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Etesia announce PRO Offers

pr37Favoured by many of the UK’s top professionals, Etesia has gained a reputation for producing pedestrian and ride-on mowers that are highly reliable with low maintenance, making them the number one choice for many users.

A special ‘PRO Offer’ from the French manufacturer is designed to help the vast range of customers, from contractors, local authorities and amenity managers to estate and National Trust property managers.

There are ten models in the offer, which runs until 31st May 2013, including eight ride-on mowers and two pedestrian mowers, with savings of over £3,500 in some cases.  

Machines included in the offer are the highly popular H124 DX, H124DN, H124DS OHD, H124DS, HVHPX, HVHP, HVSP, H144MX, PRO 53 LKX and the PRO 53 LH.

The versatility of Etesia’s ride-on mowers can also be enhanced with a range of utility attachments such as a cab, snow blade, salt/sand spreader or brush.

All Etesia accessories are easily fitted to most ride-on models in the range. The front-mounted snow-blade can also be angled left or right and lifted when travelling between sites.

To take advantage of the PRO Offer, or for further information on the promotion and participating dealers, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680 120

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Etesia Trailer Offer Tipped for Success

pr39Contractors, landscapers and grounds maintenance professionals who are in search of a versatile, small trailer that tackles a wide variety of jobs need look no further than Etesia’s MRM Multi-Purpose Trailer.

Whether you want to carry tools, sand, compost, leaves or mowing waste, the unique easy-emptying with foot pedal control makes manoeuvring around any site effortless.

As part of the up-coming range of special offers that Etesia UK will shortly be announcing, the French manufacturer is selling the trailer at better than half price until further notice.

The trailer can simply be pulled as a wheelbarrow by hand or trailed behind a ride-on lawnmower, ATV or tractor, making it ideal for transporting soil, paving slabs, compost, and other heavy materials.

Perhaps its most important and unique feature is that the skip’s outer-body is double-skinned, forming a tank with the capacity to transport up to 85 litres of water or other liquids such as plant-care products. This is especially useful when working on remote sites where a tap or hose are not nearby.

The trailer incorporates a rack to carry tools such as rakes, brooms, shovels or other long-handled implements. A foot-controlled rear-tipper enables the skip’s contents to be easily deposited onto the ground.

To increase the 180 litre capacity of the skip, it has dual-purpose side-extension panels – when raised to their full height they increase the load capability to a huge 400 litres.

Now priced at just £459 including VAT and delivery, Etesia’s MRM Multi-Purpose Trailer is a little workhorse which can turn its hand to a wide number of uses, making it a ‘must’ for anybody involved in grounds maintenance.

To take advantage of the offer, or for further information on the promotion and participating dealers, please contact Etesia UK on 01295 680 120.

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Etesia Quietly Announces Pellenc Winter Promotions

pr38Etesia UK has announced three new Pellenc promotions for UK customers. The offers, which are only available from participating UK Pellenc dealers is available from now until 31st May 2013.

Pellenc is the only manufacturer in the world to be able to produce commercial lithium-ion battery-powered products that can be used in the landscape, forestry and local authority industry for up to a full day’s work on a single charge.

The first offer, the Treebox promotion, is designed for arborists, landscapers and professionals with an interest in maintaining trees. The box includes Treelion pruning shears, Selion hand-held chainsaw and a ULB40 battery to power the equipment. Offer price is £2050 +vat.

Under the second offer, the Hedgebox promotion is designed for local authorities, landscapers, estate managers and professionals who maintain hedges. The box includes a Helion Universal hedge- cutter, 51cm blade and ULB40 battery. Offer price is £1100 +vat.

The third and final offer, the Vitibox promotion is designed for vineyards and commercial growers. The box includes Lixion Evolution pruning shears with adaptable cable, Selion hand-held chainsaw and a ULB40 battery. Offer price is £1900 +vat.

The use of Pellenc products ensures no more fuel mixing, no power cables, and greatly reduced engine maintenance and at the same time guarantees use with no odour, no pollution and virtually no noise making them a truly environmentally friendly product, which can be used near noise-sensitive areas such as hospitals, schools, towns and visitor attractions.

Further advice and demonstrations are available from participating dealers. The offers are open until the end of May 2013.

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Dealers Recognised in Etesia “Partners in Excellence Awards”

tpi_8881The success of the Etesia and Pellenc brands in the UK has been recognised at the company’s re-launched ‘Partners in Excellence’ awards, which were held in November at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The ceremony followed a day of new product launches for the 2013 season and a hands-on product test session. The Awards were given to the dealerships which have delivered the best performance over the previous 12 months, not solely in terms of sales but also in backup, sales and service support including marketing of both brands.

The evening started with Patrick Vives, President of Etesia SAS congratulating all Etesia and Pellenc dealers in a tough economic climate: “As we have seen from past events, this process does more than simply recognizing the great work already done; it also provides encouragement and impetus to dealers to continue working towards building a robust business and making the Etesia and Pellenc brands the success that they already are.”

Introducing the winners, Les Malin, UK General Manager for Etesia said: “We have built our reputation on not only our innovative products but also the dealers who sell them.”

Awarded the prestigious ‘Overall Partner of the Year’ award was RT Machinery of Buckinghamshire. “RT Machinery has not only demonstrated outstanding performance across all market sectors and product ranges, but they have also shown tremendous commitment to both Etesia and Pellenc, and without exception they continue to dominate their area. They thoroughly deserve all three of their awards and in particular the title of Etesia ‘Partner of the Year,” said Malin.

The complete list of winners were as follows:

New partner of the year – Balmers Garden Machinery, Lancashire.

Best marketing and promotion for 2012 – RT Machinery, Buckinghamshire.

Best Etesia ride-on sales 2012 – Angus Chainsaws, Arbroath.

Best Etesia pedestrian sales 2012 – Alex McDougall Mowers, East Kilbride.

Best Attila sales 2012 – RT Machinery, Buckinghamshire.

Pellenc partner of the year 2012 – Tomlinson Groundcare, Suffolk.

Etesia partner of the year 2012 – RT Machinery, Buckinghamshire.

The awards then handed over to professional Ricky Gervais look-a-like Tim Oliver to give his unique take on business management.

‘Mowerthon’ machine to go to auction

Following the successful ‘Mowerthon’ challenge last month, the Etesia H124 ride-on mower that completed the 1250 miles will be sold to the highest bidder via online auction house EBay, with the profits being donated to Perennial, the national horticultural charity.

BIDDING NOW OPEN

Phil Voice of the Landscape Juice Network set off from Bergerac in France on the Etesia ride-on mower on 1 October. With an average speed of just 7.5 mph he successfully reached John O’Groats exactly two weeks later.

The Hydro 124D from Etesia is the first mower that combines direct rear-ejection, integrated collection and high-lift emptying, up to a maximum of 1.8 metres without leaving the driver’s seat, all features that make it one of the most highly efficient machines on the market. The machine in question also comes fitted with an all-weather cab complete with heating system, windscreen wipers and lighting system, making the H124 an all-year-round workhorse worth in excess of £36,000.

The auction starts on 7th January 2013 from 09:00, with bids starting at £19,000.  Further details can be found by visiting www.etesia.co.uk or by searching for Etesia ‘Mowerthon’ 124DN ride-on mower on the auction website in January.

Donations for the Mowerthon are still coming in, with the final total expected to raise more than its £10,000 target. Anyone who still wishes to donate can do so at: www.justgiving.com/mowerthon

Barton Grange Landscapes relies on Etesia for quality of cut

Barton Grange Landscapes, one of the largest landscape maintenance companies in the North West, have recently taken delivery of a further two Etesia H124’s from local dealer Balmers Garden Machinery.

The Barton Grange Group of companies dates back to 1945. Fast forward 67 years, the group comprises not only the landscape maintenance business, which was started in 1957, but also a 51-bedroom 4-star luxury hotel, two garden centres as well as three large plant nurseries and currently employs around 700 people.

“We’ve used Etesia machines for the past 12 years,” said Peter Topping, Managing Director. “We chose Etesia after several successful trials because we were looking for a machine with a high-tip facility. The machine we were using at the time didn’t have this and so we looked at the market to see what was available.”

Barton Grange Landscapes has secured grounds maintenance contracts with a wide range of customers in the public and private sectors throughout the North West of England, and maintain sports grounds, play areas, NHS sites, schools, local authority and governments, business parks as well as all types of private and commercial properties with annual contracts ranging in value from £500 to over £150,000.

“As a company, we are determined to provide all of our customers with the best possible service, and the acquisition of these new mowers will play a vital role in us achieving this goal regarding grass cutting.”

Etesia’s Hydro 124D, with a 1.24 metre cutting width, is the first mower that combines direct rear-ejection, inter-grated collection and high-lift emptying (patented). Designed to mow up to 19,000 square metres per hour, the 600 litre grass box has been designed to be filled to capacity every time, whilst it can be emptied out at any height from floor level up to a maximum of 1.8 metres without leaving the driver’s seat, making it one of the most highly efficient commercial mowers on the market.

 

There is also a Bio version available – the H124B, which uses B30 petrol (30% ester of biomass and 70% diesel) and biodegradable oils and greases. The range of Hydro 124’s all have a front PTO for accessories which include sweeper, snow blade, scarifier, front-mounted cutting unit and blower ensuring that the mower can be instantly turned into a all-year-round work horse.

 

Derrick Robertson, Barton Grange Landscape’s Yard and Machinery Manager added: “We use Etesia because it’s the best machine on the market for the job we need it for.

“It does a good job, they are reliable and also the machines are user friendly. In particular, our operatives like the hydrostatic and hi-lift features which with only two levers and no confusing buttons is very easy to use.”

Etesia adapt to all weather conditions come rain or shine

Many grounds maintenance tasks are seasonal activities, which often results in costly dedicated equipment lying idle during long periods of the year. With these less frequent jobs, it makes sense where possible to purchase an attachment which can be fitted to an existing piece of equipment.

Etesia offers snow blades, cabs and salt/sand spreader attachments which can be fitted to their range of ride-on mowers. These, plus other accessories, transform the mower into a versatile all-year-round multi-function piece of equipment.

All Etesia accessories are easily fitted to most ride-on models in the range. The front-mounted snow-blade can also be angled left or right and lifted when travelling between sites.

For safety on icy surfaces, wheel chains which ensure grip to avoid skidding and keep the machine moving in falling and settled snow are also available. The easy-to-attach trailed sand/salt spreader is especially useful on icy roads, walkways and other exposed sites.

“Last winter and earlier this year we enjoyed a spate of winter accessory orders during the snow fall”, commented Etesia’s UK General Manager, Les Malin. “We recommend customers order early this year to avoid disappointment, or risk getting snowed in”.

Quieter, earlier clearance at Hurlingham

The 42-acre Hurlingham Club beside the Thames at Fulham in west London, probably the most prestigious private sporting club in the country, is introducing Pellenc battery-powered equipment into its grounds maintenance repertoire.

Grounds Manager Peter Craig is doing this to lower noise levels and make the jobs of hedge trimming and leaf blowing more comfortable for his staff.  

Last year Peter bought two Pellenc Airion leaf blowers and a Helion hedge trimmer from equipment supplier Surrey Power, and earlier this year added a further one of each.

The Hurlingham Club has 13,500 members and a 15-year waiting list. Outdoor facilities there include 30 grass tennis courts, 10 croquet lawns, a cricket ground, two bowling greens, a small golf course, and a 2-acre lake, which feeds an irrigation system. The presentation of the grounds is what makes the club so special, but being in a residential area does pose problems for Peter.

“We have over 100 trees in the grounds and leaf fall is a consequential hazard of such a lovely environment,” said Peter, who has over 30 years experience in groundsmanship.

“Keeping the grass playing surfaces and all the paths and roadways clear is a daily task, even in summer with such fluctuating weather and anthracnose causing debris from our many plain trees.  Our biggest problem has been the noise that leaf clearing makes and it’s been difficult keeping both local residents and our members happy.

“Most of our grass courts are on the perimeter of the grounds which means we have to clear them before members arrive for play. In the past, we haven’t been able to use any machine before 8.00am to avoid disturbing the neighbourhood, but even after that some local residents have complained about the noise from our petrol blowers.

“The new Pellenc blowers mean we can start as early as 7.00am and nobody can hear them. It’s made a massive difference. No annoyance to locals, members having clear courts for early play and everywhere looks tidy ahead of our earliest arrivals.”

The Hurlingham grounds have a wide variety of ornamental and practical hedging – lonicera, cotoneasta, fagus (beech), lagustrum, laurel, box, yew, chameacyparis – each with different trimming needs. The problem for Peter and his staff here has not been the noise of the job, but the discomfort of using a petrol-powered machine for long periods of time.

“Hedge trimming doesn’t cause noise difficulties with our neighbours because the job can be done at any time. The benefit here of switching to battery-powered trimmers is the ease of use. They are so much lighter, yet just as effective as petrol machines, and of course quieter, free of fumes, and without potential harmful vibration.”

Peter sees battery power as the way forward for essential routine work like this. He is finding that one of his new Pellenc Helion hedge trimmers can be in use all day on a single charge and he gets up to three hours work out of one of the Airion blowers. His plan over time is to replace all of his petrol machines, as they come to the end of their operational life, with Pellenc battery units.

The 4-speed Pellenc Airion hand-held blower with back-pack lithium battery weighs 2.6 kg and has a noise level of just 80 db. The Helion hedge trimmer, also with back-pack lithium battery and weighing just 3 kg, has a pivoting handle and a range of cutting heads.

1,250 Mile ‘Mowerthon’ Journey Completed

One man has completed a 1,250 mile journey on an Etesia H124 ride-on mower in aid of national horticulture charity Perennial. Phil Voice trundled into John O’Groats on 15 October on the mower, successfully completing the epic ‘Mowerthon’, raising funds and awareness for Perennial.

Phil Voice of the Landscape Juice Network set off from Bergerac in France on the Etesia ride-on mower on 1 October. With an average speed of just 7.5 mph, the journey was hard going, but he successfully reached John O’Groats exactly two weeks later. Donations are still coming in and the Mowerthon is expected to raise more than its £10,000 target – anyone who still wishes to donate can do so at: www.justgiving.com/mowerthon

Phil used an Etesia H124 Professional ride-on mower and was supported by Etesia, their dealers and staff in France and the UK along the whole of his journey. The mower was the same as a commercially available machine used by local authorities and landscape professionals, but fitted with a cab to cope with the unpredictable weather. Etesia now plans to auction off the mower (further details to be announced shortly), with some of the profits donated to Perennial.

Phil describes his experience: “For me the Mowerthon was an adventure of a lifetime but I never lost sight of the important reasons why I was doing it. Driving so slowly, over such a long distance gave me a lot of time to think about why it was so important to raise money for Perennial and also raise awareness of the challenges landscape and horticulture practitioners face. This spurred me on day after day, sticking to a gruelling schedule so that I could complete the journey. I feel so emotional when I think of everyone who helped make the Mowerthon happen and who gave something, be that their time or money in making the Mowerthon a success. My very special thanks go to Etesia for their commitment and dedication to the project.”

Perennial provides free, confidential advice, emotional support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in or retired from horticulture and their spouses, partners and children. The charity helps professionals such as gardeners, landscapers, tree surgeons, greenkeepers, plantsmen and groundsmen. Its work depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticulture industry and the garden-loving public, and the funds raised from the Mowerthon will be invaluable to the charity’s ongoing work in helping individuals and families.  

The Mowerthon was only made possible through the tremendous support of a wide range of UK landscape companies. Supporters included Forecourt Fuels Ltd, one of the UK’s largest fixed price fuel card providers, which supplied Phil with a fuel card at cost price for his UK leg, Affinity Landscapes which pledged to cover 50% of the fuel bill, keeping costs to Perennial at a minimum and Fusion Media (Europe).

For further information, visit www.hortaid.org.uk

Epic 1,250 mile charity mower challenge hits the UK

Look out for a man on a mower on the roads of the UK over the coming weeks. An epic Mowerthon is under way. One man is driving 1,250 miles on an Etesia H124 ride-on mower to raise £10,000 and awareness for national horticulture charity Perennial.

Perennial provides free, confidential advice, emotional support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in or retired from horticulture and their spouses, partners and children. The charity helps professionals such as gardeners, landscapers, tree surgeons, greenkeepers, plantsmen and groundsmen Its work depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticulture industry and the garden-loving public, and the funds raised from the Mowerthon will be invaluable to the charity’s ongoing work to help individuals and families such as that of John Foley, BBC Young Gardener of the Year 2012:

“Perennial helped my family when my Dad became ill and all the family went through a difficult time. The Caseworker visited us regularly. They paid for my school trips and driving lessons so I could drive the van to flower shows. And they helped me access funding so I could go to Askham Bryan Horticultural College and complete my studies. Now I have a wonderful future and life is good for me.”

The ‘HortAid Mowerthon’ will see Phil Voice of the Landscape Juice Network driving the Etesia ride-on mower from Bergerac in France all the way to John O’Groats in Scotland. Phil set off on his 1,250 mile (2,000 km) journey on 1st October from his home in France and landed on to UK soil in Portsmouth on Saturday 6 October 2012.

Phil explains his motivation: “I’m always thinking of ways to help, and sitting at my desk one day I thought about walking from Lands’ End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity, but this had already been done,” commented Phil. “I then had a brainwave. Why not do it on a mower? Better still, why not do it from my home in France? After an email to Les Malin at Etesia UK which he forwarded to Patrick Vives, Etesia’s President, they offered a machine with their full support.”

Phil is calling on motorists, gardeners and horticulturalists from across the UK to show their support by honking and tweeting if you spot him (#mowerthon #iveseenphil), following his progress via the Landscape Juice Network blog and donating online or via free text. (Text HORT47 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/mowerthon)

Phil will be supported by Etesia, their dealers and staff in France and the UK throughout his journey. The mower, used by local authorities and gardeners, has been fitted with a cab to cope with the unpredictable weather and has a top speed of just 10mph, yet he hopes to complete the journey in around two weeks.

Forecourt Fuels Ltd, one of the UK’s largest fixed price fuel card providers has supplied Phil with a fuel card at cost price for his UK leg. Tremendous support has also been received from a wide range of UK landscape companies including South East England based Affinity Landscapes, a commercial landscape maintenance and grounds care business, which has pledged to cover 50% of the fuel bill, keeping costs to Perennial at a minimum.

Social media will play a huge part in securing further free services en route including accommodation and refreshments.