Category Archives: Grounds Maintenance

Mulching Mowers – Too Good To Be True?

Mulching mower at workKeeping grass areas trim and ordered produces grass cuttings, a simple inescapable fact. For years most of us have collected grass cuttings and disposed of them in green bins or compost heaps.

A typical half acre lawn will produce more than 4 tons of grass clippings in a single season. A traditional mower will either collect these clippings, or discharge them as it mows, to be collected or left lying depending on the property owner’s preference. Either way the clippings become a by-product of mowing, to be disposed of.

The relatively recent introduction of mulching mowers is starting to change that. So what is a mulching mower and what are its benefits?

What is a Mulching Mower?

Mechanically a mulching mower is very similar to any equivalent cut and collect mower, except for its deck design and cutting blades. The decks have no discharge ports and the cutting blades are aerodynamic, producing a powerful downdraft as they cut.

Mowing With a Mulching Mower

Mowing with a mulch mower is different because its multi-cutting deck retains clippings within the deck area to be cut and re-cut into very small particles. These are simultaneously blown down into the turf, out of sight; where they will in-time decompose. The result is a lawn that looks great with no clippings to collect and get rid of.

Eco-Friendly Too

Disposing of clippings in this eco-friendly way, returns valuable nutrients to the soil reducing the need for chemical fertilisers. Our half acre lawn for example, will benefit from the 100 pounds of nitrogen and other valuable trace elements contained in its 4 tons of clippings. These would otherwise have been disposed of but are now provided free as you mow, producing a healthy, attractive lawn.

Time Savings Come Standard

As if this is not enough mulch mowing is quicker too!  Mowing time is significantly reduced compared with cut and collect systems as you don’t stop work to dispose of grass clippings. Trips to the compost heap or green bin become a thing of the past, as do piles of rotting grass.

Leaders in the Mulching Mower Market

Euromec are main dealers for Stiga, leaders in the mulching mower market.  The Stiga Park range features mulching technology and it is a best seller. An out-front mower, the Park has its’ cutting deck at the front, four wheel drive and articulated steering. Having a comfortable driving position and simple and clear controls make it easy and safe to use. With a range of engines and cutting decks up to 125cm wide getting the right model for your lawn is simple.

Stiga Park Mulching Mower

Being a mulching mower the Park has no collection system and its deck is sealed. The machine’s cutting height is adjustable, with an electric option, so you can get the finish you want. Lifting the cutter deck, and again there is a powered option for this feature, makes moving the machine around easy and protects the deck from damage.

Performance of the Park is its trump card. Spending its entire time cutting it can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, and leaves the grass looking neat and trim. No grass clippings to collect or trips to dispose of them mean when you finish cutting the job is done and you move on.

Future of Grass Cuttings Questionable

In summary mulching mowers give us significant benefits; no clippings to dispose of, faster and more efficient mowing and free fertiliser. Their cost is similar to the equivalent cut and collect mower and they cost no more to run. Our customers with Stiga mulching mowers are delighted with their performance and confirm these benefits. It seems the future is mulching and grass cuttings could become a thing of the past.

Euromec Picks-up Nilfisk Outdoor Business

Effective 1st January 2019 Nilfisk will no longer produce, sell or service its “Outdoor” machines. In the UK Euromec will take over, and will offer the “Park Ranger” and “City Ranger” products alongside its existing Powerflex line. In addition Euromec will support users of the Nilfisk products with service, and spares.

Peter Crewe, Euromec Managing Director: “We have experience with these products having produced, sold and serviced them for over fifteen years.  We introduced articulated, multi-purpose maintenance machines to the UK market, so Park Ranger and City Ranger owners can be confident that their investment is safe: Their machines will be serviced and supported and the handover will be seamless.”

Extra staff have been taken on in sales, engineering and service by the Market Harborough based company to support this expansion. From 1st January 2019 sales of machines and spares start, service handover will be completed early February.

Peter elaborates further: “Euromec is taking over warranty support for all machines sold by Nilfisk before the end of last year. We are contacting users now. We have an existing stock of spares parts plus service schedules and trained personnel because we sell similar machines. If any user has any concern just contact us.”

Adding these machines means Euromec now have 3 different models in their Powerflex range.  All 3 are multi-purpose, having a large selection of sweeping, winter maintenance and grass cutting attachments. Based around rugged 4-wheel-drive, articulated chassis, they offer different levels of performance to suit the application and a price range to suit every budget.

Burghley Horse Trials 2017

AT4-FAB-in-use-221-copyThe Burghley International Horse Trials at Burghley House in Stamford opens on the 31st of August and runs through until Sunday the 3rd of September and is one of the largest equine sporting events in Europe: We are there once again, find us on Avenue B stand B58 and stop by to say hello.

Kubota, Stiga and Mountfield Lawnmowers

Our stand will feature the latest products from Kubota, Mountfield and Stiga. Lawnmowers, lawn tractors and utility vehicles will all be there so you can compare technologies, performance and equipment levels to get just the right machine.

Grass Trimmers and Brush Cutters

Our new brush cutters and grass trimmers will be on our stand so stop by and check them out. Very powerful and real tough toys!

Hospitality

Coffee, tea and wine will be served throughout the event, although the wine may not last the distance! So, put stand B58 on Avenue B on your must visit list, see you there. Follow us on twitter @euromec to keep up to-date with our promotions, you won’t regret it.

Burghley Horse Trials Round-up

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After a seriously busy 2016 Burghley Horse trials we thought we would round-up what happened during our time there.

We had our regular spot and early Thursday morning bang – off we went. Great weather brought out the crowds and everyone was in a festive spirit eagerly awaiting the start of the main event. Numerous contacts made on our stand with machines being sold from the off.

Sold this smart Kubota RTV400 on Saturday

Friday was fine and hot. Many of our loyal customers chose to visit and place orders, great news and thank you. Saturday much the same but rain!  “Our man” Andrew Hoy went into the lead of the event after his cross country round, sadly didn’t last but well done Andrew. Equestrian people are not put off by a little rain and things were still real busy.

Sunday, the last day, was very busy. Great crowd saw a pulsating show jumping competition and we were rushed off our feet. Andrew finished 20th making three Aussies in the top 20! After four days we packed-up and went home tired but very content. A great event, lots of new friends and not so many machines to bring back! Perfect.

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RTV With Serious Cleaning Capability

Kubota RTV500 with on-board jet washer

Delivered today to the Bushey Jewish Cemetery, having been specially modified for their application, is this customised Kubota RTV500.  A large water bowser is hooked-up to a front mounted, handheld jet washer with a heavy duty hose. Providing the water pressure is an auxiliary Honda motor connected to a pump, all mounted at the rear on a custom load-bed. Having been thoroughly tested and trialled by the client this is the first of many machines that will be provided over the next months.

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Driving Day First Pictures

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Right we are off, great weather

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Follow the leader across the rolling Northants countryside

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Its not only about the RTV, other Kubota machines create interest

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Getting busy, the RTV500s prove very popular

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Right, OK but what does this do again?

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Distinguished line up – take your pick

 

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Told you we could get to the hog roast before it finished!

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Its left at the top of the hill!

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Busy busy busy, great weather still!

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You could also take a Discovery around courtesy of Sturgess Land Rover

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Comrade this would be ideal in the Russian winter

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I think we’ve lost them, what do you think?

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I’m pretty sure they came up here

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At the end of a busy day all present and correct

Special Offer on Kubota BX2350 Compact Tractor

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Kubota BX2330 sub-compact tractor with front loader and mid-mounted mower deck.

Until the 28th February 2016 you can get this great deal on the multipurpose KUBOTA BX2350 sub-compact tractor:

Pay £10,995* and get one of these;

  • front loader (shown) or
  • mid-mount mowing deck (shown) or
  • 1.25 Tonne tipping trailer

included at no extra cost!
*price sub to VAT at standard rate