level and condition the surface.

On local authority and school pitches which may be bordered by trees, don’t forget the importance of removing leaves and debris.

Use a vacuum sweeper to clear the pitch and remove any grass clippings – get as much light and air to the turf as possible, If you need to continue this as the weather deteriorates, a Trilo vacuum is the least aggressive method, making minimal contact with the turf, avoiding stress and possible damage that could occur with a flail collector. Using a Trilo blower can help take the dew off and is useful if you need to cut travel on the pitch.








As winter progresses, late overseeding on may on some surfaces be suitable, this is where the Dairon RGD seeder can produce excellent results in combination with the underpitch heating and artificial lighting rigs that are commonly used.
It’s better to look after the pitch as best you can so that it is ready to scarify and seed as soon as the weather improves in February or March. In most circumstances the grass is now moving into its dormant phase and just needs protecting until the spring.


Trilos are tough!

By , November 3, 2014 10:26 am

A dramatic incident with a brand new Trilo S Line machine on Friday night has reinforced how strong Trilo machines are built. Trilo had delivered a brand new S16 Vacuum Sweeper to one of their Dutch dealers who in turn was taking it out to deliver to his customer late Friday. On the way to customer the vehicle towing the machine on the trailer was unfortunately involved in an accident and the trailer carrying the huge S16 tipped over with the machine leaving it sideways on the carriageway. Fortunately no one was injured in the accident and although there was a traffic hold up everyone was ok and the machine was soon back up on its wheels. Amazingly, due to the S Line machine being constructed so strong there was no actual physical damage to the machine – and it is still in full working order! Peter van Mispelaar from Trilo commented Friday evening “I have been there tonight, touch it up with some paint. The machine is not bent or damaged and goes to work tomorrow!”














Don’t trip up as the leaves fall, hire or buy, Trilo is on hand to help

By , October 20, 2014 1:53 pm

As the weather finally turns from what was a good summer into a blustery wet autumn, the leaves are now coming down in their droves. To stop the problem of collection causing huge headaches for the maintenance departments and green keepers The Grass Group and Trilo are here to help.With a wide range of blowers and vacuum sweepers available both for sale and also hire this time of when you need to take prompt action to ensure that the falling foliage doesn’t put a stop to everything else you need to do.









The Trilo S3 vacuum sweeper, from The Grass Group, is a perfect example of a machine that comes into its own this time of year. A lighter machine, that’s competitively priced without any compromise in quality or performance. The industry asked for a smaller vacuum sweeper to work at 1.5 metres wide to work at hard to get to areas were ground pressure and dimensions mattered. The result is the Trilo S3, a smaller sister to the S4. Along with a compact working width the machine weighs in at a trim 1200kg, so that only a mid-range compact tractor of 28 HP is required. The new design is the result of many years of experience to meet the requirements of councils, contractors Groundsmen and Greenkeepers in an economically challenging environment. The 1.5 metre full floating brush head and low ground pressure allows the machine to work under the heaviest of conditions where others may struggle.








The balanced fan wheel gives a reliable and above all a safe source of power. The impeller casing can be opened at the top and has an inspection trap in the lower section to allow easy cleaning. To cope with the amount of material collected in a 3M³ container, the Trilo S3 also features a 1.6 metre high tip facility meaning it can unload into the back of a truck or skip, keeping downtime to a minimum. A 5 metre long 200mm diameter hand held wander hose makes the S3 suitable for versatile use all year round to clean hard to get areas such as bunkers, shrubberies or refuse bins. The high standard of manufacture and design specification allows not only ease of use, but also means less time spent on routine maintenance allowing more time in the field working this autumn and fewer hours spent in the workshop. Contact us today for either a purchased or hire solution for your autumn vacuum or blower needs.


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